And Laban arose early in the morning, kissed his sons and daughters, and blessed them; and then Laban went and returned to his place.NoneAnd Jacob went on his way, and the angels of God met him.NoneAnd Jacob said when he saw them: ‘This is God’s camp.’ And he called the name of that place Mahanaim.NoneAnd Jacob sent messengers before him to Esau his brother unto the land of Seir, the field of Edom.NoneAnd 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.NoneAnd 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.’NoneAnd 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.’NoneThen 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.NoneAnd he said: ‘If Esau come to the one camp, and smite it, then the camp which is left shall escape.’NoneAnd 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;NoneI 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.NoneDeliver 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.NoneAnd Thou saidst: I will surely do thee good, and make thy seed as the sand of the sea, which cannot be numbered for multitude.’NoneAnd he lodged there that night; and took of that which he had with him a present for Esau his brother:Nonetwo hundred she-goats and twenty he-goats, two hundred ewes and twenty rams,Nonethirty milch camels and their colts, forty kine and ten bulls, twenty she-asses and ten foals.NoneAnd 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.’NoneAnd 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?Nonethen 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.’NoneAnd 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;Noneand 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.’NoneSo the present passed over before him; and he himself lodged that night in the camp.NoneAnd 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.NoneAnd he took them, and sent them over the stream, and sent over that which he had.NoneAnd Jacob was left alone; and there wrestled a man with him until the breaking of the day.NoneAnd 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.NoneAnd he said: ‘Let me go, for the day breaketh.’ And he said: ‘I will not let thee go, except thou bless me.’NoneAnd he said unto him: ‘What is thy name?’ And be said: ‘Jacob.’NoneAnd he said: ‘Thy name shall be called no more Jacob, but Israel; for thou hast striven with God and with men, and hast prevailed.’NoneAnd 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.NoneAnd Jacob called the name of the place Peniel: ‘for I have seen God face to face, and my life is preserved.’NoneAnd the sun rose upon him as he passed over Peniel, and he limped upon his thigh.NoneTherefore 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.None
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