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Matthew Henry

Matthew Henry's Complete Commentary - Genesis 36:31-42

By degrees, it seems, the Edomites wormed out the Horites, obtained full possession of the country, and had a government of their own. 1. They were ruled by kings, who governed the whole country, and seem to have come to the throne by election, and not by lineal descent; so bishop Patrick observes. These kings reigned in Edom before there reigned any king over the children of Israel, that is, before Moses's time, for he was king in Jeshurun, Deut. 33:5. God had lately promised Jacob that kings... read more

John Gill

John Gills Exposition of the Bible Commentary - Genesis 36:38

And Saul died ,.... About A. M. 2325: and Baalhanan the son of Achbor reigned in his stead : whose name, inverted, is observed by Grotius to be the same with Hannibal; it signifies a gracious lord or king. read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Genesis 36:38

And Saul died, and Baal-hanan —"Lord of Benignity" (Gesenius)— the son of Achbor —"Mouse" (Gesenius)— reigned in his stead. read more

Albert Barnes

Albert Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible - Genesis 36:1-43

- Section XII - Jacob- The History of Esau2. <אהלבמה 'ohŏlı̂ybâmâh, Oholibamah, “tent of the high place.” ענה ‛ǎnâh, ‘Anah, “answering.” צבעון tsı̂b‛ôn, Tsib‘on, “dyer, colored.”4. אליפז 'ělı̂yphaz, Eliphaz, “God of strength.” רעוּאל re‛û'êl Re‘uel, “friend of God.”5. יעוּשׁ ye‛ûsh, Je‘ush, “haste.” יעלם ya‛lâm, Ja‘lam, “hiding.” קרח qôrach Qorach, “ice.”11. תימן têymân, Teman, “right-hand man.” אומר 'ômār, Omar, “eloquent.” צפו tsephô, Tsepho, “watch.” געתם ga‛tâm Ga‘tam,... read more

Donald C. Fleming

Bridgeway Bible Commentary - Genesis 36:1-43

Descendants of Esau (36:1-43)The story is now about to move on from Jacob to his family, but first the record of Esau is brought to a close. The covenant family (Jacob’s) had settled in Canaan, while the non-covenant family (Esau’s) had settled in Edom. There, over many years, Esau’s descendants grew into a large nation (36:1-19; cf. 27:39-40). As the Edomites grew, the original inhabitants of the land, the Horites, were either forced to move elsewhere or absorbed into Edom (20-30; cf. 14:6;... read more

James Burton Coffman

Coffman Commentaries on the Bible - Genesis 36:31-39

"And these are the kings that reigned in the land of Edom, before there reigned any king over the children of Israel. And Bela the son of Beor reigned in Edom; and the name of his city was Dimhabah. And Bela died, and Jobab the son of Zerah of Bozrah reigned in his stead. And Jobab died, and Husham of the land of the Temanites reigned in his stead. And Husham died, and Hadad the son of Bedad, who smote Midian in the land of Moab, reigned in his stead; and the name of his city was Avith. And... read more

John Dummelow

John Dummelow's Commentary on the Bible - Genesis 36:1-43

The Generations of Esau’The amount of detail here arises from the fact that Edom was always counted Israel’s brother, and of great importance in the history of Israel. The Horites (“cave-dwellers ") were originally in the mountainous country of Seir (Genesis 36:20); the Hebrews under Esau entered and amalgamated with them. Esau married the Horite Aholibamah, and his son Eliphaz, the Horite Timna. They then became rulers of Seir to Akaba; God gave it them as Canaan to Israel ’(D.). See... read more

Arno Clemens Gaebelein

Arno Gaebelein's Annotated Bible - Genesis 36:1-43

X. THE GENERATIONS OF ESAU 1. Esau in Canaan, his wives and sons (Genesis 36:1-5 ) 2. Esau leaving Canaan and in Edom (Genesis 36:6-8 ) XI. THE GENERATIONS OF ESAU IN MOUNT SEIR 1. Sons of Esau (Genesis 36:9-10 ) 2. Sons of Eliphaz (Genesis 36:11-12 ) 3. Sons of Reuel (Genesis 36:13 ) 4. Sons of Aholibamah (Genesis 36:14 ) 5. Dukes of Eliphaz (Genesis 36:15-16 ) 6. Dukes of Reuel (Genesis 36:17 ) 7. Dukes of Jeush (Genesis 36:18 ) 8. Dukes of Horite and kings of Edom... read more

L.M. Grant

L. M. Grant's Commentary on the Bible - Genesis 36:1-43

THE FAMILY OF ESAU This chapter deals with the generations of Esau. Verse 6 tells us that he took his wives, family, and all his possessions, leaving the land of Canaan, going "from the face of his brother Jacob." The man "after the flesh" cannot dwell together with the one who is chosen by God. Yet Esau (Edom) prospers and develops greatly in a material way, his sons becoming "dukes" (vs.15-43) before Jacob's family attain such honor (except for Joseph in Egypt). We must remember that Joseph... read more

James Gray

James Gray's Concise Bible Commentary - Genesis 36:1-43

JACOB ’S CHILDREN , ESAU ’S MEMOIRS THE WICKEDNESS OF JACOB’S SONS (Genesis 34:0 ) In the last lesson Jacob’s altar at Shechem proclaims God to be his God, but (as another says) it is evident he has not gotten the power of this name for he is walking in his own ways still, as his house at Succoth and his purchase at Shechem testify. So new sorrow and discipline must come. Dinah represents the young women of today who want to see the world and have their fling. Her conduct was indiscreet,... read more

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