Genesis 36:36
When Hadad died, Samlah from Masrekah reigned in his place.
Increase of Esau's HouseM. M. Kalisch, Ph. D.Genesis 36:1-43
LessonsG. Hughes, B. D.Genesis 36:1-43
LessonsG. Hughes, B. D.Genesis 36:1-43
LessonsG. Hughes, B. D.Genesis 36:1-43
The History of the Generations of EsauT. H. LealeGenesis 36:1-43

Between two stages of the history of the covenant family stands the genealogy of Esau's descendants. The text suggests a contrast between their course and that of the family of Jacob. On the death of Isaac Esau departed from Canaan with family and possessions (cf. Genesis 27:40). The desert and the valleys of Seir were more attractive than quietness of Canaan. Prosperity, such as he cared for, attended him. Among his family we read of dukes, or heads of tribes, and of kings. And what of the line of promise? - kings foretold to them (Genesis 17:6; Genesis 35:11). Yet while kings were reigning in Edom, Israelites were slaves in Egypt or wanderers in the desert. Is God slack to fulfill his word? (1 Peter 3:4). This is often a trial to believers (Psalm 73:3). But God's promises are sure, though the time may seem long. The fulfillment of promises of great blessings has almost always been slow, as we count it. Abraham waited long (Genesis 12:2). It was long ere the kingdom of Israel arose; far longer ere the promise of a Savior fulfilled (Genesis 3:15; Galatians 4:4); and still we wait for the Lord's return. The same truth appears in nature. Great and precious things are of slow growth (cf. Mark 4:5). Doctrinal lessons: -

1. Delay serves for the trial and strengthening of faith. Faith grows by enduring trial. Mark how often the faith of eminent saints has been tried. Without faith we cannot please God; for faith believes God's truth and love, and embraces his will. Unbelief charges God with untruth (Genesis 3:4; 1 John 5:10). Even in believers a leaven of unbelief may be at work. Trials are sent to cause faith to develop into other graces (James 1:3).

2. What springs up quietly is apt to fade quickly (cf. Exodus 3:11 with Haggai 1:2). Danger lest what seems to be faith be merely feeling.

3. The time that seems so long is not mere delay, but preparation. While the seed lies in the earth a process is going on, though unseen, without which the perfect plant could not be formed. Compare the expression, "the fullness of time" (Galatians 4:4), and the way in which all previous history prepared the way for the coming of Christ. These lessons apply equally to God's dealings with the world and with individuals. Practical lessons: -

1. Encouragement if disheartened by slow progress of Christ's kingdom: much labor among the heathen with little apparent result; or many efforts at home, yet ungodliness not checked. We have promises (Isaiah 55:11; 1 Corinthians 15:58). In his own time God will make them good.

2. In like manner if our own striving for personal holiness, or for good of others, seems to have little success. We require the training of disappointment to check pride (2 Corinthians 12:7), and God will see to the result (Galatians 6:9).

3. To bear in mind that we are but instruments in the Lord's hand (1 Corinthians 3:6). Every work to be performed "looking unto Jesus" (2 Corinthians 12:10). - M.

God appeared unto Jacob again.
1. God useth to knit comforts unto griefs for His saints. When creature comforts go out of sight, God cometh in.

2. God's appearance is enough to countervail the disappearance of any comfort.

3. In various ways God hath appeared to His saints, but now only in Christ.

4. Repeated manifestations of Himself doth God afford to the necessities of His saints.

5. All God's gracious appearances are to bless His people.

6. God's blessing for this life and that which is to come is effectual.

(G. Hughes, B. D.)

1. God makes good His general blessing in special effects to His saints.

2. God minds His saints of their own mean name and state in changing

3. God alone removeth the lost estate and name of His people.

4. God alone bringeth His saints to a higher name and state.

5. God's sanction alone settles the name and glory of His saints.

6. This sanction God repeats at His pleasure for His people (ver. 10).

(G. Hughes, B. D.)

He called his name Israel


II. THE WAY IN WHICH ALL JACOB'S SUBSEQUENT EXPERIENCES IN LIFE TENDED TO THE CONFIRMING IN HIM OF THE CHARACTER OF AN "ISRAEL." Even to the end of Jacob's life, God did not wholly remit His discipline. Loss of Joseph, famine, anxiety respecting Benjamin, &c.


1. It is a glorious thing for a man, by means of a Divine discipline of life, to be made acquainted with the characteristics of his own nature.

2. It is a glorious thing to have life enriched with manifold experiences.

3. It is a glorious thing to be made conscious of moral improvement and advantage.

4. It is a glorious thing to be brought into intimate fellowship and communion with God.

(W. Roberts.)

Achan, Achbor, Adah, Aholibamah, Aiah, Ajah, Akan, Alvah, Alvan, Amalek, Anah, Aran, Baalhanan, Bashemath, Basmath, Bedad, Bela, Beor, Bilhan, Canaanites, Cheran, Dishan, Dishon, Edomites, Elah, Eliphaz, Elon, Esau, Eshban, Ezer, Gatam, Hadad, Hadar, Hanan, Hemam, Heman, Hemdan, Hivite, Homam, Hori, Horites, Husham, Iram, Ishmael, Israelites, Ithran, Jaalam, Jacob, Jetheth, Jeush, Jobab, Kenaz, Korah, Lotan, Magdiel, Manahath, Matred, Mehetabel, Mezahab, Mibzar, Midianites, Mizzah, Nahath, Nebaioth, Nebajoth, Omar, Onam, Pinon, Reuel, Samlah, Saul, Seir, Shammah, Shaul, Shepho, Shobal, Teman, Temanites, Timna, Timnah, Zaavan, Zepho, Zerah, Zibeon
Avith, Bozrah, Canaan, Dinhabah, Edom, Euphrates River, Hebron, Masrekah, Midian, Moab, Pau, Rehoboth, Seir
Death, Died, Dieth, Hadad, Masrekah, Masre'kah, Reign, Reigned, Samlah, Stead, Succeeded
1. Esau's three wives.
6. His removal to mount Seir.
9. His sons.
15. The dukes which descended of his sons.
20. The sons and dukes of Seir the Horite.
24. Anah finds mules.
31. The kings of Edom.
40. The dukes that descended of Esau.

Dictionary of Bible Themes
Genesis 36:10-43

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Syria at the Beginning of the Egyptian Conquest
SYRIA AT THE BEGINNING OF THE EGYPTIAN CONQUEST NINEVEH AND THE FIRST COSSAEAN KINGS-THE PEOPLES OF SYRIA, THEIR TOWNS, THEIR CIVILIZATION, THEIR RELIGION-PHOENICIA. The dynasty of Uruazagga-The Cossseans: their country, their gods, their conquest of Chaldaea-The first sovereigns of Assyria, and the first Cossaean Icings: Agumhakrime. The Egyptian names for Syria: Khara, Zahi, Lotanu, Kefatiu-The military highway from the Nile to the Euphrates: first section from Zalu to Gaza-The Canaanites:
G. Maspero—History Of Egypt, Chaldaea, Syria, Babylonia, and Assyria, V 4

The Old Testament opens very impressively. In measured and dignified language it introduces the story of Israel's origin and settlement upon the land of Canaan (Gen.--Josh.) by the story of creation, i.-ii. 4a, and thus suggests, at the very beginning, the far-reaching purpose and the world-wide significance of the people and religion of Israel. The narrative has not travelled far till it becomes apparent that its dominant interests are to be religious and moral; for, after a pictorial sketch of
John Edgar McFadyen—Introduction to the Old Testament

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