9 thinking, “If Esau comes to the one camp and attacks it, the other camp may yet escape.”
va-YO-mer im ya-VO ay-SAV el ha-ma-kha-NEH ha-a-KHAT v’-hi-KA-hu v’-ha-YAH ha-ma-kha-NEH ha-nish-AR lif-lay-TAH
ט וַיֹּאמֶר אִם־יָבוֹא עֵשָׂו אֶל־הַמַּחֲנֶה הָאַחַת וְהִכָּהוּ וְהָיָה הַמַּחֲנֶה הַנִּשְׁאָר לִפְלֵיטָה׃
32:9 The other camp may yet escape
Whenever the same Hebrew word is used to describe unrelated events, the Bible is drawing a deep connection between the two events. The word for ‘escape’ in this verse is playta (פליטה), the same word used by the Prophet Ovadya (1:17) “But on Mount Zion a remnant (playta) shall survive, and it shall be holy. The house of Yaakov shall dispossess those who had dispossessed them. The house of Yaakov shall be fire, and the house of Yosef a flame, and the house of Esau shall be straw.” As he prepares for war with his brother Esau, Yaakov alludes to the fact that Zion is the only real refuge for the Jewish people from all future battles with the descendants of Esau.