1Early next morning, Laban kissed his grandchildren and daughters and blessed them. Then Laban leftto return home. 2While Jacob was going on his way, angels of God encountered him, 3and on seeing them he said, 'This is God's camp,' and he named the place Mahanaim. 4Jacob sent messengers ahead of him to his brother Esau in Seir, the open country of Edom, 5with these instructions, 'Say this to my lord Esau, "Here is the message of your servant Jacob: I havebeen staying with Laban and have been delayed there until now, 6and I own oxen, beasts of burden and flocks, and men and women slaves. I send news of this to mylord in the hope of winning your favour." ' 7The messengers returned to Jacob and told him, 'We went to your brother Esau, and he is already onhis way to meet you; there are four hundred men with him.' 8Jacob was greatly afraid and distressed. He divided the people with him, and the flocks and cattle,into two camps, 9thinking, 'If Esau comes to one of the camps and attacks it, the remaining camp may be able toescape.' 10Jacob said, 'God of my father Abraham, and God of my father Isaac, Yahweh who told me, "Go backto your native land and I will be good to you," 11I am unworthy of al the faithful love and constancy you have shown your servant. I had only my staffwhen I crossed this Jordan, and now I have grown into two camps. 12I implore you, save me from my brother Esau's clutches, for I am afraid that he may come and attackme, mothers and children alike. 13Yet it was you who said, "I shal be very good to you, and make your descendants like the sand ofthe sea, which is too numerous to count." ' 14Then Jacob passed that night there. From what he had with him he chose a gift for his brother Esau: 15two hundred she-goats and twenty he-goats, two hundred ewes and twenty rams, 16thirty camels in milk with their calves, forty cows and ten bulls, twenty female donkeys and ten male. 17He put them in the charge of his servants, in separate droves, and told his servants, 'Go ahead ofme, leaving a space between each drove and the next.' 18He gave the leading man this order: 'When my brother Esau meets you and asks, "Whose man areyou? Where are you going? Whose are those animals that you are driving?" 19you wil answer, "Your servant Jacob's. They are a gift sent to my lord Esau. And Jacob himself isjust behind us." ' 20He gave the same order to the second and the third, and to al who were fol owing the droves. 'Thatis what you must say to Esau when you find him. 21And you must add, "Your servant Jacob himself is just behind us." ' For he thought, 'If I conciliate him by sending a gift in advance, perhaps he will be well inclined towards me when I face him.' 22The gift went ahead of him, but he himself spent that night in the camp. 23That same night he got up and, taking his two wives, his two slave-girls and his eleven children,crossed the ford of the Jabbok. 24After he had taken them across the stream, he sent al his possessions over too. 25And Jacob was left alone. Then someone wrestled with him until daybreak 26who, seeing that he could not master him, struck him on the hip socket, and Jacob's hip wasdislocated as he wrestled with him. 27He said, 'Let me go, for day is breaking.' Jacob replied, 'I wil not let you go unless you bless me.' 28The other said, 'What is your name?' 'Jacob,' he replied. 29He said, 'No longer are you to be cal ed Jacob, but Israel since you have shown your strengthagainst God and men and have prevailed.' 30Then Jacob asked, 'Please tel me your name.' He replied, 'Why do you ask my name?' With that, heblessed him there. 31Jacob named the place Peniel, 'Because I have seen God face to face,' he said, 'and have survived.' 32The sun rose as he passed Peniel, limping from his hip. 33That is why to this day the Israelites do not eat the thigh sinew which is at the hip socket: because hehad struck Jacob at the hip socket on the thigh sinew.
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