When [the stranger] saw that he could not defeat him, he touched the upper joint of [Jacob's] thigh. Jacob's hip joint became dislocated as he wrestled with [the stranger]. Vayar ki lo yachol lo vayiga bechaf-yerecho vateka kaf-yerech Ya'akov behe'avko imo.
'Let me leave!' said [the stranger]. 'Dawn is breaking.'
'I will not let you leave unless you bless me.'
Vayomer shalcheni ki alah hashachar vayomer lo ashalechacha ki im-berachtani.
'What is your name?'
Vayomer elav mah-shmecha vayomer Ya'akov.
thigh Or 'hip socket,' i.e. where the thigh joins the hip. See note on Genesis 24:3. This denotes that although Jacob was victorious in his struggles, his children would suffer. See Genesis 34:2.
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