Genesis 36 Chapter Commentary:

Esau’s Generations and Edom

A genealogy of Esau, Jacob’s twin brother, and the kings of the land of Edom is given in Genesis 36.

The chapter chronicles the rulers of Edom before any king ruled over the Israelites, along with the names of Esau’s wives, children, and grandchildren.

Despite the fact that Esau and his descendants did not have the same blessings as Jacob and his offspring, the chapter stresses the fulfillment of God’s promises to them. It emphasizes how crucial it is to see God’s promises come true, even though they don’t always appear the way we anticipate.

What’s the Main Point?

The chapter gives a thorough description of Esau’s offspring and the Edomite kings. Even though Esau and his offspring did not have the same blessings as Jacob and his descendants, Genesis 36 places emphasis on the fulfillment of God’s promises to them.

What Can We Learn from This Chapter?

One lesson is the significance of recognizing God’s promises coming to pass, even when they don’t appear to be doing so.

Another is the reminder that God keeps His word and can operate through everyone, including those who aren’t necessarily members of Israel’s chosen people.

The chapter also emphasizes how crucial it is to understand the biblical narrative’s historical context and background since these elements can shed light on the time period’s cultural and political climate.


Lord God, help us to keep in mind your faithfulness to your promises and your ability to work through all people and nations as we read and meditate on Genesis 36, dear God.

May we appreciate how crucial it is to comprehend the historical background of the biblical story and make use of this knowledge to gain new perspectives and a deeper comprehension of your written word.

Help us to have faith in you and your plans for us, even when they don’t always turn out the way we think they would. I appreciate your loyalty and love. We pray in the name of Jesus. Amen.

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Ancient Ruins in the land of Edom above the bed of a valley and Arab Date gardens. Robert Moresby, 1829-1834. This image is in the public domain. Cropped from original.