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Verses of Genesis 32

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Genesis 32:28 Commentary - Companion Bible Notes, Appendices and Graphics

Jacob = contender (Gen 25:22). Used of the natural Jacob and his natural seed. Israel used for spiritual Jacob and his spiritual seed.

Israel = "God commands, orders or rules". Man attempts it but always, in the end, fails. Out of some forty Hebrew names compounded with "El" or "Jah", God is always the doer of what the verb means (compare Dani-el, God judges).

prince = commander, orderer. Here used not to dignify but to reproach. Compare Gen 12:15, princes (courtiers); Gen 26:26, chief of soldiers; Gen 39:1, officer; Gen 40:2, chief; Gen 40:3, jailor; Gen 47:6, herdsmen; Exo 1:11, taskmasters, &c.

hast thou power = hast thou contended. Jacob had contended with Esau in the womb, and thus got his name Jacob, which is referred to here in reproach, not in eulogy.

prevailed = succeeded. He had contended for the birthright and succeeded (Gen 25:29-34). He had contended for the blessing and succeeded (27). He had contended with Laban and succeeded (31). He had contended with "men" and succeeded. Now he contends with God and fails. Hence his name was changed to Isra-el, God commands, to teach him the greatly needed lesson of dependence upon God.

Verses of Genesis 32

28

Consult other comments:

Genesis 32:28 - Calvin's Complete Commentary

Genesis 32:28 - The Cambridge Bible for Schools and Colleges

Genesis 32:28 - Adam Clarke's Commentary and Critical Notes on the Bible

Genesis 32:28 - Commentary on the Holy Bible by Thomas Coke

Genesis 32:28 - Companion Bible Notes, Appendices and Graphics

Genesis 32:28 - Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers (Old and New Testaments)

Genesis 32:28 - Geneva Bible Notes

Genesis 32:28 - John Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Genesis 32:28 - Biblical Illustrator Edited by Joseph S. Exell

Genesis 32:28 - Jamieson, Fausset and Brown's Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible

Genesis 32:28 - Church Pulpit Commentary

Genesis 32:28 - English Annotations on the Holy Bible by Matthew Poole

Genesis 32:28 - Scofield Reference Bible Notes

Genesis 32:28 - John Trapp's Complete Commentary (Old and New Testaments)

Genesis 32:28 - The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

Genesis 32:28 - Whedon's Commentary on the Old and New Testaments

Companion Bible Notes, Appendices and Graphics