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.
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.