1And Jacob went on his way, and the angels of God met him. 2And when Jacob saw them, he said, This is God’s host: and he called the name of that place Mahanaim.32.2 Mahanaim: that is, Two hosts, or, camps
3And Jacob sent messengers before him to Esau his brother unto the land of Seir, the country of Edom.32.3 country: Heb. field 4And he commanded them, saying, Thus shall ye speak unto my lord Esau; Thy servant Jacob saith thus, I have sojourned with Laban, and stayed there until now: 5And I have oxen, and asses, flocks, and menservants, and womenservants: and I have sent to tell my lord, that I may find grace in thy sight.
6¶ And the messengers returned to Jacob, saying, We came to thy brother Esau, and also he cometh to meet thee, and four hundred men with him. 7Then Jacob was greatly afraid and distressed: and he divided the people that was with him, and the flocks, and herds, and the camels, into two bands; 8And said, If Esau come to the one company, and smite it, then the other company which is left shall escape.
9¶ And Jacob said, O God of my father Abraham, and God of my father Isaac, the LORD which saidst unto me, Return unto thy country, and to thy kindred, and I will deal well with thee: 10I am not worthy of the least of all the mercies, and of all the truth, which thou hast shewed unto thy servant; for with my staff I passed over this Jordan; and now I am become two bands.32.10 I am not…: Heb. I am less than all 11Deliver me, I pray thee, from the hand of my brother, from the hand of Esau: for I fear him, lest he will come and smite me, and the mother with the children.32.11 with: Heb. upon 12And thou saidst, I will surely do thee good, and make thy seed as the sand of the sea, which cannot be numbered for multitude.
13¶ And he lodged there that same night; and took of that which came to his hand a present for Esau his brother; 14Two hundred she goats, and twenty he goats, two hundred ewes, and twenty rams, 15Thirty milch camels with their colts, forty kine, and ten bulls, twenty she asses, and ten foals. 16And he delivered them into the hand of his servants, every drove by themselves; and said unto his servants, Pass over before me, and put a space betwixt drove and drove. 17And 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? 18Then thou shalt say, They be thy servant Jacob’s; it is a present sent unto my lord Esau: and, behold, also he is behind us. 19And so commanded he the second, and the third, and all that followed the droves, saying, On this manner shall ye speak unto Esau, when ye find him. 20And say ye 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 of me.32.20 of me: Heb. my face 21So went the present over before him: and himself lodged that night in the company. 22And he rose up that night, and took his two wives, and his two womenservants, and his eleven sons, and passed over the ford Jabbok. 23And he took them, and sent them over the brook, and sent over that he had.32.23 sent them: Heb. caused to pass
24¶ And Jacob was left alone; and there wrestled a man with him until the breaking of the day.32.24 breaking…: Heb. ascending of the morning 25And when he saw that he prevailed not against him, he touched the hollow of his thigh; and the hollow of Jacob’s thigh was out of joint, as he wrestled with him. 26And he said, Let me go, for the day breaketh. And he said, I will not let thee go, except thou bless me. 27And he said unto him, What is thy name? And he said, Jacob. 28And he said, Thy name shall be called no more Jacob, but Israel: for as a prince hast thou power with God and with men, and hast prevailed.32.28 Israel: that is, A prince of God 29And 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. 30And Jacob called the name of the place Peniel: for I have seen God face to face, and my life is preserved.32.30 Peniel: that is, The face of God 31And as he passed over Penuel the sun rose upon him, and he halted upon his thigh. 32Therefore the children of Israel eat not of the sinew which shrank, which is upon the hollow of the thigh, unto this day: because he touched the hollow of Jacob’s thigh in the sinew that shrank.
Yakobo Akonzekera Kukumana ndi Esau
1Nayenso Yakobo analowera njira yake, ndipo angelo a Mulungu anakumana naye. 2Pamene Yakobo anawaona anati, “Ili ndi gulu la Mulungu.” Choncho anawatcha malowo Mahanaimu.
3Yakobo anatumiza amithenga ake kwa mʼbale wake Esau ku dera la Seiri, dziko la Edomu. 4Anawalangiza kuti, “Zimene mukanene ndi izi kwa mbuye wanga Esau: ‘Mtumiki wanu Yakobo akuti, Ine ndakhala ndi kukhala ndi Labani mpaka tsopano. 5Ndili ndi ngʼombe, abulu, nkhosa ndi mbuzi, antchito aamuna ndi aakazi. Tsopano ndikutumiza mawu amenewa kwa mbuye wanga, kuti mundikomere mtima.’ ”
6Pamene amithenga aja anabwerera kwa Yakobo, anati, “Tinapita kwa mʼbale wanu Esau, ndipo tsopano iye akubwera kudzakumana nanu. Ali ndi anthu 400.”
7Yakobo anali ndi mantha ndi nkhawa yayikulu kwambiri. Tsono anagawa anthu onse amene anali naye, ndiponso nkhosa, mbuzi, ngʼombe ndi ngamira mʼmagulu awiri. 8Mʼmaganizo ake iye ankanena kuti, “Ngati Esau atabwera ndi kuthira nkhondo gulu limodzi, gulu lina lotsalalo likhoza kupulumuka.”
9Pamenepo Yakobo anapemphera, “Haa, Mulungu wa kholo langa Abrahamu, Mulungu wa abambo anga Isake, Aa Yehova amene munati kwa ine, ‘Bwerera ku dziko la kwanu ndi kwa abale ako, ndipo ndidzakuchitira zabwino.’ 10Ine siwoyenera kulandira kukoma mtima kwanu ndi kukhulupirika kwanu kumene mwaonetsa wantchito wanu. Ndinali ndi ndodo yokha pamene ndinawoloka Yorodani uyu koma tsopano ndili ndi magulu awiri. 11Ndipulumutseni mʼdzanja la mʼbale wanga Esau, popeza ndikuopa kuti mwina akubwera kudzandithira nkhondo pamodzi ndi akazi ndi ana omwe. 12Paja Inu munandilonjeza kuti simudzalephera kundichitira zabwino ndi kuti zidzukulu zanga zidzakhala zosawerengeka ngati mchenga wa ku nyanja.”
13Iye anagona pomwepo usiku umenewo. Pambuyo pake anasankhula pa chuma chimene anali nacho zinthu izi ngati mphatso za Esau, mʼbale wake: 14Anasankhula mbuzi zazikazi 200 ndi atonde makumi awiri, nkhosa zazikazi 200 ndi nkhosa zazimuna makumi awiri, 15ngamira za mkaka 30 ndi ana awo, ngʼombe zazikazi 40 ndi zazimuna khumi, ndipo abulu aakazi makumi awiri ndi abulu aamuna khumi. 16Iye anazipereka kwa antchito ake kuti azikuse, gulu lililonse pa lokha, ndipo anati kwa antchito akewo, “Tsogolani ndipo muonetsetse kuti pali mpata pakati pa gulu ndi gulu linzake.”
17Anawuza mnyamata wa gulu loyamba kuti, “Ngati ukumana naye mʼbale wanga Esau nakufunsa kuti, ‘Ndinu antchito a yani, ndipo mukupita kuti? Nanga ziweto zonse zili patsogolo pakozi ndi za yani?’ 18Pamenepo ukayankhe kuti, ‘Zimenezi ndi za wantchito wanu, Yakobo, ndipo wazipereka kwa inu, Esau, mbuye wake ngati mphatso. Mtumiki wanuyu akubwera mʼmbuyo mwathumu.’ ”
19Anawuza mawu omwewo kwa wachiwiri, wachitatu ndi ena onse amene ankayenda motsogoza ziwetozo kuti, “Inunso munene zomwezo kwa Esau mukakumana naye. 20Muzikanena kuti, ‘Wantchito wanu Yakobo akubwera mʼmbuyo mwathumu.’ ” Popeza anaganiza kuti, “Ndidzamutsitsa mtima ndi mphatso ndazitsogozazi. Apo tsono ndikadzakumana naye, mwina adzandilandira bwino.” 21Choncho mphatso za Yakobo zinatsogola, koma iye mwini anagona pa msasa pomwepo usiku umenewo.
Yakobo Alimbana ndi Mulungu
22Usiku umenewo Yakobo anauka natenga akazi ake awiri, antchito ake awiri ndi ana ake aamuna khumi ndi mmodzi nawoloka pa dooko la mtsinje wa Yaboki. 23Atatha kuwawolotsa pa mtsinjewo anawolotsanso katundu wake yense. 24Tsono Yakobo anatsala yekha. Tsono munthu wina anadzalimbana naye mpaka mʼmbandakucha. 25Pamene munthuyo anaona kuti sangathe kumugonjetsa, anakhudza nyungʼunyu ya pa ntchafu ya Yakobo ndipo inaguluka polimbanapo. 26Kenaka munthuyo anati, “Ndisiye ndizipita, popeza kunja kukucha.”
Koma Yakobo anayankha, “Sindikulolani kupita pokhapokha mutandidalitsa.”
27Munthu uja anamufunsa Yakobo kuti, “Kodi dzina lako ndiwe yani?”
Iye anayankha, “Ndine Yakobo.”
28Pamenepo munthuyo anati, “Dzina lako silidzakhalanso Yakobo koma Israeli, chifukwa walimbana ndi Mulungu ndi anthu ndipo wapambana.”
29Yakobo anati, “Chonde, uzeni dzina lanu.”
Koma munthuyo anati, “Chifukwa chiyani ukundifunsa dzina?” Kenaka anamudalitsa pomwepo.
30Choncho Yakobo anawatcha malowo Penueli, popeza anati, “Ndinaonana ndi Mulungu maso ndi maso koma sindinafe.”
31Dzuwa linamutulukira Yakobo pamene amachoka pa Penueli. Tsono ankayenda chotsimphina chifukwa cha nyungʼunyu yake ija. 32Nʼchifukwa chake mpaka lero Aisraeli sadya nyama ya pa nyungʼunyu chifukwa Yakobo anakhudzidwa pa nyungʼunyu.