Genesis 36:7
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New International Version
Their possessions were too great for them to remain together; the land where they were staying could not support them both because of their livestock.

New Living Translation
There was not enough land to support them both because of all the livestock and possessions they had acquired.

English Standard Version
For their possessions were too great for them to dwell together. The land of their sojournings could not support them because of their livestock.

Berean Study Bible
For their possessions were too great for them to dwell together; the land where they stayed could not support them because of their livestock.

New American Standard Bible
For their property had become too great for them to live together, and the land where they sojourned could not sustain them because of their livestock.

King James Bible
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.

Christian Standard Bible
For their possessions were too many for them to live together, and because of their herds, the land where they stayed could not support them.

Contemporary English Version
He did this because the land was too crowded and could not support him and his brother with their flocks and herds.

Good News Translation
He left because the land where he and Jacob were living was not able to support them; they had too much livestock and could no longer stay together.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
For their possessions were too many for them to live together, and because of their herds, the land where they stayed could not support them.

International Standard Version
because their holdings were too vast to allow them to stay together, since the land where they had settled was not able to support all of their livestock.

NET Bible
because they had too many possessions to be able to stay together and the land where they had settled was not able to support them because of their livestock.

New Heart English Bible
For their substance was too great for them to dwell together, and the land of their travels couldn't bear them because of their livestock.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
He did this because they had too many possessions to live together. There wasn't enough pastureland for all of their livestock.

JPS Tanakh 1917
For their substance was too great for them to dwell together; and the land of their sojournings could not bear them because of their cattle.

New American Standard 1977
For their property had become too great for them to live together, and the land where they sojourned could not sustain them because of their livestock.

Jubilee Bible 2000
For their riches were more than that they might dwell together, and the land in which they were strangers could not bear them because of their livestock.

King James 2000 Bible
For their riches were more than that they might dwell together; and the land in which they were strangers could not bear them because of their cattle.

American King James Version
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.

American Standard Version
For their substance was too great for them to dwell together; and the land of their sojournings could not bear them because of their cattle.

Douay-Rheims Bible
For they were exceeding rich, and could not dwell together: neither was the land in which they sojourned able to bear them, for the multitude of their flocks.

Darby Bible Translation
For their property was too great for them to dwell together, and the land where they were sojourners could not bear them, because of their cattle.

English Revised Version
For their substance was too great for them to dwell together; and the land of their sojournings could not bear them because of their cattle.

Webster's Bible Translation
For their riches were more than that they might dwell together: and the land wherein they were strangers could not sustain them, because of their cattle.

World English Bible
For their substance was too great for them to dwell together, and the land of their travels couldn't bear them because of their livestock.

Young's Literal Translation
for their substance was more abundant than to dwell together, and the land of their sojournings was not able to bear them because of their cattle;
Study Bible
Esau's Descendants
6Later, Esau took his wives and sons and daughters and all the people of his household, along with his livestock, all his other animals, and all the property he had acquired in Canaan, and he moved to a land far away from his brother Jacob. 7For their possessions were too great for them to dwell together; the land where they stayed could not support them because of their livestock. 8So Esau (that is, Edom) settled in the hill country of Seir.…
Cross References
Hebrews 11:9
By faith he dwelt in the promised land as a stranger in a foreign country. He lived in tents, as did Isaac and Jacob, who were heirs with him of the same promise.

Genesis 13:6
But the land was unable to support both of them while they stayed together, for they had so many possessions that they were unable to coexist.

Genesis 17:8
And to you and your descendants I will give the land of your sojourn--all the land of Canaan--as an eternal possession; and I will be their God."

1 Chronicles 29:15
For we are foreigners and sojourners in Your presence, as were all our forefathers. Our days on earth are like a shadow, without hope.

Psalm 39:12
Hear my prayer, O LORD, and give ear to my cry for help; do not be deaf to my weeping. For I am a foreigner dwelling with You, a sojourner like all my fathers.

Jeremiah 35:7
Nor are you ever to build a house or sow seed or plant a vineyard. Those things are not for you. Instead, you must live in tents all your lives, so that you may live a long time in the land where you sojourn.'

Treasury of Scripture

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.

their riches.

Genesis 13:6,11 And the land was not able to bear them, that they might dwell together: …

the land.

Genesis 17:8 And I will give to you, and to your seed after you, the land wherein …

Genesis 28:4 And give you the blessing of Abraham, to you, and to your seed with …







(7) The land wherein they were strangers.--The large growth of their wealth made the separation of Esau and Jacob as inevitable as had been that of Abraham and Lot. It is a usual incident in the life of nomads, and a tribe can multiply only to the extent of the capabilities of their district to support them. When this is reached, one portion of the tribe must seek a new home. This necessity was in the present case aggravated by Esau and Jacob being only sojourners in Canaan, surrounded by tribes who claimed to be owners of the soil: and this may have helped in determining Esau's choice; for in right of Aholibamah, he was in her country a duke. Maimonides also observes, that though Esau had gone on hunting expeditions to Seir, and even possibly for plunder, yet that he was not sufficiently powerful to take possession of the country until by Isaac's death the number of his retainers was largely multiplied.

Verse 7. - For their riches were more than that they might dwell together; and the land wherein they were strangers - literally, of their wanderings (cf. Genesis 28:4; Genesis 37:1) - could not bear them because of their cattle. This does not necessarily imply that Jacob was established in Canaan before Esau removed. Esau may have recognized the impossibility of two so rich and powerful chieftains as himself and his brother occupying Canaan, and may have retired Before Jacob actually took possession (Keil, Inglis). For their riches were more than that they might dwell together,.... And therefore it was proper to part, as Abraham and Lot had done before, Genesis 13:6,

and the land wherein they were strangers could not bear them, because of their cattle; their cattle were so numerous that they could not get pasturage for them, there not being enough left them by the inhabitants of it for them to occupy; nor could they hire land of them sufficient for them both; they being not possessors but sojourners in it, and therefore could have no more of it than the inhabitants thought fit to let unto them. 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.
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