Genesis 36:37 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Genesis 36:37, NIV: "When Samlah died, Shaul from Rehoboth on the river succeeded him as king."

Genesis 36:37, ESV: "Samlah died, and Shaul of Rehoboth on the Euphrates reigned in his place."

Genesis 36:37, KJV: "And Samlah died, and Saul of Rehoboth by the river reigned in his stead."

Genesis 36:37, NASB: "Then Samlah died, and Shaul of Rehoboth on the Euphrates River became king in his place."

Genesis 36:37, NLT: "When Samlah died, Shaul from the city of Rehoboth-on-the-River became king in his place."

Genesis 36:37, CSB: "When Samlah died, Shaul from Rehoboth on the Euphrates River reigned in his place."

What does Genesis 36:37 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

Kings ruled the land of Edom (Genesis 14:6; 36:1, 31; Deuteronomy 2:12) before Israel had appointed their first king (Judges 21:25). This is partly due to Israel's centuries-long captivity in Egypt (Exodus 12:40).

After the death of Samlah, Shaul became king, ruling from Rehoboth, a city on the Euphrates River. The name translated as "Shaul" is the same name as "Saul," though this is not the same person as the first of Israel's kings (1 Samuel 8:4–5; 11:14–15).