1 Now these are the generations of Esau, who is Edom.
2 Esau took his wives of the daughters of Canaan; Adah the daughter of Elon the Hittite, and Aholibamah the daughter of Anah the daughter of Zibeon the Hivite;
3 And Bashemath Ishmael’s daughter, sister of Nebajoth.
4 And Adah bare to Esau Eliphaz; and Bashemath bare Reuel;
5 And Aholibamah bare Jeush, and Jaalam, and Korah: these are the sons of Esau, which were born unto him in the land of Canaan.
6 And Esau took his wives, and his sons, and his daughters, and all the persons of his house, and his cattle, and all his beasts, and all his substance, which he had got in the land of Canaan; and went into the country from the face of his brother Jacob.
7 For their riches were more than that they might dwell together; and the land wherein they were strangers could not bear them because of their cattle.
8 Thus dwelt Esau in mount Seir: Esau is Edom.
K.J.V. Bible Text
Genesis Chapter 36 begins the account of the family line of Esau, who you will of course recall was the Jacob’s elder brother, his twin, born just ahead of Jacob.
The scripture lists three wives for Esau. They were women of Canaan and the mothers of five sons born to Esau in the land of Canaan. These were of course the Canaanite wives who vexed his mother and father during their lifetimes.
When Jacob returned to the area, the families had so much livestock that the land could not support all of them. At that time, Esau moved to the hill country of Seir.
It seems that Jacob and Esau, indeed most of those people we have thus far studied in the history recorded in Genesis, have often been wanderers. Perhaps, the people of the time, engaged in the occupation of herdsmen, had grown used to the need to relocate on a regular basis, but surely Esau must have had some ill feeling because he was forced to leave the land of his youth after Jacob’s return.
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