And Jacob called the name of the place Peniel: for I have seen God face to face, and my life is preserved.
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Phanuel. This word signifies the face of God, or the sight, or seeing of God. (Challoner)
Hebrew reads here Peni-el, though it has Phanuel in the next verse. Jacob thus returns thanks to God for the preservation of his life, after having seen God or his angel in a corporeal form, and not in a dream only. (Calmet)