Genesis 32:8
New International Version
He thought, “If Esau comes and attacks one group, the group that is left may escape.”

New Living Translation
He thought, “If Esau meets one group and attacks it, perhaps the other group can escape.”

English Standard Version
thinking, “If Esau comes to the one camp and attacks it, then the camp that is left will escape.”

Berean Study Bible
He thought, “If Esau comes and attacks one camp, then the other camp can escape.”

King James Bible
And said, If Esau come to the one company, and smite it, then the other company which is left shall escape.

New King James Version
And he said, “If Esau comes to the one company and attacks it, then the other company which is left will escape.”

New American Standard Bible
for he said, “If Esau comes to the one company and attacks it, then the company which is left will escape.”

NASB 1995
for he said, “If Esau comes to the one company and attacks it, then the company which is left will escape.”

NASB 1977
for he said, “If Esau comes to the one company and attacks it, then the company which is left will escape.”

Amplified Bible
and he said, “If Esau comes to the one camp and attacks it, then the other camp which is left will escape.”

Christian Standard Bible
He thought, “If Esau comes to one camp and attacks it, the remaining one can escape.”

Holman Christian Standard Bible
He thought, “If Esau comes to one camp and attacks it, the remaining one can escape.”

American Standard Version
and he said, If Esau come to the one company, and smite it, then the company which is left shall escape.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And Yaquuv said, “If Esau my brother will come upon one camp and he will destroy it, the camp that remains escapes.”

Brenton Septuagint Translation
And Jacob said, If Esau should come to one camp, and smite it, the other camp shall be in safety.

Contemporary English Version
He thought, "If Esau attacks one group, perhaps the other can escape."

Douay-Rheims Bible
Saying: If Esau come to one company and destroy it, the other company that is left shall escape.

English Revised Version
and he said, If Esau come to the one company, and smite it, then the company which is left shall escape.

Good News Translation
He thought, "If Esau comes and attacks the first group, the other may be able to escape."

GOD'S WORD® Translation
He thought, "If Esau attacks the one camp, then the other camp will be able to escape."

International Standard Version
Jacob was thinking, "If Esau comes to one group and attacks it, then the remaining group may escape."

JPS Tanakh 1917
And he said: 'If Esau come to the one camp, and smite it, then the camp which is left shall escape.'

Literal Standard Version
and says, “If Esau comes to one camp, and has struck it—then the camp which is left has been for an escape.”

NET Bible
"If Esau attacks one camp," he thought, "then the other camp will be able to escape."

New Heart English Bible
and he said, "If Esau comes to the one camp, and strikes it, then the other camp will escape."

World English Bible
and he said, "If Esau comes to the one company, and strikes it, then the company which is left will escape."

Young's Literal Translation
and saith, 'If Esau come in unto the one camp, and have smitten it -- then the camp which is left hath been for an escape.'

Additional Translations ...
Context
Jacob's Fear of Esau
7In great fear and distress, Jacob divided his people into two camps, as well as the flocks and herds and camels. 8He thought, “If Esau comes and attacks one camp, then the other camp can escape.” 9Then Jacob declared, “O God of my father Abraham, God of my father Isaac, the LORD who told me, ‘Go back to your country and to your kindred, and I will make you prosper,’…

Cross References
Genesis 32:7
In great fear and distress, Jacob divided his people into two camps, as well as the flocks and herds and camels.

Genesis 32:9
Then Jacob declared, "O God of my father Abraham, God of my father Isaac, the LORD who told me, 'Go back to your country and to your kindred, and I will make you prosper,'


Treasury of Scripture

And said, If Esau come to the one company, and smite it, then the other company which is left shall escape.

Genesis 33:1-3
And Jacob lifted up his eyes, and looked, and, behold, Esau came, and with him four hundred men. And he divided the children unto Leah, and unto Rachel, and unto the two handmaids…

Matthew 10:16
Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves: be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves.











Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
He thought,
וַיֹּ֕אמֶר (way·yō·mer)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Consecutive imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's 559: To utter, say

“If
אִם־ (’im-)
Conjunction
Strong's 518: Lo!, whether?, if, although, Oh that!, when, not

Esau
עֵשָׂ֛ו (‘ê·śāw)
Noun - proper - masculine singular
Strong's 6215: Esau -- oldest son of Isaac

comes
יָב֥וֹא (yā·ḇō·w)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's 935: To come in, come, go in, go

and attacks
וְהִכָּ֑הוּ (wə·hik·kā·hū)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Hifil - Conjunctive perfect - third person masculine singular | third person masculine singular
Strong's 5221: To strike

one
הָאַחַ֖ת (hā·’a·ḥaṯ)
Article | Number - feminine singular
Strong's 259: United, one, first

camp,
הַמַּחֲנֶ֥ה (ham·ma·ḥă·neh)
Article | Noun - common singular
Strong's 4264: An encampment, an army

then
וְהָיָ֛ה (wə·hā·yāh)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Conjunctive perfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's 1961: To fall out, come to pass, become, be

the other
הַנִּשְׁאָ֖ר (han·niš·’ār)
Article | Verb - Nifal - Participle - masculine singular
Strong's 7604: To swell up, be, redundant

camp
הַמַּחֲנֶ֥ה (ham·ma·ḥă·neh)
Article | Noun - common singular
Strong's 4264: An encampment, an army

can escape.”
לִפְלֵיטָֽה׃ (lip̄·lê·ṭāh)
Preposition-l | Noun - feminine singular
Strong's 6413: Deliverance, an escaped portion


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