Genesis 36 (ESV)

These are the generations of Esau (that is, Edom). 2 Esau took his wives from the Canaanites: Adah the daughter of Elon the Hittite, Oholibamah the daughter of Anah the daughter of Zibeon the Hivite, 3 and Basemath, Ishmael’s daughter, the sister of Nebaioth. 4 And Adah bore to Esau, Eliphaz; Basemath bore Reuel; 5 and Oholibamah bore Jeush, Jalam, and Korah. These are the sons of Esau who were born to him in the land of Canaan.

6 Then Esau took his wives, his sons, his daughters, and all the members of his household, his livestock, all his beasts, and all his property that he had acquired in the land of Canaan. He went into a land away from his brother Jacob. 7 For their possessions were too great for them to dwell together. The land of their sojournings could not support them because of their livestock. 8 So Esau settled in the hill country of Seir. (Esau is Edom.) . . . Continue Reading


Four times in this chapter (Genesis 36:1; Genesis 36:8; Genesis 36:19; Genesis 36:43) Esau is referred to as Edom (or the father of Edom in verse 43).

Edom, Edomites. Land and its inhabitants found on the high plateau to the south and southeast of the Dead Sea. The biblical term Edom, meaning “red,” denotes either the name of the land or the name of Esau, in remembrance of the red pottage for which he exchanged his birthright (Gn 25:30; 36:1, 8, 19). The country of Edom was also known as Seir (Gn 32:3; 36:30; Nm 24:18).

Elwell, W. A., & Beitzel, B. J. (1988). Edom, Edomites. In Baker encyclopedia of the Bible (Vol. 1, p. 655). Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Book House.

It’s interesting to note that the Edomites religion was similar to that of other pagan societies who worshiped fertility gods. God made a covenant with Abraham and Isaac to make their descendants as numerous as the stars (Genesis 15:5; Genesis 26:4). It’s clear that Esau had quite a few descendants and that he practiced his religion with frequency.

Esau taking wives from the Canaanites “made life bitter” for his parents Isaac and Rebekah (Genesis 26:34-35). When Abraham was old, he told his servant who had charge of all that he had to not allow Isaac to take a wife from the daughters of the Canaanaites (Genesis 24:3). When Isaac called Jacob and blessed him (Genesis 28:1) he told him to “not take a wife from the Canaanite women.”

When I read through geneologies, I have a tendency to glance over all the names. Because they are recorded in God’s Word, they are important. I want read it as valuable information and not something I have to get through. I really get “bogged down” trying to pronounce the names and my mind tends to wonder. One thing I do to help counter this tendency is to follow along with the audio bible.

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This morning as I read Genesis 36, I tried reading through it without the audio bible’s assistance and at about the mid point in the chapter, I started over again but this time with the audio bible setting the pace. One of the extra blessings of following along is that I can hear the proper pronunciations of all the names . . . and my mind doesn’t wonder!

Father, I’m so thankful for your Word. Help me to find value in all that you have chosen to reveal – not just what I think I can apply to my life. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Thank you for reading my daily online journal today. Far from commentaries these are just my initial thoughts after reflecting on what I’ve read from a chapter in God’s Word each morning. This not only helps me apply what I’ve read because I’m reflecting and sharing instead of only reading but it also allows me to encourage others to prayerfully consider doing the same.

In His Care,

~Scott Quillin