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Geneva Bible (1599): Genesis 32

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1 Nowe Iaakob went forth on his iourney and the Angels of God met him.

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2 And when Iaakob saw them, he said, This is Gods hoste, and called the name of the same place Mahanaim.

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3 Then Iaakob sent messengers before him to Esau his brother, vnto the land of Seir into the countrey of Edom:

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4 To whom he gaue commandement, saying, Thus shall ye speake to my lorde Esau: thy seruant Iaakob sayeth thus, I haue bene a stranger with Laban, and taried vnto this time.

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5 I haue beeues also and Asses, sheepe, and men seruantes, and women seruantes, and haue sent to shew my lord, that I may find grace in thy sight.

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6 So ye messengers came againe to Iaakob, saying, We came vnto thy brother Esau, and hee also commeth against thee and foure hundreth men with him.

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7 Then Iaakob was greatly afraid, and was sore troubled, and deuided the people that was with him, and the sheepe, and the beeues, and the camels into two companies.

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8 For he said, If Esau come to ye one company and smite it, the other companie shall escape.

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9 Moreouer Iaakob said, O God of my father Abraham, and God of my father Izhak: Lord, which saydest vnto me, Returne vnto thy coutrey and to thy kinred, and I will do thee good,

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10 I am not worthy of the least of all the mercies, and al the trueth, which thou hast shewed vnto thy seruant: for with my staffe came I ouer this Iorden, and now haue I gotte two bads.

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11 I pray thee, Deliuer me from the hande of my brother, from the hande of Esau: for I feare him, least he will come and smite me, and the mother vpon the children.

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12 For thou saydest; I will surely doe thee good, and make thy seede as the sande of the sea, which can not be nombred for multitude.

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13 And he taryed there the same night, and tooke of that which came to had, a present for Esau his brother:

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14 Two hundreth shee goates and twenty hee goates, two hundreth ewes and twentie rammes:

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15 Thirtie mylche camels with their coltes, fourtie kine, and ten bullockes, twentie she asses and ten foles.

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16 So he deliuered them into the hande of his seruants, euery droue by themselues, and saide vnto his seruants, Passe before me, and put a space betweene droue and droue.

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17 And he commanded the formost, saying, If Esau my brother meete thee, and aske thee, saying, Whose seruant art thou? And whither goest thou? And whose are these before thee?

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18 Then thou shalt say, They be thy seruant Iaakobs: it is a present sent vnto my lord Esau: and beholde, he him selfe also is behinde vs.

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19 So likewise commanded he the seconde and the thirde, and all that followed the droues, saying, After this maner, ye shall speake vnto Esau, when ye finde him.

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20 And ye shall say moreouer, Beholde, thy seruant Iaakob commeth after vs (for he thought, I will appease his wrath with the present that goeth before me, and afterwarde I will see his face: it may be that he will accept me.)

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21 So went the present before him: but he taried that night with the companie.

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22 And he rose vp the same night, and tooke his two wiues, and his two maides, and his eleuen children, and went ouer the forde Iabbok.

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23 And he tooke them, and sent them ouer the riuer, and sent ouer that he had.

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24 Now when Iaakob was left him selfe alone, there wrestled a man with him vnto the breaking of the day.

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25 And he sawe that he could not preuaile against him: therefore he touched the holowe of his thigh, and the holowe of Iaakobs thigh was loosed, as he wrestled with him.

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26 And he saide, Let me goe, for the morning appeareth. Who answered, I will not let thee go except thou blesse me.

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27 Then said he vnto him, What is thy name? And he said, Iaakob.

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28 Then said he, Thy name shalbe called Iaakob no more, but Israel: because thou hast had power with God, thou shalt also preuaile with men.

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29 Then Iaakob demaded, saying, Tell me, I pray thee, thy name. And he said, Wherefore now doest thou aske my name? and he blessed him there

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30 And Iaakob called the name of the place, Peniel: for, saide he, I haue seene God face to face, and my life is preserued.

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31 And the sunne rose vp to him as he passed Peniel, and he halted vpon his thigh.

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32 Therefore the children of Israel eate not of the sinewe that shranke in the hollowe of the thigh, vnto this day: because he touched the sinew that shranke in the holow of Iaakobs thigh.

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