Internet Verse Search Commentaries Word Analysis ITL - draft

Genesis 32:28

Context
NETBible

“No longer will your name be Jacob,” the man told him, 1  “but Israel, 2  because you have fought 3  with God and with men and have prevailed.”

XREF

Ge 17:5,15; Ge 25:31; Ge 27:33-36; Ge 31:24,36-55; Ge 32:24; Ge 33:4; Ge 33:20; Ge 35:10; Nu 13:16; 1Sa 26:25; 2Sa 12:25; 2Ki 17:34; Pr 16:7; Isa 62:2-4; Isa 65:15; Ho 12:3-5; Joh 1:42; Re 2:17

NET © Notes

tn Heb “and he said.” The referent of the pronoun “he” (the man who wrestled with Jacob) has been specified for clarity, and the order of the introductory clause and the direct discourse has been rearranged in the translation for stylistic reasons.

sn The name Israel is a common construction, using a verb with a theophoric element (אֵל, ’el) that usually indicates the subject of the verb. Here it means “God fights.” This name will replace the name Jacob; it will be both a promise and a call for faith. In essence, the Lord was saying that Jacob would have victory and receive the promises because God would fight for him.

sn You have fought. The explanation of the name Israel includes a sound play. In Hebrew the verb translated “you have fought” (שָׂרִיתָ, sarita) sounds like the name “Israel” (יִשְׂרָאֵל, yisrael ), meaning “God fights” (although some interpret the meaning as “he fights [with] God”). The name would evoke the memory of the fight and what it meant. A. Dillmann says that ever after this the name would tell the Israelites that, when Jacob contended successfully with God, he won the battle with man (Genesis, 2:279). To be successful with God meant that he had to be crippled in his own self-sufficiency (A. P. Ross, “Jacob at the Jabboq, Israel at Peniel,” BSac 142 [1985]: 51-62).



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