Genesis 32:11

11 "1Deliver me, I pray, 2from the hand of my brother, from the hand of Esau; for I fear him, that he will come and attack me and the 3mothers with the children.

Genesis 32:11 Meaning and Commentary

Genesis 32:11

Deliver me, I pray thee, from the hand of my brother, from
the hand of Esau
For though his brother, it was his brother Esau, that had formerly vowed revenge upon him, and had determined to kill him, ( Genesis 27:41 ) , and he knew not but that he was still of the same mind; and now having an opportunity, and in his power to do it, being accompanied with four hundred men, he feared he would attempt it; and therefore entreats the Lord, who was greater than he, to deliver him from falling into his hands, and being destroyed by him: for I fear him, lest he will come and smite me, [and] the mother with
the children;
for whom Jacob seems to be more concerned than for himself; the phrase denotes the utter destruction of his family, and the cruelty and inhumanity that would be exercised therein; which shows what an opinion he had of his brother, and of his savage disposition.

Genesis 32:11 In-Context

9 Jacob said, "O God of my father Abraham and God of my father Isaac, O LORD , who said to me, 'Return to your country and to your relatives, and I will prosper you,'
10 I am unworthy of all the lovingkindness and of all the faithfulness which You have shown to Your servant; for with my staff only I crossed this Jordan, and now I have become two companies.
11 "Deliver me, I pray, from the hand of my brother, from the hand of Esau; for I fear him, that he will come and attack me and the mothers with the children.
12 "For You said, 'I will surely prosper you and make your descendants as the sand of the sea, which is too great to be numbered.' "
13 So he spent the night there. Then he selected from what he had with him a present for his brother Esau:

Cross References 3

  • 1. Psalms 59:1, 2
  • 2. Genesis 27:41, 42; Genesis 33:4
  • 3. Hosea 10:14

Footnotes 1