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Genesis 32:1-21 RSVA/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 Jacob went on his way and the angels of God met him; 1 Jacob also went on his way, and the angels of God met him.
2 and when Jacob saw them he said, "This is God's army!" So he called the name of that place Mahana'im. 2 When Jacob saw them, he said, "This is the camp of God!" So he named that place Mahanaim.
3 And Jacob sent messengers before him to Esau his brother in the land of Se'ir, 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 instructing them, "Thus you shall say to my lord Esau: Thus says your servant Jacob, 'I have sojourned with Laban, and stayed 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 and I have oxen, asses, flocks, menservants, and maidservants; and I have sent to tell my lord, in order that I may find favor in your sight.'" 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 And the messengers returned to Jacob, saying, "We came to your brother Esau, and he is coming to meet 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 greatly afraid and distressed; and he divided the people that were with him, and the flocks and herds and camels, into two companies, 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 thinking, "If Esau comes to the one company and destroys it, then the company which is left will escape." 8 He thought, "If Esau comes and attacks one group, the group that is left may escape."
9 And Jacob said, "O God of my father Abraham and God of my father Isaac, O LORD who didst say to me, 'Return to your country and to your kindred, and I will do you good,' 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 worthy of the least of all the steadfast love and all the faithfulness which thou hast shown to thy servant, for with only my staff I crossed this Jordan; and now I have become two companies. 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 Deliver me, I pray thee, from the hand of my brother, from the hand of Esau, for I fear him, lest he come and slay us all, the mothers with 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 But thou didst say, 'I will do you good, and make your descendants as the sand of the sea, which cannot be numbered for multitude.'" 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 So he lodged there that night, and took from what he had with him a present 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 ewes and twenty rams, 14 two hundred female goats and twenty male goats, two hundred ewes and twenty rams,
15 thirty milch camels and their colts, forty cows and ten bulls, twenty she-asses and ten he-asses. 15 thirty female camels with their young, forty cows and ten bulls, and twenty female donkeys and ten male donkeys.
16 These he delivered into the hand of his servants, every drove by itself, and said to his servants, "Pass on before me, and put a space between drove and drove." 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 He instructed the foremost, "When Esau my brother meets you, and asks you, 'To whom do you belong? Where are you going? And whose are these before you?' 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 you shall say, 'They belong to your servant Jacob; they are a present sent to my lord Esau; and moreover he is behind 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 He likewise instructed the second and the third and all who followed the droves, "You shall say the same thing to Esau when you meet 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 shall say, 'Moreover your servant Jacob is behind us.'" For he thought, "I may appease him with the present that goes before me, and afterwards I shall see his face; perhaps he will accept 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 the present passed on before him; and he himself lodged that night in the camp. 21 So Jacob's gifts went on ahead of him, but he himself spent the night in the camp.