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Bible Commentaries

Grant's Commentary on the Bible

Genesis 36

Verses 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 did not exalt himself, but was exalted by Pharaoh; but Esau's family illustrates the common history of the flesh always exalting itself. The long list of names therefore is intended to impress on us the fact that God has taken full account of the flesh and all its activities, finding it only vanity.

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Grant, L. M. "Commentary on Genesis 36". Grant's Commentary on the Bible. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/eng/lmg/genesis-36.html. 1897-1910.