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Penuel (Hebrew פְּנוּאֵל), also known as the "face of God"[1], is a place not far from Succoth, on the east of the Jordan and north of the river Jabbok. It is also called "Peniel" meaning "I have seen a divine being face to face, yet my life is preserved." Here Jacob wrestled (Gen. 32:24-32) "with a man" ("the angel", Hos. 12:4. Jacob says of him, "I have seen God face to face") "till the break of day."

A town was afterwards built there (Judg. 8:8; 1 Kings 12:25). The men of this place refused to succour Gideon and his little army when they were in pursuit of the Midianites (Judg. 8:1-21). On his return, Gideon slew the men of this city and razed its lofty watchtower to the ground.

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This article incorporates text from Easton's Bible Dictionary (1897), a publication now in the public domain.


Coordinates: 32°11′N 35°42′E / 32.183°N 35.7°E / 32.183; 35.7


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Meaning: face of God

A place not far from Succoth, on the east of the Jordan and north of the river Jabbok. It is also called "Peniel." Here Jacob wrestled (Gen 32:24ff) "with a man" ("the angel", Hos 12:4. Jacob says of him, "I have seen God face to face") "till the break of day."

A town was afterwards built there (Jdg 8:8; 1 Kg 12:25). The men of this place refused to succour Gideon and his little army when they were in pursuit of the Midianites (Jdg 8:1ff). On his return, Gideon slew the men of this city and razed its lofty watch-tower to the ground.

This entry includes text from Easton's Bible Dictionary, 1897.

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