And Jacob was left alone; and there wrestled a man with him until the breaking of the day.
I. THE CONFLICT.
1. Its loneliness.
2. Its earnestness.
(1) Earnestness which absorbed Jacob's sense of material danger.
(2) Earnestness which even bore down Jacob's dread of God.
II. THE VICTORY. "He blest him there." What was the nature of the Divine blessing?
1. A change in the man's state.
(1) Not that mere external deliverance for which Jacob first prayed.
(2) An inward deliverance. Symbolized by the new name.
(3) Outward token of the change. Jacob's history in the after ages purer than before.
(4) Imperfection even in the new man Israel.In more than a physical sense, "Jacob halted on his thigh." Whoever spends half a lifetime in sin, must not be alarmed if traces of old habit remain.
2. A change in the man's relations.
(1) Power with God.
(2) Power with man.
Parallel VersesKJV: And Jacob was left alone; and there wrestled a man with him until the breaking of the day.