Now as Jacobwent on his way, 1the angels of Godmet him.
2Jacobsaidwhen he saw them, "This is God'sacamp." So he named that placeb2Mahanaim.
Then Jacob3sentmessengersbefore him to his brotherEsau in the land of 4Seir, the ccountry of 5Edom.
He also commanded them saying, "Thus you shall say to my lordEsau : 'Thussays your servantJacob, "I have sojourned with Laban, and 6stayeduntilnow ;
57I haveoxen and donkeys and flocks and male and femaleservants ; and I have sent to tell my lord, 8that I may findfavor in your sight.""'
The messengersreturned to Jacob, saying, "We came to your brotherEsau, and furthermore9he is coming to meet you, and fourhundredmen are with him."
Then Jacob was 10greatlyafraid and distressed ; and he divided the peoplewho were with him, and the flocks and the herds and the camels, into twocompanies ;
for he said, "IfEsaucomes to the onecompany and dattacks it, then the company which is left will escape."
9Jacobsaid, "O 11God of my fatherAbraham and God of my fatherIsaac, O LORD, who said to me, '12Return to your country and to your relatives, and I will eprosper you,'
10fI am unworthy13of all the lovingkindness and of all the gfaithfulnesswhich You have shown to Your servant ; for with my staff only I crossedthisJordan, and now I have becometwocompanies.
"14Deliver me, I pray, 15from the hand of my brother, from the hand of Esau ; for I fear him, that he will come and hattack me and the 16mothers with the children.
"For You said, '17I will surelyiprosper you and 18make your jdescendants as the sand of the sea, which is toogreat to be numbered.' "
So he spent the nightthere. Then he kselected from what lhe had with him a 19present for his brotherEsau :
two hundredfemalegoats and twentymalegoats, two hundredewes and twentyrams,
15thirtymilkingcamels and their colts, fortycows and tenbulls, twentyfemaledonkeys and tenmaledonkeys.
He delivered them into the hand of his servants, everydrove by itself, and said to his servants, "Pass on before me, and put a spacebetweendroves."
He commanded the mone in front, saying, "When my brotherEsaumeets you and asks you, saying, 'To whom do you belong, and where are you going, and to whom do these animals in front of you belong?'
then you shall say, 'These belong to your servantJacob ; it is a presentsent to my lordEsau. And behold, he also is behind us.' "
Then he commandedalso the second and the third, and all those who followed the droves, saying, "After thismanner you shall speak to Esau when you find him;
and you shall say, 'Behold, your servantJacobalso is behind us.' " For he said, "I will appease him with the present that goesbefore me. Then afterward I will see his face ; perhaps he will accept me."
So the presentpassed on before him, while he himselfspent that night in the camp.