Genesis 36:39

39 When Baal-hanan son of Acbor died, Hadad became king in his place and ruled from the city of Pau. His wife was Mehetabel, the daughter of Matred and granddaughter of Me-zahab.

Genesis 36:39 Meaning and Commentary

Genesis 36:39

And Baalhanan the son of Achbor died
About A. M. 2367.

and Hadar reigned in his stead;
the last of the Horite kings, when an end was put to this monarchy by the united families of Seir and Esau, and changed into dukedoms; of which there were seven of the race of Seir, and fourteen of the race of Esau, of whom an account is given in the preceding part of this chapter: as for this last king it is further said of him:

and the name of his city [was] Pau;
but where it was cannot be said:

and his wife's name [was] Mehetabel, the daughter of Matred, the
daughter of Mezahab;
this woman seems to be a person of note, by the particular mention made of her; but whether the names of her ancestors are the names of men or women it is not certain: some take Matred to be the name of her father, and Mezahab the name of her grandfather; but according to Aben Ezra, Marred was the name of her mother, who was the daughter of Mezahab her grandfather; whom the Targum of Jonathan interprets melter of gold, as does Saadiah Gaon.

Genesis 36:39 In-Context

37 When Samlah died, Shaul from the city of Rehoboth-on-the-River became king in his place.
38 When Shaul died, Baal-hanan son of Acbor became king in his place.
39 When Baal-hanan son of Acbor died, Hadad became king in his place and ruled from the city of Pau. His wife was Mehetabel, the daughter of Matred and granddaughter of Me-zahab.
40 These are the names of the leaders of the clans descended from Esau, who lived in the places named for them: Timna, Alvah, Jetheth,
41 Oholibamah, Elah, Pinon,

Footnotes 1

  • [a]. As in some Hebrew manuscripts, Samaritan Pentateuch, and Syriac version (see also 1¬†Chr 1:50 ); most Hebrew manuscripts read Hadar.
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