He ordered the first servant, "When my brother Esau meets you and asks, "Who is your master? Where are you going? Who owns these animals in front of you?'
you must answer, "They belong to your servant Jacob. He sends them as a present to his master Esau. Jacob himself is right behind us.' "
He gave the same order to the second, the third, and to all the others who were in charge of the herds: "This is what you must say to Esau when you meet him.
You must say, "Yes, your servant Jacob is right behind us.' " Jacob was thinking, "I will win him over with the gifts, and when I meet him, perhaps he will forgive me."
He sent the gifts on ahead of him and spent that night in camp.
That same night Jacob got up, took his two wives, his two concubines, and his eleven children, and crossed the Jabbok River.
After he had sent them across, he also sent across all that he owned, 1
References for Genesis 32:23
+232.23 Ws 10.12.
but he stayed behind, alone. 2 Then a man came and wrestled with him until just before daybreak.
References for Genesis 32:24
32.24-26 Ho 12.3, 4.
When the man saw that he was not winning the struggle, he hit Jacob on the hip, and it was thrown out of joint.
The man said, "Let me go; daylight is coming." "I won't, unless you bless me," Jacob answered.
"What is your name?" the man asked. "Jacob," he answered.