Chinese Contemporary Bible (Simplified)

创世记 32

雅各预备见以扫

1雅各继续前行,遇见了上帝的天使。 雅各看见他们,就说:“这是上帝的军队!”于是称那地方为玛哈念[a]

雅各先派人到西珥,就是以东,去见他哥哥以扫, 并吩咐他们:“你们要这样对我主以扫说,‘你仆人雅各一直寄居在拉班家里, 现在他带了牛羊、驴和仆婢回来见你,派我们来报信,希望得到你的恩待。’”

报信的人回到雅各那里,说:“我们到了你哥哥以扫那里,他正带着四百人前来见你。” 雅各听了非常害怕,便把随从、牛群、羊群和骆驼分成两队, 心想:“如果以扫来攻击一队,另一队还可以逃生。”

他祷告说:“耶和华,我祖父亚伯拉罕和我父亲以撒的上帝啊!你吩咐我回到家乡和亲族那里,答应厚待我。 10 我不配蒙你以慈爱和信实相待,我先前过约旦河的时候,手上只有一根杖,现在却有两队人丁家畜。 11 求你救我脱离我哥哥以扫的手,我怕他会来杀我和我的妻儿。 12 然而,你曾说,‘我必厚待你,使你的后代多如海沙,不可胜数。’”

13 那天晚上,雅各就在那里过夜,又挑选牲畜送给哥哥以扫作礼物: 14 母山羊二百只、公山羊二十只、母绵羊二百只、公绵羊二十只、 15 哺乳的骆驼三十头及其小骆驼、母牛四十头、公牛十头、母驴二十头、驴驹十头。 16 雅各把牲畜每类分成一群,交给仆人看管,对他们说:“你们走在前头,每群牲畜之间要保持一段距离!” 17 又吩咐走在最前面的仆人说:“我哥哥以扫遇到你的时候,如果问你是谁家的人?要到哪里去?前头这些牲畜是谁的? 18 你就说,‘是仆人雅各要送给他主人以扫的礼物,他自己就跟在后面。’” 19 雅各又吩咐看管第二群、第三群及其余牲畜的仆人遇见以扫时也要这样回答, 20 并且一定要说:“你仆人雅各就在后面。”雅各想先用礼物去化解以扫的怨恨,或许见面时以扫会善待他。 21 于是,他派人先把礼物送过去,自己则留在营里过夜。

雅各遇见上帝

22 那天晚上,雅各起来带着两个妻子、两个婢女和十一个儿子渡过雅博渡口。 23 雅各把他们连同一切所有都送过河以后, 24 自己独自留下。这时,有一个人来和他摔跤,直到黎明。 25 那人见胜不过雅各,就在他的大腿窝摸了一下,他大腿的关节就脱了臼。 26 那人说:“天亮了,让我走吧!”但雅各说:“你不祝福我,我就不让你走。” 27 那人问道:“你叫什么名字?”他说:“我叫雅各。” 28 那人说:“你以后不要再叫雅各了,你要叫以色列,因为你跟上帝和人角力都得胜了。”

29 雅各说:“请你告诉我你的名字。”那人说:“你为什么问我的名字?”他就在那里给雅各祝福。 30 雅各称那地方为毗努伊勒,因为他说:“我当面见过上帝,竟能活命。” 31 雅各经过毗努伊勒的时候,太阳出来了,那时他的大腿瘸了。 32 以色列人至今都不吃大腿窝的筋,因为那人摸过雅各大腿窝的筋。

Footnotes

  1. 32:2 玛哈念”意思是“两营军队”。

Amplified Bible

Genesis 32

Jacob’s Fear of Esau

1Then as Jacob went on his way, the angels of God met him [to reassure and protect him]. When Jacob saw them, he said, “This is God’s camp.” So he named that place Mahanaim ([a]double camps).

Then Jacob sent messengers ahead of him to his brother Esau in the land of Seir, the country of Edom. He commanded them, saying, “This is what to say to my lord Esau: ‘Your servant Jacob says this, “I have been living temporarily with Laban, and have stayed there until now; I have oxen, donkeys, flocks, male servants, and female servants; and I have sent [this message] to tell my lord, so that I may find grace and kindness in your sight.”’”

The messengers returned to Jacob, saying, “We went to your brother Esau, and now he is coming to meet you, and there are four hundred men with him.” Jacob was greatly afraid and distressed; and he divided the people who were with him, and the flocks and herds and camels, into two camps; and he said, “If Esau comes to the one camp and attacks it, then the other camp which is left will escape.”

Jacob said, “O God of my father Abraham and God of my father Isaac, the Lord, who said to me, ‘Return to your country and to your people, and I will make you prosper,’ 10 I am unworthy of all the lovingkindness and compassion and of all the faithfulness which You have shown to Your servant. With only my staff [long ago] I crossed over this Jordan, and now I have become [blessed and increased into these] two groups [of people]. 11 Save me, please, from the hand of my brother, from the hand of Esau; for I fear him, that he will come and attack me and the mothers with the children. 12 And You [Lord] said, ‘I will certainly make you prosper and make your descendants as [numerous as] the sand of the sea, which is too great to be counted.’”

13 So Jacob spent the night there. Then he selected a present for his brother Esau from the livestock he had acquired: 14 two hundred female goats, twenty male goats, two hundred ewes, twenty rams, 15 thirty milking camels with their colts, forty cows, ten bulls, twenty female donkeys, and ten [donkey] colts. 16 He put them into the care of his servants, every herd by itself, and said to his servants, “Go on ahead of me, and put an interval [of space] between the individual herds.” 17 Then he commanded the one in front, saying, “When Esau my brother meets you and asks to whom you belong, and where you are going, and whose are the animals in front of you? 18 then you shall say, ‘They are your servant Jacob’s; they are a gift sent to my lord Esau. And he also is behind us.’” 19 And so Jacob commanded the second and the third as well, and all that followed the herds, saying, “This is what you shall say to Esau when you meet him; 20 and you shall say, ‘Look, your servant Jacob is behind us.’” For he said [to himself], “I will try to appease him with the gift that is going ahead of me. Then afterward I will see him; perhaps he will accept and forgive me.” 21 So the gift [of the herds of livestock] went on ahead of him, and he himself spent that night back in the camp.

22 But he got up that same night and took his two wives, his two female servants, and his eleven children, and waded over the ford of the Jabbok. 23 Then he took them and sent them across the brook. And he also sent across whatever he had.

Jacob Wrestles

24 So Jacob was left alone, and a [b]Man [came and] wrestled with him until daybreak. 25 When the Man saw that He had not prevailed against Jacob, He touched his hip joint; and Jacob’s hip was dislocated as he wrestled with Him. 26 Then He said, “Let Me go, for day is breaking.” But Jacob said, “I will not let You go unless You declare a blessing on me.” 27 So He asked him, “What is your name?” And he said, “Jacob.” 28 And He said, “Your name shall no longer be Jacob, but [c]Israel; for you have struggled with God and with men and have prevailed.” 29 Then Jacob asked Him, “Please tell me Your name.” But He said, “Why is it that you ask My name?” And He declared a blessing [of the covenant promises] on Jacob there. 30 So Jacob named the place Peniel (the face of God), saying, “For I have seen God face to face, yet my life has not been snatched away.” 31 Now the sun rose on him as he passed Penuel (Peniel), and he was limping because of his hip. 32 Therefore, to this day the Israelites do not eat the tendon of the hip which is on the socket of the thigh, because He touched the socket of Jacob’s thigh by the tendon of the hip.

Footnotes

  1. Genesis 32:2 Jacob may have been referring to the angels as another camp, along with his own, and viewing their presence as evidence of divine protection. This was Jacob’s second encounter with the “angels of God” (28:12).
  2. Genesis 32:24 This was God Himself (as Jacob eventually realizes in Gen 32:30; see also v 29 and Hosea 12:4), in the form of an angel.
  3. Genesis 32:28 “He who strives with God,” or “God strives.”