New International Version
When Jacob saw them, he said, "This is the camp of God!" So he named that place Mahanaim.
King James Bible
And when Jacob saw them, he said, This is God's host: and he called the name of that place Mahanaim.
Darby Bible Translation
And when Jacob saw them he said, This is the camp of God. And he called the name of that place Mahanaim.
World English Bible
When he saw them, Jacob said, "This is God's army." He called the name of that place Mahanaim.
Young's Literal Translation
and Jacob saith, when he hath seen them, 'This is the camp of God;' and he calleth the name of that place 'Two Camps.'
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
Mahanaim - The two hosts, if read by the points, the angels forming one, and Jacob and his company forming another; or simply hosts or camps in the plural. There was a city built afterwards here, and inhabited by the priests of God, Joshua 21:38. For what purpose the angels of God met Jacob, does not appear from the text; probably it was intended to show him that he and his company were under the care of an especial providence, and consequently to confirm his trust and confidence in God.
The doctrine of the ministration of angels has been much abused, not only among the heathens, but also among Jews and Christians, and perhaps most among the latter. Angels with feigned names, titles, and influences, have been and still are invoked and worshipped by a certain class of men; because they have found that God has been pleased to employ them to minister to mankind; and hence they have made supplications to them to extend their protection, to shield, defend, instruct, etc. This is perfectly absurd.
1. They are God's instruments, not self-determining agents.
2. They can only do what they are appointed to perform, for there is no evidence that they have any discretionary power.
3. God helps man by ten thousand means and instruments; some intellectual, as angels; some rational, as men; some irrational, as brutes; and some merely material, as the sun, wind, rain, food, raiment, and the various productions of the earth. He therefore helps by whom he will help, and to him alone belongs all the glory; for should he be determined to destroy, all these instruments collectively could not save. Instead therefore of worshipping them, we should take their own advice: See thou do it not - Worship God.
Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
Mahanain. i.e., two hosts, or camps.
Mahanaim was situated between Gilead and the river Jabbok, near the present Djezan.
LibraryMahanaim: the Two Camps
And Jacob went on his way, and the angels of God met him. And when Jacob saw them, he said, This is God's host: and he called the name of that place Mahanaim' (i.e. Two camps).--GENESIS xxxii. 1, 2. This vision came at a crisis in Jacob's life. He has just left the house of Laban, his father-in-law, where he had lived for many years, and in company with a long caravan, consisting of wives, children, servants, and all his wealth turned into cattle, is journeying back again to Palestine. His road …
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture
Of the Name of God
The Angel of the Lord in the Pentateuch, and the Book of Joshua.
Meditations for the Morning.
from the tribe of Gad, Ramoth in Gilead (a city of refuge for one accused of murder), Mahanaim,
2 Samuel 2:8
Meanwhile, Abner son of Ner, the commander of Saul's army, had taken Ish-Bosheth son of Saul and brought him over to Mahanaim.
2 Samuel 17:24
David went to Mahanaim, and Absalom crossed the Jordan with all the men of Israel.
1 Chronicles 12:22
Day after day men came to help David, until he had a great army, like the army of God.
Who is he, this King of glory? The LORD Almighty-- he is the King of glory.
Song of Solomon 6:13
Come back, come back, O Shulammite; come back, come back, that we may gaze on you! He Why would you gaze on the Shulammite as on the dance of Mahanaim?
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