Jacob went on his way, and the angels of God met him.
Jacob said when he saw them, This is God’s acamp
. So he called the name of that place 1bMahanaim
Jacob sent messengers before him to Esau his brother, into the land of aSeir
, the field of Edom.
he 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;
I have oxen and donkeys and
flocks, and male servants and female servants; and I have sent to tell my lord this
, that I may afind
favor in your sight.
the messengers returned to Jacob, saying, We came to your brother Esau, and he also is coming to meet you; and afour
hundred men are with him.
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 atwo
he said, If Esau comes to the one camp and attacks it, then the camp which is left will escape.
Jacob said, O aGod
of my father Abraham and God of my father Isaac, O Jehovah, who said to me, bReturn
to your country and to your relatives, and I will do you good,
am not worthy of all the lovingkindnesses and all the faithfulness which You have shown to Your servant; for with my staff only
I crossed over this Jordan, and now I have become atwo
me, please, from the hand of my brother, from the hand of Esau, for I fear him, lest he come and attack me and
the mother with the children.
You have said, I will surely do you good and make your seed like the asand
of the sea, which cannot be numbered for multitude.
he spent that night there. Then from what he had with him he took a 1apresent
for Esau his brother:
hundred female goats and twenty male goats, two hundred ewes and twenty rams,
nursing camels and their young, forty cows and ten bulls, twenty female donkeys and ten male donkeys.
he delivered them
into the hand of his servants, every drove by itself, and said to his servants, Cross over before me, and put a space between each drove.
he commanded the foremost, saying, When Esau my brother meets you and asks you, saying, To whom do you belong? And where are you going? And whose animals
are these before you?
you will say, Your servant Jacob’s; it is a present sent to my lord Esau; and now he also is behind us.
he commanded also the second and the third, and all who followed the droves, saying, In this way you shall speak to Esau when you find him,
you shall also say, Your servant Jacob is right behind us. For he said, I will appease him with the present that goes before me, and afterward I will see his face; perhaps he will accept me.
the present crossed over before him, and he himself spent that night in the camp.
Wrestling with God
he rose up that night and took his two wives and his two female servants and his eleven children and crossed over the ford of the Jabbok.
he took them and sent them over the stream and sent over what he had.
Jacob was left alone, and a 1man awrestled
with him until the break of dawn.
man saw that He did not prevail against him, He 2touched
the socket of his hip; and the socket of Jacob’s hip was dislocated as he wrestled with Him.
said, Let Me go, for the dawn is breaking. But 2Jacob
said, I will anot
let You go unless You bless me.
He said to him, 1What
is your name? And he said, Jacob.
He said, Your name will no longer be called Jacob, but 1aIsrael
; for you have bstruggled
with God and with men, and have prevailed.
Jacob asked Him
and said, Please atell me
Your name. But He said, Why is it that you ask My name? And He blessed him there1
Jacob called the name of the place 1Peniel
, for, he said
, I have aseen
God face to face, and yet my life has been preserved.
rose upon him as he crossed over Penuel, and he limped because of his hip.
the children of Israel do not eat the thigh muscle, which is upon the socket of the hip, to this day, because He touched the socket of Jacob’s hip at the thigh muscle.