Genesis 32 ©

1 Jacob's vision at Mahanaim. 3 His message to Esau. 6 He is afraid of Esau's coming, 9 and prayeth for deliverance. 13 He sendeth a present to Esau; 24 wrestleth with an angel at Peniel, and is called Israel. 31 He halteth.


AND Jacob went on his way, aand the angels of God met him.


And when Jacob saw them, he said, This is God's bhost: and he called the name of that place 1Mahanaim.


And Jacob sent messengers before him to Esau his brother unto the land of cSeir, the 2country of Edom.


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


And I have oxen, and asses, flocks, and menservants, and ewomenservants: and I have sent to tell my lord, that fI may find grace in thy sight.


¶And the messengers returned to Jacob, saying, We came to thy brother Esau, and also he gcometh to meet thee, and four hundred men with him.


Then Jacob was hgreatly afraid and distressed: iand he divided the people that was with him, and the flocks, and herds, and the camels, into two bands;


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


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


3I am not lworthy of the least of all the mercies, and of all the mtruth, which thou hast shewed unto thy servant; for nwith my staff I passed over this Jordan; and now I am become two bands.


oDeliver 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, pand the mother 4with the children.


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


¶And he lodged there that same night; and took of that which came to his hand ra present for Esau his brother;


Two hundred she goats, and twenty he goats, two hundred ewes, and twenty rams,


Thirty *milch camels with their colts, forty *kine, and ten bulls, twenty she asses, and ten foals.


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 sspace betwixt drove and drove.


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?


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.


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.


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 5of me.


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


And he rose up that night, and took this two wives, and his two womenservants, and his eleven sons, and passed over the ford uJabbok.


And he took them, and 6sent them over the brook, and sent over that he had.


¶And Jacob was left alone; and vthere wrestled a wman with him until the 7breaking xof the day.


And when he saw that he yprevailed not against him, zhe touched the hollow of his thigh; and the hollow of Jacob's thigh was out of joint, as he wrestled with him.


And he said, aLet me go, for the day breaketh. And he said, bI will not let thee go, except thou bless me.


And he said unto him, What is thy name? And he said, Jacob.


And he said, cThy name shall be called no more Jacob, but 8Israel: for as a prince hast thou power with God and dwith men, and hast prevailed.


And Jacob asked him, and said, eTell me, I pray thee, thy name. And he said, Wherefore is it that thou dost ask after my name? And fhe blessed him there.


And Jacob called the gname of the place 9Peniel: for I have seen God hface to face, and my life is preserved.


And as he passed over Penuel the sun rose upon him, and he ihalted upon his thigh.


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.