Genesis 32:22-32 NIV

Jacob Wrestles With God

22 That night Jacob got up and took his two wives, his two maidservants and his eleven sons1 and crossed the ford of the Jabbok.2

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23 After he had sent them across the stream, he sent over all his possessions.3

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24 So Jacob was left alone,4 and a man5 wrestled with him till daybreak.

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25 When the man saw that he could not overpower him, he touched the socket of Jacob's hip6 so that his hip was wrenched as he wrestled with the man.

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      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."7

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      27 The man asked him, "What is your name?" "Jacob,"8 he answered.

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      28 Then the man said, "Your name9 will no longer be Jacob, but Israel,a10 because you have struggled with God and with men and have overcome."11

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        • e 32:28 - "Israel" means "he struggles with God."
          29 Jacob said, "Please tell me your name."12 But he replied, "Why do you ask my name?"13 Then he blessed14 him there.

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          30 So Jacob called the place Peniel,b saying, "It is because I saw God face to face,15 and yet my life was spared."

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            • f 32:30 - "Peniel" means "face of God."
              31 The sun rose above him as he passed Peniel,c16 and he was limping because of his hip.

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                • g 32:31 - Hebrew "Penuel", a variant of "Peniel"
                  32 Therefore to this day the Israelites do not eat the tendon attached to the socket of the hip,17 because the socket of Jacob's hip was touched near the tendon.

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