G E N E S I S
In this chapter we have an account of the
posterity of Esau, who, from him, were called Edomites, that Esau
who sold his birthright, and lost his blessing, and was not loved
of God as Jacob was. Here is a brief register kept of his family
for some generations. 1. Because he was the son of Isaac, for whose
sake this honour is put upon him. 2. Because the Edomites were
neighbours to Israel, and their genealogy would be of use to give
light to the following stories of what passed between them. 3. It
is to show the performance of the promise to Abraham, that he
should be "the father of many nations," and of that answer which
Rebekah had from the oracle she consulted, "Two nations are in thy
womb," and of the blessing of Isaac, "Thy dwelling shall be the
fatness of the earth." We have here, I. Esau's wives, ver. 1-5. II. His remove to mount
Seir, ver. 6-8. III. The
names of his sons, ver.
9-14. IV. The dukes who descended of his sons, ver. 15-19. V. The dukes of the
Horites, ver. 20-30. VI.
The kings and dukes of Edom, ver.
31-43. Little more is recorded than their names, because
the history of those that were out of the church (though perhaps it
might have been serviceable in politics) would have been of little
use in divinity. It is in the church that the memorable instances
are found of special grace, and special providence; for that is the
enclosure, the rest is common. This chapter is abridged, 1 Chron. i. 35, &c.