Penuel (Peh-nyoo´uhl; or Peniel; Heb., “face of God”)

A city located on the Jabbok (modern River Zerqa), east of the Jordan. Here Jacob wrestled with a “man” (Gen 32:24-31). There too Gideon was refused food by the local inhabitants (Judg 8:8-9) and later took revenge (Judg 8:25). Penuel was “built” by Jeroboam (ca. 924–903 BCE) and is probably listed as one of the cities conquered by Pharaoh Shishak (ca. 922 BCE). In (1Chr 4:4 and 1Chr 8:25) it is probably used as a personal name.

Gen 32:24-31

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; an ... View more

Judg 8:8-9

8From there he went up to Penuel, and made the same request of them; and the people of Penuel answered him as the people of Succoth had answered.9So he said to ... View more

Judg 8:25

25“We will willingly give them,” they answered. So they spread a garment, and each threw into it an earring he had taken as booty.

1Chr 4:4

4and Penuel was the father of Gedor, and Ezer the father of Hushah. These were the sons of Hur, the firstborn of Ephrathah, the father of Bethlehem.

1Chr 8:25

25Iphdeiah, and Penuel were the sons of Shashak.

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