To vie with someone. Jacob physically wrestled with a messenger of God during the night and emerged triumphant but injured (Gen 32:24
; Gen 32:25
; Hos 12:5
). The idea was not restricted to physical conflict; see, e.g., Rachel’s struggle with Leah (Gen 30:8
) and the statement that Christians wrestle against celestial spiritual forces (Eph 6:12
Opposite: Stairway excavated at Tell es-Sa’idiyeh, a proposed site of biblical Zarethan. The stairway was probably roofed and led from the city on top to a water source at the bottom.
24Jacob was left alone; and a man wrestled with him until daybreak.
25When the man saw that he did not prevail against Jacob, he struck him on the hip socket; and Jacob's hip was put out of joint as he wrestled with him.
5The Lord the God of hosts,
the Lord is his name!
8Then Rachel said, “With mighty wrestlings I have wrestled with my sister, and have prevailed”; so she named him Naphtali.
12For our struggle is not against enemies of blood and flesh, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers of this present darknes ... View more