“When Esau was forty years old he married Judith the daughter of Beeri the Hittite, and Basemath the daughter of Elon the Hittite; and they brought grief to Isaac and Rebekah.”  Gen. 26:34-35

We note that Esau was forty years old when he decided to marry, the same age as Isaac was when he married Rebekah.  (Gen. 25:20).  There are many instances in the scriptures of polygamy (multiple spouses) however we do not see any scriptures that indicate God condones it.

In Genesis 24:3, Abraham was adamant when speaking with his senior servant that the wife to be found for Isaac was not to be from among the Canaanites (of which the Hittites were part).  This ideal of Abraham’s is likely at least in part why Esau’s choices brought grief to Isaac and Rebekah (Gen. 26:35).

The Hittites were derived from Heth, who was referenced in Gen. 10:15:

“Canaan became the father of Sidon, his firstborn, and Heth”

Canaan was the son of Ham, and he was the one cursed by Noah after the incident in the tent after the flood.  Later, Abraham buys the Cave of Machpelah and the adjacent field from the sons of Heth to bury Sarah (Gen. 23).

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