Lincoln supposedly said, “And so the children of Israel were driven from the happy land of Canaan?”
God shall enlarge Japheth, And he shall dwell in the tents of Shem; And Canaan shall be his servant.
Cursed be Canaan; A servant of servants shall he be unto his brethren.
And the sons of Noah, that went forth of the ark, were Shem, and Ham, and Japheth: and Ham is the father of Canaan.
And Ham, the father of Canaan, saw the nakedness of his father, and told his two brethren without.
For the convenience of the student, we divide the entire journey from Egypt to Canaan into sections.
We find the descendants of Canaan and their land defined in Gen. 10:15-20.
They answered him very meekly: "We have come from the land of Canaan to buy food."
It is a land of oil, true enough: but not like Canaan; a land, also, of corn and wine.
Now how does it appear that these wretched Africans are the descendants of Canaan?
(1.) The fourth son of Ham (Gen. 10:6). His descendants were under a curse in consequence of the transgression of his father (9:22-27). His eldest son, Zidon, was the father of the Sidonians and Phoenicians. He had eleven sons, who were the founders of as many tribes (10:15-18). (2.) The country which derived its name from the preceding. The name as first used by the Phoenicians denoted only the maritime plain on which Sidon was built. But in the time of Moses and Joshua it denoted the whole country to the west of the Jordan and the Dead Sea (Deut. 11:30). In Josh. 5:12 the LXX. read, "land of the Phoenicians," instead of "land of Canaan." The name signifies "the lowlands," as distinguished from the land of Gilead on the east of Jordan, which was a mountainous district. The extent and boundaries of Canaan are fully set forth in different parts of Scripture (Gen. 10:19; 17:8; Num. 13:29; 34:8). (See CANAANITES ØT0000705, PALESTINE.)