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Genesis 32:3 Then Jacob sent messengers before him to his brother Esau in the land of Seir, the country of Edom.

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      Ge 32:3-32. MISSION TO ESAU.

      3. Jacob sent messengers before him to Esau--that is, "had sent." It was a prudent precaution to ascertain the present temper of Esau, as the road, on approaching the eastern confines of Canaan, lay near the wild district where his brother was now established.
      land of Seir--a highland country on the east and south of the Dead Sea, inhabited by the Horites, who were dispossessed by Esau or his posterity (De 11:12). When and in what circumstances he had emigrated thither, whether the separation arose out of the undutiful conduct and idolatrous habits of his wives, which had made them unwelcome in the tent of his parents, or whether his roving disposition had sought a country from his love of adventure and the chase, he was living in a state of power and affluence, and this settlement on the outer borders of Canaan, though made of his own free will, was overruled by Providence to pave the way for Jacob's return to the promised land.

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Genesis 32 Images and Notes

Brief Summary: Jacob sees angels, Jacob asked the Lord to protect him from Esau, Jacob sends messengers with gifts, Jacob wrestles with the angel of the Lord all night, Jacob's name is changed to Israel, Jacob sees God face-to-face and names the place Peniel.

Outline
1 Jacob's vision at Mahanaim
3 Jacob's message to Esau
6 He is afraid of Esau's coming
9 He prays for deliverance
13 He sends a present to Esau
24 He wrestles with an angel at Peniel
28 Jacob's name is changed to Israel
31 He halts upon his thigh

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Gifts
Halted Upon his thigh

Geography
Ford Jabbok
Peniel
Edom

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