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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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
had, etc. Heb. was a prince, or, behaved himself princely.
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
Motives to Holy Mourning
The Prophet Hosea.
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.
So Jacob was left alone, and a man wrestled with him till daybreak.
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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