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Genesis 32 :: Christian Standard Bible (CSB)

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Preparing to Meet Esau

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Jacob went on his way, and God’s angels met him.

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When he saw them, Jacob said, “This is God’s camp.” So he called that place Mahanaim.

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Jacob sent messengers ahead of him to his brother Esau in the land of Seir, the territory of Edom.

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He commanded them, “You are to say to my lord Esau, ‘This is what your servant Jacob says. I have been staying with Laban and have been delayed until now.

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“I have oxen, donkeys, flocks, and male and female slaves. I have sent this message to inform my lord, in order to seek your favor.’ ”

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When the messengers returned to Jacob, they said, “We went to your brother Esau; he is coming to meet you ​— ​and he has four hundred men with him.”

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Jacob was greatly afraid and distressed; he divided the people with him into two camps, along with the flocks, herds, and camels.

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He thought, “If Esau comes to one camp and attacks it, the remaining one can escape.”

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Then Jacob said, “God of my father Abraham and God of my father Isaac, the Lord who said to me, ‘Go back to your land and to your family, and I will cause you to prosper,’

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“I am unworthy of all the kindness and faithfulness you have shown your servant. Indeed, I crossed over the Jordan with my staff, and now I have become two camps.

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“Please rescue me from my brother Esau, for I am afraid of him; otherwise, he may come and attack me, the mothers, and their children.

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“You have said, ‘I will cause you to prosper, and I will make your offspring like the sand of the sea, too numerous to be counted.’ ”

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He spent the night there and took part of what he had brought with him as a gift for his brother Esau:

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two hundred female goats, twenty male goats, two hundred ewes, twenty rams,

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thirty milk camels with their young, forty cows, ten bulls, twenty female donkeys, and ten male donkeys.

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He entrusted them to his slaves as separate herds and said to them, “Go on ahead of me, and leave some distance between the herds.”

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And he told the first one: “When my brother Esau meets you and asks, ‘Who do you belong to? Where are you going? And whose animals are these ahead of you? ’

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“then tell him, ‘They belong to your servant Jacob. They are a gift sent to my lord Esau. And look, he is behind us.’ ”

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“You are also to say, ‘Look, your servant Jacob is right behind us.’ ” For he thought, “I want to appease Esau with the gift that is going ahead of me. After that, I can face him, and perhaps he will forgive me.”

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So the gift was sent on ahead of him while he remained in the camp that night.

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During the night Jacob got up and took his two wives, his two slave women, and his eleven sons, and crossed the ford of Jabbok.

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He took them and sent them across the stream, along with all his possessions.

  
Jacob Wrestles with God

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Jacob was left alone, and a man wrestled with him until daybreak.

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When the man saw that he could not defeat him, he struck Jacob’s hip socket as they wrestled and dislocated his hip.

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Then he said to Jacob, “Let me go, for it is daybreak.”

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“What is your name? ” the man asked.

“Jacob,” he replied.

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“Your name will no longer be Jacob,” he said. “It will be Israel because you have struggled with God and with men and have prevailed.”

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Then Jacob asked him, “Please tell me your name.”

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Jacob then named the place Peniel, “For I have seen God face to face,” he said, “yet my life has been spared.”

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The sun shone on him as he passed by Penuel ​— ​limping because of his hip.

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That is why, still today, the Israelites don’t eat the thigh muscle that is at the hip socket: because he struck Jacob’s hip socket at the thigh muscle.

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In Hb, the name Israel sounds like “he struggled (with) God.”
= Face of God
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