Jacob sent messengers1 ahead of him to his brother Esau2 in the land of Seir,3 the country of Edom.44
He instructed them: "This is what you are to say to my master5 Esau: 'Your servant6 Jacob says, I have been staying with Laban7 and have remained there till now.
I have cattle and donkeys, sheep and goats, menservants and maidservants.8 Now I am sending this message to my lord,9 that I may find favor in your eyes.10' "
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."117
In great fear12 and distress13 Jacob divided the people who were with him into two groups,a14 and the flocks and herds and camels as well.
He thought, "If Esau comes and attacks one group,b the groupc that is left may escape."
Then Jacob prayed, "O God of my father Abraham,15 God of my father Isaac,16 O LORD, who said to me, 'Go back to your country and your relatives, and I will make you prosper,'1710
I am unworthy of all the kindness and faithfulness18 you have shown your servant. I had only my staff19 when I crossed this Jordan, but now I have become two groups.2011
Save me, I pray, from the hand of my brother Esau, for I am afraid21 he will come and attack me,22 and also the mothers with their children.2312
But you have said, 'I will surely make you prosper and will make your descendants like the sand24 of the sea, which cannot be counted.25' "
He spent the night there, and from what he had with him he selected a gift26 for his brother Esau: