Esau’s wives and descendents. Clans and kingdoms of Edom. Rulers of Edom.
Esau. He is the older son of Isaac.
VERSE 2. Esau took his wives from the daughters of Canaan: Adah the daughter of Elon, the Hittite; and Oholibamah the daughter of Anah, the daughter of Zibeon, the Hivite;
wives. The word is plural. Esau had more than one wife.
Here are the three wives of Esau listed in this chapter:
1. Adah … the Hittite. She was the first wife of Esau. She bore Esau’s firstborn Eliphaz (verse 4), and became the matriarch of the Edomites.
2. Oholibamah … the Hivite. She was the second wife of Esau. He changed her name to the Hebrew name of Judith. She bore Jeush, Jalam, and Korah (verse 5).
VERSE 3. and Basemath, Ishmael’s daughter, sister of Nebaioth.
Adah … Basemath. They were two of the three wives of Esau listed in this chapter (verse 3).
VERSE 5. Oholibamah bore Jeush, Jalam, and Korah. These are the sons of Esau, who were born to him in the land of Canaan.
Oholibamah. She was one of the three wives of Esau listed in this chapter (verse 3).
VERSE 6. Esau took his wives, his sons, his daughters, and all the members of his household, with his livestock, all his animals, and all his possessions, which he had gathered in the land of Canaan, and went into a land away from his brother Jacob.
VERSE 7. For their substance was too great for them to dwell together, and the land of their travels couldn’t bear them because of their livestock.
their substance was too great. Jacob and Esau were rich. Very rich.
They had so many possessions that they couldn’t even dwell together.
The Old Testament often equates “blessedness” with “wealth.” People saw it like this:
- If you walk with the LORD God, you will become wealthy.
- If you do not walk with the LORD God, you will become poor.
In our era, some Christians apply that view to themselves, but take it further:
- If you are wealthy, it is because you please God.
- If you are poor, it is evidence that you are a sinner.
Those viewpoints are not not from the Bible. They are the traditions of men.
VERSE 8. Esau lived in the hill country of Seir. Esau is Edom.
VERSE 9. This is the history of the generations of Esau the father of the Edomites in the hill country of Seir:
VERSE 10. these are the names of Esau’s sons: Eliphaz, the son of Adah, the wife of Esau; and Reuel, the son of Basemath, the wife of Esau.
VERSE 11. The sons of Eliphaz were Teman, Omar, Zepho, and Gatam, and Kenaz.
VERSE 12. Timna was concubine to Eliphaz, Esau’s son; and she bore to Eliphaz Amalek. These are the descendants of Adah, Esau’s wife.
VERSE 13. These are the sons of Reuel: Nahath, Zerah, Shammah, and Mizzah. These were the descendants of Basemath, Esau’s wife.
VERSE 14. These were the sons of Oholibamah, the daughter of Anah, the daughter of Zibeon, Esau’s wife: she bore to Esau Jeush, Jalam, and Korah.
VERSE 15. These are the chiefs of the sons of Esau: the sons of Eliphaz the firstborn of Esau: chief Teman, chief Omar, chief Zepho, chief Kenaz,
VERSE 16. chief Korah, chief Gatam, chief Amalek. These are the chiefs who came of Eliphaz in the land of Edom. These are the sons of Adah.
VERSE 17. These are the sons of Reuel, Esau’s son: chief Nahath, chief Zerah, chief Shammah, chief Mizzah. These are the chiefs who came of Reuel in the land of Edom. These are the sons of Basemath, Esau’s wife.
VERSE 18. These are the sons of Oholibamah, Esau’s wife: chief Jeush, chief Jalam, chief Korah. These are the chiefs who came of Oholibamah the daughter of Anah, Esau’s wife.
VERSE 19. These are the sons of Esau (that is, Edom), and these are their chiefs.
VERSE 21. Dishon, Ezer, and Dishan. These are the chiefs who came of the Horites, the children of Seir in the land of Edom.
VERSE 22. The children of Lotan were Hori and Heman. Lotan’s sister was Timna.
VERSE 23. These are the children of Shobal: Alvan, Manahath, Ebal, Shepho, and Onam.
VERSE 24. These are the children of Zibeon: Aiah and Anah. This is Anah who found the hot springs in the wilderness, as he fed the donkeys of Zibeon his father.
VERSE 25. These are the children of Anah: Dishon and Oholibamah, the daughter of Anah.
VERSE 26. These are the children of Dishon: Hemdan, Eshban, Ithran, and Cheran.
VERSE 27. These are the children of Ezer: Bilhan, Zaavan, and Akan.
VERSE 28. These are the children of Dishan: Uz and Aran.
VERSE 29. These are the chiefs who came of the Horites: chief Lotan, chief Shobal, chief Zibeon, chief Anah,
VERSE 30. chief Dishon, chief Ezer, and chief Dishan. These are the chiefs who came of the Horites, according to their chiefs in the land of Seir.
VERSE 32. Bela, the son of Beor, reigned in Edom. The name of his city was Dinhabah.
VERSE 33. Bela died, and Jobab, the son of Zerah of Bozrah, reigned in his place.
VERSE 34. Jobab died, and Husham of the land of the Temanites reigned in his place.
VERSE 35. Husham died, and Hadad, the son of Bedad, who struck Midian in the field of Moab, reigned in his place. The name of his city was Avith.
VERSE 36. Hadad died, and Samlah of Masrekah reigned in his place.
VERSE 37. Samlah died, and Shaul of Rehoboth by the river, reigned in his place.
VERSE 38. Shaul died, and Baal Hanan the son of Achbor reigned in his place.
VERSE 39. Baal Hanan the son of Achbor died, and Hadar reigned in his place. The name of his city was Pau. His wife’s name was Mehetabel, the daughter of Matred, the daughter of Mezahab.
VERSE 40. These are the names of the chiefs who came from Esau, according to their families, after their places, and by their names: chief Timna, chief Alvah, chief Jetheth,
VERSE 41. chief Oholibamah, chief Elah, chief Pinon,
VERSE 42. chief Kenaz, chief Teman, chief Mibzar,
VERSE 43. chief Magdiel, and chief Iram. These are the chiefs of Edom, according to their habitations in the land of their possession. This is Esau, the father of the Edomites.
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