Genesis 36


Edom (called also "Seir,") Genesis 32:3; 36:8 is the name of the country lying south of the ancient kingdom of Judah, and extending from the Dead Sea to the Gulf of Akaba. It includes the ruins of Petra, and is bounded on the north by Moab. Peopled by descendants of Esau Genesis 36:1-9. Edom has a remarkable prominence in the prophetic word as (together with Moab) the scene of the final destruction of Gentile world-power in the day of the Lord. See "Armageddon" ; Revelation 16:14; Revelation 19:21 and "Times of the Gentiles" ; Luke 21:24; Revelation 16:14. Cf. ; Psalms 137:7; Obadiah 1:8-16; Isaiah 34:1-8; 63:1-6; Jeremiah 49:14-22; Ezekiel 25:12-14.


(See Scofield "Exodus 17:8") .


Lit. Rock dweller.

kings that reigned in the land of Edom

It is characteristic of Scripture that the kings of Edom should be enumerated before the kings of Israel. The principle is stated in 1 Corinthians 15:46. First things are "natural," man's best, and always fail; second things are "spiritual," God's things, and succeed. Adam--Christ; Cain--Abel; Cain's posterity--Seth's posterity; Saul--David; Israel--the true Church, etc.

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