Hosea 12:4
New International Version
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—

New Living Translation
Yes, he wrestled with the angel and won. He wept and pleaded for a blessing from him. There at Bethel he met God face to face, and God spoke to him—

English Standard Version
He strove with the angel and prevailed; he wept and sought his favor. He met God at Bethel, and there God spoke with us—

Berean Study Bible
Yes, he struggled with the angel and prevailed; he wept and sought His favor; he found Him at Bethel and spoke with Him there—

King James Bible
Yea, he had power over the angel, and prevailed: he wept, and made supplication unto him: he found him in Bethel, and there he spake with us;

New King James Version
Yes, he struggled with the Angel and prevailed; He wept, and sought favor from Him. He found Him in Bethel, And there He spoke to us—

New American Standard Bible
Yes, he wrestled with the angel and prevailed; He wept and implored His favor. He found Him at Bethel, And there He spoke with us,

NASB 1995
Yes, he wrestled with the angel and prevailed; He wept and sought His favor. He found Him at Bethel And there He spoke with us,

NASB 1977
Yes, he wrestled with the angel and prevailed; He wept and sought His favor. He found Him at Bethel, And there He spoke with us,

Amplified Bible
He wrestled with the angel and prevailed; He wept [in repentance] and sought His favor. He met Him at Bethel And there God spoke with [him and through him with] us—

Christian Standard Bible
Jacob struggled with the angel and prevailed; he wept and sought his favor. He found him at Bethel, and there he spoke with him.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Jacob struggled with the Angel and prevailed; he wept and sought His favor. He found him at Bethel, and there He spoke with him.

American Standard Version
yea, he had power over the angel, and prevailed; he wept, and made supplication unto him: he found him at Beth-el, and there he spake with us,

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And he was a match for the power of an Angel and he begged of him in Bayth Eil; he found him and there he spoke with him

Brenton Septuagint Translation
And he prevailed with the angel and was strong: they wept, and intreated me: they found me in the house of On, and there a word was spoken to them.

Contemporary English Version
At Bethel, Jacob wrestled with an angel and won; then with tears in his eyes, he asked for a blessing, and God spoke to us there.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And he prevailed over the angel, and was strengthened: he wept, and made supplication to him: he found him in Bethel, and there he spoke with us.

English Revised Version
yea, he had power over the angel, and prevailed: he wept, and made supplication unto him: he found him at Beth-el, and there he spake with us;

Good News Translation
he fought against an angel and won. He wept and asked for a blessing. And at Bethel God came to our ancestor Jacob and spoke with him.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
He struggled with the Messenger and won. Jacob cried and pleaded with him. Jacob found him at Bethel, and he talked with him there.

International Standard Version
He even fought the angel and won; he cried and prayed to him. Then at Bethel he found him, and there he spoke with us—

JPS Tanakh 1917
So he strove with an angel, and prevailed; He wept, and made supplication unto him; At Beth-el he would find him, And there he would speak with us;

Literal Standard Version
Indeed, he is a prince to the Messenger, And he overcomes [by] weeping, And he makes supplication to Him, At Bethel He finds him, And there He speaks with us,

NET Bible
He struggled with an angel and prevailed; he wept and begged for his favor. He found God at Bethel, and there he spoke with him!

New Heart English Bible
Indeed, he struggled with the angel, and prevailed; he wept, and made petition to him. He found him at Bethel, and there he spoke with him,

World English Bible
Indeed, he struggled with the angel, and prevailed; he wept, and made supplication to him. He found him at Bethel, and there he spoke with us,

Young's Literal Translation
Yea, he is a prince unto the Messenger, And he overcometh by weeping, And he maketh supplication to Him, At Bethel He doth find him, And there He doth speak with us,

Additional Translations ...
Context
A Reproof of Ephraim, Judah, Jacob
3In the womb he grasped his brother’s heel, and in his vigor he wrestled with God. 4Yes, he struggled with the angel and prevailed; he wept and sought His favor; he found Him at Bethel and spoke with Him there— 5the LORD is the God of Hosts—the LORD is His name of renown.…

Cross References
Genesis 28:13
And there at the top the LORD was standing and saying, "I am the LORD, the God of your father Abraham and the God of Isaac. I will give you and your descendants the land on which you now lie.

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

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

Genesis 35:10
And God said to him, "Though your name is Jacob, you will no longer be called Jacob. Instead, your name will be Israel." So God named him Israel.


Treasury of Scripture

Yes, he had power over the angel, and prevailed: he wept, and made supplication to him: he found him in Bethel, and there he spoke with us;

angel.

Genesis 32:29
And Jacob asked him, and said, Tell me, I pray thee, thy name. And he said, Wherefore is it that thou dost ask after my name? And he blessed him there.

Genesis 48:15
And he blessed Joseph, and said, God, before whom my fathers Abraham and Isaac did walk, the God which fed me all my life long unto this day,

Exodus 3:2-5
And the angel of the LORD appeared unto him in a flame of fire out of the midst of a bush: and he looked, and, behold, the bush burned with fire, and the bush was not consumed…

made.

Genesis 32:9-12
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: …

Hebrews 5:7
Who in the days of his flesh, when he had offered up prayers and supplications with strong crying and tears unto him that was able to save him from death, and was heard in that he feared;

found.

Genesis 28:11-19
And he lighted upon a certain place, and tarried there all night, because the sun was set; and he took of the stones of that place, and put them for his pillows, and lay down in that place to sleep…

Genesis 35:9
And God appeared unto Jacob again, when he came out of Padanaram, and blessed him.

spake.

Psalm 66:6
He turned the sea into dry land: they went through the flood on foot: there did we rejoice in him.

1 Thessalonians 4:17
Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.

Hebrews 6:13-18
For when God made promise to Abraham, because he could swear by no greater, he sware by himself, …









Verse 4. - Yea, he had power over the angel, and prevailed: he wept, and made supplication unto him. As Jacob's position at birth symbolized the pre-eminence which God's electing love had in store for him, and as in his manhood's prime he put forth such earnestness and energy to obtain the blessing, so Israel, by the example of their forefather, are encouraged to like strenuous exertion with like certainty of success. The example is more fully described and dwelt on in this verse for the purpose of more powerfully stimulating the Israelites of the prophet's day to imitate it. From this verse we learn the following facts:

(1) the nature of the conflict as of a spiritual kind;

(2) the visible embodiment of the invisible deity, so that the angel is not an entire identification with God in the preceding verse, but the organ of Divine manifestation; and

(3) the weapons used, or the means employed, namely, weeping and supplication, in a word, the instrumentality of prayer; and . . .

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
Yes, he struggled
וָיָּ֤שַׂר (wāy·yā·śar)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Consecutive imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's 7786: Make princes, have power, reign

with
אֶל־ (’el-)
Preposition
Strong's 413: Near, with, among, to

the Angel
מַלְאָךְ֙ (mal·’āḵ)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 4397: A messenger, of God, an angel

and prevailed;
וַיֻּכָ֔ל (way·yu·ḵāl)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Consecutive imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's 3201: To be able, have power

he wept
בָּכָ֖ה (bā·ḵāh)
Verb - Qal - Perfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's 1058: To weep, to bemoan

and sought His favor;
וַיִּתְחַנֶּן־ (way·yiṯ·ḥan·nen-)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Hitpael - Consecutive imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's 2603: To bend, stoop in kindness to an inferior, to favor, bestow, to implore

he found Him
יִמְצָאֶ֔נּוּ (yim·ṣā·’en·nū)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - third person masculine singular | third person masculine singular
Strong's 4672: To come forth to, appear, exist, to attain, find, acquire, to occur, meet, be present

at Bethel,
אֵל֙ (’êl)
Noun - proper - feminine singular
Strong's 1008: Bethel -- 'house of God', a city in Ephraim, also a place in southern Judah

and there
וְשָׁ֖ם (wə·šām)
Conjunctive waw | Adverb
Strong's 8033: There, then, thither

He spoke
יְדַבֵּ֥ר (yə·ḏab·bêr)
Verb - Piel - Imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's 1696: To arrange, to speak, to subdue

with us—
עִמָּֽנוּ׃ (‘im·mā·nū)
Preposition | first person common plural
Strong's 5973: With, equally with


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