He gave these instructions to the men leading the first group: "When you meet Esau, he will ask, 'Where are you going? Whose servants are you? Whose animals are these?'
You should reply, 'These belong to your servant Jacob. They are a present for his master Esau! He is coming right behind us.'"
Jacob gave the same instructions to each of the herdsmen and told them, "You are all to say the same thing to Esau when you see him.
And be sure to say, 'Your servant Jacob is right behind us.'" Jacob's plan was to appease Esau with the presents before meeting him face to face. "Perhaps," Jacob hoped, "he will be friendly to us."
So the presents were sent on ahead, and Jacob spent that night in the camp.
But during the night Jacob got up and sent his two wives, two concubines, and eleven sons across the Jabbok River.
After they were on the other side, he sent over all his possessions.
This left Jacob all alone in the camp, and a man came and wrestled with him until dawn.
When the man saw that he couldn't win the match, he struck Jacob's hip and knocked it out of joint at the socket.
Then the man said, "Let me go, for it is dawn."But Jacob panted, "I will not let you go unless you bless me."
"What is your name?" the man asked.He replied, "Jacob."
Scripture quotations marked NLT are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright 1996. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Wheaton, Illinois 60189. All rights reserved. (New Living Translation - The Bible Online)