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The Creation Genesis 1:1-2:7
Adam and Eve Genesis 2:8-3:24
Cain and Abel Genesis 4:1-16
The Great Flood Genesis 6:1-9:17
The Tower of Babel Genesis 11:1-9
God Calls Abraham Genesis 12:1-9
Sodom and Gomorrah Genesis 18:16-19:29
Abraham's Obedience Genesis 22:1-19
Isaac Marries Rebekah Genesis 24:1-67
Esau's Birthright Genesis 25:19-34
Isaac Blesses Jacob Genesis 27:1-40
Jacob and Laban Genesis 29:1-31:55
Jacob Wrestles Genesis 32:1-33:20
Revenge against Shechem Genesis 34:1-31; Genesis 49:5-7
Joseph Sold into Slavery Genesis 37:1-36
Judah and Tamar Genesis 38:1-30
Joseph in Prison Genesis 39:1-40:23
Joseph As a Ruler Genesis 41:1-57
Family Reunion Genesis 42-45; Genesis 46:28-30
Moses' Birth Exodus 1:1-2:10
The Burning Bush Exodus 3:1-22
The Ten Plagues Exodus 7:14-12:30
The Exodus Exodus 12:31-51
The Red Sea Exodus 14:5-31
The Golden Calf Exodus 32:1-29
Exploring the Land Numbers 13:1-14:38
Rebellion in the Ranks Numbers 16:1-17:13
Balak and Balaam Numbers 22:1-24:25
Rahab and the Spies Joshua 2:1-24
Jericho Falls Joshua 6:1-27
Gibeon's Con Artists Joshua 9:1-27
Deborah and Barak Judges 4:1-24
Gideon as Judge Judges 6:1-7:25
Abimelech's Ambition Judges 9:1-57
Samson as Judge Judges 13:1-16:31
Ruth, Naomi, and Boaz Ruth 1:1-4:22
Samuel Is Born 1 Samuel 1:1-28
Samuel the Prophet 1 Samuel 3:1-4:22
Saul Becomes King 1 Samuel 9:1-10:27
Jonathan's Bravery 1 Samuel 14:1-46
Saul's Disobedience 1 Samuel 15:1-35
David Kills Goliath 1 Samuel 17:1-51
David and Jonathan 1 Samuel 18:1-4; 1 Samuel 20:1-42
Nabal and Abigail 1 Samuel 25:1-44
Saul's Death 1 Samuel 28:1-25; 1 Samuel 30:1-13
David's Success 2 Samuel 5:1-6:23
David and Bathsheba 2 Samuel 11:1-12:25
Amnon and Tamar 2 Samuel 13:1-22
Absalom 2 Samuel 13:23-19:8
Solomon's Wisdom 1 Kings 3:1-28
Jeroboam and Rehoboam 1 Kings 11:26-14:31
Elijah's Challenge 1 Kings 17:1-18:46
God Speaks to Elijah 1 Kings 19:1-21
Micaiah the Prophet 1 Kings 22:1-40
Chariot of Fire 2 Kings 1:1-2:25
Elisha Heals Naaman 2 Kings 5:1-27
Famine and Unbelief 2 Kings 6:24-7:20
Joash and Jehoiada 2 Kings 11:1-21
Hezekiah Trusts God 2 Kings 18:13-19:37
Josiah's Reign 2 Kings 22:1-23:30
Fall of Jerusalem 2 Kings 24:18-25:30
David's Power 1 Chronicles 11:1-25
David's Census 1 Chronicles 21:1-22:1
Jehoshaphat and Ahab 2 Chronicles 18:1-19:11
Ezra Rebuilds the Altar Ezra 3:1-13
Nehemiah Builds the Wall Nehemiah 2:1-20
Enemy Opposition Nehemiah 4:1-23
Nehemiah's Justice Nehemiah 5:1-19
Esther Saves the Jews Esther 1:1-10:3
Job Is Tested Job 1:1-22
Ezekiel's Vision Ezekiel 37:1-14
The Fiery Furnance Daniel 3:1-30
The Lions' Den Daniel 6:1-28
Jonah Jonah 1:1-4:11
Jesus Is Born Matthew 1:18-25; Luke 2:1-40
Wise Men and King Herod Matthew 2:1-23
Jesus Is Tempted Matthew 4:1-11; Mark 1:12-13; Luke 4:1-13
Jesus Feeds 5,000 Matthew 14:13-21; Mark 6:30-44; Luke 9:10-17; John 6:1-15
The Bread of Life John 6:1-71
Jesus Walks on Water Matthew 14:22-36; Mark 6:45-56; John 6:16-21
The Good Samaritan Luke 10:25-37
The Lost Son Luke 15:1-32
Jesus Raises Lazarus John 11:1-44
Jesus and Zacchaeus Luke 19:1-10
The Triumphal Entry Matthew 21:1-11; Luke 19:28-40; John 12:12-19
The Last Supper Matthew 26:17-30; Mark 14:12-26; Luke 22:7-30; John 13:1-30
Jesus' Trial Matthew 26:47-27:31
Jesus' Crucifixion Matthew 27:32-56; Mark 15:21-41; Luke 23:26-49; John 19:16-42
Jesus' Resurrection Matthew 28:1-15; Mark 16:1-14; Luke 24:1-34; John 20:1-10
Jesus' Ascension Luke 24:35-53; Acts 1:6-11
The Holy Spirit Comes Acts 2:1-47
The Apostles' Courage Acts 4:1-31
Ananias and Sapphira Acts 5:1-11
Philip and the Eunich Acts 8:26-40
Saul Encounters Jesus Acts 9:1-19
Peter and Cornelius Acts 10:1-11:18
Paul in Corinth Acts 18:1-28
Paul in Ephesus Acts 19:1-41
Jacob Wrestles
Genesis 32:1-33:20

Genesis 32

1 *As Jacob started on his way again, angels of God came to meet him.2 When Jacob saw them, he exclaimed, "This is God's camp!" So he named the place Mahanaim.*

Jacob Sends Gifts to Esau
3 Then Jacob sent messengers ahead to his brother, Esau, who was living in the region of Seir in the land of Edom.4 He told them, "Give this message to my master Esau: 'Humble greetings from your servant Jacob. Until now I have been living with Uncle Laban,5 and now I own cattle, donkeys, flocks of sheep and goats, and many servants, both men and women. I have sent these messengers to inform my lord of my coming, hoping that you will be friendly to me.'"
  6 After delivering the message, the messengers returned to Jacob and reported, "We met your brother, Esau, and he is already on his way to meet you—with an army of 400 men!"7 Jacob was terrified at the news. He divided his household, along with the flocks and herds and camels, into two groups.8 He thought, "If Esau meets one group and attacks it, perhaps the other group can escape."
  9 Then Jacob prayed, "O God of my grandfather Abraham, and God of my father, Isaac—O LORD, you told me, 'Return to your own land and to your relatives.' And you promised me, 'I will treat you kindly.'10 I am not worthy of all the unfailing love and faithfulness you have shown to me, your servant. When I left home and crossed the Jordan River, I owned nothing except a walking stick. Now my household fills two large camps!11 O LORD, please rescue me from the hand of my brother, Esau. I am afraid that he is coming to attack me, along with my wives and children.12 But you promised me, 'I will surely treat you kindly, and I will multiply your descendants until they become as numerous as the sands along the seashore—too many to count.'"
  13 Jacob stayed where he was for the night. Then he selected these gifts from his possessions to present to his brother, Esau:14 200 female goats, 20 male goats, 200 ewes, 20 rams,15 30 female camels with their young, 40 cows, 10 bulls, 20 female donkeys, and 10 male donkeys.16 He divided these animals into herds and assigned each to different servants. Then he told his servants, "Go ahead of me with the animals, but keep some distance between the herds."
  17 He gave these instructions to the men leading the first group: "When my brother, Esau, meets you, he will ask, 'Whose servants are you? Where are you going? Who owns these animals?'18 You must reply, 'They belong to your servant Jacob, but they are a gift for his master Esau. Look, he is coming right behind us.'"
  19 Jacob gave the same instructions to the second and third herdsmen and to all who followed behind the herds: "You must say the same thing to Esau when you meet him.20 And be sure to say, 'Look, your servant Jacob is right behind us.'"
  Jacob thought, "I will try to appease him by sending gifts ahead of me. When I see him in person, perhaps he will be friendly to me."21 So the gifts were sent on ahead, while Jacob himself spent that night in the camp.

Jacob Wrestles with God
22 During the night Jacob got up and took his two wives, his two servant wives, and his eleven sons and crossed the Jabbok River with them.23 After taking them to the other side, he sent over all his possessions.
  24 This left Jacob all alone in the camp, and a man came and wrestled with him until the dawn began to break.25 When the man saw that he would not win the match, he touched Jacob's hip and wrenched it out of its socket.26 Then the man said, "Let me go, for the dawn is breaking!"
  But Jacob said, "I will not let you go unless you bless me."
  27 "What is your name?" the man asked.
  He replied, "Jacob."
  28 "Your name will no longer be Jacob," the man told him. "From now on you will be called Israel,* because you have fought with God and with men and have won."
  29 "Please tell me your name," Jacob said.
  "Why do you want to know my name?" the man replied. Then he blessed Jacob there.
  30 Jacob named the place Peniel (which means "face of God"), for he said, "I have seen God face to face, yet my life has been spared."31 The sun was rising as Jacob left Peniel,* and he was limping because of the injury to his hip.32 (Even today the people of Israel don't eat the tendon near the hip socket because of what happened that night when the man strained the tendon of Jacob's hip.)

Footnotes:

32:1 Verses 32:1-32 are numbered 32:2-33 in Hebrew text.
32:2 Mahanaim means "two camps."
32:28 Jacob sounds like the Hebrew words for "heel" and "deceiver." Israel means "God fights."
32:31 Hebrew Penuel, a variant spelling of Peniel.
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