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Nowe Iaakob went forth on his iourney and the Angels of God met him.
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And when Iaakob saw them, he said, This is Gods hoste, and called the name of the same place Mahanaim.
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Then Iaakob sent messengers before him to Esau his brother, vnto the land of Seir into the countrey of Edom:
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To whom he gaue commandement, saying, Thus shall ye speake to my lorde Esau: thy seruant Iaakob sayeth thus, I haue bene a stranger with Laban, and taried vnto this time.
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I haue beeues also and Asses, sheepe, & men seruantes, and women seruantes, and haue sent to shew my lord, that I may find grace in thy sight.
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So ye messengers came againe to Iaakob, saying, We came vnto thy brother Esau, and hee also commeth against thee and foure hundreth men with him.
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Then Iaakob was greatly afraid, and was sore troubled, and deuided the people that was with him, and the sheepe, and the beeues, and the camels into two companies.
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For he said, If Esau come to ye one copanie and smite it, the other companie shall escape.
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Moreouer Iaakob said, O God of my father Abraham, & God of my father Izhak: Lord, which saydest vnto me, Returne vnto thy coutrey and to thy kinred, and I will do thee good,
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I am not worthy of the least of all the mercies, and al the trueth, which thou hast shewed vnto thy seruant: for with my staffe came I ouer this Iorden, & now haue I gotte two bads.
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I pray thee, Deliuer me from the hande of my brother, from the hande of Esau: for I feare him, least he will come and smite me, and the mother vpon the children.
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For thou saydest;
I will surely doe thee good, and make thy seede as the sande of the sea, which can not be nombred for multitude.
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And he taryed there the same night, and tooke of that which came to had, a present for Esau his brother:
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Two hundreth shee goates & twenty hee goates, two hundreth ewes & twentie rammes:
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Thirtie mylche camels with their coltes, fourtie kine, and ten bullockes, twentie she asses and ten foles.
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So he deliuered them into the hande of his seruants, euery droue by themselues, and saide vnto his seruants, Passe before me, & put a space betweene droue and droue.
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And he commanded the formost, saying, If Esau my brother meete thee, and aske thee, saying, Whose seruant art thou?
And whither goest thou?
And whose are these before thee?
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Then thou shalt say, They be thy seruant Iaakobs: it is a present sent vnto my lord Esau: and beholde, he him selfe also is behinde vs.
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So likewise commaunded he the seconde and the thirde, and all that followed the droues, saying, After this maner, ye shall speake vnto Esau, when ye finde him.
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And ye shall say moreouer, Beholde, thy seruant Iaakob commeth after vs (for he thought, I will appease his wrath with the present that goeth before me, and afterwarde I will see his face: it may be that he will accept me.)
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So went the present before him: but he taried that night with the companie.
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And he rose vp the same night, and tooke his two wiues, and his two maides, and his eleuen children, and went ouer the forde Iabbok.
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And he tooke them, and sent them ouer the riuer, and sent ouer that he had.
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Now when Iaakob was left him selfe alone, there wrestled a man with him vnto the breaking of the day.
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And he sawe that he could not preuaile against him: therefore he touched the holowe of his thigh, and the holowe of Iaakobs thigh was loosed, as he wrestled with him.
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And he saide, Let me goe, for the morning appeareth.
Who answered, I will not let thee go except thou blesse me.
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Then said he vnto him, What is thy name?
And he said, Iaakob.
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Then said he, Thy name shalbe called Iaakob no more, but Israel: because thou hast had power with God, thou shalt also preuaile with men.
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Then Iaakob demaded, saying, Tell me, I pray thee, thy name;
he said, Wherefore now doest thou aske my name?
& he blessed him there
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And Iaakob called the name of the place, Peniel: for, saide he, I haue seene God face to face, and my life is preserued.
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And the sunne rose vp to him as he passed Peniel, and he halted vpon his thigh.
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Therefore the children of Israel eate not of the sinewe that shranke in the hollowe of the thigh, vnto this day: because he touched the sinew that shranke in the holow of Iaakobs thigh.