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Genesis 10:5

    Genesis 10:5 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    By these were the isles of the Gentiles divided in their lands; every one after his tongue, after their families, in their nations.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    By these were the isles of the Gentiles divided in their lands; every one after his tongue, after their families, in their nations.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    Of these were the isles of the nations divided in their lands, every one after his tongue, after their families, in their nations.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    From these came the nations of the sea-lands, with their different families and languages.

    Webster's Revision

    Of these were the isles of the nations divided in their lands, every one after his tongue, after their families, in their nations.

    World English Bible

    Of these were the islands of the nations divided in their lands, everyone after his language, after their families, in their nations.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    Of these were the isles of the nations divided in their lands, every one after his tongue; after their families, in their nations.

    Definitions for Genesis 10:5

    Gentiles - A people; nations other than Israel.

    Clarke's Commentary on Genesis 10:5

    Isles of the Gentiles - Europe, of which this is allowed to be a general epithet. Calmet supposes that it comprehends all those countries to which the Hebrews were obliged to go by sea, such as Spain, Gaul, Italy, Greece, and Asia Minor.

    Every one after his tongue - This refers to the time posterior to the confusion of tongues and dispersion from Babel.

    Barnes' Notes on Genesis 10:5

    Thus, we have discovered the ancient seats of Japheth, Iapetos - , around the Caspian, the Euxine, the Aegean, and the north of the Mediterranean. From these coastlands they seem to have spread over Europe, northern, western, and southern Asia, and, both by Behring's Straits and the Atlantic, they at length poured into America. So true is it that Japheth was enlarged, and that by them were "the isles of the nations divided."

    In their nations. - We here note the characteristics of a nation. First. It is descended from one head. Others may be occasionally grafted on the original stock by intermarriage. But there is a vital union subsisting between all the members and the head, in consequence of which the name of the head is applied to the whole body of the nation. In the case of Kittim and Dodanim we seem to have the national name thrown back upon the patriarchs, who may have themselves been called Keth and Dodan. Similar instances occur in the subsequent parts of the genealogy. Second. A nation has a country or "land" which it calls its own. In the necessary migrations of ancient tribes, the new territories appropriated by the tribe, or any part of it, were naturally called by the old name, or some name belonging to the old country. This is well illustrated by the name of Gomer, which seems to reappear in the Cimmerii, the Cimbri, the Cymri, the Cambri, and the Cumbri. Third. A nation has its own "tongue." This constitutes at once its unity in itself and its separation from others. Many of the nations in the table may have spoken cognate tongues, or even originally the same tongue. Thus, the Kenaanite, Phoenician, and Punic nations had the same stock of languages with the Shemites. But it is a uniform law, that one nation has only one speech within itself. Fourth. A nation is composed of many "families," clans, or tribes. These branch off from the nation in the same manner as it did from the parent stock of the race.

    Wesley's Notes on Genesis 10:5

    10:5 The posterity of Japheth were allotted to the isles of the Gentiles, which were solemnly, by lot, after a survey, divided among them, and probably this island of ours among the rest. All places beyond the sea, from Judea, are called isles, Jer 25:22, and this directs us to understand that promise, Isa 42:4, the isles shall wait for his law, of the conversion of the Gentiles to the faith of Christ.