Ya`akov went on his way, and the angels of God met him.
When he saw them, Ya`akov said, "This is God's host." He called the name of that place Machanayim.
Ya`akov sent messengers in front of him to Esav, his brother, to the land of Se`ir, the field of Edom.
He commanded them, saying, "This is what you shall tell my lord, Esav: 'This is what your servant, Ya`akov, says. I have sojourned with Lavan, and stayed until now.
I have oxen, donkeys, flocks, men-servants, and maid-servants. I have sent to tell my lord, that I may find favor in your sight.'"
The messengers returned to Ya`akov, saying, "We came to your brother Esav. Not only that, but he comes to meet you, and four hundred men with him."
Then Ya`akov was greatly afraid and was distressed: and he divided the people who were with him, and the flocks, and the herds, and the camels, into two companies;
and he said, "If Esav comes to the one company, and strikes it, then the company which is left will escape."