And he said, Cursed be Canaan; a servant of servants shall he be to his brothers.…
The manner of Scripture here is worthy of particular remark.
1. The prediction takes its rise from a characteristic incident. The conduct of the brothers was of comparatively slight importance in itself, but in the disposition which it betrayed it was highly significant.
2. The prediction refers in terms to the near future and to the outward condition of the parties concerned.
3. It foreshadows under these familiar phrases the distant future, and the inward, as well as the outward, state of the family of man.
4. It lays out the destiny of the whole race from its very starting point. These simple laws will be found to characterize the main body of the predictions of Scripture.
(Prof. J. G. Murphy.)
Parallel VersesKJV: And he said, Cursed be Canaan; a servant of servants shall he be unto his brethren.