Context: Nimrod, "the mighty hunter before the Lord," is referred to in the genealogy of Ham, one of Noah's sons. He was the son of Cush, whose settlement extended from Babylonia to Ethiopia. As a descendant of Noah, Nimrod's role in the story of mankind was a peculiar one. The descendants of Noah had the obligation of repeopling and of settling the earth, and of reestablishing the various cultures, all mankind except Noah and his sons having been destroyed by a great flood because of wickedness. The descendants of Ham suffered a curse from God which made them subservient to the descendants of Noah's other sons, Ham at one time having foolishly shown disrespect to his father. In the genealogical account are these words concerning Nimrod:
And Cush begat Nimrod: he began to be a mighty one in the earth.
He was a mighty hunter before the Lord: wherefore it is said, Even as Nimrod the mighty hunter before the Lord.