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Matthew Henry's Commentary – Chapter 32
Chapter 32

Chapter 32

We have here Jacob still upon his journey towards Canaan. Never did so many memorable things occur in any march as in this of Jacob’s little family. By the way he meets, I. With good tidings from his God, Gen. 32:1, 2. II. With bad tidings from his brother, to whom he sent a message to notify his return, Gen. 32:3-6. In his distress, 1. He divides his company, Gen. 32:7, 8. 2. He makes his prayer to God, Gen. 32:9-12. 3. He sends a present to his brother, Gen. 32:13-23. 4. He wrestles with the angel, Gen. 32:24-32.

Jacob, having got clear of Laban, pursues his journey homewards towards Canaan: when God has helped us through difficulties we should go on our way heaven-ward with so much the more cheerfulness and resolution. Now,