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Hosea 12:3–4

dIn the womb he took his brother by the heel,

and in his manhood he strove with God.

He strove with the angel and prevailed;

he wept and sought his favor.

eHe met God1 at Bethel,

and there God spoke with us—

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Hosea 12:3–4 — The New International Version (NIV)

In the womb he grasped his brother’s heel;

as a man he struggled with God.

He struggled with the angel and overcame him;

he wept and begged for his favor.

He found him at Bethel

and talked with him there—

Hosea 12:3–4 — King James Version (KJV 1900)

He took his brother by the heel in the womb,

And by his strength he had power with God:

Yea, he had power over the angel, and prevailed:

He wept, and made supplication unto him:

He found him in Beth-el, and there he spake with us;

Hosea 12:3–4 — New Living Translation (NLT)

Even in the womb,

Jacob struggled with his brother;

when he became a man,

he even fought with God.

Yes, he wrestled with the angel and won.

He wept and pleaded for a blessing from him.

There at Bethel he met God face to face,

and God spoke to him—

Hosea 12:3–4 — The New King James Version (NKJV)

He took his brother by the heel in the womb,

And in his strength he struggled with God.

Yes, he struggled with the Angel and prevailed;

He wept, and sought favor from Him.

He found Him in Bethel,

And there He spoke to us—

Hosea 12:3–4 — New Century Version (NCV)

Their ancestor Jacob held on to his brother’s heel

while the two of them were being born.

When he grew to be a man,

he wrestled with God.

When Jacob wrestled with the angel and won,

he cried and asked for his blessing.

Later, God met with him at Bethel

and spoke with him there.

Hosea 12:3–4 — American Standard Version (ASV)

In the womb he took his brother by the heel; and in his manhood he had power with God: yea, he had power over the angel, and prevailed; he wept, and made supplication unto him: he found him at Beth-el, and there he spake with us,

Hosea 12:3–4 — 1890 Darby Bible (DARBY)

He took his brother by the heel in the womb, and in his strength he wrestled with God. Yea, he wrestled with the Angel, and prevailed; he wept, and made supplication unto him: he found him in Bethel, and there he spoke with us,

Hosea 12:3–4 — GOD’S WORD Translation (GW)

Their ancestor Jacob held on to his brother’s heel 

while the two of them were in their mother’s womb. 

When Jacob became a man, he struggled with God. 

He struggled with the Messenger and won. 

Jacob cried and pleaded with him. 

Jacob found him at Bethel, 

and he talked with him there. 

Hosea 12:3–4 — The Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

In the womb he grasped his brother’s heel,

and as an adult he wrestled with God.

Jacob struggled with the Angel and prevailed;

he wept and sought His favor.

He found him at Bethel,

and there He spoke with him.

Hosea 12:3–4 — The New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

In the womb he tried to supplant his brother,

and in his manhood he strove with God.

He strove with the angel and prevailed,

he wept and sought his favor;

he met him at Bethel,

and there he spoke with him.

Hosea 12:3–4 — The Lexham English Bible (LEB)

In the womb he deceived his brother,

and in his manhood he struggled with God.

He struggled with the angel and prevailed;

he pleaded for his mercy.

He met him at Bethel,

and there he spoke with him.

Hosea 12:3–4 — New International Reader’s Version (1998) (NIrV)

Even before Jacob was born,

he was holding on to his brother’s heel.

When he became a man,

he struggled with God.

At Peniel he struggled with the angel and won.

He sobbed and begged for his blessing.

God also met with him at Bethel.

He talked with him there.

Hosea 12:3–4 — New American Standard Bible: 1995 Update (NASB95)

In the womb he took his brother by the heel,

And in his maturity he contended with God.

Yes, he wrestled with the angel and prevailed;

He wept and sought His favor.

He found Him at Bethel

And there He spoke with us,