1 JacobI wentII on his wayIII and the angelsIV of GodV metVI him;
2 and when Jacob sawVII them he said, “This is God’s camp!VIII” So he calledIX that placeX Mahanaim.XI
3 Jacob sentXII messengersXIII beforeXIV him to his brotherXV EsauXVI
in the landXVII of Seir,XVIII the countryXIX of Edom,XX
4 instructingXXI them, “Thus you shall say to my lordXXII Esau: Thus says your servantXXIII Jacob, ‘I have lived with LabanXXIV as an alien,XXV and stayedXXVI until now;
5 and I haveXXVII oxen,XXVIII donkeys,XXIX flocks,XXX
maleXXXI and female slaves;XXXII and I have sent to tellXXXIII my lord, in order that I may findXXXIV favorXXXV in your sight.’”XXXVI
6 The messengers returnedXXXVII to Jacob, saying, “We cameXXXVIII to your brother Esau, and he is coming to meetXXXIX you, and fourXL hundred menXLI are with him.”
7 Then Jacob was greatly afraidXLII and distressed;XLIII and he dividedXLIV the peopleXLV that were with him,
and the flocks and herdsXLVI and camels,XLVII into twoXLVIII companies,XLIX
8 thinking, “If Esau comes to the oneL company and destroysLI it, thenLII the company that is leftLIII will escape.”LIV
9 And Jacob said, “O God of my fatherLV AbrahamLVI and God of my father Isaac,LVII O LordLVIII
who said to me, ‘Return to your countryLIX and to your kindred,LX and I will do you good,’LXI
10 I am not worthyLXII of the least of all the steadfast loveLXIII and all the faithfulnessLXIV that you have shownLXV to your servant,
for with only my staffLXVI I crossedLXVII this Jordan;LXVIII and now I have becomeLXIX two companies.
11 DeliverLXX me, please,LXXI from the handLXXII of my brother, from the hand of Esau, for I am afraidLXXIII of him;
he may come and killLXXIV us all, the mothersLXXV with the children.LXXVI
12 Yet you have said, ‘I will surely do you good,LXXVII and makeLXXVIII your offspringLXXIX
as the sandLXXX of the sea,LXXXI which cannot be countedLXXXII because of their number.’”LXXXIII
13 So he spentLXXXIV that nightLXXXV there, and from what he had with himLXXXVI he tookLXXXVII a presentLXXXVIII for his brother Esau,
14 two hundred female goatsLXXXIX and twentyXC male goats,XCI two hundred ewesXCII and twenty rams,XCIII
15 thirtyXCIV milchXCV camels and their colts,XCVI fortyXCVII cowsXCVIII
and tenXCIX bulls,C twenty female donkeysCI and ten male donkeys.CII
16 These he deliveredCIII into the hand of his servants, every droveCIV by itself,CV
and said to his servants, “Pass onCVI aheadCVII of me, and putCVIII a spaceCIX between drove and drove.”
17 He instructed the foremost,CX “When Esau my brother meetsCXI you, and asksCXII you, ‘To whom do you belong? Where are you going? And whose are these aheadCXIII of you?’ 18 then you shall say, ‘They belong to your servant Jacob; they are a present sent to my lord Esau; andCXIV moreover he is behind us.’”
19 He likewise instructed the secondCXV and the thirdCXVI and all who followedCXVII the droves, “You shall say the same thingCXVIII to Esau when you meetCXIX him,
20 and you shall say, ‘CXXMoreover your servant Jacob is behind us.’” For he thought, “I may appeaseCXXI himCXXII with the present that goes aheadCXXIII of me, and afterwards I shall see his face;CXXIV
perhaps he will acceptCXXV me.”CXXVI 21 So the present passed on ahead of him;CXXVII and he himself spent that night in the camp.
22 The same night he got upCXXVIII and took his two wives,CXXIX his two maids,CXXX
and his elevenCXXXI children,CXXXII and crossed the fordCXXXIII of the Jabbok.CXXXIV
23 He took them and sentCXXXV them across the stream,CXXXVI and likewiseCXXXVII everything that he had.
24 Jacob was leftCXXXVIII alone;CXXXIX and a manCXL wrestledCXLI with him until daybreak.CXLII
25 When the man saw that he did not prevailCXLIII against Jacob, he struckCXLIV him on the hipCXLV socket;CXLVI
and Jacob’s hip was put out of jointCXLVII as he wrestled with him. 26 Then he said, “Let me go,CXLVIII for the day is breaking.”CXLIX
But Jacob said, “I will not let you go, unless you blessCL me.”
27 So he said to him, “What is your name?”CLI
And he said, “Jacob.”
28 Then the man said, “You shall no longer be calledCLII Jacob, but Israel,CLIII for you have strivenCLIV with God and with humans,CLV and have prevailed.”
29 Then Jacob asked him, “Please tell me your name.”
But he said, “Why is it that you ask my name?” And there he blessed him.
30 So Jacob called the place Peniel,CLVI saying, “For I have seen God face to face, and yet my lifeCLVII is preserved.”CLVIII
31 The sunCLIX roseCLX upon him as he passed Penuel, limpingCLXI because of his hip.
32 Therefore to this day the IsraelitesCLXII do not eatCLXIII the thigh muscleCLXIV that is on the hip socket, because he struck Jacob on the hip socket at the thigh muscle.
Image credit: “Jacob and the Angel” by Carel Kneulman at the Hague, 1957.