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and you are to say, ‘Furthermore, look, your servant Jacob is behind us.’” For he said, “I will appease his face with the present that goes ahead of my face; and afterward I will see his face. Perhaps he will accept me.” Bible

“accept me.” “The Hebrew is an idiom, “lift up my face.” The intimacy in this section is intense: more literally, “I will cover [the anger of] his face with the present that goes ahead of my face; and afterward I will see his face. Perhaps he will lift up my face.” To lift up someone’s face was to accept them: the person was downcast or bowed down in your presence, and by lifting up the fact the person knew they were accepted.


Commentary for: Genesis 32:20