Genesis 32:22 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Genesis 32:22, NIV: "That night Jacob got up and took his two wives, his two female servants and his eleven sons and crossed the ford of the Jabbok."

Genesis 32:22, ESV: "The same night he arose and took his two wives, his two female servants, and his eleven children, and crossed the ford of the Jabbok."

Genesis 32:22, KJV: "And he rose up that night, and took his two wives, and his two womenservants, and his eleven sons, and passed over the ford Jabbok."

Genesis 32:22, NASB: "Now he got up that same night and took his two wives, his two female slaves, and his eleven children, and crossed the shallow place of the Jabbok."

Genesis 32:22, NLT: "During the night Jacob got up and took his two wives, his two servant wives, and his eleven sons and crossed the Jabbok River with them."

Genesis 32:22, CSB: "During the night Jacob got up and took his two wives, his two slave women, and his eleven sons, and crossed the ford of Jabbok."

What does Genesis 32:22 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

Jacob is afraid and distressed. He has sent out five herds of animals as gifts to his estranged twin brother, Esau, in hopes of appeasing his brother's decades-old anger against him (Genesis 27:41–45; 32:1–6). The prior verse indicated that Jacob stayed in the camp that night, but this verse suggests an additional detail.

Whether it was his plan all along, or Jacob just couldn't stand the suspense, he rises in the night, gathers his family of two wives, two servant wives, and 11 children and crosses the ford of the nearby Jabbok River, which flows into the Jordan River from the east. This makes the stream part of the borders of the Promised Land.

It's key to remember that Scripture was not originally written as a collection of individual verses. Verses 21, 22, and 23 all flow in a continuous description. So, this passage seems to indicate that Jacob sent Esau's gifts ahead, waited to send his family across the stream, and then returned to the original camp site alone. Why, exactly, Jacob felt the need to do this, the Bible does not say.