Curse of Cainan

The Book of Genesis records an curious story about Ham, who apparently did wrong in observing his father's ( Noah) drunken nakedness, and for this act, one of his sons, Cainan is sorely cursed.

18 And the sons of Noah, that went forth of the ark, were Shem, and Ham, and Japheth: and Ham is the father of Canaan.
19 These are the three sons of Noah: and of them was the whole earth overspread.
20 And Noah began to be an husbandman, and he planted a vineyard:
21 And he drank of the wine, and was drunken; and he was uncovered within his tent.
22 And Ham, the father of Canaan, saw the nakedness of his father, and told his two brethren without.
23 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.
24 And Noah awoke from his wine, and knew what his younger son had done unto him.
25 And he said, Cursed be Canaan; a servant of servants shall he be unto his brethren.
26 And he said, Blessed be the Lord God of Shem; and Canaan shall be his servant.
27 God shall enlarge Japheth, and he shall dwell in the tents of Shem; and Canaan shall be his servant.
Source: Genesis 9:18-27

Marriage and Family

Ham, son of Noah (Gen. 5:32; 6:10; 7:13); cursed (9:18–22). The names of his descendants are given in 10:6–7; they were the southern nations:

6 And the sons of Ham; Cush, and Mizraim, and Phut, and Canaan.
7 And the sons of Cush; Seba, and Havilah, and Sabtah, and Raamah, and Sabtecha: and the sons of Raamah; Sheba, and Dedan.
8 And Cush begat Nimrod: he began to be a mighty one in the earth.
9 He was a mighty hunter before the Lord: wherefore it is said, Even as Nimrod the mighty hunter before the Lord.
10 And the beginning of his kingdom was Babel, and Erech, and Accad, and Calneh, in the land of Shinar.
11 Out of that land went forth Asshur, and builded Nineveh, and the city Rehoboth, and Calah,
12 And Resen between Nineveh and Calah: the same is a great city.
13 And Mizraim begat Ludim, and Anamim, and Lehabim, and Naphtuhim,
14 And Pathrusim, and Casluhim, (out of whom came Philistim,) and Caphtorim.
15 And Canaan begat Sidon his firstborn, and Heth,
16 And the Jebusite, and the Amorite, and the Girgasite,
17 And the Hivite, and the Arkite, and the Sinite,
18 And the Arvadite, and the Zemarite, and the Hamathite: and afterward were the families of the Canaanites spread abroad.
19 And the border of the Canaanites was from Sidon, as thou comest to Gerar, unto Gaza; as thou goest, unto Sodom, and Gomorrah, and Admah, and Zeboim, even unto Lasha.
20 These are the sons of Ham, after their families, after their tongues, in their countries, and in their nations.

Historical Map

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Children of Ham

  1. Cush - from Cush came the dark-skinned race of eastern Africa and southern Arabia;
  2. Mizraim - from Mizraim the Egyptians;
  3. Phut - from Phut (or Put) the Libyans;
  4. Canaan - from Canaan the inhabitants of Palestine before the arrival of the Semitic races. See also Abr. 1:21–27,
  5. Egyptus, daughter of Ham - where we learn among other things that Ham’s wife and daughter were named Egyptus, and that a portion of Ham’s descendants settled in Egypt (Ps. 78:51; 105:23; 106:22).


Offspring of Ham and Egyptus, wife of Ham
Name Birth Death Joined with
Cush ben Ham 9999 Mesopotamia
Mizraim ben Ham 9999 Mesopotamia 9999 Egypt
Phut 9999 Mesopotamia 9999 Libya
Canaan ben Ham 9999 Mesopotamia 9999 Land of Canaan
Egyptus, daughter of Ham 9999 Mesopotamia 9999 Egypt


Offspring of Noah ben Lamech and unknown parent
Name Birth Death Joined with
Shem ben Noah 9999 Mesopotamia 9999 Mesopotamia
Ham ben Noah 9999 Mesopotamia 9999 Mesopotamia Egyptus, wife of Ham
Japheth ben Noah 9999 Mesopotamia 9999 Mesopotamia


Footnotes (including sources)

Mu Cow, AMK152, PhloxBot, Robin Patterson, MainTour

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