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The Family Line of Esau

36 Here is the story of Esau. Esau was also called Edom.

2Esau got his wives from among the women of Canaan. He married Adah, the daughter of Elon the Hittite. He also married Oholibamah, the daughter of Anah and the granddaughter of Zibeon the Hivite. 3And he married Basemath, the daughter of Ishmael and the sister of Nebaioth.

4Adah had Eliphaz by Esau. Basemath had Reuel. 5Oholibamah had Jeush, Jalam and Korah. All of them were Esau’s sons. They were born in Canaan.

6Esau moved to a land far away from his brother Jacob. He took with him his wives, his sons and daughters, and all of the people who lived with him. He also took his livestock and all of his other animals. He took everything he had gotten in Canaan.

7Jacob and Esau owned so much that they couldn’t remain together. There wasn’t enough land for both of them. They had too much livestock. 8So Esau settled in the hill country of Seir. Esau was also called Edom.

9Here is the story of Esau. He’s the father of the people of Edom. They live in the hill country of Seir.

10 Here are the names of Esau’s sons.

They are Eliphaz, the son of Esau’s wife Adah, and Reuel, the son of Esau’s wife Basemath.

11 The sons of Eliphaz were

Teman, Omar, Zepho, Gatam and Kenaz.

12 Esau’s son Eliphaz also had a concubine named Timna. She had Amalek by Eliphaz. They were grandsons of Esau’s wife Adah.

13 The sons of Reuel were

Nahath, Zerah, Shammah and Mizzah. They were grandsons of Esau’s wife Basemath.

14 Esau’s wife Oholibamah was the daughter of Anah and the granddaughter of Zibeon. She had Jeush, Jalam and Korah by Esau.

15Here are the chiefs who were among Esau’s sons.

Eliphaz was Esau’s oldest son. The sons of Eliphaz were

Chiefs Teman, Omar, Zepho, Kenaz, 16Korah, Gatam and Amalek. They were the chiefs in Edom who were sons of Eliphaz. They were Adah’s grandsons.

17 The sons of Esau’s son Reuel were

Chiefs Nahath, Zerah, Shammah and Mizzah. They were the chiefs in Edom who were sons of Reuel. They were grandsons of Esau’s wife Basemath.

18 The sons of Esau’s wife Oholibamah were

Chiefs Jeush, Jalam and Korah. They were the chiefs who were sons of Esau’s wife Oholibamah. She was Anah’s daughter.

19That was the family line of Esau. And those were the chiefs. Esau was also called Edom.

20 Seir the Horite had sons living in the same area.

They were Lotan, Shobal, Zibeon, Anah, 21Dishon, Ezer and Dishan. The sons of Seir in Edom were Horite chiefs.

22 The sons of Lotan were

Hori and Homam. Timna was Lotan’s sister.

23 The sons of Shobal were

Alvan, Manahath, Ebal, Shepho and Onam.

24 The sons of Zibeon were

Aiah and Anah. He was the Anah who discovered the hot springs of water in the desert. He found them while he was taking care of the donkeys that belonged to his father Zibeon.

25 The children of Anah were

Dishon and Oholibamah. Oholibamah was the daughter of Anah.

26 The sons of Dishon were

Hemdan, Eshban, Ithran and Keran.

27 The sons of Ezer were

Bilhan, Zaavan and Akan.

28 The sons of Dishan were

Uz and Aran.

29 The Horite chiefs were

Lotan, Shobal, Zibeon, Anah, 30Dishon, Ezer and Dishan. They were the Horite chiefs in the land of Seir. They are listed tribe by tribe.

The Rulers of Edom

31Before Israel had a king, there were kings who ruled in Edom.

32 Bela became the king of Edom. Bela was the son of Beor. Bela’s city was called Dinhabah.

33 When Bela died, Jobab became the next king. Jobab was the son of Zerah from Bozrah.

34 When Jobab died, Husham became the next king. Husham was from the land of the Temanites.

35 When Husham died, Hadad became the next king. Hadad was the son of Bedad. Hadad had won the battle over Midian in the country of Moab. Hadad’s city was called Avith.

36 When Hadad died, Samlah became the next king. Samlah was from Masrekah.

37 When Samlah died, Shaul became the next king. Shaul was from Rehoboth on the river.

38 When Shaul died, Baal-Hanan became the next king. Baal-Hanan was the son of Acbor.

39 When Baal-Hanan died, Hadad became the next king. Hadad’s city was called Pau. His wife’s name was Mehetabel. She was the daughter of Matred. Matred was the daughter of Me-Zahab.

40Here are the chiefs who were in the family line of Esau. They are listed by name as chiefs in charge of their tribes and territories. They are

Timna, Alvah, Jetheth, 41Oholibamah, Elah, Pinon, 42Kenaz, Teman, Mibzar, 43Magdiel and Iram. They were the chiefs of Edom. They ruled over their settlements in the land where they lived.

That’s the end of the story of Esau. He was the father of the people of Edom.

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