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Whatever Became of Esau?

Genesis 36

Now, some of you may be wondering what became of Esau after he parted ways with Jacob. Well he married a few Canaanite women, and he had some kids. 2 Aside from Judith (who was mentioned back in Genesis 26, but not here), he married Adah the daughter of Elon the Hittite, Aholibamah the daughter of Anah whose father was Zibeon the Hivite, and Bashemath the daughter of his Uncle Ishmael. 3 Apparently, Bashemath had a brother called Nebaioth, but Esau didn’t marry him.

4 Esau had a son called Eliphaz with Adah, a son called Reuel with Bashemath, 5 and sons called Jeush, Jalam and Korah with Aholibamah.

6 Now Esau moved to Seir because there wasn’t enough room in Canaan for his family and his brother Jacob’s, 7 despite the fact that Jacob had already moved away to Paddam Aram to shack up with his cousin.

8 Anyway, Esau, who was also going by the name Edom, 9 had more sons in Seir including Eliphaz and Reuel 10 who had been stuffed back inside their mothers to be born again.

11 Eliphaz, the son of Esau and Adah, went on to have sons called Teman, Omar, Zepho, Gatam, and Kenaz. 12 He also had a porcupine called Timna with whom he had a son called Amalek. 13 His half-brother Reuel, the son of Esau and Bashemath, had sons called Nahath, Zerah, Shammah, and Mizzah.

14 In case you forgot after reading the past three paragraphs, Aholibamah and Esau had Jeush, Jalam, and Korah. 15 Eliphaz, who was Esau’s firstborn, had Teman, Omar, Zepho, Gatam, Kenaz, Amalek, 16 and another son called Korah who wasn’t mentioned the first time around, but who I assume was born while this paragraph was being written.

17 Esau’s son Reuel had sons called Nahath, Zerah, Shammah, and Mizzah to whom I previously alluded. 18 Don’t forget about Esau and Aholibamah’s sons Jeush, Jalam, and Korah who I’ve mentioned twice already.

19 So, that’s Esau and his sons. I hope you’re taking notes.

20 Seir the Horite also lived in Seir (the place, not himself), and he had sons called Lotan, Shobal, Zibeon, Anah, 21 Dishon, Ezer and Dishan (not to be confused with Dishon). 22 Lotan son of Seir had sons called Hori (from whom the Horites descended, including his grandfather Seir) and He-Man, and he had a sister called Timna, who really could have been mentioned along with Seir’s sons. So Seir had sons called Lotan, Shobal, Zibeon, Anah, Dishon, Ezer and Dishan (not to be confused with Dishon) AND a daughter called Timna.

23 Shobal son of Seir had sons called Alvan, Manahath, Ebal, Shepho, and Onam. 24 And Zibeon son of Seir had Ajah and Anah. Anah apparently found water in the desert while he was grazing on his father’s ass. This might also be the same Anah whose daughter Aholibamah married Esau, but that Zibeon was supposed to be a Hivite, not a Horite, so I can’t be sure.

25 Anah - I think, the one who was the son of Seir, not the one who was the son of Zibeon - had a son named Dishon and a daughter named Aholibamah, who might have been the same one who married Esau. 26 And Dishon - who might have been the son of Seir or the son of Anah - had sons called Hemdan, Eshban, Ithran, and Keran. 27 And Ezer son of Seir had sons called Bilhan, Zaavan and Akan. 28 And Dishan (not to be confused with Dishon) son of Seir had sons called Uz and Aran.

The Horite chiefs were Lotan, Shobal, Zibeon, Anah, 30 Dishon, Ezer, and Dishan (not to be confused with Dishon). So Seir’s sons were the chiefs of the Horites who descended from Hori son of Lotan via Hori’s grandfather Seir.

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31 A line of kings reigned in the land of Edom, which is another word for Seir (the place, not the guy), before the Israelites settled that land. 32 King Bela was the son of Beor. He had a city called Dinhabah, and then he died; I guess because the strain of giving birth to a city was too much for him.

33 King Jobab son of Zerah from Bozrah succeeded King Bela, 34 then King Husham from Teman, 35 and then King Hadad son of Bedad. King Hadad killed Midian for going into Moab’s field, and had a city called Avith.

36 King Samlah from Masrekah was next (as king, not to be killed by King Hadad), 37 followed by King Shaul from Rehoboth on the river, 38 followed by King Baal-Hanan son of Akbor, 39 followed by King Hadad II who married a city named Pau and a woman named Mehetabel daughter of Matred, daughter of Me-Zahab.

40 After all of those Kings were dead, Esau’s descendants ruled the land, and their names were Duke Timna, Duke Alvah, Duke Jetheth, 41 Duke Aholibamah, Duke Elah, Duke Pinon, 42 Duke Kenaz, Duke Teman, Duke Mibzar, 43 Duke Magdiel, Duke Iran, and Duke Duke Duke Duke of Earl.

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