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Wrestle

WRESTLE. The Hebrew pāthal, with a root meaning “twist” (Gen.30.8), is used of Rachel’s wrestling or struggling (emotional and vocal rather than literal) with Leah, leading Rachel to name her handmaid’s son Naphtali, “my wrestlings.” Hebrew ’āvaq, “get dusty, wrestle” (Gen.32.24-Gen.32.25), is used of Jacob’s wrestling with the angel (physical effect: the dislocation of Jacob’s thigh). Greek palē, “wrestling,” is used later of any kind of fighting; used of the Christian’s spiritual conflict with the powers of evil (Eph.6.12 kjv; niv “struggle”).