Hosea 12:3
New International Version
In the womb he grasped his brother’s heel; as a man he struggled with God.

New Living Translation
Even in the womb, Jacob struggled with his brother; when he became a man, he even fought with God.

English Standard Version
In the womb he took his brother by the heel, and in his manhood he strove with God.

Berean Standard Bible
In the womb he grasped his brother’s heel, and in his vigor he wrestled with God.

King James Bible
He took his brother by the heel in the womb, and by his strength he had power with God:

New King James Version
He took his brother by the heel in the womb, And in his strength he struggled with God.

New American Standard Bible
In the womb he took his brother by the heel, And in his mature strength he contended with God.

NASB 1995
In the womb he took his brother by the heel, And in his maturity he contended with God.

NASB 1977
In the womb he took his brother by the heel, And in his maturity he contended with God.

Amplified Bible
In their mother’s womb he took his brother by the heel, And in his maturity he contended with God.

Christian Standard Bible
In the womb he grasped his brother’s heel, and as an adult he wrestled with God.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
In the womb he grasped his brother’s heel, and as an adult he wrestled with God.

American Standard Version
In the womb he took his brother by the heel; and in his manhood he had power with God:

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
For he deceived his brother in the womb and in his strength he was made great before God

Brenton Septuagint Translation
He took his brother by the heel in the womb, and in his labours he had power with God.

Contemporary English Version
Even before Jacob was born, he cheated his brother, and when he grew up, he fought against God.

Douay-Rheims Bible
In the womb he supplanted his brother: and by his strength he had success with an angel.

Good News Translation
Their ancestor Jacob struggled with his twin brother Esau while the two of them were still in their mother's womb; when Jacob grew up, he fought against God--

International Standard Version
He circumvented his brother in the womb, and as an adult he fought with God.

JPS Tanakh 1917
In the womb he took his brother by the heel, And by his strength he strove with a godlike being;

Literal Standard Version
In the womb he took his brother by the heel, And by his strength he was a prince with God,

New American Bible
In the womb he supplanted his brother, and in his vigor he contended with a divine being;

NET Bible
In the womb he attacked his brother; in his manly vigor he struggled with God.

New Revised Standard Version
In the womb he tried to supplant his brother, and in his manhood he strove with God.

New Heart English Bible
In the womb he took his brother by the heel; and in his manhood he contended with God.

World English Bible
In the womb he took his brother by the heel; and in his manhood he contended with God.

Young's Literal Translation
In the womb he took his brother by the heel, And by his strength he was a prince with God,

Additional Translations ...
Context
A Reproof of Ephraim, Judah, Jacob
2The LORD also brings a charge against Judah. He will punish Jacob according to his ways and repay him according to his deeds. 3In the womb he grasped his brother’s heel, and in his vigor he wrestled with God. 4Yes, he struggled with the angel and prevailed; he wept and sought His favor; he found Him at Bethel and spoke with Him there—…

Cross References
Genesis 25:26
After this, his brother came out grasping Esau's heel; so he was named Jacob. And Isaac was sixty years old when the twins were born.

Genesis 32:24
So Jacob was left all alone, and there a man wrestled with him until daybreak.

Genesis 32:28
Then the man said, "Your name will no longer be Jacob, but Israel, because you have struggled with God and with men, and you have prevailed."


Treasury of Scripture

He took his brother by the heel in the womb, and by his strength he had power with God:

took.

Genesis 25:26
And after that came his brother out, and his hand took hold on Esau's heel; and his name was called Jacob: and Isaac was threescore years old when she bare them.

Romans 9:11
(For the children being not yet born, neither having done any good or evil, that the purpose of God according to election might stand, not of works, but of him that calleth;)

had, etc.

Genesis 32:24-28
And Jacob was left alone; and there wrestled a man with him until the breaking of the day…

James 5:16-18
Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much…











(3, 4) Had power.--Should be, strove. Prayers and tears were the weapons used in the memorable struggle for pardon, reconciliation, peace in the self-conquest as well as the God-conquest which was achieved. "At Bethel He (Jehovah) found him (Jacob)" not once only, but on repeated occasions (Genesis 28:11; Genesis 35:1),and in the subsequent history of the children of Israel.

Verse 3. - He took his brother by the heel in the womb, and by his strength he had power (margin, was a prince, or, behaved himself princely) with God. In this verse and the following the prophet looks away back into the far-distant past; and this retrospect, which is suggested by the names Jacob and Israel, reminds him of two well-known events in the life of the patriarch-The meaning and intention of this reminiscence are differently interpreted. The two leading views are the following:

(1) Some are of opinion that the prophet means to give an example by way of warning, and to mention a trait of Jacob's overreaching cunning, and likewise of his violence, and thereby show that Jacob had incurred guilt in a manner resembling that of the then present generation; that is to say, his conduct had been like to theirs in deceit, lying, and violence. But

(2) according to others, and we agree with them, the object of the prophet in these verses is to admonish them to imitate the conduct of their progenitor, and to remind them of the distinction which he had obtained thereby, as an encourage-merit to them to go and do likewise.

(3) Another interpretation, somewhat similar to . . .

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
In the womb
בַּבֶּ֖טֶן (bab·be·ṭen)
Preposition-b, Article | Noun - feminine singular
Strong's 990: The belly, the womb, the bosom, body of anything

he grasped his brother’s
אָחִ֑יו (’ā·ḥîw)
Noun - masculine singular construct | third person masculine singular
Strong's 251: A brother, )

heel,
עָקַ֣ב (‘ā·qaḇ)
Verb - Qal - Perfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's 6117: To follow at the heel, assail insidiously, circumvent, overreach

and in his vigor
וּבְאוֹנ֖וֹ (ū·ḇə·’ō·w·nōw)
Conjunctive waw, Preposition-b | Noun - masculine singular construct | third person masculine singular
Strong's 202: Ability, power, wealth

he wrestled
שָׂרָ֥ה (śā·rāh)
Verb - Qal - Perfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's 8280: To persist, exert oneself, persevere

with
אֶת־ (’eṯ-)
Preposition
Strong's 854: Nearness, near, with, by, at, among

God.
אֱלֹהִֽים׃ (’ĕ·lō·hîm)
Noun - masculine plural
Strong's 430: gods -- the supreme God, magistrates, a superlative


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