|Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary|
36:1-43 Esau and his descendants. - The registers in this chapter show the faithfulness of God to his promise to Abraham. Esau is here called Edom, that name which kept up the remembrance of his selling his birth-right for a mess of pottage. Esau continued the same profane despiser of heavenly things. In outward prosperity and honour, the children of the covenant are often behind, and those that are out of the covenant get the start. We may suppose it a trial to the faith of God's Israel, to hear of the pomp and power of the kings of Edom, while they were bond-slaves in Egypt; but those that look for great things from God, must be content to wait for them; God's time is the best time. Mount Seir is called the land of their possession. Canaan was at this time only the land of promise. Seir was in the possession of the Edomites. The children of this world have their all in hand, and nothing in hope, Lu 16:25; while the children of God have their all in hope, and next to nothing in hand. But, all things considered, it is beyond compare better to have Canaan in promise, than mount Seir in possession.
Verse 28. - The children of Dishan are these; Uz, - "Sandy" (Gesenius, Furst) - and Aran - "Wild Goat" (Gesenius); "Power," "Strength" (Furst).
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The children of Dishon are these,.... The last of the seven sons of Seir, and who had two sons:
Uz and Aran; from the former of these the land of Uz, inhabited by the Edomites, had its name, Lamentations 4:21; some have taken this to be the country of Job, Job 1:1.
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