Metaphysical meaning of Peniel (mbd)
Peniel, pe-ni-el (Heb.)--turned toward God; face of God; within the presence of God; countenance of God; vision of God; recognition of God; beholden of God; understanding of God.
The place where Jacob wrestled with the angel and prevailed, where his name was changed to Israel. "And Jacob called the name of the place Peniel: for, said he, I have seen God face to face, and my life is preserved" (Gen. 32:30; see margin also).
Meta. The inner realization of the divine presence, of having met God face to face, and of having succeeded through prayer in attaining the divine favor and blessing that have been sought (turned toward God, face of God, within the presence of God, vision of God, recognition of God, beholden of God). At Peniel Jacob's name was changed to Israel because, as it was explained to him, "thou has striven with God and with men, and hast prevailed," had power with, margin (Gen. 32:28).