Genesis 31

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The First Book of Moses, called Genesis

Chapter 32


And Jacob went1 on his way, and the angels of God met4 him.


And when Jacob saw1 them, he said,4 This [is] God's host: and he called4 the name of that place Mahanaim.


And Jacob sent4 messengers before him to Esau his brother unto the land of Seir, the country of Edom.


And he commanded17 them, saying,2 Thus shall ye speak4 unto my lord Esau; Thy servant Jacob saith1 thus, I have sojourned1 with Laban, and stayed there4 until now:


And I have oxen, and asses, flocks, and menservants, and womenservants: and I have sent4 to tell53 my lord, that I may find2 grace in thy sight.


And the messengers returned4 to Jacob, saying,2 We came1 to thy brother Esau, and also he cometh6 to meet2 thee, and four hundred men with him.


Then Jacob was greatly afraid4 and distressed:4 and he divided4 the people that [was] with him, and the flocks, and herds, and the camels, into two bands;


And said,4 If Esau come4 to the one company, and smite52 it, then the other company which is left12 shall escape.


And Jacob said,4 O God of my father Abraham, and God of my father Isaac, the LORD which saidst6 unto me, Return3 unto thy country, and to thy kindred, and I will deal well55 with thee:


I am not worthy1 of the least of all the mercies, and of all the truth, which thou hast shewed1 unto thy servant; for with my staff I passed over1 this Jordan; and now I am become two bands.


Deliver54 me, I pray thee, from the hand of my brother, from the hand of Esau: for I fear him, lest he will come4 and smite52 me, [and] the mother with the children.


And thou saidst,1 I will surely53 do thee good,55 and make1 thy seed as the sand of the sea, which cannot be numbered11 for multitude.


And he lodged4 there that same night; and took4 of that which came6 to his hand a present for Esau his brother;


Two hundred she goats, and twenty he goats, two hundred ewes, and twenty rams,


Thirty milch56 camels with their colts, forty kine, and ten bulls, twenty she asses, and ten foals.


And he delivered4 [them] into the hand of his servants, every drove 5739 by themselves; and said4 unto his servants, Pass over3 before me, and put4 a space betwixt drove and drove.


And he commanded17 the foremost, saying,2 When Esau my brother meeteth4 thee, and asketh1 thee, saying,2 Whose [art] thou? and whither goest4 thou? and whose [are] these before thee?


Then thou shalt say,1 [They be] thy servant Jacob's; it [is] a present sent7 unto my lord Esau: and, behold, also he [is] behind us.


And so commanded17 he the second, and the third, and all that followed6 310 the droves, saying,2 On this manner shall ye speak17 unto Esau, when ye find2 him.


And say1 ye moreover, Behold, thy servant Jacob [is] behind us. For he said,1 I will appease17 him with the present that goeth6 before me, and afterward I will see4 his face; peradventure he will accept4 of me.


So went the present over4 before him: and himself lodged1 that night in the company.


And he rose up4 that night, and took4 his two wives, and his two womenservants, and his eleven 259 sons, and passed over4 the ford Jabbok.


And he took4 them, and sent them over55 the brook, and sent over55 that he had.


And Jacob was left11 alone; and there wrestled11 a man with him until the breaking2 of the day.


And when he saw4 that he prevailed1 not against him, he touched4 the hollow of his thigh; and the hollow of Jacob's thigh was out of joint,4 as he wrestled9 with him.


And he said,4 Let me go,16 for the day breaketh.1 And he said,4 I will not let thee go,17 except thou bless14 me.


And he said4 unto him, What [is] thy name? And he said,4 Jacob.


And he said,4 Thy name shall be called11 no more Jacob, but Israel: for as a prince hast thou power1 with God and with men, and hast prevailed.4


And Jacob asked4 [him], and said,4 Tell54 [me], I pray thee, thy name. And he said,4 Wherefore [is] it [that] thou dost ask4 after my name? And he blessed17 him there.


And Jacob called4 the name of the place Peniel: for I have seen1 God face to face, and my life is preserved.11


And as he passed over1 Penuel the sun rose4 upon him, and he halted6 upon his thigh.


Therefore the children of Israel eat4 not [of] the sinew which shrank, which [is] upon the hollow of the thigh, unto this day: because he touched1 the hollow of Jacob's thigh in the sinew that shrank.

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