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Book of Genesis  Chapter 32

Jacob on his way, struggles with the angel.

GENESIS 32:1  And Jacob went on his way, and the angels of God met him.

GENESIS 32:2  And when Jacob saw them, he said, This is God's host: and he called  the name of that place Mahanaim.

GENESIS 32:3  And Jacob sent messengers before him to Esau his brother unto the  land of Seir, the country of Edom.

GENESIS 32:4  And he commanded them, saying, Thus shall ye speak unto my lord Esau;  Thy servant Jacob saith thus, I have sojourned with Laban, and stayed there  until now:

GENESIS 32:5  And I have oxen, and asses, flocks, and menservants, and  womenservants: and I have sent to tell my lord, that I may find grace in thy  sight.

GENESIS 32:6  And the messengers returned to Jacob, saying, We came to thy brother  Esau, and also he cometh to meet thee, and four hundred men with him.

GENESIS 32:7  Then Jacob was greatly afraid and distressed: and he divided the  people that was with him, and the flocks, and herds, and the camels, into two  bands;

GENESIS 32:8  And said, If Esau come to the one company, and smite it, then the  other company which is left shall escape.

GENESIS 32:9  And Jacob said, O God of my father Abraham, and God of my father  Isaac, the LORD which saidst unto me, Return unto thy country, and to thy  kindred, and I will deal well with thee:

GENESIS 32:10  I am not worthy of the least of all the mercies, and of all the  truth, which thou hast shewed unto thy servant; for with my staff I passed  over this Jordan; and now I am become two bands.

GENESIS 32:11  Deliver me, I pray thee, from the hand of my brother, from the hand  of Esau: for I fear him, lest he will come and smite me, and the mother with  the children.

GENESIS 32:12  And thou saidst, I will surely do thee good, and make thy seed as  the sand of the sea, which cannot be numbered for multitude.

GENESIS 32:13  And he lodged there that same night; and took of that which came to  his hand a present for Esau his brother;

GENESIS 32:14  Two hundred she goats, and twenty he goats, two hundred ewes, and  twenty rams,

GENESIS 32:15  Thirty milch camels with their colts, forty kine, and ten bulls,  twenty she asses, and ten foals.

GENESIS 32:16  And he delivered them into the hand of his servants, every drove by  themselves; and said unto his servants, Pass over before me, and put a space  betwixt drove and drove.

GENESIS 32:17  And he commanded the foremost, saying, When Esau my brother meeteth  thee, and asketh thee, saying, Whose art thou? and whither goest thou? and  whose are these before thee?

GENESIS 32:18  Then thou shalt say, They be thy servant Jacob's; it is a present  sent unto my lord Esau: and, behold, also he is behind us.

GENESIS 32:19  And so commanded he the second, and the third, and all that followed  the droves, saying, On this manner shall ye speak unto Esau, when ye find  him.

GENESIS 32:20  And say ye moreover, Behold, thy servant Jacob is behind us. For he  said, I will appease him with the present that goeth before me, and afterward  I will see his face; peradventure he will accept of me.

GENESIS 32:21  So went the present over before him: and himself lodged that night  in the company.

GENESIS 32:22  And he rose up that night, and took his two wives, and his two  womenservants, and his eleven sons, and passed over the ford Jabbok.

GENESIS 32:23  And he took them, and sent them over the brook, and sent over that  he had.

GENESIS 32:24  And Jacob was left alone; and there wrestled a man with him until  the breaking of the day.

GENESIS 32:25  And when he saw that he prevailed not against him, he touched the  hollow of his thigh; and the hollow of Jacob's thigh was out of joint, as he  wrestled with him.

GENESIS 32:26  And he said, Let me go, for the day breaketh. And he said, I will  not let thee go, except thou bless me.

GENESIS 32:27  And he said unto him, What is thy name? And he said, Jacob.

GENESIS 32:28  And he said, Thy name shall be called no more Jacob, but Israel, for  as a prince hast thou power with God and with men, and hast prevailed.

GENESIS 32:29  And Jacob asked him, and said, Tell me, I pray thee, thy name. And  he said, Wherefore is it that thou dost ask after my name? And he blessed him  there.

GENESIS 32:30  And Jacob called the name of the place Penuel (1): for I have seen God  face to face, and my life is preserved.

GENESIS 32:31  And as he passed over Penuel the sun rose upon him, and he halted  upon his thigh.

GENESIS 32:32  Therefore the children of Israel eat not of the sinew which shrank,  which is upon the hollow of the thigh, unto this day: because he touched the  hollow of Jacob's thigh in the sinew that shrank.

(1) Panim means "face"

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