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Genesis 32 :: English Standard Version (ESV)

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Jacob Fears Esau

Unchecked Copy BoxGen 32:1 - Jacob went on his way, and the angels of God met him.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 32:2 - And when Jacob saw them he said, “This is God’s camp!” So he called the name of that place Mahanaim.[fn]
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 32:3 - And Jacob sent[fn] messengers before him to Esau his brother in the land of Seir, the country of Edom,
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 32:4 - instructing them, “Thus you shall say to my lord Esau: Thus says your servant Jacob, ‘I have sojourned with Laban and stayed until now.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 32:5 - I have oxen, donkeys, flocks, male servants, and female servants. I have sent to tell my lord, in order that I may find favor in your sight.’”
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 32:6 - And the messengers returned to Jacob, saying, “We came to your brother Esau, and he is coming to meet you, and there are four hundred men with him.”
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 32:7 - Then Jacob was greatly afraid and distressed. He divided the people who were with him, and the flocks and herds and camels, into two camps,
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 32:8 - thinking, “If Esau comes to the one camp and attacks it, then the camp that is left will escape.”
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 32:9 - And 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 kindred, that I may do you good,’
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 32:10 - I am not worthy of the least of all the deeds of steadfast love and all the faithfulness that you have shown to your servant, for with only my staff I crossed this Jordan, and now I have become two camps.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 32:11 - Please deliver me from the hand of my brother, from the hand of Esau, for I fear him, that he may come and attack me, the mothers with the children.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 32:12 - But you said, ‘I will surely do you good, and make your offspring as the sand of the sea, which cannot be numbered for multitude.’”
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 32:13 - So he stayed there that night, and from what he had with him he took a present for his brother Esau,
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 32:14 - two hundred female goats and twenty male goats, two hundred ewes and twenty rams,
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 32:15 - thirty milking camels and their calves, forty cows and ten bulls, twenty female donkeys and ten male donkeys.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 32:16 - These he handed over to his servants, every drove by itself, and said to his servants, “Pass on ahead of me and put a space between drove and drove.”
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 32:17 - He instructed the first, “When Esau my brother meets you and asks you, ‘To whom do you belong? Where are you going? And whose are these ahead of you?’
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 32:18 - then you shall say, ‘They belong to your servant Jacob. They are a present sent to my lord Esau. And moreover, he is behind us.’”
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 32:19 - He likewise instructed the second and the third and all who followed the droves, “You shall say the same thing to Esau when you find him,
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 32:20 - and you shall say, ‘Moreover, your servant Jacob is behind us.’” For he thought, “I may appease him[fn] with the present that goes ahead of me, and afterward I shall see his face. Perhaps he will accept me.”[fn]
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 32:21 - So the present passed on ahead of him, and he himself stayed that night in the camp.

Jacob Wrestles with God

Unchecked Copy BoxGen 32:22 - The same night he arose and took his two wives, his two female servants, and his eleven children,[fn] and crossed the ford of the Jabbok.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 32:23 - He took them and sent them across the stream, and everything else that he had.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 32:24 - And Jacob was left alone. And a man wrestled with him until the breaking of the day.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 32:25 - When the man saw that he did not prevail against Jacob, he touched his hip socket, and Jacob’s hip was put out of joint as he wrestled with him.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 32:26 - Then he said, “Let me go, for the day has broken.” But Jacob said, “I will not let you go unless you bless me.”
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 32:27 - And he said to him, “What is your name?” And he said, “Jacob.”
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 32:28 - Then he said, “Your name shall no longer be called Jacob, but Israel,[fn] for you have striven with God and with men, and have prevailed.”
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 32:29 - Then Jacob asked him, “Please tell me your name.” But he said, “Why is it that you ask my name?” And there he blessed him.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 32:30 - So Jacob called the name of the place Peniel,[fn] saying, “For I have seen God face to face, and yet my life has been delivered.”
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 32:31 - The sun rose upon him as he passed Penuel, limping because of his hip.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 32:32 - Therefore to this day the people of Israel do not eat the sinew of the thigh that is on the hip socket, because he touched the socket of Jacob’s hip on the sinew of the thigh.
ESV Footnotes
Mahanaim means two camps
Or had sent
Hebrew appease his face
Hebrew he will lift my face
Or sons
Israel means He strives with God, or God strives
Peniel means the face of God

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