Just seeing if you are paying attention. Of course there will be no skipping!
Chapter 10 outlines the descendants of Noah and the nations that were formed at that time. How many nations are represented in Genesis 10?
(A pop quiz: How many animals were sacrificed when the temple was dedicated? How many people from Jacob's family went down to Israel? How many bulls were sacrificed every year at Sukkot? How many languages did God create at the Tower of Babel? How many years young is the State of Israel today, as of this writing? The answer to all these questions and more is 70. Seventy is a number that represents the nations of the world. The LORD eventually took one family of 70 people to accomplish His purposes for the entire world).
Cush begot Nimrod; he began to be a mighty one on the earth. He was a mighty hunter before the LORD; therefore it is said, “Like Nimrod the mighty hunter before the LORD.”
The English translation makes it sound like Nimrod was a mighty and strong man for YHVH. But that is not so. In the Hebrew, it carries the meaning of he was a mighty hunter of souls; in other words, taking people away from YHVH; leading them astray. He was the world's first dictator, and he was an idolator that led many others into idolatry. There will be much more on Nimrod soon, when we look at chapter 11.
The Philistines were known as the sea people. They were descendants of Ham, and they originally left Egypt and settled on the island Crete. They moved around a bit, and eventually made their way into the land of southern Israel and settled there. They brought with them great knowledge of iron and bronze; and indeed, when David was fleeing from King Saul, he went down and lived among the Philistines. He learned much about metal works, and later introduced it to Israel.
1 Samuel 13:19 tells us, Now there was no blacksmith to be found throughout all the land of Israel, for the Philistines said, “Lest the Hebrews make swords or spears.”
King David changed all that after learning ironworks during his time among the Philistines.
Besides, scripture tells us numerous times that the Philistines would be destroyed, and they have indeed disappeared from history as a distinct people group. (See Jeremiah 47:4-5, Ezekiel 25:16, Amos 1:8, Zephaniah 2:5, Zechariah 9:6).
Finally, we come to the sons of Shem. To Shem was born Elam, Asshur, Arphaxad, Lud, and Aram. From all these kids of Shem came the Assyrians, the Arabians, the Persians, and eventually, the Israelites. In fact, the word Hebrew comes from Eber, the grandson of Arphaxad. Eber means the region beyond, or crossing over. We will look at this concept closer when we study the life of Abraham.
All of these descendants of Shem are considered Semitic peoples.