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Genesis 32 BBE/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 And on his way Jacob came face to face with the angels of God. 1 Jacob also went on his way, and the angels of God met him.
2 And when he saw them he said, This is the army of God: so he gave that place the name of Mahanaim. 2 When Jacob saw them, he said, "This is the camp of God!" So he named that place Mahanaim.
3 Now Jacob sent servants before him to Esau, his brother, in the land of Seir, the country of Edom; 3 Jacob sent messengers ahead of him to his brother Esau in the land of Seir, the country of Edom.
4 And he gave them orders to say these words to Esau: Your servant Jacob says, Till now I have been living with Laban: 4 He instructed them: "This is what you are to say to my master Esau: 'Your servant Jacob says, I have been staying with Laban and have remained there till now.
5 And I have oxen and asses and flocks and men-servants and women-servants: and I have sent to give my lord news of these things so that I may have grace in his eyes. 5 I have cattle and donkeys, sheep and goats, menservants and maidservants. Now I am sending this message to my lord, that I may find favor in your eyes.' "
6 When the servants came back they said, We have seen your brother Esau and he is coming out to you, and four hundred men with him. 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."
7 Then Jacob was in great fear and trouble of mind: and he put all the people and the flocks and the herds and the camels into two groups; 7 In great fear and distress Jacob divided the people who were with him into two groups, and the flocks and herds and camels as well.
8 And said, If Esau, meeting one group, makes an attack on them, the others will get away safely. 8 He thought, "If Esau comes and attacks one group, the group that is left may escape."
9 Then Jacob said, O God of my father Abraham, the God of my father Isaac, the Lord who said to me, Go back to your country and your family and I will be good to you: 9 Then Jacob prayed, "O God of my father Abraham, God of my father Isaac, O LORD, who said to me, 'Go back to your country and your relatives, and I will make you prosper,'
10 I am less than nothing in comparison with all your mercies and your faith to me your servant; for with only my stick in my hand I went across Jordan, and now I have become two armies. 10 I am unworthy of all the kindness and faithfulness you have shown your servant. I had only my staff when I crossed this Jordan, but now I have become two groups.
11 Be my saviour from the hand of Esau, my brother: for my fear is that he will make an attack on me, putting to death mother and child. 11 Save me, I pray, from the hand of my brother Esau, for I am afraid he will come and attack me, and also the mothers with their children.
12 And you said, Truly, I will be good to you, and make your seed like the sand of the sea which may not be numbered. 12 But you have said, 'I will surely make you prosper and will make your descendants like the sand of the sea, which cannot be counted.' "
13 Then he put up his tent there for the night; and from among his goods he took, as an offering for his brother Esau, 13 He spent the night there, and from what he had with him he selected a gift for his brother Esau:
14 Two hundred she-goats and twenty he-goats, two hundred females and twenty males from the sheep, 14 two hundred female goats and twenty male goats, two hundred ewes and twenty rams,
15 Thirty camels with their young ones, forty cows, ten oxen, twenty asses, and ten young asses. 15 thirty female camels with their young, forty cows and ten bulls, and twenty female donkeys and ten male donkeys.
16 These he gave to his servants, every herd by itself, and he said to his servants, Go on before me, and let there be a space between one herd and another. 16 He put them in the care of his servants, each herd by itself, and said to his servants, "Go ahead of me, and keep some space between the herds."
17 And he gave orders to the first, saying, When my brother Esau comes to you and says, Whose servant are you, and where are you going, and whose are these herds? 17 He instructed the one in the lead: "When my brother Esau meets you and asks, 'To whom do you belong, and where are you going, and who owns all these animals in front of you?'
18 Then say to him, These are your servant Jacob's; they are an offering for my lord, for Esau; and he himself is coming after us. 18 then you are to say, 'They belong to your servant Jacob. They are a gift sent to my lord Esau, and he is coming behind us.' "
19 And he gave the same orders to the second and the third and to all those who were with the herds, saying, This is what you are to say to Esau when you see him; 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 you are to say further, Jacob, your servant, is coming after us. For he said to himself, I will take away his wrath by the offering which I have sent on, and then I will come before him: it may be that I will have grace in his eyes. 20 And be sure to say, 'Your servant Jacob is coming behind us.' " For he thought, "I will pacify him with these gifts I am sending on ahead; later, when I see him, perhaps he will receive me."
21 So the servants with the offerings went on in front, and he himself took his rest that night in the tents with his people. 21 So Jacob's gifts went on ahead of him, but he himself spent the night in the camp.
22 And in the night he got up, and taking with him his two wives and the two servant-women and his eleven children, he went over the river Jabbok. 22 That night Jacob got up and took his two wives, his two maidservants and his eleven sons and crossed the ford of the Jabbok.
23 He took them and sent them over the stream with all he had. 23 After he had sent them across the stream, he sent over all his possessions.
24 Then Jacob was by himself; and a man was fighting with him till dawn. 24 So Jacob was left alone, and a man wrestled with him till daybreak.
25 But when the man saw that he was not able to overcome Jacob, he gave him a blow in the hollow part of his leg, so that his leg was damaged. 25 When the man saw that he could not overpower him, he touched the socket of Jacob's hip so that his hip was wrenched as he wrestled with the man.
26 And he said to him, Let me go now, for the dawn is near. But Jacob said, I will not let you go till you have given me your blessing. 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."
27 Then he said, What is your name? And he said, Jacob. 27 The man asked him, "What is your name?" "Jacob," he answered.
28 And he said, Your name will no longer be Jacob, but Israel: for in your fight with God and with men you have overcome. 28 Then the man said, "Your name will no longer be Jacob, but Israel, because you have struggled with God and with men and have overcome."
29 Then Jacob said, What is your name? And he said, What is my name to you? Then he gave him a blessing. 29 Jacob said, "Please tell me your name." But he replied, "Why do you ask my name?" Then he blessed him there.
30 And Jacob gave that place the name of Peniel, saying, I have seen God face to face, and still I am living. 30 So Jacob called the place Peniel, saying, "It is because I saw God face to face, and yet my life was spared."
31 And while he was going past Peniel, the sun came up. And he went with unequal steps because of his damaged leg. 31 The sun rose above him as he passed Peniel, and he was limping because of his hip.
32 For this reason the children of Israel, even today, never take that muscle in the hollow of the leg as food, because the hollow of Jacob's leg was touched. 32 Therefore to this day the Israelites do not eat the tendon attached to the socket of the hip, because the socket of Jacob's hip was touched near the tendon.