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drunk and lay naked inside his tent. Ham, the father of Canaan, saw that
his father was naked and went outside and told his brothers. Then Shem
and Japheth took a robe, held it over their shoulders, and backed into the
tent to cover their father. As they did this, they looked the other way so
they would not see him naked.
When Noah woke up from his stupor, he learned what Ham, his youngest son, had done. Then he cursed Canaan, the son of Ham:
“May Canaan be cursed!
May he be the lowest of servants to his relatives.”
Then Noah said,
“May the Lord, the God of Shem, be blessed,
and may Canaan be his servant!
May God expand the territory of Japheth!
May Japheth share the prosperity of Shem,
and may Canaan be his servant.”
Noah lived another 350 years after the great flood. He lived 950 years,
and then he died.
This is the account of the families of Shem, Ham, and Japheth, the three
sons of Noah. Many children were born to them after the great flood.
The descendants of Japheth were Gomer, Magog, Madai, Javan, Tubal,
Meshech, and Tiras.
The descendants of Gomer were Ashkenaz, Riphath, and Togarmah.
The descendants of Javan were Elishah, Tarshish, Kittim, and Rodanim.
Their descendants became the seafaring peoples that spread out to
various lands, each identified by its own language, clan, and national
The descendants of Ham were Cush, Mizraim, Put, and Canaan.
The descendants of Cush were Seba, Havilah, Sabtah, Raamah, and
Sabteca. The descendants of Raamah were Sheba and Dedan.
Cush was also the ancestor of Nimrod, who was the first heroic
warrior on earth. Since he was the greatest hunter in the world, his
name became proverbial. People would say, “This man is like Nimrod,
the greatest hunter in the world.” He built his kingdom in the land
of Babylonia, with the cities of Babylon, Erech, Akkad, and Calneh.
From there he expanded his territory to Assyria, building the cities
of Nineveh, ­Rehoboth-­ir, Calah, and Resen (the great city located
between Nineveh and Calah).

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