1Jacob also went on his way, and the angels of God met him.
2When Jacob saw them, he said, “This is the camp of God!” So he named that place Mahanaim.
3Jacob sent messengers ahead of him to his brother Esau in the
land of Seir, the country of Edom.
4He instructed them: “This is what you are to say to my lord
Esau: ‘Your servant Jacob says, I have been staying with Laban and have remained there till now.
5I have cattle and donkeys, sheep and goats, male and female
servants. Now I am sending this message to my lord, that I may find favor in your eyes.’ ”
6When the messengers returned to Jacob, they said, “We went
to your brother Esau, and now he is coming to meet you, and
four hundred men are with him.”
7In great fear and distress Jacob divided the people who were
with him into two groups, and the flocks and herds and camels
8He thought, “If Esau comes and attacks one group, the
group that is left may escape.”
9Then Jacob prayed, “O God of my father Abraham, God of my father Isaac, Lord, you who said to me, ‘Go back to your
country and your relatives, and I will make you prosper,’
10I am unworthy of all the kindness and faithfulness you have
shown your servant. I had only my staff when I crossed this Jordan, but now I have become two camps.
11Save me, I pray, from the hand of my brother Esau, for I am
afraid he will come and attack me, and also the mothers with
12But you have said, ‘I will surely make you prosper and will
make your descendants like the sand of the sea, which cannot
be counted.’ ”
13He spent the night there, and from what he had with him he
selected a gift for his brother Esau:
14two hundred female goats and twenty male goats, two hundred ewes and twenty rams,
15thirty female camels with their young, forty cows and ten bulls, and twenty female donkeys and ten male donkeys.
16He put them in the care of his servants, each herd by itself,
and said to his servants, “Go ahead of me, and keep some space between the herds.”
17He instructed the one in the lead: “When my brother Esau
meets you and asks, ‘Who do you belong to, and where are you going, and who owns all these animals in front of you?’
18then you are to say, ‘They belong to your servant Jacob. They are a gift sent to my lord Esau, and he is coming behind us.’ ”
19He also instructed the second, the third and all the others who followed the herds: “You are to say the same thing to
Esau when you meet him.
20And be sure to say, ‘Your servant Jacob is coming behind us.’ ” For he thought, “I will pacify him with these gifts I am
sending on ahead; later, when I see him, perhaps he will receive me.”
21So Jacob’s gifts went on ahead of him, but he himself spent
the night in the camp.
Trusting God is for all times.