Noah curses Ham

"Delight." The fourth son of Ham.1 His grandfather Noah cursed him and his descendants for the fact that Ham had seen his father's nakedness:2

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."

Canaan's eldest son, Zidon, was the father of the Sidonians and Phoenicians. He had eleven sons, who were the founders of as many tribes.3



  1. Gen. 10:6.
  2. Gen. 9:21-25.
  3. Gen. 10:15–18.


  • Easton, M.G. (1897). Easton's Bible Dictionary. New York: Harper & Brothers.

This article incorporates text from Easton’s Bible Dictionary (1897) by M.G. Easton, which is in the public domain.