1. And early in the morning Laban rose up, and kissed his
sons and his daughters, and blessed them. And Laban departed, and returned unto
2 And Jacob went on his way, and the angels of G-d met him.
3 And Jacob said when he saw them: 'This is G-d's camp.' And
he called the name of that place Mahanaim.
4 And Jacob sent messengers before him to Esau his brother
unto the land of Seir, the field of Edom.
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
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
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
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.
9 And he said: 'If Esau come to the one camp, and smite it,
then the camp which is left shall escape.'
10 And Jacob said: 'O G-d of my father Abraham, and G-d of my
father Isaac, O HaShem, who saidst unto me: Return unto thy country, and to thy
kindred, and I will do thee good;
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.
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
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.'
14 And he lodged there that night; and took of that which he
had with him a present for Esau his brother:
15 two hundred she-goats and twenty he-goats, two hundred
ewes and twenty rams,
16 thirty milch camels and their colts, forty kine and ten
bulls, twenty she-asses and ten foals.
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.'
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?
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.'
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;
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.'
22 So the present passed over before him; and he himself
lodged that night in the camp.
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.
24 And he took them, and sent them over the stream, and sent
over that which he had.
25 And Jacob was left alone; and there wrestled a man with
him until the breaking of the day.
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.
27 And he said: 'Let me go, for the day breaketh.' And he
said: 'I will not let thee go, except thou bless me.'
28 And he said unto him: 'What is thy name?' And be said:
29 And he said: 'Thy name shall be called no more Jacob, but
Israel; for thou hast striven with G-d and with men, and hast prevailed.'
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.
31 And Jacob called the name of the place Peniel: 'for I have
seen G-d face to face, and my life is preserved.'
32 And the sun rose upon him as he passed over Peniel, and he
limped upon his thigh.
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.
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