I am unworthy of all the kindness and faithfulness1 you have shown your servant. I had only my staff2 when I crossed this Jordan, but now I have become two groups.311
Save me, I pray, from the hand of my brother Esau, for I am afraid4 he will come and attack me,5 and also the mothers with their children.612
But you have said, 'I will surely make you prosper and will make your descendants like the sand7 of the sea, which cannot be counted.8' "
He spent the night there, and from what he had with him he selected a gift9 for his brother Esau:
two hundred female goats and twenty male goats, two hundred ewes and twenty rams,1015
thirty female camels with their young, forty cows and ten bulls, and twenty female donkeys and ten male donkeys.1116
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."1217
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 servant13 Jacob. They are a gift14 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 servant15 Jacob is coming behind us.' " For he thought, "I will pacify him with these gifts16 I am sending on ahead;17 later, when I see him, perhaps he will receive me."18