Genesis 32 New American Standard Bible

Jacob Prepares to Meet Esau

32 1  Now as Jacob went on his way , the angels of God met him. 2  Jacob said when he saw them, "This is God's camp ." So he named e that place Mahanaim .

3  Then Jacob sent messengers before him to his brother Esau in the land of Seir , the country of Edom . 4  He also commanded them saying , "Thus you shall say to my lord Esau : 'Thus says your servant Jacob , "I have sojourned with Laban , and stayed until now ; 5  I have oxen and donkeys and flocks and male and female servants e ; and I have sent to tell my lord , that I may find favor in your sight .""' 6  The messengers returned to Jacob , saying , "We came to your brother Esau , and furthermore he is coming to meet you, and four hundred men are with him." 7  Then Jacob was greatly afraid and distressed ; and he divided the people who were with him, and the flocks and the herds and the camels , into two companies ; 8  for he said , "If Esau comes to the one company and attacks it, then the company which is left will escape ."

9  Jacob said , "O God of my father Abraham and God of my father Isaac , O Lord , who said to me, ' Return to your country and to your relatives , and I will prosper you,' 10  I am unworthy of all the lovingkindness and of all the faithfulness which You have shown to Your servant ; for with my staff only I crossed this Jordan , and now I have become two companies . 11  " Deliver me, I pray , from the hand of my brother , from the hand of Esau ; for I fear him, that he will come and attack me and the mothers with the children . 12  "For You said , ' I will surely prosper you and make your descendants as the sand of the sea , which is too great to be numbered .' "

13  So he spent the night there . Then he selected from what he had with him a present for his brother Esau : 14  two hundred female goats and twenty male goats , two hundred ewes and twenty rams , 15  thirty milking camels and their colts , forty cows and ten bulls , twenty female donkeys and ten male donkeys . 16  He delivered them into the hand of his servants , every drove by itself , and said to his servants , "Pass on before me, and put a space between droves ." 17  He commanded the one in front , saying , "When my brother Esau meets you and asks you, saying , 'To whom do you belong, and where are you going , and to whom do these animals in front of you belong?' 18  then you shall say , 'These belong to your servant Jacob ; it is a present sent to my lord Esau . And behold , he also is behind us.' " 19  Then he commanded also the second and the third , and all those who followed e the droves , saying , "After this manner you shall speak to Esau when you find him; 20  and you shall say , 'Behold , your servant Jacob also is behind us.' " For he said , "I will appease e him with the present that goes before me. Then afterward e I will see his face ; perhaps he will accept e me." 21  So the present passed on before e him, while he himself spent that night in the camp .

Jacob Wrestles at Peniel

22  Now he arose that same night and took his two wives and his two maids and his eleven e children , and crossed the ford of the Jabbok . 23  He took them and sent them across the stream . And he sent across whatever he had.

24  Then Jacob was left alone , and a man wrestled with him until daybreak . 25  When he saw that he had not prevailed against him, he touched the socket of his thigh ; so the socket of Jacob's thigh was dislocated while he wrestled with him. 26  Then he said , "Let me go , for the dawn is breaking ." But he said , " I will not let you go unless e you bless me." 27  So he said to him, "What is your name ?" And he said , "Jacob ." 28  He said , "Your name shall no longer be Jacob , but Israel ; for you have striven with God and with men and have prevailed ." 29  Then Jacob asked him and said , "Please tell me your name ." But he said , "Why is it that you ask my name ?" And he blessed him there . 30  So Jacob named e the place Peniel , for he said, " I have seen God face to face , yet my life has been preserved ." 31  Now the sun rose upon him just as he crossed over Penuel , and he was limping on his thigh . 32  Therefore e , to this day the sons of Israel do not eat the sinew of the hip which is on the socket of the thigh , because he touched the socket of Jacob's thigh in the sinew of the hip .

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