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1. Mosebog 32:1-33

Jakob frygter mødet med Esau

1Tidligt næste morgen kyssede Laban sine døtre og børnebørn farvel, gav dem sin velsignelse og rejste hjem igen. 2Da Jakob fortsatte sin rejse, kom Guds engle ham i møde. 3Da han fik øje på dem, udbrød han: „Gud har selv slået lejr her!” Derfor kaldte han stedet Mahanajim.32,3 Det betyder: „to lejre”.

4-5Jakob sendte nu nogle folk i forvejen med besked til Esau, hans bror, som havde sin lejr i Seirs bjerge i Edom: „Din tjener Jakob hilser dig ærbødigst! Indtil for nylig har jeg boet hos vores onkel Laban. 6Jeg har samlet mig en pæn flok køer, æsler, får, geder og mange slaver, både mænd og kvinder. Jeg har sendt disse folk i forvejen, for at du kan vide, at jeg snart kommer, og jeg håber, at du vil tage godt imod mig.”

7Sendebudene kom tilbage med følgende besked: „Vi tog hen til din bror, og nu er han på vej herhen med 400 mand!” 8Jakob blev grebet af panik, og han besluttede at dele sin husstand og sine husdyr i to lejre, 9for han tænkte: „Hvis Esau angriber den ene gruppe, kan den anden vel reddes.”

10Derefter bad han følgende bøn: „Åh, min farfar Abrahams og min far Isaks Gud. Åh Herre, du sagde jo, at jeg skulle vende tilbage til mit land og min slægt, og du lovede at være med mig og hjælpe mig! 11Jeg er overhovedet ikke værdig til den trofasthed og uendelige godhed, du gang på gang har vist mig. Da jeg i sin tid gik hjemmefra og satte over Jordanfloden, ejede jeg ikke stort andet end min rejsestav, men nu ejer jeg de her to store lejre. 12Åh, Herre, red mig fra Esau. Jeg er bange for, at han kommer og slår mig ihjel tillige med mine koner og børn. 13Men du har jo lovet at være med mig og gøre mine efterkommere talrige som sandet på stranden, der umuligt kan tælles!”

14Jakob blev på det sted om natten, og han udvalgte følgende dyr som en gave til Esau: 15200 geder, 20 bukke, 200 får, 20 væddere, 1630 hunkameler med føl, 40 køer, 10 tyre, 20 hunæsler og 10 hanæsler. 17Så gav han sine slaver besked på at gå i forvejen med dyrene og sørge for en vis afstand mellem hver enkelt gruppe af dyr. 18Til den mand, som førte den første gruppe, sagde han: „Når I møder Esau, og han spørger: ‚Hvor skal I hen? Hvem er jeres herre? Hvis er dyrene?’ 19skal I svare: ‚De tilhører din tjener Jakob og er en gave til hans herre, Esau. Han kommer selv bagefter.’ ” 20Dernæst sagde Jakob til de andre mænd, der skulle drive hver deres gruppe af dyr til Esau: „I skal alle sige det samme til Esau, når I ser ham. 21Og husk at sige: ‚Din tjener Jakob kommer lige bagved!’ ” Hans plan var at formilde Esau, før han mødte ham ansigt til ansigt. „Måske han så tager venligt imod mig,” tænkte han. 22Så blev gaverne sendt i forvejen, mens Jakob blev tilbage og gik til ro i lejren.

Jakob kæmper med Herren

23-24Senere på natten stod Jakob op og førte sine to koner, deres slavepiger og sine 11 sønner over floden Jabbok. Derefter bragte han også alle sine ejendele i sikkerhed på den anden side af floden. 25Men selv blev han alene tilbage. En mand kom hen til ham, og de begyndte en brydekamp, der varede indtil daggry. 26Da manden indså, at han ikke kunne få overtaget over Jakob, gav han ham et slag på hoften, så den gik af led. 27Så sagde han: „Lad mig gå, for det begynder at blive lyst!”

Men Jakob gispede: „Jeg slipper dig ikke, med mindre du velsigner mig!”

28„Hvad er dit navn?” spurgte manden.

„Jakob,” svarede han.

29„Du skal ikke længere hedde Jakob—men Israel,32,29 Det betyder sandsynligvis: „han udfordrer Gud”. ” sagde manden. „For du har udfordret både Gud og mennesker, og du har vist din styrke.”

30„Hvad er dit navn?” spurgte Jakob ham.

„Hvorfor spørger du?” svarede manden. Så velsignede han ham der.

31Jakob kaldte stedet Peniel,32,31 Det betyder: „Guds ansigt”. for han sagde: „Jeg har set Gud ansigt til ansigt—uden at miste livet!” 32Solen stod op, idet Jakob forlod Peniel, og han haltede på grund af slaget på hoften. 33Derfor undlader Israels folk den dag i dag at spise musklen ved hofteskålen. Det var nemlig der, Jakob blev ramt.

New International Version

Genesis 32:1-32

Jacob Prepares to Meet Esau

In Hebrew texts 32:1-32 is numbered 32:2-33. 1Jacob also went on his way, and the angels of God met him. 2When Jacob saw them, he said, “This is the camp of God!” So he named that place Mahanaim.32:2 Mahanaim means two camps.

3Jacob sent messengers ahead of him to his brother Esau in the land of Seir, the country of Edom. 4He instructed them: “This is what you are to say to my lord Esau: ‘Your servant Jacob says, I have been staying with Laban and have remained there till now. 5I have cattle and donkeys, sheep and goats, male and female servants. Now I am sending this message to my lord, that I may find favor in your eyes.’ ”

6When 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.”

7In great fear and distress Jacob divided the people who were with him into two groups,32:7 Or camps and the flocks and herds and camels as well. 8He thought, “If Esau comes and attacks one group,32:8 Or camp the group32:8 Or camp that is left may escape.”

9Then Jacob prayed, “O God of my father Abraham, God of my father Isaac, Lord, you who said to me, ‘Go back to your country and your relatives, and I will make you prosper,’ 10I 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 camps. 11Save 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. 12But you have said, ‘I will surely make you prosper and will make your descendants like the sand of the sea, which cannot be counted.’ ”

13He spent the night there, and from what he had with him he selected a gift for his brother Esau: 14two hundred female goats and twenty male goats, two hundred ewes and twenty rams, 15thirty female camels with their young, forty cows and ten bulls, and twenty female donkeys and ten male donkeys. 16He 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.”

17He instructed the one in the lead: “When my brother Esau meets you and asks, ‘Who do you belong to, and where are you going, and who owns all these animals in front of you?’ 18then 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.’ ”

19He 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. 20And 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.” 21So Jacob’s gifts went on ahead of him, but he himself spent the night in the camp.

Jacob Wrestles With God

22That night Jacob got up and took his two wives, his two female servants and his eleven sons and crossed the ford of the Jabbok. 23After he had sent them across the stream, he sent over all his possessions. 24So Jacob was left alone, and a man wrestled with him till daybreak. 25When the man saw that he could not overpower him, he touched the socket of Jacob’s hip so that his hip was wrenched as he wrestled with the man. 26Then the man said, “Let me go, for it is daybreak.”

But Jacob replied, “I will not let you go unless you bless me.”

27The man asked him, “What is your name?”

“Jacob,” he answered.

28Then the man said, “Your name will no longer be Jacob, but Israel,32:28 Israel probably means he struggles with God. because you have struggled with God and with humans and have overcome.”

29Jacob said, “Please tell me your name.”

But he replied, “Why do you ask my name?” Then he blessed him there.

30So Jacob called the place Peniel,32:30 Peniel means face of God. saying, “It is because I saw God face to face, and yet my life was spared.”

31The sun rose above him as he passed Peniel,32:31 Hebrew Penuel, a variant of Peniel and he was limping because of his hip. 32Therefore to this day the Israelites do not eat the tendon attached to the socket of the hip, because the socket of Jacob’s hip was touched near the tendon.