- (32:2) And Jacob went on his way, and the angels of God met him.
- (32:3) And Jacob said when he saw them: "This is God"s camp." And he called the name of that place Mahanaim.
- (32:4) And Jacob sent messengers before him to Esau his brother unto the land of Seir, the field of Edom.
- (32:5) And he commanded them, saying: "Thus shall ye say unto my lord Esau: Thus saith thy servant Jacob: I have sojourned with Laban, and stayed until now.
- (32:6) And I have oxen, and asses and flocks, and men-servants and maid-servants;
and I have sent to tell my lord, that I may find favour in thy sight."
- (32:7) And the messengers returned to Jacob, saying: "We came to thy brother Esau, and moreover he cometh to meet thee, and four hundred men with him."
- (32:8) Then Jacob was greatly afraid and was distressed.
And he divided the people that was with him, and the flocks, and the herds, and the camels, into two camps.
- (32:9) And he said: "If Esau come to the one camp, and smite it, then the camp which is left shall escape."
- (32:10) And Jacob said: "O God of my father Abraham, and God of my father Isaac, O LORD, who saidst unto me: Return unto thy country, and to thy kindred, and I will do thee good;
- (32:11) I am not worthy of all the mercies, and of all the truth, which Thou hast shown unto Thy servant;
for with my staff I passed over this Jordan;
and now I am become two camps.
- (32:12) Deliver me, I pray Thee, from the hand of my brother, from the hand of Esau;
for I fear him, lest he come and smite me, the mother with the children.
- (32:13) And Thou saidst: I will surely do thee good, and make thy seed as the sand of the sea, which cannot be numbered for multitude."
- (32:14) And he lodged there that night;
and took of that which he had with him a present for Esau his brother:
- (32:15) two hundred she-goats and twenty he-goats, two hundred ewes and twenty rams,
- (32:16) thirty milch camels and their colts, forty kine and ten bulls, twenty she-asses and ten foals.
- (32:17) And he delivered them into the hand of his servants, every drove by itself;
and said unto his servants: "Pass over before me, and put a space betwixt drove and drove."
- (32:18) And he commanded the foremost, saying: "When Esau my brother meeteth thee, and asketh thee, saying: Whose art thou?
and whither goest thou?
and whose are these before thee?
- (32:19) then thou shalt say: They are thy servant Jacob"s;
it is a present sent unto my lord, even unto Esau;
and, behold, he also is behind us."
- (32:20) And he commanded also the second, and the third, and all that followed the droves, saying: "In this manner shall ye speak unto Esau, when ye find him;
- (32:21) and ye shall say: Moreover, behold, thy servant Jacob is behind us." For he said: "I will appease him with the present that goeth before me, and afterward I will see his face;
peradventure he will accept me."
- (32:22) So the present passed over before him;
and he himself lodged that night in the camp.
- (32:23) And he rose up that night, and took his two wives, and his two handmaids, and his eleven children, and passed over the ford of the Jabbok.
- (32:24) And he took them, and sent them over the stream, and sent over that which he had.
- (32:25) And Jacob was left alone;
and there wrestled a man with him until the breaking of the day.
- (32:26) And when he saw that he prevailed not against him, he touched the hollow of his thigh;
and the hollow of Jacob"s thigh was strained, as he wrestled with him.
- (32:27) And he said: "Let me go, for the day breaketh." And he said: "I will not let thee go, except thou bless me."
- (32:28) And he said unto him: "What is thy name?" And be said: "Jacob."
- (32:29) And he said: "Thy name shall be called no more Jacob, but Israel;
for thou hast striven with God and with men, and hast prevailed."
- (32:30) And Jacob asked him, and said: "Tell me, I pray thee, thy name." And he said: "Wherefore is it that thou dost ask after my name?" And he blessed him there.
- (32:31) And Jacob called the name of the place Peniel: "for I have seen God face to face, and my life is preserved."
- (32:32) And the sun rose upon him as he passed over Peniel, and he limped upon his thigh.
- (32:33) Therefore the children of Israel eat not the sinew of the thigh-vein which is upon the hollow of the thigh, unto this day;
because he touched the hollow of Jacob"s thigh, even in the sinew of the thigh-vein.