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Passage Display[Printer-friendly Verses]   
 Genesis 32:1 - 21
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   Book of Genesis
   Chapter 32
32:1 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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Jacob also went on his way, and the angels of God met him.
 
32:2 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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When Jacob saw them, he said, "This is the camp of God!" So he named that place Mahanaim. F159
 
32:3 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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Jacob sent messengers ahead of him to his brother Esau in the land of Seir, the country of Edom.
 
32:4 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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He instructed them: "This is what you are to say to my master Esau: 'Your servant Jacob says, I have been staying with Laban and have remained there till now.
 
32:5 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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I have cattle and donkeys, sheep and goats, menservants and maidservants. Now I am sending this message to my lord, that I may find favor in your eyes.'"
 
32:6 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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When the messengers returned to Jacob, they said, "We went to your brother Esau, and now he is coming to meet you, and four hundred men are with him."
 
32:7 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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In great fear and distress Jacob divided the people who were with him into two groups, F160 and the flocks and herds and camels as well.
 
32:8 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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He thought, "If Esau comes and attacks one group, F161 the group F162 that is left may escape."
 
32:9 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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Then Jacob prayed, "O God of my father Abraham, God of my father Isaac, O LORD, who said to me, 'Go back to your country and your relatives, and I will make you prosper,'
 
32:10 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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I am unworthy of all the kindness and faithfulness you have shown your servant. I had only my staff when I crossed this Jordan, but now I have become two groups.
 
32:11 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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Save me, I pray, from the hand of my brother Esau, for I am afraid he will come and attack me, and also the mothers with their children.
 
32:12 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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But you have said, 'I will surely make you prosper and will make your descendants like the sand of the sea, which cannot be counted.'"
 
32:13 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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He spent the night there, and from what he had with him he selected a gift for his brother Esau:
 
32:14 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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two hundred female goats and twenty male goats, two hundred ewes and twenty rams,
 
32:15 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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thirty female camels with their young, forty cows and ten bulls, and twenty female donkeys and ten male donkeys.
 
32:16 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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He put them in the care of his servants, each herd by itself, and said to his servants, "Go ahead of me, and keep some space between the herds."
 
32:17 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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He instructed the one in the lead: "When my brother Esau meets you and asks, 'To whom do you belong, and where are you going, and who owns all these animals in front of you?'
 
32:18 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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then you are to say, 'They belong to your servant Jacob. They are a gift sent to my lord Esau, and he is coming behind us.'"
 
32:19 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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He also instructed the second, the third and all the others who followed the herds: "You are to say the same thing to Esau when you meet him.
 
32:20 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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And be sure to say, 'Your servant Jacob is coming behind us.'" For he thought, "I will pacify him with these gifts I am sending on ahead; later, when I see him, perhaps he will receive me."
 
32:21 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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So Jacob's gifts went on ahead of him, but he himself spent the night in the camp.
 

FOOTNOTES:
F159 Mahanaim means two camps.
F160 Or camps; also in verse 10
F161 Or camp
F162 Or camp

 
 

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