(enlargement), one of the three sons of Noah. The descendants of Japheth occupied the “isles of the Gentiles,” (Genesis 10:5)–i.e. the coast lands of the Mediterranean Sea in Europe and Asia Minor– whence they spread northward over the whole continent of Europe and a considerable portion of Asia.

-Son of Noah Ge 5:32; 6:10; 9:18; 10:21 -His life preserved at the time of the great flood Ge 7:13; 9:18 -Prudence of, on the occasion of Noah’s drunkenness Ge 9:23,27 -Descendants of Ge 10:2-5; 1Ch 1:5-7

Wide spreading: “God shall enlarge Japheth” (Heb. Yaphat Elohim le-Yephet, Gen. 9:27. Some, however, derive the name from yaphah, “to be beautiful;” hence white), one of the sons of Noah, mentioned last in order (Gen. 5:32; 6:10; 7:13), perhaps first by birth (10:21; comp. 9:24). He and his wife were two of the eight saved […]