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. 32:24-32) "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 watch-tower to the ground.
The tower of penuel he destroyed, and caused the inhabitants of the place to be slain.
He said to the angel at penuel, "I will not let thee go, except thou bless me."
“Look at the people coming up the road,” answered penuel, thinking it well to make a diversion.
His choice was so prescient that the new royal residence superseded not only penuel and Tirzah, but even Shechem.
He also broke down the tower of penuel and put to death the men of the town.
Jeroboam lived for a time at penuel, on the east of the Jordan, perhaps to escape all danger from Shishak's invasion.
It seems to me scarcely possible to doubt that the subject represented is Jacob wrestling with the man at penuel.
And the sun rose upon him as he passed over penuel, and he limped upon his thigh.
penuel and Succoth lay in the way between the wilderness in which the Midianites dwelt and the valleys of western Palestine.
“Oh, folks can squeeze into small corners when they choose,” said penuel Pardue, with a smile.