|Genesis 32 |
1 Now as Jacob went on his way, and the angels of God met him.
2 And when Jacob saw them, he said, "This is God's host!" And he called the name of that place Mahanaim.
3 And Jacob sent messengers before him to Esau his brother in the land of Seir, the country of Edom.
4 And he commanded them, saying, "This is what you shall say to my lord Esau: 'Your servant Jacob says, I have sojourned with Laban and have stayed there until now.
5 I have oxen, donkeys, flocks, and menservants, and women servants; and I have sent to tell my lord, so that I may find favor in your eyes.'"
6 And the messengers returned to Jacob, saying, "We came to your brother Esau; and he comes to meet you, and there are four hundred men with him."
7 Then Jacob was greatly afraid and distressed; and he divided the people who were with him, and the flocks and herds and the camels, into two companies,
8 For he thought, "If Esau comes to one company and strikes it, then the other company that is left shall escape."
9 And Jacob said, "O God of my father Abraham and God of my father Isaac, the LORD who said to me, 'Return to your country and to your relatives and I will deal well with you,'
10 I am not worthy of the least of all the mercies and faithfulness, which you have shown to your servant, for I passed over this Jordan with nothing but my staff and now I have become two companies.
11 Deliver me, I pray you, from the hand of my brother, from the hand of Esau; for I fear him, lest he come and strike me, and the mothers with the children.
12 For you said, 'I will surely do you good and make your descendants like the sand of the sea, which cannot be numbered for multitude.'"
13 And he lodged there that night and selected a present for Esau his brother from the things that he had:
14 Two hundred she goats, twenty he goats, two hundred ewes, and twenty rams,
15 Thirty milk camels with their colts, forty cows, ten bulls, twenty she donkeys, and ten foals.
16 And he delivered them into the charge of his servants, each herd by itself, and said to his servants, "Pass on ahead of me and put a distance between each herd."
17 And he commanded the one in the front, saying, "When Esau my brother meets you, and asks you, saying, 'To whom do you belong? And where are you going? And whose owns these animals in front of you?'
18 Then you shall say, 'They are your servant Jacob's; they are a present sent to my lord Esau; and, behold, Jacob is behind us.'"
19 And so he also commanded the second and the third and all who followed the herds, saying, "In this manner shall you also speak to Esau when you find him.
20 And also say, 'Behold, your servant Jacob is behind us.'" For he thought, "I will appease him with the present that goes before me, and afterward I will see his face; then perhaps he will accept me."
21 So the present went on before him, and he himself lodged that night in the camp.
22 But he arose that night and took his two wives, his two women servants, and his eleven sons, and passed over the ford Jabbok.
23 And he sent them across the brook; and he also sent over all that he had.
24 Then Jacob was left alone. And a Man wrestled with him there until the break of day.
25 And when the Man saw that he did not prevail against him, he touched the hollow of Jacob's thigh; and the hollow of his thigh was put out of joint as he wrestled with him.
26 Then the Man said, "Let me go, for the day breaks." And Jacob said, "I will not let you go unless you bless me."
27 And the Man said to him, "What is your name?" And he said, "Jacob."
28 And he said, "Your name shall no longer be called Jacob, but Israel; for as a prince you have wrestled with God and with men and have prevailed."
29 And Jacob asked him, "Tell me, I pray you, your name." And he said, "Why is it that you ask my name?" Then he blessed him there.
30 And Jacob called the name of the place Peniel [the face of God], saying, "For I have seen God face to face, and yet my life was spared."
31 And as he passed Peniel the sun rose upon him, and he was limping because of his thigh.
32 Therefore to this day the children of Israel do not eat the tendon of the hip socket, which is in the hollow of the thigh, because He touched the hollow of Jacob's thigh on the tendon of the hip.
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