Envoys to Esau {Genesis 32:1-22}
Robin G (#16)
1 Plays

1. Genesis 32:1 (NABRE)
Early the next morning, Laban kissed his grandchildren and his daughters and blessed them; then he set out on his journey back home.
2. Genesis 32:2 (NABRE)
Meanwhile Jacob continued on his own way, and God’s angels encountered him.
3. Genesis 32:3 (NABRE)
When Jacob saw them he said, “This is God’s encampment.” So he named that place Mahanaim.
4. Genesis 32:4-5 (NABRE)
Jacob sent messengers ahead to his brother Esau in the land of Seir, the country of Edom, ordering them: “Thus you shall say to my lord Esau: ‘Thus says your servant Jacob: I have been residing with Laban and have been delayed until now.
5. Genesis 32:6 (NABRE)
I own oxen, donkeys and sheep, as well as male and female servants. I have sent my lord this message in the hope of gaining your favor.
6. Genesis 32:7 (NABRE)
When the messengers returned to Jacob, they said, “We found your brother Esau. He is now coming to meet you, and four hundred men are with him.”
7. Genesis 32:8 (NABRE)
Jacob was very much frightened. In his anxiety, he divided the people who were with him, as well as his flocks, herds and camels, into two camps.
8. Genesis 32:9 (NABRE)
“If Esau should come and attack one camp,” he reasoned, “the remaining camp may still escape.”
9. Genesis 32:10 (NABRE)
Then Jacob prayed: “God of my father Abraham and God of my father Isaac! You, Lord, who said to me, ‘Go back to your land and your relatives, and I will be good to you.’
10. Genesis 32:11 (NABRE)
I am unworthy of all the acts of kindness and faithfulness that you have performed for your servant: although I crossed the Jordan here with nothing but my staff, I have now grown into two camps.
11. Genesis 32:12 (NABRE)
Save me from the hand of my brother, from the hand of Esau! Otherwise I fear that he will come and strike me down and the mothers with the children.
12. Genesis 32:13 (NABRE)
You yourself said, ‘I will be very good to you, and I will make your descendants like the sands of the sea, which are too numerous to count.’”
13. Genesis 32:14 (NABRE)
After passing the night there, Jacob selected from what he had with him a present for his brother Esau:
14. Genesis 32:15 (NABRE)
two hundred she-goats and twenty he-goats; two hundred ewes and twenty rams;
15. Genesis 32:16 (NABRE)
thirty female camels and their young; forty cows and ten bulls; twenty female donkeys and ten male donkeys.
16. Genesis 32:17 (NABRE)
He put these animals in the care of his servants, in separate herds, and he told the servants, “Go on ahead of me, but keep some space between the herds.”
17. Genesis 32:18-19 (NABRE)
He ordered the servant in the lead, “When my brother Esau meets you and asks, ‘To whom do you belong? Where are you going? To whom do these animals ahead of you belong?’ tell him, ‘To your servant Jacob, but they have been sent as a gift to my lord Esau. Jacob himself is right behind us.’”
18. Genesis 32:20-21 (NABRE)
He also ordered the second servant and the third and all the others who followed behind the herds: “Thus and so you shall say to Esau, when you reach him; and also tell him, ‘Your servant Jacob is right behind us.’” For Jacob reasoned, “If I first appease him with a gift that precedes me, then later, when I face him, perhaps he will forgive me.”
19. Genesis 32:22 (NABRE)
So the gifts went on ahead of him, while he stayed that night in the camp.