Genesis 32 MSG/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 And Jacob went his way. Angels of God met him. 1 Jacob also went on his way, and the angels of God met him.
2 When Jacob saw them he said, "Oh! God's Camp!" And he named the place Mahanaim (Campground). 2 When Jacob saw them, he said, "This is the camp of God!" So he named that place Mahanaim.
3 Then Jacob sent messengers on ahead to his brother Esau in the land of Seir in 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: "Tell my master Esau this, 'A message from your servant Jacob: I've been staying with Laban and couldn't get away 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've acquired cattle and donkeys and sheep; also men and women servants. I'm telling you all this, my master, hoping for your approval.'" 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 The messengers came back to Jacob and said, "We talked to your brother Esau and he's on his way to meet you. But 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 scared. Very scared. Panicked, he divided his people, sheep, cattle, and camels into two camps. 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 on the first camp and attacks it, the other camp has a chance to get away." 8 He thought, "If Esau comes and attacks one group, the group that is left may escape."
9 And then Jacob prayed, "God of my father Abraham, God of my father Isaac, God who told me, 'Go back to your parents' homeland and I'll treat you well.' 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 don't deserve all the love and loyalty you've shown me. When I left here and crossed the Jordan I only had the clothes on my back, and now look at me - two camps! 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, please, from the violence of my brother, my angry brother! I'm afraid he'll come and attack us all, me, the mothers and the 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 You yourself said, 'I will treat you well; I'll make your descendants like the sands of the sea, far too many to count.'" 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 He slept the night there. Then he prepared a present for his brother Esau from his possessions: 13 He spent the night there, and from what he had with him he selected a gift for his brother Esau:
14 two hundred female goats, twenty male goats, two hundred ewes and twenty rams, 14 two hundred female goats and twenty male goats, two hundred ewes and twenty rams,
15 thirty camels with their nursing young, forty cows and ten bulls, twenty female donkeys and ten male donkeys. 15 thirty female camels with their young, forty cows and ten bulls, and twenty female donkeys and ten male donkeys.
16 He put a servant in charge of each herd and said, "Go ahead of me and keep a healthy space between each herd." 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 Then he instructed the first one out: "When my brother Esau comes close and asks, 'Who is your master? Where are you going? Who owns these?' 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 - answer him like this, 'Your servant Jacob. They are a gift to my master Esau. He's on his way.'" 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 He gave the same instructions to the second servant and to the third - to each in turn as they set out with their herds: 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 "Say 'Your servant Jacob is on his way behind us.'" He thought, "I will soften him up with the succession of gifts. Then when he sees me face-to-face, maybe he'll be glad to welcome me." 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 his gifts went before him while he settled down for the night in the camp. 21 So Jacob's gifts went on ahead of him, but he himself spent the night in the camp.
22 But during the night he got up and took his two wives, his two maidservants, and his eleven children and crossed the ford of the 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 got them safely across the brook along with all his possessions. 23 After he had sent them across the stream, he sent over all his possessions.
24 But Jacob stayed behind by himself, and a man wrestled with him until daybreak. 24 So Jacob was left alone, and a man wrestled with him till daybreak.
25 When the man saw that he couldn't get the best of Jacob as they wrestled, he deliberately threw Jacob's hip out of joint. 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 The man said, "Let me go; it's daybreak." Jacob said, "I'm not letting you go 'til you bless me." 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 The man said, "What's your name?" He answered, "Jacob." 27 The man asked him, "What is your name?" "Jacob," he answered.
28 The man said, "But no longer. Your name is no longer Jacob. From now on it's Israel (God-Wrestler); you've wrestled with God and you've come through." 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 Jacob asked, "And what's your name?" The man said, "Why do you want to know my name?" And then, right then and there, he blessed him. 29 Jacob said, "Please tell me your name." But he replied, "Why do you ask my name?" Then he blessed him there.
30 Jacob named the place Peniel (God's Face) because, he said, "I saw God face-to-face and lived to tell the story!" 30 So Jacob called the place Peniel, saying, "It is because I saw God face to face, and yet my life was spared."
31 The sun came up as he left Peniel, limping because of his hip. 31 The sun rose above him as he passed Peniel, and he was limping because of his hip.
32 (This is why Israelites to this day don't eat the hip muscle; because Jacob's hip was thrown out of joint.) 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.