Jacob Plans to Meet Esau
(1) And Jacob went on his way, and the angels of God met him.
(2) And when Jacob saw them, he said, "This is God’s camp," and he called the name of that place Mahanaim.
(3) Jacob sent messengers before him to Esau his brother to the land of Seir, the country of Edom.
(4) He commanded them, saying, "Thus shall YOU speak to my lord Esau, 'Your servant Jacob says, 'I have dwelt with Laban, and stayed there until now.
(5) And I have oxen, donkeys, flocks, menservants, and womenservants, and I have sent to tell my lord, that I may find grace in your sight.''"
Easu Comes to Meet Jacob With 400 Men
(6) The messengers returned to Jacob, saying, "We went to your brother Esau, and he also is coming to meet you, and four hundred men are with him."
(7) Then Jacob was greatly afraid and distressed. He divided the people that were with him, and the flocks, and herds, and the camels, into two camps.
(8) Jacob said, "If Esau comes to the one camp, and attacks it, then the other camp which is left shall escape."
(9) And Jacob said, "O God of my father Abraham, and God of my father Isaac, the LORD who said to me, 'Return to your country, and to your family, and I will deal well with you.'
(10) I am not worthy of the least of all the mercies, and of all the truth, which you have shown to your servant, for with my staff I crossed over this Jordan, and now I am become two camps.
(11) Deliver me, I pray to you, from the hand of my brother, from the hand of Esau, for I fear him, lest he come and attack me, and the mothers with their children.
(12) And you said, 'I will surely do you good, and make your descendants as the sand of the sea, which are so abundant they cannot be numbered.'"
Jacob Prepares Gifts for Easu
(13) So he lodged there that same night, and took from that which came to his hand a present for Esau his brother:
(14) including 200 female goats, and 20 male goats, 200 ewes, and 20 rams,
(15) and 30 nursing camels with their young, 40 cows, and 10 bulls, 20 female donkeys, and 10 foals.
(16) And he delivered them to the hand of his servants, every flock and herd by themselves, and said to his servants, "Pass over before me, and put some space between the flocks and herds."
(17) He commanded the first, saying, "When Esau my brother meets you, and asks you, saying, 'Whose servants are you? And where are you going? And whose are these in front of you?'
(18) Then you shall say, 'They are your servant Jacob’s. It is a present sent to my lord Esau, and, behold, he also is behind us.'"
(19) And so he commanded the second, and the third, and all that followed the flocks and herds, saying, "In this manner shall YOU speak to Esau, when YOU find him,
(20) and YOU shall also say, 'Behold, your servant Jacob is 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."
(21) So the present went over before him, and he himself lodged that night in the camp.
(22) He rose up that night, and took his two wives, and his two womenservants, and his 11 sons, and crossed at the ford over the Jabbok river.
(23) And he took them, and sent them over the brook, and sent over that which he had.
Jacob Wrestles with God
(24) Then Jacob was left alone, and there a man wrestled with him until the breaking of the day.
(25) And when the man saw that he did not prevail against him, he touched the hollow of his thigh; then the hollow of Jacob’s thigh was out of joint, as he wrestled with him.
(26) And he said, "Let me go, for the day is breaking." Then Jacob said, "I will not let you go, unless you bless me."
(27) He said to him, "What is your name?" And he said, "Jacob."
Israel is Jacob’s New Name
(28) Then he said, "Your name shall no longer be called Jacob, but Israel, for as a prince you have power with God and with men, and have prevailed."
(29) Jacob asked him, saying, "Please tell me your name." And he said, "Why is it that you ask for my name?" And he blessed him there.
(30) So Jacob called the name of the place Peniel, "For I have seen God face to face, and my life is preserved."
(31) As he passed over Penuel the sun rose on him, and he limped because of his thigh.
(32) Therefore to this day the children of Israel do not eat the sinew that shrank, which is on the hollow of the thigh, because he touched the hollow of Jacob’s thigh in the sinew that shrank.