Genesis 32:19-29 (New International Version)

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19 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. 20 And be sure to say, 'Your servant1 Jacob is coming behind us.' " For he thought, "I will pacify him with these gifts2 I am sending on ahead;3 later, when I see him, perhaps he will receive me."4 21 So Jacob's gifts5 went on ahead of him, but he himself spent the night in the camp.

Jacob Wrestles With God

22 That night Jacob got up and took his two wives, his two maidservants and his eleven sons6 and crossed the ford of the Jabbok.7 23 After he had sent them across the stream, he sent over all his possessions.8 24 So Jacob was left alone,9 and a man10 wrestled with him till daybreak. 25 When the man saw that he could not overpower him, he touched the socket of Jacob's hip11 so that his hip was wrenched as he wrestled with the man. 26 Then the man said, "Let me go, for it is daybreak." But Jacob replied, "I will not let you go unless you bless me."12 27 The man asked him, "What is your name?" "Jacob,"13 he answered. 28 Then the man said, "Your name14 will no longer be Jacob, but Israel,a15 because you have struggled with God and with men and have overcome."16 29 Jacob said, "Please tell me your name."17 But he replied, "Why do you ask my name?"18 Then he blessed19 him there.
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