Then Jacob prayed, "O God of my father Abraham,1 God of my father Isaac,2 O LORD, who said to me, 'Go back to your country and your relatives, and I will make you prosper,'310
I am unworthy of all the kindness and faithfulness4 you have shown your servant. I had only my staff5 when I crossed this Jordan, but now I have become two groups.611
Save me, I pray, from the hand of my brother Esau, for I am afraid7 he will come and attack me,8 and also the mothers with their children.912
But you have said, 'I will surely make you prosper and will make your descendants like the sand10 of the sea, which cannot be counted.11' "
He spent the night there, and from what he had with him he selected a gift12 for his brother Esau:
two hundred female goats and twenty male goats, two hundred ewes and twenty rams,1315
thirty female camels with their young, forty cows and ten bulls, and twenty female donkeys and ten male donkeys.1416
He put them in the care of his servants, each herd by itself, and said to his servants, "Go ahead of me, and keep some space between the herds."1517
He instructed the one in the lead: "When my brother Esau meets you and asks, 'To whom do you belong, and where are you going, and who owns all these animals in front of you?'
then you are to say, 'They belong to your servant16 Jacob. They are a gift17 sent to my lord Esau, and he is coming behind us.' "
He also instructed the second, the third and all the others who followed the herds: "You are to say the same thing to Esau when you meet him.
And be sure to say, 'Your servant18 Jacob is coming behind us.' " For he thought, "I will pacify him with these gifts19 I am sending on ahead;20 later, when I see him, perhaps he will receive me."2121
So Jacob's gifts22 went on ahead of him, but he himself spent the night in the camp.
That night Jacob got up and took his two wives, his two maidservants and his eleven sons23 and crossed the ford of the Jabbok.2423
After he had sent them across the stream, he sent over all his possessions.25