Genesis 32 GNT/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 As Jacob went on his way, some angels met him. 1 Jacob also went on his way, and the angels of God met him.
2 When he saw them, he said, "This is God's camp"; so he named the place Mahanaim. 2 When Jacob saw them, he said, "This is the camp of God!" So he named that place Mahanaim.
3 Jacob sent messengers ahead of him to his brother Esau in 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 He instructed them to say: "I, Jacob, your obedient servant, report to my master Esau that I have been staying with Laban and that I have delayed my return until now. 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 I own cattle, donkeys, sheep, goats, and slaves. I am sending you word, sir, in the hope of gaining your favor." 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 messengers came back to Jacob, they said, "We went to your brother Esau, and he is already on his way to meet you. He has 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 Jacob was frightened and worried. He divided into two groups the people who were with him, and also his sheep, goats, cattle, and camels. 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 He thought, "If Esau comes and attacks the first group, the other may be able to escape." 8 He thought, "If Esau comes and attacks one group, the group that is left may escape."
9 Then Jacob prayed, "God of my grandfather Abraham and God of my father Isaac, hear me! You told me, Lord, to go back to my land and to my relatives, and you would make everything go well for me. 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 not worth all the kindness and faithfulness that you have shown me, your servant. I crossed the Jordan with nothing but a walking stick, and now I have come back with these two groups. 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 Save me, I pray, from my brother Esau. I am afraid - afraid that he is coming to attack us and destroy us all, even the women and children. 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 Remember that you promised to make everything go well for me and to give me more descendants than anyone could count, as many as the grains of sand along the seashore." 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 After spending the night there, Jacob chose from his livestock as a present for his brother Esau: 200 female goats and 20 males, 200 female sheep and 20 males, 30 milk camels with their young, 40 cows and 10 bulls, 20 female donkeys and 10 males. 13 He spent the night there, and from what he had with him he selected a gift for his brother Esau:
16 He divided them into herds and put one of his servants in charge of each herd. He said to them, "Go ahead of me, and leave a space between each herd and the one behind it." 16 two hundred female goats and twenty male goats, two hundred ewes and twenty rams,
17 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?' 17 thirty female camels with their young, forty cows and ten bulls, and twenty female donkeys and ten male donkeys.
18 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.' " 18 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."
19 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. 19 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?'
20 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." 20 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.' "
21 He sent the gifts on ahead of him and spent that night in camp. 21 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.
22 That same night Jacob got up, took his two wives, his two concubines, and his eleven children, and crossed the Jabbok River. 22 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."
23 After he had sent them across, he also sent across all that he owned, 23 So Jacob's gifts went on ahead of him, but he himself spent the night in the camp.
24 but he stayed behind, alone. Then a man came and wrestled with him until just before daybreak. 24 That night Jacob got up and took his two wives, his two maidservants and his eleven sons and crossed the ford of the Jabbok.
25 When the man saw that he was not winning the struggle, he hit Jacob on the hip, and it was thrown out of joint. 25 After he had sent them across the stream, he sent over all his possessions.
26 The man said, "Let me go; daylight is coming." "I won't, unless you bless me," Jacob answered. 26 So Jacob was left alone, and a man wrestled with him till daybreak.
27 "What is your name?" the man asked. "Jacob," he answered. 27 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.
28 The man said, "Your name will no longer be Jacob. You have struggled with God and with men, and you have won; so your name will be Israel." 28 Then the man said, "Let me go, for it is daybreak." But Jacob replied, "I will not let you go unless you bless me."
29 Jacob said, "Now tell me your name." But he answered, "Why do you want to know my name?" Then he blessed Jacob. 29 The man asked him, "What is your name?" "Jacob," he answered.
30 Jacob said, "I have seen God face-to-face, and I am still alive"; so he named the place Peniel. 30 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."
31 The sun rose as Jacob was leaving Peniel, and he was limping because of his hip. 31 Jacob said, "Please tell me your name." But he replied, "Why do you ask my name?" Then he blessed him there.
32 Even today the descendants of Israel do not eat the muscle which is on the hip joint, because it was on this muscle that Jacob was hit. 32 So Jacob called the place Peniel, saying, "It is because I saw God face to face, and yet my life was spared."
31 31 The sun rose above him as he passed Peniel, and he was limping because of his hip.
32 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.