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 Ajiandaa Kukutana Na Esau
1Yakobo pia akaondoka akaenda zake, nao malaika wa Mungu wakakutana naye. 2Yakobo alipowaona, akasema, “Hii ni kambi ya Mungu!” Kwa hiyo akapaita mahali pale Mahanaimu.32:2 Mahanaimu maana yake Kambi mbili.
332:3 Mwa 25:30Yakobo akatuma wajumbe kumtangulia kwa Esau ndugu yake huko Seiri, katika nchi ya Edomu. 432:4 Mwa 18:3Akawaagiza akisema: “Hili ndilo mtakalomwambia bwana wangu Esau: ‘Mtumishi wako Yakobo anasema, nimekuwa nikiishi pamoja na Labani na nimekuwako huko mpaka sasa. 532:5 Mwa 24:9; 34:11Ninao ngʼombe na punda, kondoo na mbuzi, watumishi wa kiume na wa kike. Sasa ninatuma ujumbe huu kwa bwana wangu, ili nipate kibali machoni pako.’ ”
632:6 Mwa 33:1Wajumbe waliporudi kwa Yakobo, wakamwambia, “Tulikwenda kuonana na ndugu yako Esau, naye sasa anakuja kukulaki akifuatana na wanaume 400.”
7Kwa hofu kuu na huzuni, Yakobo akagawanya watu aliokuwa nao katika makundi mawili, pia akagawanya makundi ya kondoo na mbuzi, na vilevile ngʼombe na ngamia. 8Yakobo alifikiri, “Kama Esau akija na kushambulia kundi moja, kundi lililobaki litaweza likanusurika.”
932:9 Mwa 31:13Ndipo Yakobo akaomba, “Ee Mungu wa baba yangu Abrahamu, Mungu wa baba yangu Isaki, Ee Bwana, ambaye uliniambia, ‘Rudi katika nchi yako na jamaa yako, nami nitakufanya ustawi,’ 1032:10 Mwa 24:27mimi sistahili fadhili na uaminifu wako wote ulionitendea mimi mtumishi wako. Nilikuwa na fimbo tu mkononi mwangu nilipovuka mto huu wa Yordani, lakini sasa ninayo makundi mawili. 1132:11 Mwa 27:41Nakuomba, uniokoe na mkono wa ndugu yangu Esau, kwa maana ninaogopa kuwa atakuja kunishambulia, pia mama pamoja na watoto wao. 1232:12 Hos 1:10Lakini umeshasema, ‘Hakika nitakufanya ustawi na kuufanya uzao wako kuwa mwingi kama mchanga wa baharini ambao hauwezi kuhesabika!’ ”
1332:13 Mwa 43:11, 15, 25, 26; Mit 18:16Akalala pale usiku ule, miongoni mwa vitu alivyokuwa navyo, akachagua zawadi kwa ajili ya Esau ndugu yake: 1432:14 Hes 7:88Mbuzi waume ishirini na mbuzi wake 200, kondoo dume ishirini na kondoo wake 200. 1532:15 Mwa 13:2Ngamia wake thelathini pamoja na ndama zao, ngʼombe wake arobaini na mafahali kumi, punda wake ishirini na punda waume kumi. 1632:16 Mwa 33:8Akaviweka chini ya uangalizi wa watumishi wake, kila kundi peke yake na kuwaambia, “Nitangulieni na kuacha nafasi kati ya makundi.”
17Akamwagiza yule aliyetangulia kuwa, “Ndugu yangu Esau atakapokutana nawe na kukuuliza, ‘Wewe ni wa nani? Unakwenda wapi? Wanyama hawa wote mbele yako ni mali ya nani?’ 1832:18 Mwa 18:3Ndipo utakaposema, ‘Ni mali ya mtumishi wako Yakobo. Ni zawadi ambazo zimetumwa kwa bwana wangu Esau, naye anakuja nyuma yetu.’ ”
19Akamwagiza pia yule mtumishi wa kundi la pili, la tatu na yale mengine yote yaliyofuata akiwaambia, “Mtamwambia Esau maneno hayo hayo mtakapokutana naye. 2032:20 1Sam 9:7Hakikisheni mmesema, ‘Mtumishi wako Yakobo anakuja nyuma yetu.’ ” Kwa kuwa alifikiri, “Nitaweza kumtuliza kwa zawadi hizi ninazotanguliza, hatimaye, nitakapomwona, huenda atanikubali.” 21Kwa hiyo zawadi za Yakobo zilitangulia mbele yake, lakini yeye mwenyewe alilala kambini usiku ule.
Yakobo Ashindana Mweleka Na Mungu
2232:22 Kum 2:37; 3:16Usiku ule Yakobo akaamka akawachukua wake zake wawili, watumishi wake wawili wa kike na wanawe kumi na mmoja na akavuka kivuko cha Yaboki. 23Baada ya kuwavusha ngʼambo ya kijito, alivusha pia mali zake zote. 24Kwa hiyo Yakobo akaachwa peke yake na mtu mmoja akashikana naye mweleka mpaka mapambazuko. 25Yule mtu alipoona kuwa hawezi kumshinda, aligusa kiungio cha nyonga ya Yakobo kwa hiyo nyonga yake ikateguka wakati alipokuwa akishikana mweleka na yule mtu. 2632:26 Hos 12:4Ndipo yule mtu akasema, “Niache niende, kwa kuwa ni mapambazuko.”
Lakini Yakobo akajibu, “Sitakuacha uende usiponibariki.”
27Yule mtu akamuuliza, “Jina lako nani?”
2832:28 Mwa 17:5Ndipo yule mtu akasema, “Jina lako halitakuwa tena Yakobo, bali Israeli,32:28 Israeli maana yake Yeye ashindanaye na Mungu. kwa sababu umeshindana na Mungu na watu pia, nawe umeshinda.”
29Yakobo akasema, “Tafadhali niambie jina lako.”
Lakini akajibu, “Kwa nini kuniuliza Jina langu?” Ndipo akambariki huko.
3032:30 Mwa 16:13Kwa hiyo Yakobo akapaita mahali pale Penieli,32:30 Penieli maana yake Uso wa Mungu, ambalo ni sawa na Penueli kwa Kiebrania. akasema, “Ni kwa sababu nimemwona Mungu uso kwa uso na bado maisha yangu yameokoka.”
3132:31 Amu 8:9Jua lilikuwa linachomoza Yakobo alipoondoka Penueli, naye alikuwa akichechemea kwa sababu ya nyonga yake. 32Kwa hiyo mpaka leo Waisraeli hawali mshipa ulioungana na kiungio cha nyonga, kwa sababu kiungio cha nyonga ya Yakobo kiliteguliwa karibu na mshipa huo.