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Genesis 32:29

    Genesis 32:29 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    And Jacob asked him, and said, Tell me, I pray thee, thy name. And he said, Wherefore is it that thou dost ask after my name? And he blessed him there.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    And Jacob asked him, and said, Tell me, I pray you, your name. And he said, Why is it that you do ask after my name? And he blessed him there.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    And Jacob asked him, and said, Tell me, I pray thee, thy name. And he said, Wherefore is it that thou dost ask after my name? And he blessed him there.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    Then Jacob said, What is your name? And he said, What is my name to you? Then he gave him a blessing.

    Webster's Revision

    And Jacob asked him, and said, Tell me, I pray thee, thy name. And he said, Wherefore is it that thou dost ask after my name? And he blessed him there.

    World English Bible

    Jacob asked him, "Please tell me your name." He said, "Why is it that you ask what my name is?" He blessed him there.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    And Jacob asked him, and said, Tell me, I pray thee, thy name. And he said, Wherefore is it that thou dost ask after my name? And he blessed him there.

    Definitions for Genesis 32:29

    Blessed - Happy.
    Tell - To number; count.
    Wherefore - Why?; for what reason?; for what cause?

    Clarke's Commentary on Genesis 32:29

    Tell me, I pray thee, thy name - It is very likely that Jacob wished to know the name of this angel, that he might invoke him in his necessities: but this might have led him into idolatry, for the doctrine of the incarnation could be but little understood at this time; hence, he refuses to give himself any name, yet shows himself to be the true God, and so Jacob understood him; (see Genesis 32:28); but he wished to have heard from his own lips that name by which he desired to be invoked and worshipped.

    Wherefore is it that thou dost ask after my name? - Canst thou be ignorant who I am? And he blessed him there - gave him the new heart and the new nature which God alone can give to fallen man, and by the change he wrought in him, sufficiently showed who he was. After this clause the Aldine edition of the Septuagint, and several MSS., add ὁ εστι θαυμαστον, or και τουτο εστι θαυμαστον, which is wonderful; but this addition seems to have been taken from Judges 13:18.

    Wesley's Notes on Genesis 32:29

    32:29 Wherefore dost thou ask after my name? - What good will it do thee to know that? The discovery of that was reserved for his death - bed, upon which he was taught to call him Shiloh. But instead of telling him his name, he gave him his blessing, which was the thing he wrestled for; he blessed him there, repeated and ratified the blessing formerly given him. See how wonderfully God condescends to countenance and crown importunate prayer? Those that resolve though God slay them, yet to trust in him, will at length be more than conquerors.