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.
Noah's—including his barren, adopted daughter Ila, who is betrothed to his son Shem—are.
Hence Shem was 98 years old when the flood came, and Noah, when Shem was born, was 498 years old.
How, then, was it true that Ham was cursed and Shem was blessed?
The new hemisphere was found to be inhabited by nomads of the race of Shem, neither white nor black.
This shows that there is no blessing except by the God of Shem.
Shem has stopped for a little witch-hazel to soothe his burns.
Ham will be ever lower than Shem; Shem will be ever lower than Japheth.
Whether the mental powers of Shem and Japheth, were originally superior to those of Ham, we know not.
a name; renown, the first mentioned of the sons of Noah (Gen. 5:32; 6:10). He was probably the eldest of Noah's sons. The words "brother of Japheth the elder" in Gen. 10:21 are more correctly rendered "the elder brother of Japheth," as in the Revised Version. Shem's name is generally mentioned first in the list of Noah's sons. He and his wife were saved in the ark (7:13). Noah foretold his preeminence over Canaan (9:23-27). He died at the age of six hundred years, having been for many years contemporary with Abraham, according to the usual chronology. The Israelitish nation sprang from him (Gen. 11:10-26; 1 Chr. 1:24-27).