Genesis 32:30
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New International Version
So Jacob called the place Peniel, saying, "It is because I saw God face to face, and yet my life was spared."

New Living Translation
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."

English Standard Version
So Jacob called the name of the place Peniel, saying, “For I have seen God face to face, and yet my life has been delivered.”

New American Standard Bible
So Jacob named the place Peniel, for he said, "I have seen God face to face, yet my life has been preserved."

King James Bible
And Jacob called the name of the place Peniel: for I have seen God face to face, and my life is preserved.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Jacob then named the place Peniel, "For I have seen God face to face," he said, "and I have been delivered."

International Standard Version
Jacob would later call that place Peniel, because "I saw God face to face, but my life was spared."

NET Bible
So Jacob named the place Peniel, explaining, "Certainly I have seen God face to face and have survived."

GOD'S WORD® Translation
So Jacob named that place Peniel [Face of God], because he said, "I have seen God face to face, but my life was saved."

Jubilee Bible 2000
And Jacob called the name of the place Peniel; for I have seen God face to face, and my soul was saved.

King James 2000 Bible
And Jacob called the name of the place Peniel: for I have seen God face to face, and my life is preserved.

American King James Version
And Jacob called the name of the place Peniel: for I have seen God face to face, and my life is preserved.

American Standard Version
And Jacob called the name of the place Peniel: for,'said he , I have seen God face to face, and my life is preserved.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And Jacob called the name of the place Phanuel, saying: I have seen God face to face, and my soul has been saved.

Darby Bible Translation
And Jacob called the name of the place Peniel -- For I have seen God face to face, and my life has been preserved.

English Revised Version
And Jacob called the name of the place Peniel: for, said he, I have seen God face to face, and my life is preserved.

Webster's Bible Translation
And Jacob called the name of the place Peniel: for I have seen God face to face, and my life is preserved.

World English Bible
Jacob called the name of the place Peniel: for, he said, "I have seen God face to face, and my life is preserved."

Young's Literal Translation
And Jacob calleth the name of the place Peniel: for 'I have seen God face unto face, and my life is delivered;'
Parallel Commentaries
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 30. - And Jacob called the name of the place Peniel (i.e. "the face of God." Its situation must have been close to the Jabbok. The reason given for its designation follows): for I have seen God (Elohim) face to face, and my life is preserved (cf. Genesis 16:13; Exodus 14:11; Exodus 33:20; Judges 6:22; Judges 13:22; Isaiah 6:5).

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

And Jacob called the name of the place Peniel,.... In Genesis 32:31; Penuel, which signifies the face of God, or God hath looked upon me, or hath had respect to me: there was afterwards a city built here, called by the same name; see Judges 8:8; it is said (k) to be four miles from Mahanaim; the reason of it follows:

for I have seen God face to face: it may be observed, that in wrestling men are face to face, and in this position were Jacob and the man that wrestled with him; which he seems to have respect unto, as well as to the familiarity and intimate communion he was admitted to:

and my life is preserved: though he had wrestled with one so vastly superior to himself, who could have easily crushed this worm Jacob to pieces, as he is sometimes called; and though he had had such a sight of God as face to faces referring, as is thought, to a notion that obtained early, even among good men, that upon sight of God a man instantly died; though we have no example of that kind: but perhaps he observed this for his encouragement; that whereas he had met with God himself, and wrestled with him in the form of a man, and yet was preserved, he doubted not that, when he should meet with his brother and debate matters with him, he should be safe and unhurt.

(k) Bunting's Travels, p. 72. 74.



Genesis 32:30 Additional Commentaries
Context
Jacob Wrestles with God
29Then Jacob asked him and said, "Please tell me your name." But he said, "Why is it that you ask my name?" And he blessed him there. 30So Jacob named the place Peniel, for he said, "I have seen God face to face, yet my life has been preserved." 31Now the sun rose upon him just as he crossed over Penuel, and he was limping on his thigh.…
Cross References
1 Corinthians 13:12
For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.

Genesis 16:13
She gave this name to the LORD who spoke to her: "You are the God who sees me," for she said, "I have now seen the One who sees me."

Exodus 24:10
and saw the God of Israel. Under his feet was something like a pavement made of lapis lazuli, as bright blue as the sky.

Exodus 24:11
But God did not raise his hand against these leaders of the Israelites; they saw God, and they ate and drank.

Exodus 33:20
But," he said, "you cannot see my face, for no one may see me and live."

Numbers 12:8
With him I speak face to face, clearly and not in riddles; he sees the form of the LORD. Why then were you not afraid to speak against my servant Moses?"

Joshua 5:13
Now when Joshua was near Jericho, he looked up and saw a man standing in front of him with a drawn sword in his hand. Joshua went up to him and asked, "Are you for us or for our enemies?"

Judges 6:22
When Gideon realized that it was the angel of the LORD, he exclaimed, "Alas, Sovereign LORD! I have seen the angel of the LORD face to face!"

Judges 13:22
"We are doomed to die!" he said to his wife. "We have seen God!"

1 Kings 12:25
Then Jeroboam fortified Shechem in the hill country of Ephraim and lived there. From there he went out and built up Peniel.
Treasury of Scripture

And Jacob called the name of the place Peniel: for I have seen God face to face, and my life is preserved.

Jacob.

Genesis 32:31 And as he passed over Penuel the sun rose on him, and he halted on his thigh.

Penuel.

Genesis 28:19 And he called the name of that place Bethel: but the name of that …

Judges 8:8,17 And he went up there to Penuel, and spoke to them likewise: and the …

1 Kings 12:25 Then Jeroboam built Shechem in mount Ephraim, and dwelled therein; …

Peniel. i.e., the face of God. Peniel, or Penuel, was evidently situated near the ford of Jabbok, on the north of that stream, about forty miles from Jerusalem.

I have.

Genesis 16:13 And she called the name of the LORD that spoke to her, You God see …

Exodus 24:10,11 And they saw the God of Israel: and there was under his feet as it …

Exodus 33:14,19-23 And he said, My presence shall go with you, and I will give you rest…

Numbers 12:8 With him will I speak mouth to mouth, even apparently, and not in …

Deuteronomy 5:24 And you said, Behold, the LORD our God has showed us his glory and …

Deuteronomy 34:10 And there arose not a prophet since in Israel like to Moses, whom …

Judges 6:22,23 And when Gideon perceived that he was an angel of the LORD, Gideon said, Alas…

Judges 13:21,22 But the angel of the LORD did no more appear to Manoah and to his …

Isaiah 6:5 Then said I, Woe is me! for I am undone; because I am a man of unclean …

John 1:18 No man has seen God at any time, the only begotten Son, which is …

2 Corinthians 3:18 But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the …

2 Corinthians 4:6 For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, has shined …

Galatians 1:6 I marvel that you are so soon removed from him that called you into …

Ephesians 1:17 That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory…

Colossians 1:15 Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature:

2 Timothy 1:10 But is now made manifest by the appearing of our Savior Jesus Christ, …

Hebrews 11:27 By faith he forsook Egypt, not fearing the wrath of the king: for …

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