Hos 12:4

12:4 strove with the angel. The Hebrew root for “strove” is given as the source of the name “Israel” in Gen. 32:28. In tenaciously seeking God’s blessing, Jacob set a positive example for the nation (v. 6).

Bethel. The place where God made Himself known to Jacob (Gen. 28:12–19; 35:1–15). See note 4:15.