Genesis 32:13
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English Standard Version
So he stayed there that night, and from what he had with him he took a present for his brother Esau,

King James Bible
And he lodged there that same night; and took of that which came to his hand a present for Esau his brother;

American Standard Version
And he lodged there that night, and took of that which he had with him a present for Esau his brother:

Douay-Rheims Bible
And when he had slept there that night, he set apart, of the things which he had, presents for his brother Esau.

English Revised Version
And he lodged there that night; and took of that which he had with him a present for Esau his brother;

Webster's Bible Translation
And he lodged there that same night; and took of that which came to his hand a present for Esau, his brother;

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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

From this point Jacob sent messengers forward to his brother Esau, to make known his return in such a style of humility ("thy servant," "my lord") as was adapted to conciliate him. אחר (Genesis 32:5) is the first pers. imperf. Kal for אאחר, from אחר to delay, to pass a time; cf. Proverbs 8:17, and Ges. 68, 2. The statement that Esau was already in the land of Seir (Genesis 32:4), or, as it is afterwards called, the field of Edom, is not at variance with Genesis 36:6, and may be very naturally explained on the supposition, that with the increase of his family and possessions, he severed himself more and more from his father's house, becoming increasingly convinced, as time went on, that he could hope for no change in the blessings pronounced by his father upon Jacob and himself, which excluded him from the inheritance of the promise, viz., the future possession of Canaan. Now, even if his malicious feelings towards Jacob had gradually softened down, he had probably never said anything to his parents on the subject, so that Rebekah had been unable to fulfil her promise (Genesis 27:45); and Jacob, being quite uncertain as to his brother's state of mind, was thrown into the greatest alarm and anxiety by the report of the messengers, that Esau was coming to meet him with 400 men. The simplest explanation of the fact that Esau should have had so many men about him as a standing army, is that given by Delitzsch; namely, that he had to subjugate the Horite population in Seir, for which purpose he might easily have formed such an army, partly from the Canaanitish and Ishmaelitish relations of his wives, and partly from his own servants. His reason for going to meet Jacob with such a company may have been, either to show how mighty a prince he was, or with the intention of making his brother sensible of his superior power, and assuming a hostile attitude if the circumstances favoured it, even though the lapse of years had so far mitigated his anger, that he no longer seriously thought of executing the vengeance he had threatened twenty years before. For we are warranted in regarding Jacob's fear as no vain, subjective fancy, but as having an objective foundation, by the fact that God endowed him with courage and strength for his meeting with Esau, through the medium of the angelic host and the wrestling at the Jabbok; whilst, on the other hand, the brotherly affection and openness with which Esau met him, are to be attributed partly to Jacob's humble demeanour, and still more to the fact, that by the influence of God, the still remaining malice had been rooted out from his heart.

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which.

1 Samuel 25:8 Ask your young men, and they will show you. Why let the young men find favor in your eyes: for we come in a good day: give, I pray you...

to his hand. Or, 'under his hand' or power; i.e., what Providence had put in his power or possession.

a present.

Genesis 32:20,21 And say you moreover, Behold, your servant Jacob is behind us. For he said, I will appease him with the present that goes before me...

Genesis 18:2 And he lift up his eyes and looked, and, see, three men stood by him: and when he saw them, he ran to meet them from the tent door...

Genesis 33:10 And Jacob said, No, I pray you, if now I have found grace in your sight, then receive my present at my hand...

Genesis 42:6 And Joseph was the governor over the land, and he it was that sold to all the people of the land: and Joseph's brothers came...

Genesis 43:11,26 And their father Israel said to them, If it must be so now, do this; take of the best fruits in the land in your vessels...

1 Samuel 25:27 And now this blessing which your handmaid has brought to my lord, let it even be given to the young men that follow my lord.

Proverbs 17:8 A gift is as a precious stone in the eyes of him that has it: wherever it turns, it prospers.

Proverbs 18:16 A man's gift makes room for him, and brings him before great men.

Proverbs 19:6 Many will entreat the favor of the prince: and every man is a friend to him that gives gifts.

Proverbs 21:14 A gift in secret pacifies anger: and a reward in the bosom strong wrath.

Cross References
Genesis 32:14
two hundred female goats and twenty male goats, two hundred ewes and twenty rams,

Genesis 33:8
Esau said, "What do you mean by all this company that I met?" Jacob answered, "To find favor in the sight of my lord."

Genesis 43:11
Then their father Israel said to them, "If it must be so, then do this: take some of the choice fruits of the land in your bags, and carry a present down to the man, a little balm and a little honey, gum, myrrh, pistachio nuts, and almonds.

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