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32 3 Jacob sent messengers on ahead to his brother Esau to the district of Seir in the Edomite country, 32 4 and this is what he told them to say to Esau, 'My lord, your servant Jacob says, I have been living with Laban and have stayed there till now. 32 5 I have oxen, asses, and sheep, and male and female slaves, and I have sent to tell you this, my lord, so that I may win your favour.' 32 6 The messengers returned to Jacob and said, 'We met your brother Esau already on the way to meet you with four hundred men.' 32 7 Jacob, much afraid and distressed, divided the people with him, as well as the sheep, cattle, and camels, into two companies, 32 8 thinking that, if Esau should come upon one company and destroy it, the other company would survive.

32 9 Jacob said, 'O God of my father Abraham, God of my father Isaac, O LORD at whose bidding I came back to my own country and to my kindred, and who didst promise me prosperity, 32 10 I am not worthy of all the true and steadfast love which thou hast shown to me thy servant. When I crossed the Jordan, I had nothing but the staff in my hand; now I have two companies. 32 11 Save me, I pray, from my brother Esau, for I am afraid that he may come and destroy me, sparing neither mother nor child. 32 12 But thou didst say, I will prosper you and will make your descendants like the sand of the sea, which is beyond all counting.'

32 13 Jacob spent that night there; and as a present for his brother Esau he chose from the herds he had with him 32 14 two hundred she-goats, twenty he-goats, two hundred ewes and twenty rams, 32 15 thirty milch-camels with their young, forty cows and ten young bulls, twenty she-asses and ten he-asses. 32 16 He put each herd separately into the care of a servant and said to each, 'Go on ahead of me, and leave gaps between the herds.' 32 17 Then he gave these instructions to the first: 'When my brother Esau meets you and asks you to whom you belong and where you are going and who owns these beasts you are driving, 32 18 you are to say, "They belong to your servant Jacob; he sends them as a present to my lord Esau, and he is behind us." ' 32 19 He gave the same instructions to the second, to the third, and all the drovers, telling them to say the same thing to Esau when they met him. 32 20 And they were to add, 'Your servant Jacob is behind us' ; for he thought, 'I will appease him with the present that I have sent on ahead, and afterwards, when I come into his presence, he will perhaps receive me kindly.' 32 21 So Jacob's present went on ahead of him, but he himself spent that night at Mahaneh.

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