Genesis 32:7

7 In great fear and distress Jacob divided the people who were with him into two groups,[a] and the flocks and herds and camels as well.

Genesis 32:7 in Other Translations

KJV
7 Then Jacob was greatly afraid and distressed: and he divided the people that was with him, and the flocks, and herds, and the camels, into two bands;
ESV
7 Then Jacob was greatly afraid and distressed. He divided the people who were with him, and the flocks and herds and camels, into two camps,
NLT
7 Jacob was terrified at the news. He divided his household, along with the flocks and herds and camels, into two groups.
MSG
7 Jacob was scared. Very scared. Panicked, he divided his people, sheep, cattle, and camels into two camps.
CSB
7 Jacob was greatly afraid and distressed; he divided the people with him into two camps, along with the flocks, cattle, and camels.

Genesis 32:7 Meaning and Commentary

Genesis 32:7

Then Jacob was greatly afraid and distressed
Knowing what he had done to his brother in getting the birthright and blessing from him, and what an enmity he had conceived in his mind against him on that account, and remembering what he had said he would do to him; and therefore might fear that all his professions of respect to him were craftily and cunningly made to take him off of his guard, and that he might the more easily fall into his hands, and especially when he heard there were four hundred men with him; this struck a terror into him, and made him suspicious of an ill design against him; though herein Jacob betrayed much weakness and want of faith, when God has promised again and again that he would he with him, and keep him, and protect him, and return him safe to the land of Canaan; and when he had just had such an appearance of angels to be his helpers, guardians, and protectors: and he divided the people that [was] with him, and the flocks, and the
herds, and the camels, into two bands:
some of his servants and shepherds, with a part of the flocks and herds, in one band or company, and some with the rest of them, and the camels, and his wives, and his children, in the other.

Genesis 32:7 In-Context

5 I have cattle and donkeys, sheep and goats, male and female servants. Now I am sending this message to my lord, that I may find favor in your eyes.’ ”
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 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 one group, the group that is left may escape.”
9 Then Jacob prayed, “O God of my father Abraham, God of my father Isaac, LORD, you who said to me, ‘Go back to your country and your relatives, and I will make you prosper,’

Cross References 3

  • 1. ver 11
  • 2. Genesis 35:3; Psalms 4:1; Psalms 77:2; Psalms 107:6
  • 3. ver 10; Genesis 33:1

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