These are the generations of Esau (that is, Edom).
The genealogy of Esau, then, is fittingly added to the history of the two patriarchs Isaac and Jacob. For in this we see the glory and flourishing of the flesh and of ungodly men in this life. . .. On the other hand, Jacob, who has the promise and is the highest patriarch in the whole world and the governor of the true Church, is oppressed in a wretched manner and afflicted by domestic and other troubles, so that it seems that he has been deprived of the spiritual blessing and grace. Yet in the end finally follows what is stated in Mary's song: "He puts down the mighty and exalts the lowly" (cf. Luke 1:52). This is the conclusion, this is the end of the ungodly and the godly, as Christ says (Luke 6:24-25): "Woe to you that are rich, for you have received your consolation. Woe to you that are full now, for you shall hunger," and again (Matthew 5:4): "Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted." . . . The godly, who are oppressed for a time, have certain protection and consolation in God, who is present and sustains the afflicted, mitigates their troubles, and gives eternal life and glory to the little flock when it again emerges from troubles. Nor should we be shattered in spirit . . . but we should conclude that God's Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, the guardian and leader of all who labor and are oppressed in the world, is at our side even as He has promised (Matthew 28:20): "I am with you always, to the close of the age."
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