And Jacob went on his way, and the angels of God met him.
And when Jacob saw them, he said, "This is God's host." And he called the name of that place Mahanaim [that is, Two hosts or camps].
And Jacob sent messengers before him to Esau his brother unto the land of Seir, the country of Edom.
And he commanded them, saying, "Thus shall ye speak unto my lord Esau, `Thy servant Jacob saith thus: I have sojourned with Laban and stayed there until now,
and I have oxen and asses, flocks and menservants and womenservants; and I have sent to tell my lord, that I may find grace in thy sight.'"
And the messengers returned to Jacob, saying, "We came to thy brother Esau, and also he cometh to meet thee, and four hundred men with him."
Then Jacob was greatly afraid and distressed; and he divided the people who were with him, and the flocks and herds and the camels into two bands.
And he said, "If Esau come to the one company and smite it, then the other company which is left shall escape."
And Jacob said, "O God of my father Abraham and God of my father Isaac, the LORD who saidst unto me, `Return unto thy country and to thy kindred, and I will deal well with thee'--
I am not worthy of the least of all the mercies and of all the truth which Thou hast shown unto Thy servant; for with my staff I passed over this Jordan, and now I have become two bands.
Deliver me, I pray Thee, from the hand of my brother, from the hand of Esau; for I fear him, lest he will come and smite me and the mother with the children.
And Thou saidst, `I will surely do thee good, and make thy seed as the sand of the sea, which cannot be numbered for multitude.'"
And he lodged there that same night, and took from that which came to his hand a present for Esau his brother:
two hundred shegoats and twenty hegoats, two hundred ewes and twenty rams,
thirty milk camels with their colts, forty cows and ten bulls, twenty sheasses and ten foals.
And he delivered them into the hand of his servants, every drove by itself, and said unto his servants, "Pass over before me, and put a space between drove and drove."
And he commanded the foremost, saying, "When Esau my brother meeteth thee and asketh thee, saying, `Whose art thou? And whither goest thou? And whose are these before thee?'
then thou shalt say, `They are thy servant Jacob's. It is a present sent unto my lord Esau; and behold also, he is behind us.'"
And so commanded he the second, and the third, and all who followed the droves, saying, "In this manner shall ye speak unto Esau when ye find him.
And say ye moreover, `Behold, thy servant Jacob is behind us.'" For he said, "I will appease him with the presents that goeth before me, and afterward I will see his face. Perhaps he will accept me."
So went the presents over before him, and he himself lodged that night in the company.