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29 Then the man said, “You shall no longer be named Jacob, but Israel,[a] because you have contended with divine and human beings and have prevailed.”

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  1. 32:29 Israel: the first part of the Hebrew name Yisrael is given a popular explanation in the word saritha, “you contended”; the second part is the first syllable of ’elohim, “divine beings.” The present incident, with a similar allusion to the name Israel, is referred to in Hos 12:5, where the mysterious wrestler is explicitly called an angel.

29 Jacob said, “Please tell me your name.”(A)

But he replied, “Why do you ask my name?”(B) Then he blessed(C) him there.

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