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And these are the kings that reigned in the land of Edom, before there reigned any king over the children of Israel.

New Defender's Study Bible Notes

36:31 the land of Edom. The rest of Genesis 36 seems to have been inserted by Moses, at the time of the exodus, since he knew the Israelites would be encountering the Edomites when they left the wilderness. Moses knew that the Israelites would eventually have a king (Deuteronomy 17:14-20), even though they still did not have one in his day.

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