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  • I call on the God of our ancestors--the God of your grandfather Abraham and the God of my grandfather Nahor--to punish either one of us who harms the other." So Jacob took an oath before the awesome God of his father, Isaac, to respect the boundary line. - Genesis 31:53

  • Then Jacob presented a sacrifice to God and invited everyone to a feast. Afterward they spent the night there in the hills. - Genesis 31:54

  • As Jacob and his household started on their way again, angels of God came to meet him. - Genesis 32:1

  • When Jacob saw them, he exclaimed, "This is God's camp!" So he named the place Mahanaim.*1 - Genesis 32:2

  • Jacob now sent messengers to his brother, Esau, in Edom, the land of Seir. - Genesis 32:3

  • He told them, "Give this message to my master Esau: `Humble greetings from your servant Jacob! I have been living with Uncle Laban until recently, - Genesis 32:4

  • The messengers returned with the news that Esau was on his way to meet Jacob--with an army of four hundred men! - Genesis 32:6

  • Jacob was terrified at the news. He divided his household, along with the flocks and herds and camels, into two camps. - Genesis 32:7

  • Then Jacob prayed, "O God of my grandfather Abraham and my father, Isaac--O LORD, you told me to return to my land and to my relatives, and you promised to treat me kindly. - Genesis 32:9

  • Jacob stayed where he was for the night and prepared a present for Esau: - Genesis 32:13

  • You should reply, `These belong to your servant Jacob. They are a present for his master Esau! He is coming right behind us.' " - Genesis 32:18

  • Jacob gave the same instructions to each of the herdsmen and told them, "You are all to say the same thing to Esau when you see him. - Genesis 32:19

  • And be sure to say, `Your servant Jacob is right behind us.' " Jacob's plan was to appease Esau with the presents before meeting him face to face. "Perhaps," Jacob hoped, "he will be friendly to us." - Genesis 32:20

  • So the presents were sent on ahead, and Jacob spent that night in the camp. - Genesis 32:21

  • But during the night Jacob got up and sent his two wives, two concubines, and eleven sons across the Jabbok River. - Genesis 32:22

  • This left Jacob all alone in the camp, and a man came and wrestled with him until dawn. - Genesis 32:24

  • When the man saw that he couldn't win the match, he struck Jacob's hip and knocked it out of joint at the socket. - Genesis 32:25
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    New Living Translation Bible used with permission Tyndale House Publishers.

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