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Genesis 36:1

    Genesis 36:1 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    Now these are the generations of Esau, who is Edom.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    Now these are the generations of Esau, who is Edom.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    Now these are the generations of Esau (the same is Edom).

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    Now these are the generations of Esau, that is to say, Edom.

    Webster's Revision

    Now these are the generations of Esau (the same is Edom).

    World English Bible

    Now this is the history of the generations of Esau (that is, Edom).

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    Now these are the generations of Esau (the same is Edom).

    Clarke's Commentary on Genesis 36:1

    These are the generations of Esau - We have here the genealogy of Esau in his sons and grandsons, and also the genealogy of Seir the Horite. The genealogy of the sons of Esau, born in Canaan, is related Genesis 36:1-8; those of his grandchildren born in Seir, Genesis 36:9-19; those of Seir the Horite, Genesis 36:20-30. The generations of Esau are particularly marked, to show how exactly God fulfilled the promises he made to him, Genesis 25 and 27; and those of Seir the Horite are added, because his family became in some measure blended with that of Esau.

    Barnes' Notes on Genesis 36:1

    This passage is introductory, and records the settlement of Esau with his family in Mount Seir. "Esau, who is Edom." This is a fact of which we were informed in the previous history Genesis 25:25, Genesis 25:30. It is mentioned here because the latter name gave origin to the national designation; namely, the Edomites or Idumaeans. The occurrence of this explanatory or definitive clause here and in other parts of this chapter throws light on the manner in which this work was composed. Such parenthetical explanations are sometimes ascribed to the reviser or redactor of the original text. And to this there is no theoretic objection, provided the reviser be allowed to be of equal authority with the original author, and the explanatory addition be necessary for the reader of a later period, and could not have been furnished by the original author. Otherwise, such a mode of accounting for these simple clauses is unnecessary, and therefore, unwarrantable. The present case the writer has already explained, and the latest reader requires the clause no more than the earliest, as he is aware from the previous notices that Esau is Edom. We are thus led to regard these explanatory clauses as marks of an early or artless simplicity of style, and not as any clear or certain traces of revision.

    Wesley's Notes on Genesis 36:1

    36:1 Who is Edom - That name perpetuated the remembrance of the foolish bargain he made, when he sold his birth - right for that red pottage.