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Esau’s Marriage a Grief to Isaac and Rebekah

Esau’s Marriage a Grief to Isaac and Rebekah: A lesson about marriage and family values through the story of Esau and his wives. Esau, a grandson of Abraham, should have taken wisdom from Abraham on who to marry. Abraham went through great extents to make sure Isaac did not marry the Canaanites. However, Esau went head-first into the family of the Canaanite.

Genesis 26:34-35 KJV

[34] And Esau was forty years old when he took to wife Judith the daughter of Beeri the Hittite, and Bashemath the daughter of Elon the Hittite: [35] Which were a grief of mind unto Isaac and to Rebekah.

Brief Comments

Esau, the firstborn to Isaac and Rebekah, did not take heed to a lot of things in the family’s custom and order. While Abraham made a big deal to marry from his own tribe and people, Esau did not. Esau took a more liberal approach to life.

He ate what he wanted, he did not think long term, he did not follow family values, and he didn’t have a lot of integrity to his word. Abraham stayed away from the Canaanites because he was promised their land. He understood the prophesies that the Canaanites would become servants or deceased.

Thus, there was no point in making leagues and marriages with them. Abraham passed this onto Isaac, who also was wedded to a Syrian from back home. Although Isaac’s marriage was arranged, he still did as his father commanded.

Esau Married Judith and Bashemath

Isaac most likely taught his sons the same, which Jacob upheld, but Esau didn’t. Esau married a daughter named Judith of Beeri the Hittite. He also had more than one wife, marrying the daughter of Elon (not Elon Musk) the Hittite and her name was Bashemath.

The scripture says that these marriages were a grief of mind to both Isaac and Rebekah. For Rebekah, it is said that Esau’s wives made her life bitter and grievous. The wrong spouse can do that so pick your spouse with wisdom.


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