What does Genesis 36:32 mean?
ESV: Bela the son of Beor reigned in Edom, the name of his city being Dinhabah.
NIV: Bela son of Beor became king of Edom. His city was named Dinhabah.
NASB: Bela the son of Beor reigned in Edom, and the name of his city was Dinhabah.
CSB: Bela son of Beor reigned in Edom; the name of his city was Dinhabah.
NLT: Bela son of Beor, who ruled in Edom from his city of Dinhabah.
KJV: And Bela the son of Beor reigned in Edom: and the name of his city was Dinhabah.
NKJV: Bela the son of Beor reigned in Edom, and the name of his city was Dinhabah.
Verse Commentary:
This section (Genesis 36:31) lists the kings of Edom (Genesis 36:1) during a time before Israel had monarchs of her own (Judges 21:25).

The first of Edom's kings listed is Bela, son of Beor, who reigned from the city of Dinhabah. Later, a man named Balaam, the son of Beor, will have dealings with the Israelites as described in Numbers 22. It's unclear if this Beor is the same mentioned there, though the era and geography may be correct.
Verse Context:
Genesis 36:31–43 lists eight kings of Edom, the nation which descended from Esau (Genesis 36:1), all apparently ruling from a different city. This passage pointedly notes that Edom's kings all reigned before Israel had kings of her own. While Edom is conquering Seir (Genesis 36:9), Israel must endure centuries of slavery (Exodus 12:40). This was followed by a long period under a series of "judges" (Judges 21:25) before their first appointed king (1 Samuel 8:4–5). Finally, in this section, the clan leaders are listed, each likely representing a specific region in the land of Edom.
Chapter Summary:
Genesis 36 describes the generations of Esau, mostly focusing on the genealogy and rulers of the land of Edom. Repeatedly, the chapter emphasizes that Esau is Edom, repeating an association made earlier in Genesis (Genesis 25:25, 30). The Edomite people are his descendants. The regions in the land of Edom are named for his offspring. The chapter diverts briefly to give the genealogy of the Horite people (Genesis 14:6) who occupied the land before it was conquered (Deuteronomy 2:12). Finally, the chapter lists eight kings of Edom, along with the chiefs whose names became associated with the regions their clans occupied.
Chapter Context:
Genesis 35 concludes with the death of Isaac. It marks the end of the story arc which focused on him (Genesis 25:19). Genesis 36 briefly describes the generations of Esau, Jacob's twin brother, listing his sons, grandsons, and the kings of Edom, the nation that came from Esau. This is parallel to how Genesis 25:12–18 relayed the fate of Ishamel, another son who did not carry the line of promise. Genesis 37 begins the generations of Jacob, focusing mostly on the story of Joseph.
Book Summary:
The book of Genesis establishes fundamental truths about God. Among these are His role as the Creator, His holiness, His hatred of sin, His love for mankind, and His willingness to provide for our redemption. We learn not only where mankind has come from, but why the world is in its present form. The book also presents the establishment of Israel, God's chosen people. Many of the principles given in other parts of Scripture depend on the basic ideas presented here in the book of Genesis. Within the framework of the Bible, Genesis explains the bare-bones history of the universe leading up to the captivity of Israel in Egypt, setting the stage for the book of Exodus.
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