give us grace, when faced with what we fear, to lift up our eyes and voice to you.
1 Jacob went on his way, and the angels of God met him.
2 When he saw them, Jacob said, “This is God’s army.” ]
3 Jacob sent messengers in front of him to Esau, his brother,
4 He commanded them, saying, “This is what you shall tell my lord, Esau:
‘This is what your servant, Jacob, says.
I have lived as a foreigner with Laban, and stayed until now.
5 I have cattle, donkeys, flocks and servants.
I have sent to tell my lord, that I may find favour in your sight.’”
6 The messengers returned to Jacob, saying,
“We came to your brother Esau. He is coming to meet you, and four hundred men are with him.”
7 Then Jacob was greatly afraid and was distressed.
He divided the people who were with him, along with the flocks, the herds, and the camels, into two companies.
8 He said, “If Esau comes to the one company, and strikes it, then the company which is left will escape.”
9 Jacob said, “God of my father Abraham, and God of my father Isaac,
Yahweh, who said to me, ‘Return to your country, and to your relatives, and I will do you good,’
10 I am not worthy of the least of all the loving kindnesses, and of all the truth, which you have shown to your servant; for with just my staff I crossed over this Jordan; and now I have become two companies.
11 Please deliver me from the hand of my brother, from the hand of Esau; for I fear him,
lest he come and strike me and the mothers with the children.
12 You said, ‘I will surely do you good, and make your offspring as the sand of the sea,
which can’t be counted because there are so many.’”