Genesis 36:38 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Genesis 36:38, NIV: "When Shaul died, Baal-Hanan son of Akbor succeeded him as king."

Genesis 36:38, ESV: "Shaul died, and Baal-hanan the son of Achbor reigned in his place."

Genesis 36:38, KJV: "And Saul died, and Baalhanan the son of Achbor reigned in his stead."

Genesis 36:38, NASB: "Then Shaul died, and Baal-hanan the son of Achbor became king in his place."

Genesis 36:38, NLT: "When Shaul died, Baal-hanan son of Acbor became king in his place."

Genesis 36:38, CSB: "When Shaul died, Baal-hanan son of Achbor reigned in his place."

What does Genesis 36:38 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

Edom is the nation which came from Esau (Genesis 36:1). Their people took over the country of Seir (Genesis 36:6–8), conquering it from the Horites (Genesis 14:6; Deuteronomy 2:12). During this period, the nation which came from Esau's twin brother, Israel (Genesis 35:10) spent centuries enslaved (Exodus 12:40). Even after they were freed, it was many years before Israel had a king (Judges 21:25; 1 Samuel 8:45).

After the death of King Shaul (Genesis 36:37), Baal-hanan took the throne. His name means "Baal is gracious," an overt reference to the main idol of the Canaanites. Scripture provides no details about his father, or why he was given the name Achbor, literally meaning "mouse."

For the first time in this list, no city name is given along with the king.