Genesis 32:26
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New International Version
Then the man said, "Let me go, for it is daybreak." But Jacob replied, "I will not let you go unless you bless me."

New Living Translation
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."

English Standard Version
Then he said, “Let me go, for the day has broken.” But Jacob said, “I will not let you go unless you bless me.”

New American Standard Bible
Then he said, "Let me go, for the dawn is breaking." But he said, "I will not let you go unless you bless me."

King James Bible
And he said, Let me go, for the day breaketh. And he said, I will not let thee go, except thou bless me.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Then He said to Jacob, "Let Me go, for it is daybreak." But Jacob said, "I will not let You go unless You bless me.""

International Standard Version
and said, "Let me go, because the dawn has come." "I won't let you go," Jacob replied, "unless you bless me."

NET Bible
Then the man said, "Let me go, for the dawn is breaking." "I will not let you go," Jacob replied, "unless you bless me."

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Then the man said, "Let me go; it's almost dawn." But Jacob answered, "I won't let you go until you bless me."

Jubilee Bible 2000
And he said, Let me go, for the day breaks. And he said, I will not let thee go except thou bless me.

King James 2000 Bible
And he said, Let me go, for the day breaks. And he said, I will not let you go, except you bless me.

American King James Version
And he said, Let me go, for the day breaks. And he said, I will not let you go, except you bless me.

American Standard Version
And he said, Let me go, for the day breaketh. And he said, I will not let thee go, except thou bless me.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And he said to him: Let me go, for it is break of day. He answered: I will not let thee go except thou bless me.

Darby Bible Translation
And he said, Let me go, for the dawn ariseth. And he said, I will not let thee go except thou bless me.

English Revised Version
And he said, Let me go, for the day breaketh. And he said, I will not let thee go, except thou bless me.

Webster's Bible Translation
And he said, Let me go, for the day breaketh; And he said, I will not let thee go, except thou bless me.

World English Bible
The man said, "Let me go, for the day breaks." Jacob said, "I won't let you go, unless you bless me."

Young's Literal Translation
and he saith, 'Send me away, for the dawn hath ascended:' and he saith, 'I send thee not away, except thou hast blessed me.'
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Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

32:24-32 A great while before day, Jacob being alone, more fully spread his fears before God in prayer. While thus employed, One in the likeness of a man wrestled with him. When the spirit helpeth our infirmities, and our earnest and vast desires can scarcely find words to utter them, and we still mean more than we can express, then prayer is indeed wrestling with God. However tried or discouraged, we shall prevail; and prevailing with Him in prayer, we shall prevail against all enemies that strive with us. Nothing requires more vigour and unceasing exertion than wrestling. It is an emblem of the true spirit of faith and prayer. Jacob kept his ground; though the struggle continued long, this did not shake his faith, nor silence his prayer. He will have a blessing, and had rather have all his bone put out of joint than go away without one. Those who would have the blessing of Christ, must resolve to take no denial. The fervent prayer is the effectual prayer. The Angel puts a lasting mark of honour upon him, by changing his name. Jacob signifies a supplanter. From henceforth he shall be celebrated, not for craft and artful management, but for true valour. Thou shalt be called Israel, a prince with God, a name greater than those of the great men of the earth. He is a prince indeed that is a prince with God; those are truly honourable that are mighty in prayer. Having power with God, he shall have power with men too; he shall prevail, and gain Esau's favour. Jacob gives a new name to the place. He calls it Peniel, the face of God, because there he had seen the appearance of God, and obtained the favour of God. It becomes those whom God honours, to admire his grace towards them. The Angel who wrestled with Jacob was the second Person in the sacred Trinity, who was afterwards God manifest in the flesh, and who, dwelling in human nature, is called Immanuel, Ho 12:4,5. Jacob halted on his thigh. It might serve to keep him from being lifted up with the abundance of the revelations. The sun rose on Jacob: it is sun-rise with that soul, which has had communion with God.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 26. - And he (the man) said, Let me go (literally, send me away; meaning that he yielded the victory to Jacob, adding as a reason for his desire to depart), for the day breaketh - literally, for the morning or the dawn ascendeth; and therefore it is time for thee to proceed to other duties (Wilet, Clarke, Murphy), e.g. to meet Esau and appease his anger ('Speaker's Commentary'). Perhaps also the angel was unwilling that the vision which was meant for Jacob only should be seen by others (Pererius), or even that his own glory should be beheld by Jacob (Ainsworth). Calvin thinks the language was so shaped as to lead Jacob to infer nocturna visions se divinitus fuisse edoctum. And he said, I will not let thee go, except thou bless me. The words show that Jacob now clearly recognized his mysterious Antagonist to be Divine, and sought to obtain from him the blessing which he had previously stolen from his aged father by craft.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

And he said, let me go, for the day breaketh,.... This was said that he might seem to be a man that was desirous of going about his business, as men do early in the morning; though the true reason perhaps was, that his form might not be more distinctly seen by Jacob, and much less by any other person:

and he said, I will not let thee go except thou bless me; for by his touching his thigh, and the effect of that, he perceived he was more than a man, even a divine Person, and therefore insisted upon being blessed by him: thus faith in prayer lays hold on God, and will not let him go without leaving the blessing it is pleading for; which shows the great strength of faith, and the efficacy of the prayer of faith with God; see Exodus 32:10.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

26. I will not let thee go, except thou bless me—It is evident that Jacob was aware of the character of Him with whom he wrestled; and, believing that His power, though by far superior to human, was yet limited by His promise to do him good, he determined not to lose the golden opportunity of securing a blessing. And nothing gives God greater pleasure than to see the hearts of His people firmly adhering to Him.

Genesis 32:26 Additional Commentaries
Context
Jacob Wrestles with God
25When he saw that he had not prevailed against him, he touched the socket of his thigh; so the socket of Jacob's thigh was dislocated while he wrestled with him. 26Then he said, "Let me go, for the dawn is breaking." But he said, "I will not let you go unless you bless me." 27So he said to him, "What is your name?" And he said, "Jacob."…
Cross References
Genesis 32:25
When the man saw that he could not overpower him, he touched the socket of Jacob's hip so that his hip was wrenched as he wrestled with the man.

Genesis 32:27
The man asked him, "What is your name?" "Jacob," he answered.

Hosea 12:4
He struggled with the angel and overcame him; he wept and begged for his favor. He found him at Bethel and talked with him there--
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And he said, Let me go, for the day breaks. And he said, I will not let you go, except you bless me.

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