20 These are the sons of Ham by their clans and languages, in their territories and nations.
21 Sons were also born to Shem, whose older brother was Japheth; Shem was the ancestor of all the sons of Eber.
22 The sons of Shem:
Elam, Ashur, Arphaxad, Lud and Aram.
23 The sons of Aram:
Uz, Hul, Gether and Meshek.
24 Arphaxad was the father of Shelah,
and Shelah the father of Eber.
25 Two sons were born to Eber:
One was named Peleg, because in his time the earth was divided; his brother was named Joktan.
26 Joktan was the father of
Almodad, Sheleph, Hazarmaveth, Jerah, 27 Hadoram, Uzal, Diklah, 28 Obal, Abimael, Sheba, 29 Ophir, Havilah and Jobab. All these were sons of Joktan.
30 The region where they lived stretched from Mesha toward Sephar, in the eastern hill country.
31 These are the sons of Shem by their clans and languages, in their territories and nations.
32 These are the clans of Noah’s sons, according to their lines of descent, within their nations. From these the nations spread out over the earth after the flood. Genesis 10:20-32
The Lord spelled out Shem’s lineage in detail. We know nothing of these men, whether they trusted God or what they stood for. Before glossing over their names and beginning chapter 11, consider their contribution to society.
We would not be here without them. Somewhere in this chapter’s lineage is out Great Great Great (x280) Grandfather. They each had families who had families and so on, just like people want their children to do. They spread out and occupied new lands. They took great risks. Their methods were primitive compared to today, but they pressed on.
We will get to know some of these families in later chapters and other books.
We can just wonder about them and their contribution to humanity sometimes.