Genesis 36:6 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Genesis 36:6, NIV: "Esau took his wives and sons and daughters and all the members of his household, as well as his livestock and all his other animals and all the goods he had acquired in Canaan, and moved to a land some distance from his brother Jacob."

Genesis 36:6, ESV: "Then Esau took his wives, his sons, his daughters, and all the members of his household, his livestock, all his beasts, and all his property that he had acquired in the land of Canaan. He went into a land away from his brother Jacob."

Genesis 36:6, KJV: "And Esau took his wives, and his sons, and his daughters, and all the persons of his house, and his cattle, and all his beasts, and all his substance, which he had got in the land of Canaan; and went into the country from the face of his brother Jacob."

Genesis 36:6, NASB: "Then Esau took his wives, his sons, his daughters, and all his household, and his livestock and all his cattle, and all his property which he had acquired in the land of Canaan, and went to another land away from his brother Jacob."

Genesis 36:6, NLT: "Esau took his wives, his children, and his entire household, along with his livestock and cattle--all the wealth he had acquired in the land of Canaan--and moved away from his brother, Jacob."

Genesis 36:6, CSB: "Esau took his wives, sons, daughters, and all the people of his household, as well as his herds, all his livestock, and all the property he had acquired in Canaan; he went to a land away from his brother Jacob."

What does Genesis 36:6 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

Esau's twin brother, Jacob, fled his home in fear (Genesis 27:42) thanks to Esau's rage at being cheated out of his firstborn blessing (Genesis 27:30–35). They seem to have reconciled peacefully many years later (Genesis 33:1–4). However, the two men are both leaders of large tribes, and must separate so the land can support them both (Genesis 36:7). His chosen location is southeast of the Promised Land which was promised to Jacob (Genesis 35:12).

When Esau was born, he was notably red and hairy (Genesis 25:25). Later, he famously sold his birthright for some red stew (Genesis 25:30). This earned him the name "Edom," meaning "red," and the country where his descendants settled was ironically called "Seir," meaning "shaggy or hairy" (Genesis 36:8). This land was already inhabited (Genesis 14:6), but Esau's tribes took over (Deuteronomy 2:12).

In time, the two nations founded by these brothers will become bitter enemies. Jacob's descendants are known by his new name, Israel (Genesis 35:10). Esau's are known by his nickname, Edom. Israelites and Edomites will clash frequently in the Old Testament (Numbers 20:14–21; 1 Samuel 14:47; 2 Kings 8:20; Obadiah 1:8–11).