Jacob wrestles with God
Jacob wrestled with a man until daybreak. God injured Jacob’s hip and said he would be called Israel.
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Wrestle; Wrestling
Wrestle; Wrestling [Heb. niphal of pāṯal] (Gen. 30:8); NEB “play a trick”; [hiphil of ʾāḇaq] (Gen. 32:24f [MT 25f]).When her handmaid Bilhah bore a second son to Jacob (Gen. 30:7f), Rachel named him Naphtali, a play on the root ptl, “twist” (see BDB, p. 836). Such wordplay in naming was common
The HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (Revised and Updated)
wrestle. The only literal reference to wrestling in the Bible is found in the story of Jacob at Bethel. He wrestled with a messenger of God during the night and emerged triumphant (Gen. 32:24, 25; cf. Hos. 12:5). Even though his hip was put out of joint, he would not let the messenger go until he blessed
The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
WRESTLING. The OT speaks metaphorically of Rachel’s wrestlings (naphtûlı̂m) with her sister Leah (Gen 30:8) and refers to Jacob’s wrestling (from Heb. root ˒ābaq) in Gen 32:24–25. The name of the stream Jabbok (Heb. yabbōq) seems to have been given it as a result of Jacob’s experience (See Jabbok.).
Harper’s Bible Dictionary
Wrestlewrestle, to vie with someone physically. Jacob wrestled with a messenger of God during the night and emerged triumphant but injured (Gen. 32:24, 25; cf. Hos. 12:5). The idea was not restricted to physical conflict; see, e.g., Rachel’s struggle with Leah (Gen. 30:8) and the statement that Christians
Dictionary of Biblical Imagery
WrestlingWrestling was a popular sporting activity in the ancient world. This was particularly true of Hellenistic civilization, which featured wrestling as one of the key events at the Olympic Games and in various local games. Although rules varied depending on time and locale, the basic idea of wrestling
Compton’s Encyclopedia
wrestlingOne of the first sports a child is likely to try is wrestling. Even very young children seem to enjoy pitting their growing strength against that of others of their own size. In addition to being an exciting sport, wrestling is excellent exercise. It brings into play all the muscles from head
The Zondervan Encyclopedia of the Bible, Volume 5, Q–Z
wrestling. A contest in which two unarmed individuals seek to subdue each other. Wrestling is a very ancient sport, well illustrated from Egypt and evidenced from Mesopotamia. In the Egyptian Old Kingdom, wrestling was depicted in the tomb reliefs of Ptahhotep at Saqqara. More than 400 wrestling groups
The New Interpreter’s Dictionary of the Bible, Volumes 1–5
WRESTLING [אָבָקʾavaq, פָּתַלpathal; ἀγωνίζομαι agōnizomai]. A struggle or contest, either physical or spiritual. The encounter between Jacob and God at Peniel (Gen 32), as Jacob was returning from Mesopotamia with his clan, is the chief story of wrestling in a literal, physical way in the OT. The
Key passages
Ge 32:22–32

That night he arose and took his two wives, his two female slaves, and his eleven children and crossed the ford of the Jabbok. And he took them and sent them across the stream. Then he sent across all his possessions. And Jacob remained alone, and a man wrestled …

See also
Ho 12:4;
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Important Things
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