Hosea 12:3
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New International Version
In the womb he grasped his brother's heel; as a man he struggled with God.

King James Bible
He took his brother by the heel in the womb, and by his strength he had power with God:

Darby Bible Translation
He took his brother by the heel in the womb, and in his strength he wrestled with God.

World English Bible
In the womb he took his brother by the heel; and in his manhood he contended with God.

Young's Literal Translation
In the womb he took his brother by the heel, And by his strength he was a prince with God,

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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

He took his brother by the heel - See on Genesis 25:26 (note); Genesis 32:24 (note), etc.

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took.

Genesis 25:26 And after that came his brother out, and his hand took hold on Esau's heel; and his name was called Jacob...

Romans 9:11 (For the children being not yet born, neither having done any good or evil, that the purpose of God according to election might stand...

had, etc. Heb. was a prince, or, behaved himself princely.

Genesis 32:24-28 And Jacob was left alone; and there wrestled a man with him until the breaking of the day...

James 5:16-18 Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that you may be healed...

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Everybody's Sermon
Now it struck me that God is every day preaching to us by similitudes. When Christ was on earth he preached in parables, and, though he is in heaven now, he is preaching in parables to-day. Providence is God's sermon. The things which we see about us are God's thoughts and God's words to us; and if we were but wise there is not a step that we take, which me should not find to be full of mighty instruction. O ye sons of men! God warns you every day by his own word; he speaks to you by the lips of
Charles Haddon Spurgeon—Spurgeon's Sermons Volume 4: 1858

The Twofold Wrestle --God's with Jacob and Jacob's with God
'And Jacob said, O God of my father Abraham, and God of my father Isaac, the Lord which saidst unto me, Return unto thy country, and to thy kindred, and I will deal well with thee: I am not worthy of the least of all the mercies, and of all the truth, which Thou hast shewed unto Thy servant; for with my staff I passed over this Jordan; and now I am become two bands. Deliver me, I pray thee, from the hand of my brother, from the hand of Esau: for I fear him, lest he will come and smite me, and the
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture

Motives to Holy Mourning
Let me exhort Christians to holy mourning. I now persuade to such a mourning as will prepare the soul for blessedness. Oh that our hearts were spiritual limbecs, distilling the water of holy tears! Christ's doves weep. They that escape shall be like doves of the valleys, all of them mourning, every one for his iniquity' (Ezekiel 7:16). There are several divine motives to holy mourning: 1 Tears cannot be put to a better use. If you weep for outward losses, you lose your tears. It is like a shower
Thomas Watson—The Beatitudes: An Exposition of Matthew 5:1-12

The Prophet Hosea.
GENERAL PRELIMINARY REMARKS. That the kingdom of Israel was the object of the prophet's ministry is so evident, that upon this point all are, and cannot but be, agreed. But there is a difference of opinion as to whether the prophet was a fellow-countryman of those to whom he preached, or was called by God out of the kingdom of Judah. The latter has been asserted with great confidence by Maurer, among others, in his Observ. in Hos., in the Commentat. Theol. ii. i. p. 293. But the arguments
Ernst Wilhelm Hengstenberg—Christology of the Old Testament

Cross References
Genesis 25:26
After this, his brother came out, with his hand grasping Esau's heel; so he was named Jacob. Isaac was sixty years old when Rebekah gave birth to them.

Genesis 32:24
So Jacob was left alone, and a man wrestled with him till daybreak.

Genesis 32:28
Then the man said, "Your name will no longer be Jacob, but Israel, because you have struggled with God and with humans and have overcome."

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