He instructed them: "This is what you are to say to my master1 Esau: 'Your servant2 Jacob says, I have been staying with Laban3 and have remained there till now.
I have cattle and donkeys, sheep and goats, menservants and maidservants.4 Now I am sending this message to my lord,5 that I may find favor in your eyes.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."77
In great fear8 and distress9 Jacob divided the people who were with him into two groups,a10 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,11 God of my father Isaac,12 O LORD, who said to me, 'Go back to your country and your relatives, and I will make you prosper,'1310
I am unworthy of all the kindness and faithfulness14 you have shown your servant. I had only my staff15 when I crossed this Jordan, but now I have become two groups.1611
Save me, I pray, from the hand of my brother Esau, for I am afraid17 he will come and attack me,18 and also the mothers with their children.1912
But you have said, 'I will surely make you prosper and will make your descendants like the sand20 of the sea, which cannot be counted.21' "
He spent the night there, and from what he had with him he selected a gift22 for his brother Esau:
two hundred female goats and twenty male goats, two hundred ewes and twenty rams,23