- a son of Noah. Gen. 5:32.
Origin of Japheth
< Late Latin < Greek Iapheth < Hebrew Yepheth
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God shall enlarge Japheth, And he shall dwell in the tents of Shem; And Canaan shall be his servant.
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 Noah was five hundred years old: and Noah begat Shem, Ham, and Japheth.
The greater blessing was upon Japheth in his man-developing Europe.
Ham will be ever lower than Shem; Shem will be ever lower than Japheth.
Ham was cursed to render service, forever, to Shem and Japheth.
It was not founded in "consent" of Shem, Ham, and Japheth, and their wives.
For Japheth, however, he prays that he may become a true Japheth.Commentary on Genesis, Vol. II
- Old Testament the second son of Noah, traditionally regarded as the ancestor of a number of non-Semitic nations (Genesis 10:1–5)
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Word Origin and History for japheth
youngest of the three sons of Noah, from Latin Japheth, from Greek Iapheth, from Hebrew Yepheth, literally "enlargement," from causative form of the stem p-t-h "to be wide, spacious."
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