And Jacob asked him, and said, Tell me, I pray you, your name. And he said, Why is it that you do ask after my name?…
God blessed Jacob at Penuel because he asked to be blessed, and his desire for it constituted at once his worthiness and his capacity. He began the blessing by the agony of prayer, and he completed it with the discipline of sorrow.
1. Life being itself a blessing, and to one who believes in God and hopes from Him the greatest of all blessings, God makes it a yet greater blessing by ordaining for it a fixed plan.
2. God does not expect perfect characters to fulfil His purposes. He chooses the fittest instruments He can find for His purest purpose, and trains them and bears with them until their work is done.
3. God uses circumstances as His angels and voices to us, and He has special epochs and crises in which He visits our souls and lives.
4. The perfection of youth is eagerness without impetuosity; the perfection of old age is wisdom without cynicism, and a faith in the purpose of God which deepens and widens with the years.
Parallel VersesKJV: And Jacob asked him, and said, Tell me, I pray thee, thy name. And he said, Wherefore is it that thou dost ask after my name? And he blessed him there.
WEB: Jacob asked him, "Please tell me your name." He said, "Why is it that you ask what my name is?" He blessed him there.