What does Peniel mean in the Bible?

Greek / Hebrew Translation Occurance
פְּנִיאֵ֑ל a Benjamite 1

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   1 a Benjamite, son of Shashak, brother of Iphedeiah of the family of Saul.
   2 son of Hur, father of Gedor, and a descendant of Judah.
   3 the place named by Jacob when he wrestled with God and located on the north bank of the Jabbok close to the Jordan.
   Additional Information: Penuel or Peniel = “facing God”.
   

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People's Dictionary of the Bible - Peniel
Peniel (pe-nî'el), face of God. The name which Jacob gave to the place in which he had wrestled with God: "He called the name of the place Peniel; (face of God), for. I have seen God face to face." Genesis 32:30. Called also Penuel. Genesis 32:31; Judges 8:17; 1 Kings 12:25. Peniel lay somewhere on the Jabbok, now Zerka, a few miles north of the glen where the Jabbok falls into the Jordan.
Hitchcock's Bible Names - Peniel
Face or vision of God; that sees God
The Hawker's Poor Man's Concordance And Dictionary - Peniel
A spot remarkable in Scripture from the vision of Jacob. The patriarch called it by this name on this account; for he said, "I have seen God face to face, and my life is preserved." (See Genesis 32:30) The word is a compound, from Pana, to see—and El, God. And who was it Jacob saw, and with whom did he wrestle? If JEHOVAH, in his threefold character of person, Father, Son, and Holy Ghost, how could this be, who is said to be invisible? If "no man hath seen God at any time," if, as JEHOVAH declared to Moses, (Exodus 33:20) "There shall no man see me and live," who could this be whom the patriarch Jacob saw, conversed and wrestled with; but the Lord Jesus? Him whom though no man hath seen God at any time, yet "the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared him." (John 1:18) Let the reader read the whole passage concerning this Peniel, this hallowed ground, as it is recorded through the whole chapter, (Genesis 32:1-32) and let him then compare what is there said with what the prophet Hosea, about a thousand years after, said concerning this vision; and let him then, looking up for the teaching of God the Holy Ghost, determine for himself. "He took his brother by the heel (said Hosea, speaking of Jacob) in the womb, and by his strength he had power with God; yea, he had power over the angel, and prevailed. He wept and made supplication unto him. He found him in Bethel, and there he spake with us, even the Lord God of host: the Lord is his memorial." (Hosea 12:3; Hos 12:5)
The history of Jacob, in this very interesting transaction, I am not at present engaged in: it is Jacob's Lord that we are now seeking after. And when the reader hath duly attended to the several striking particularities here recorded, and compared them with other Scriptures, I venture to believe that his conclusions will correspond with mine, that this, and indeed all the representations of the Old Testament concerning the Lord's appearance and manifestation to his people, are directly spoken of in reference to the person of the Lord Jesus Christ.
Let the reader first remark that the patriarch called the place Peniel on this account, that "he had seen God's face, and his life was preserved." And yet we are told, (Genesis 32:24) that it was a man which wrestled with Jacob until the breaking of the day. Now it is remarkable, that he whom the prophet Hosea, in the passage just quoted, in one verse calls the angel, in another he calls "the Lord God of hosts," and saith that "the Lord is his memorial." And observe the prophet doth not say an angel, but the angel, thus particularizing and defining one identical person; and we well know that Christ is often called the "angel of the covenant," (Malachi 3:1; Acts 7:30-31) Indeed the patriarch Jacob himself, in another period of his life, called him by this name. (See Genesis 48:15-16) And if we add to these striking particulars what is said of the Lord, and by the Lord, under the character of human feelings, in other parts of the Old Testament, I cannot but conclude that the whole is abundantly confirmed, that it is the Lord Jesus, and him only, in his mediatorial character, who is all along to be understood as the visible JEHOVAH. Thus it is said, that "his soul was grieved for the misery of Israel." (Judges 10:16) A beautiful and most interesting portrait of Jesus if beheld as picturing him, but inexplicable in any other point of view. So again the Lord is represented as saying: "I will rejoice over my people to do them good; and I will plant them in this land assuredly with my whole heart, and with my whole soul." (Jeremiah 32:41) Here again, supposing it is Jesus-Mediator which thus speaks, nothing can be more plain and nothing more blessed, for we know that his whole heart and soul is his people's; but concerning the Lord JEHOVAH, in his threefold character of person, Father, Son, and Holy Ghost, we dare not, because we are not authorized in any part of Scripture thus to speak of him as possessing parts or passions. He is, as the Holy Ghost himself by the apostle describes him, "the king eternal, immortal, invisible." (1 Timothy 1:17) Hence, When the read in the word of God that the eyes of the Lord are over the righteous, and his ears open to their prayers, and that he openeth his hand and satisfieth the desire of every living thing, these expressions are literally true, as well as blessedly refreshing, considered as spoken of Him in whom it hath pleased the Father that "all fulness should dwell," and who is the Head of all principality and power; but cannot be said of JEHOVAH in his absolute nature and GODHEAD, "dwelling in the light which no man can approach unto, whom no man hath seen or can see." (1 Timothy 6:16)
I shall find cause to bless God if these observations on Peniel, and the thoughts arising out of the same, be directed of the Lord to throw the least light on a subject so highly interesting, and enable any precious lover of Jesus to form clearer views of him, whom truly to know is life eternal. (John 17:2-3) Surely nothing can be more blessed than to discover Jesus thus refreshing Old Testament saints with such precious manifestations of himself, as if to shew what love he had to his church and people, and how much he longed for the time appointed when he would openly manifest himself as our glorious Head, and Surety, and Saviour. Precious Jesus! methinks I would say for myself and reader, grant many Peniel visits to thy redeemed now, and make all the manifestations of the full GODHEAD in glory to thy redeemed in heaven tenfold more sweet and blessed, by the communications in thee, and through thee, to flow in upon the souls of thy whole church in eternal happiness for ever. Amen.
Morrish Bible Dictionary - Peniel
See PENUEL.
Fausset's Bible Dictionary - Peniel
PENIEL or PENUEL ("face of God"). Name given by Jacob to the place where he saw God face to face and wrestled with Him (Genesis 32:30; compare Genesis 33:10; Judges 8:5; Judges 8:8; 1 Kings 12:25).
Holman Bible Dictionary - Peniel
(pih ni' ehl) Alternate form of Penuel at Genesis 32:30 .
American Tract Society Bible Dictionary - Peniel or Penuel
A town beyond the Jordan, and near the Jabbok; defended by a strong tower, which Gideon broke down because the men of Penuel refused to aid him against the Midianites, Judges 8:8-17 . It was restored by Jeroboam I, 1 Kings 12:25 . It received its name, the face of God, from Jacob's they're wrestling with the Angel Jehovah face to face, Genesis 32:30 .
Hastings' Dictionary of the Bible - Peniel
PENIEL. See Penuel.

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Peniel - Peniel (pe-nî'el), face of God. The name which Jacob gave to the place in which he had wrestled with God: "He called the name of the place Peniel; (face of God), for. Peniel lay somewhere on the Jabbok, now Zerka, a few miles north of the glen where the Jabbok falls into the Jordan
Penuel - Same as Peniel
Peniel - Peniel
Peniel - PENIEL or PENUEL ("face of God")
Evangelistic Associations - There are 14 bodies grouped under this head: ...
Apostolic Christian Church
Apostolic Faith Movement
Christian Congregation
Church of Daniel's Band
Church of God as Organized by Christ
Church Transcendent
Hephzibah Faith Missionary Association Inc
Lumber River Missions
Metropolitan Church Association
Missionary Bands of the World
Missionary Church Association
Peniel Missions
Pillar of Fire
Voluntary Missionary Society in America
Israel - This is the name which the angel gave Jacob, after having wrestled with him all night at Mahanaim, or Peniel, Genesis 32:1-2 ; Genesis 32:28-30 ; Hosea 12:4
Peni'el - From the narrative it is evident that Peniel lay somewhere on the north bank of the Jabbok, and between that torrent and the fords of the Jordan at Succoth, a few miles north of the glen where the Jabbok falls into the Jordan
Penuel - It is also called "Peniel
Penuel - It is called Peniel in Genesis 32:30
Israel - The name given to Jacob after his wrestling with the angel at Peniel
is'Rael -
The name given, (Genesis 32:28 ) to Jacob after his wrestling with the angel, (Hosea 12:4 ) at Peniel
Succoth - Succoth lay between Peniel, near the ford of the torrent Jabbok and Shechem
Israel - The name conferred on Jacob after the great prayer-struggle at Peniel (Genesis 32:28 ), because "as a prince he had power with God and prevailed
Penuel - PENUEL (once, Genesis 32:30 , Peniel). ), and said ( Genesis 32:30 ) to be called Peniel (or Penuel), i
Thigh - When the “stranger” at Peniel did not prevail against Jacob, he touched Jacob in the hollow of his thigh, leaving him limping ( Genesis 32:25-32 )
Thigh - The hollow of Jacob’s thigh was strained as he wrestled at Peniel ( Genesis 32:25 ), and to this is attributed the Jewish custom (enjoined in the Mishna) of not eating ‘the sinew of the hip’ ( Genesis 32:32 )
Suc'Coth - From the itinerary of Jacob's return it seems that Succoth lay between Peniel, near the ford of the torrent Jabbok and Shechem
Peniel - " (John 1:18) Let the reader read the whole passage concerning this Peniel, this hallowed ground, as it is recorded through the whole chapter, (Genesis 32:1-32) and let him then compare what is there said with what the prophet Hosea, about a thousand years after, said concerning this vision; and let him then, looking up for the teaching of God the Holy Ghost, determine for himself. ...
Let the reader first remark that the patriarch called the place Peniel on this account, that "he had seen God's face, and his life was preserved. " (1 Timothy 6:16)...
I shall find cause to bless God if these observations on Peniel, and the thoughts arising out of the same, be directed of the Lord to throw the least light on a subject so highly interesting, and enable any precious lover of Jesus to form clearer views of him, whom truly to know is life eternal. Precious Jesus! methinks I would say for myself and reader, grant many Peniel visits to thy redeemed now, and make all the manifestations of the full GODHEAD in glory to thy redeemed in heaven tenfold more sweet and blessed, by the communications in thee, and through thee, to flow in upon the souls of thy whole church in eternal happiness for ever
Penuel - (See Peniel
Names - (Genesis 28:19 ; 35:15 ) So Jehovah-jireh, (Genesis 22:14 ) Mahanaim, (Genesis 32:2 ) Peniel etc
Jacob - He named the place Peniel (face of God), because he had seen God face to face and his life had been spared (Genesis 32:30 ). ...
At Peniel, Jacob wrestled face-to-face with God. Jacob emerged from Peniel willing to let his life fall into God's control
Theophany - ” At Peniel, Jacob testified that he had seen God face-to-face ( Genesis 32:30 )
Face - To ‘behold the face’ of God may be used either literally of appearing before His presence in the sanctuary or elsewhere ( Genesis 32:30 [3], Exodus 33:11 , Psalms 42:2 ; the ‘shew-bread’ is ‘the bread of the face or presence’), or with a more spiritual reference to the inward reality of communion which lies behind ( Psalms 17:15 ); so ‘seeking the face’ of God ( Psalms 24:6 ; Psalms 27:8 )
Angel - Comp 19:1), to Jacob at Peniel (Genesis 32:24,30 ), to Joshua at Gilgal (Joshua 5:13,15 ), of the Angel of the Lord, were doubtless manifestations of the Divine presence, "foreshadowings of the incarnation," revelations before the "fulness of the time" of the Son of God
Agur - In the names Eve, Cain, Seth, Noah, &c, before alluded to; in the appellation Nabal; in the enigmatical names in the first chapter of Hosea; in the descriptive names given to places, as Beer-sheba, Jehovah-jireh, Peniel, Bethel, Gilgal; and in many other instances, the meaning of the terms is either explained, or the circumstances are mentioned which led to their selection
Kill, Killing - Gideon destroyed Peniel and its people when they refused his aid (Judges 8:17 ); Saul thought about killing Samuel (1 Samuel 16:2 ), and was successful in having the priests of Nob slain (1 Samuel 22:17 ); Jezebel killed the prophets of Yahweh (1 Kings 18:13 ; cf
Jacob - In this mysterious contest Jacob prevailed, and as a memorial of it his name was changed to Israel (wrestler with God); and the place where this occured he called Peniel, "for", said he, "I have seen God face to face, and my life is preserved" (32:25-31)
Patriarchs, the - Jacob trusted the God whom he had seen at Peniel to implement the covenant promises through him; and when he died, he left behind a clearly burgeoning nation
Jacob - The noblest, the grandest, the boldest, the most magnificent act a human being can perform on this earth is to pray; to pray, that is, as Jacob prayed at Peniel
Jonath - So much so, that by the time that Jonah crossed the Jabbok, and spent the night at Peniel, Jonah was prepared not only to go to whatever work God sent him, but far more than that, and far better than that, Jonah was now prepared to pay his vow, and to write his book, and to say in every humiliating chapter of it-Come and hear, all ye that fear God; I will declare what He hath done for my soul
Jacob - Jacob called the place Peniel, "the face of God