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Genesis 32:1-8 (New International Version)

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Jacob Prepares to Meet Esau

1 Jacob also went on his way, and the angels of God1 met him. 2 When Jacob saw them, he said, "This is the camp of God!"2 So he named that place Mahanaim.a3 3 Jacob sent messengers4 ahead of him to his brother Esau5 in the land of Seir,6 the country of Edom.7 4 He instructed them: "This is what you are to say to my master8 Esau: 'Your servant9 Jacob says, I have been staying with Laban10 and have remained there till now. 5 I have cattle and donkeys, sheep and goats, menservants and maidservants.11 Now I am sending this message to my lord,12 that I may find favor in your eyes.13' " 6 When the messengers returned to Jacob, they said, "We went to your brother Esau, and now he is coming to meet you, and four hundred men are with him."14 7 In great fear15 and distress16 Jacob divided the people who were with him into two groups,b17 and the flocks and herds and camels as well. 8 He thought, "If Esau comes and attacks one group,c the groupd that is left may escape."
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