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Japheth

Japheth, from the Hebrew word pronounced yeh-feth, was one of the three sons of Noah. Japheth is usually named last among his brothers (e.g. "Noah begat three sons, Shem, Ham, and Japheth," see below) which would imply that he was the youngest. However, like his brothers, all of humanity began again from Japheth's descendants i.e. approximately one-third of humanity has Japheth as an ancestor.

"By these were the isles of the Gentiles divided in their lands"

Righteous Noah had three sons: Shem, Ham, and Japheth.

Noah's Ark

"These are the generations of Noah: Noah was a just man and perfect in his generations, and Noah walked with God."

"And Noah begat three sons, Shem, Ham, and Japheth." (Genesis 6:9-10 KJV)

Japheth and his wife entered the ark with his father Noah, his mother, his brothers Shem and Ham, and the wives of Shem and Ham (none of the women's names are recorded).

"And the rain was upon the earth forty days and forty nights [see also Old Testament Baptisms]. In the selfsame day entered Noah, and Shem, and Ham, and Japheth, the sons of Noah, and Noah's wife, and the three wives of his sons with them, into the ark; They, and every beast after his kind, and all the cattle after their kind, and every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth after his kind, and every fowl after his kind, every bird of every sort. And they went in unto Noah into the ark, two and two of all flesh, wherein is the breath of life. And they that went in, went in male and female of all flesh, as God had commanded him: and The Lord [see also YHVH, Adonai, Jehovah, LORD] shut him in." (Genesis 7:12-16 KJV)

The earth was repopulated from the families of the three sons of Noah after the flood.

"And the sons of Noah, that went forth of the ark [see Mount Ararat], were Shem, and Ham, and Japheth: and Ham is the father of Canaan. These are the three sons of Noah: and of them was the whole earth overspread." (Genesis 9:18-19 KJV)

Years after the flood, when the sons of Noah became fathers themselves, occurred the infamous (and unspecified) incident involving Canaan, the son of Ham. The "his younger son" reference in these verses refers not to a younger son of Noah (i.e. Japheth or Ham) but to the younger son of Ham (i.e. "And the sons of Ham; Cush, and Mizraim, and Phut, and Canaan" Genesis 10:6 KJV).

"And Noah began to be an husbandman, and he planted a vineyard: And he drank of the wine, and was drunken; and he was uncovered within his tent. And Ham, the father of Canaan, saw the nakedness of his father, and told his two brethren without. And Shem and Japheth took a garment, and laid it upon both their shoulders, and went backward, and covered the nakedness of their father; and their faces were backward, and they saw not their father's nakedness."

"And Noah awoke from his wine, and knew what his younger son had done unto him. And he said, Cursed be Canaan; a servant of servants shall he be unto his brethren. And he said, Blessed be The Lord God of Shem; and Canaan shall be his servant. God shall enlarge Japheth, and he shall dwell in the tents of Shem; and Canaan shall be his servant." (Genesis 9:20-27 KJV)

The immediate descendants of Japheth, "By these were the isles of the Gentiles divided in their lands; every one after his tongue, after their families, in their nations":

"Now these are the generations of the sons of Noah, Shem, Ham, and Japheth: and unto them were sons born after the flood."

"The sons of Japheth; Gomer, and Magog, and Madai, and Javan, and Tubal, and Meshech, and Tiras. And the sons of Gomer; Ashkenaz, and Riphath, and Togarmah. And the sons of Javan; Elishah, and Tarshish, Kittim, and Dodanim. By these were the isles of the Gentiles divided in their lands; every one after his tongue, after their families, in their nations." (Genesis 10:1-5 KJV)

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