Genesis 42



Joseph's Brothers Go To Egypt For Food

1 Now Jacob saw that there was grain in Egypt, and Jacob said to his sons, "Why are you staring at one another?"

1 Now when Jacob saw that there was corn in Egypt, Jacob said unto his sons, Why do ye look one upon another?

1 When Jacob learned that there was grain in Egypt, he said to his sons, "Why do you keep looking at each other?

1 Eventually, Jacob observed that there was grain in Egypt, so he asked his sons, "Why do you keep on staring at one another?

1 Now when Jacob learned that there was grain in Egypt, he said to his sons, Why do you look at one another?

2 He said, "Behold, I have heard that there is grain in Egypt; go down there and buy some for us from that place, so that we may live and not die."

2 And he said, Behold, I have heard that there is corn in Egypt: get you down thither, and buy for us from thence; that we may live, and not die.

2 Listen," he went on, "I have heard there is grain in Egypt. Go down there and buy some for us so that we will live and not die."

2 Pay attention now! I've heard that there is grain in Egypt, so go down there and buy some grain for us, so we can live, instead of dying."

2 For, he said, I have heard that there is grain in Egypt; get down there and buy [grain] for us, that we may live and not die.

3 Then ten brothers of Joseph went down to buy grain from Egypt.

3 And Joseph's ten brethren went down to buy corn in Egypt.

3 So 10 of Joseph's brothers went down to buy grain from Egypt.

3 So ten of Joseph's brothers left to buy grain from Egypt.

3 So ten of Joseph's brethren went to buy grain in Egypt.

4 But Jacob did not send Joseph's brother Benjamin with his brothers, for he said, "I am afraid that harm may befall him."

4 But Benjamin, Joseph's brother, Jacob sent not with his brethren; for he said, Lest peradventure mischief befall him.

4 But Jacob did not send Joseph's brother Benjamin with his brothers, for he thought, "Something might happen to him."

4 Jacob would not send Joseph's brother Benjamin to accompany them, because he was saying, "I'm afraid that he'll come to some kind of harm."

4 But Benjamin, Joseph's [full] brother, Jacob did not send with his brothers; for he said, Lest perhaps some harm or injury should befall him.

5 So the sons of Israel came to buy grain among those who were coming, for the famine was in the land of Canaan also.

5 And the sons of Israel came to buy corn among those that came: for the famine was in the land of Canaan.

5 The sons of Israel were among those who came to buy grain, for the famine was in the land of Canaan.

5 Israel's sons went in a caravan that included others who were going to Egypt to buy grain, because the famine pervaded the land of Canaan, too.

5 So the sons of Israel came to buy grain among those who came, for there was hunger and general lack of food in the land of Canaan.

Joseph Sends Nine Of His Brothers Back To Canaan

6 Now Joseph was the ruler over the land; he was the one who sold to all the people of the land And Joseph's brothers came and bowed down to him with their faces to the ground.

6 And Joseph was the governor over the land, and he it was that sold to all the people of the land: and Joseph's brethren came, and bowed down themselves before him with their faces to the earth.

6 Joseph was in charge of the country; he sold grain to all its people. His brothers came and bowed down before him with their faces to the ground.

6 Meanwhile, Joseph continued to be ruler over the land, in charge of selling to everyone in the land. Joseph's brothers appeared and bowed down to him, face down.

6 Now Joseph was the governor over the land, and he it was who sold to all the people of the land; and Joseph's [half] brothers came and bowed themselves down before him with their faces to the ground.

7 When Joseph saw his brothers he recognized them, but he disguised himself to them and spoke to them harshly. And he said to them, "Where have you come from?" And they said, "From the land of Canaan, to buy food."

7 And Joseph saw his brethren, and he knew them, but made himself strange unto them, and spake roughly unto them; and he said unto them, Whence come ye? And they said, From the land of Canaan to buy food.

7 When Joseph saw his brothers, he recognized them, but he treated them like strangers and spoke harshly to them. "Where do you come from?" he asked. "From the land of Canaan to buy food," they replied.

7 As soon as Joseph saw his brothers, he knew who they were, but he remained disguised and asked them gruffly, "Where are you from?" "From the land of Canaan," they replied. "We're here to buy food."

7 Joseph saw his brethren and he recognized them, but he treated them as if he were a stranger to them and spoke roughly to them. He said, Where do you come from? And they replied, From the land of Canaan to buy food.

8 But Joseph had recognized his brothers, although they did not recognize him.

8 And Joseph knew his brethren, but they knew not him.

8 Although Joseph recognized his brothers, they did not recognize him.

8 But Joseph had already recognized his brothers, even though they had not recognized him.

8 Joseph knew his brethren, but they did not know him.

9 Joseph remembered the dreams which he had about them, and said to them, "You are spies; you have come to look at the undefended parts of our land."

9 And Joseph remembered the dreams which he dreamed of them, and said unto them, Ye are spies; to see the nakedness of the land ye are come.

9 Joseph remembered his dreams about them and said to them, "You are spies. You have come to see the weakness of the land."

9 Furthermore, Joseph remembered the dreams that he had about them. So he accused them, "You're spies! You've come here to spy on our undefended territories!"

9 And Joseph remembered the dreams he had dreamed about them and said to them, You are spies and with unfriendly purpose you have come to observe [secretly] the nakedness of the land.

10 Then they said to him, "No, my lord, but your servants have come to buy food.

10 And they said unto him, Nay, my lord, but to buy food are thy servants come.

10 "No, my lord. Your servants have come to buy food," they said.

10 "No, your majesty," they replied. "Your servants have come here to buy food.

10 But they said to him, No, my lord, but your servants have come [only] to buy food.

11 "We are all sons of one man; we are honest men, your servants are not spies."

11 We are all one man's sons; we are true men, thy servants are no spies.

11 "We are all sons of one man. We are honest; your servants are not spies."

11 We're all sons of a common father. We're honest men, your majesty. We're not spies!"

11 We are all one man's sons; we are true men; your servants are not spies.

12 Yet he said to them, "No, but you have come to look at the undefended parts of our land!"

12 And he said unto them, Nay, but to see the nakedness of the land ye are come.

12 "No," he said to them. "You have come to see the weakness of the land."

12 But Joseph kept insisting, "It's just as I've said you've come here to spy on our unguarded territories!"

12 And he said to them, No, but you have come to see the nakedness of the land.

13 But they said, "Your servants are twelve brothers in all, the sons of one man in the land of Canaan; and behold, the youngest is with our father today, and one is no longer alive."

13 And they said, Thy servants are twelve brethren, the sons of one man in the land of Canaan; and, behold, the youngest is this day with our father, and one is not.

13 But they replied, "We, your servants, were 12 brothers, the sons of one man in the land of Canaan. The youngest is now with our father, and one is no longer living."

13 "But your majesty," they pleaded, "your servants include twelve brothers, the sons of a common father back in the land of Canaan. Please! Our youngest brother remains with our father, and the other one is no longer alive."

13 But they said, Your servants are twelve brothers, the sons of one man in the land of Canaan; the youngest is today with our father, and one is not.

14 Joseph said to them, "It is as I said to you, you are spies;

14 And Joseph said unto them, That is it that I spake unto you, saying, Ye are spies:

14 Then Joseph said to them, "I have spoken: 'You are spies!'

14 "I'm right!" Joseph insisted. "Just as I said, you're spies!

14 And Joseph said to them, It is as I said to you, You are spies.

15 by this you will be tested: by the life of Pharaoh, you shall not go from this place unless your youngest brother comes here!

15 Hereby ye shall be proved: By the life of Pharaoh ye shall not go forth hence, except your youngest brother come hither.

15 This is how you will be tested: As surely as Pharaoh lives, you will not leave this place unless your youngest brother comes here.

15 So here's how we'll test you. You can bet the life of Pharaoh that you're not leaving here until your youngest brother comes here!

15 You shall be proved by this test: by the life of Pharaoh, you shall not go away from here unless your youngest brother comes here.

16 "Send one of you that he may get your brother, while you remain confined, that your words may be tested, whether there is truth in you. But if not, by the life of Pharaoh, surely you are spies."

16 Send one of you, and let him fetch your brother, and ye shall be kept in prison, that your words may be proved, whether there be any truth in you: or else by the life of Pharaoh surely ye are spies.

16 Send one of your number to get your brother. The rest of you will be imprisoned so that your words can be tested to see if they are true. If they are not, then as surely as Pharaoh lives, you are spies!"

16 One of you is to be sent back so he can get your brother while the rest of you remain in custody. That way, we'll test whether or not you're telling the truth. If you're not, as surely as the Pharaoh lives, you're spies!"

16 Send one of you and let him bring your brother, and you will be kept in prison, that your words may be proved whether there is any truth in you; or else by the life of Pharaoh you certainly are spies.

17 So he put them all together in prison for three days.

17 And he put them all together into ward three days.

17 So Joseph imprisoned them together for three days.

17 Then Joseph locked them all together in prison for three days.

17 Then he put them all in custody for three days.

18 Now Joseph said to them on the third day, "Do this and live, for I fear God:

18 And Joseph said unto them the third day, This do, and live; for I fear God:

18 On the third day Joseph said to them, "I fear God-do this and you will live.

18 Three days later, Joseph told them, "I fear God, so do this and you'll live.

18 And Joseph said to them on the third day, Do this and live! I reverence and fear God.

19 if you are honest men, let one of your brothers be confined in your prison; but as for the rest of you, go, carry grain for the famine of your households,

19 If ye be true men, let one of your brethren be bound in the house of your prison: go ye, carry corn for the famine of your houses:

19 If you are honest men, let one of you be confined to the guardhouse, while the rest of you go and take grain [to relieve] the hunger of your households.

19 If you're honest men, leave one of your brothers here in custody, then the rest of you can leave and take some grain with you to alleviate the famine that's affecting your households.

19 If you are true men, let one of your brothers be bound in your prison, but [the rest of] you go and carry grain for those weakened with hunger in your households.

20 and bring your youngest brother to me, so your words may be verified, and you will not die." And they did so.

20 But bring your youngest brother unto me; so shall your words be verified, and ye shall not die. And they did so.

20 Bring your youngest brother to me so that your words can be confirmed; then you won't die." And they consented to this.

20 Just be sure to bring your youngest brother back to me so what you've claimed can be verified. That way, you won't die."

20 But bring your youngest brother to me, so your words will be verified and you shall live. And they did so.

21 Then they said to one another, "Truly we are guilty concerning our brother, because we saw the distress of his soul when he pleaded with us, yet we would not listen; therefore this distress has come upon us."

21 And they said one to another, We are verily guilty concerning our brother, in that we saw the anguish of his soul, when he besought us, and we would not hear; therefore is this distress come upon us.

21 Then they said to each other, "It is plain that we are being punished for what we did to our brother. We saw his deep distress when he pleaded with us, but we would not listen. That is why this trouble has come to us."

21 "We're all guilty because of what we did to our brother!" they told each other. "We kept on watching his suffering while he pleaded with us! We're in this mess because we wouldn't listen!"

21 And they said one to another, We are truly guilty about our brother, for we saw the distress and anguish of his soul when he begged us [to let him go], and we would not hear. So this distress and difficulty has come upon us.

22 Reuben answered them, saying, "Did I not tell you, 'Do not sin against the boy'; and you would not listen? Now comes the reckoning for his blood."

22 And Reuben answered them, saying, Spake I not unto you, saying, Do not sin against the child; and ye would not hear? therefore, behold, also his blood is required.

22 But Reuben replied: "Didn't I tell you not to harm the boy? But you wouldn't listen. Now we must account for his blood!"

22 "Didn't I tell you!" Reuben replied. ""Don't wrong the kid!' I said, but would you listen? No! Now it's payback time!"

22 Reuben answered them, Did I not tell you, Do not sin against the boy, and you would not hear? Therefore, behold, his blood is required [of us].

23 They did not know, however, that Joseph understood, for there was an interpreter between them.

23 And they knew not that Joseph understood them; for he spake unto them by an interpreter.

23 They did not realize that Joseph understood them, since there was an interpreter between them.

23 Meanwhile, they had no idea that Joseph could understand them, since he was talking to them through an interpreter.

23 But they did not know that Joseph understood them, for he spoke to them through an interpreter.

24 He turned away from them and wept But when he returned to them and spoke to them, he took Simeon from them and bound him before their eyes.

24 And he turned himself about from them, and wept; and returned to them again, and communed with them, and took from them Simeon, and bound him before their eyes.

24 He turned away from them and wept. Then he turned back and spoke to them. He took Simeon from them and had him bound before their eyes.

24 He turned away from them and began to weep.

24 And he turned away from them and wept; then he returned to them and talked with them, and took from them Simeon and bound him before their eyes.

Joseph's Brothers Return To Canaan

25 Then Joseph gave orders to fill their bags with grain and to restore every man's money in his sack, and to give them provisions for the journey. And thus it was done for them.

25 Then Joseph commanded to fill their sacks with corn, and to restore every man's money into his sack, and to give them provision for the way: and thus did he unto them.

25 Joseph then gave orders to fill their containers with grain, return each man's money to his sack, and give them provisions for their journey. This order was carried out.

25 When he returned, he spoke with them, but then he took Simeon away from them and had him placed under arrest right in front of them. After this, Joseph gave orders to fill up their sacks with grain, to return each man's money to his own sack, and to supply each of them with provisions for their return journey. All of this was done for them.

25 Then [privately] Joseph commanded that their sacks be filled with grain, every man's money be restored to his sack, and provisions be given to them for the journey. And this was done for them.

26 So they loaded their donkeys with their grain and departed from there.

26 And they laded their asses with the corn, and departed thence.

26 They loaded the grain on their donkeys and left there.

26 Then they each mounted up, their donkeys having been loaded with grain, and left from there.

26 They loaded their donkeys with grain and left.

The Brothers Return Home

27 As one of them opened his sack to give his donkey fodder at the lodging place, he saw his money; and behold, it was in the mouth of his sack.

27 And as one of them opened his sack to give his ass provender in the inn, he espied his money; for, behold, it was in his sack's mouth.

27 At the place where they lodged for the night, one of them opened his sack to get feed for his donkey, and he saw his money there at the top of the bag.

27 Later on, one of them opened up his sack to give his donkey some fodder after they had stopped at the place where they intended to lodge for the night. There, in the mouth of his sack, was all of his money!

27 And as one of them opened his sack to give his donkey fodder at the lodging place, he caught sight of his money; for behold, it was in his sack's mouth.

28 Then he said to his brothers, "My money has been returned, and behold, it is even in my sack." And their hearts sank, and they turned trembling to one another, saying, "What is this that God has done to us?"

28 And he said unto his brethren, My money is restored; and, lo, it is even in my sack: and their heart failed them, and they were afraid, saying one to another, What is this that God hath done unto us?

28 He said to his brothers, "My money has been returned! It's here in my bag." Their hearts sank. Trembling, they turned to one another and said, "What is this that God has done to us?"

28 He reported to his brothers, "My money has been returned! It's right here in my sack!" Trembling with mounting consternation, each of them asked one another, "What is God doing to us?"

28 And he said to his brothers, My money is restored! Here it is in my sack! And their hearts failed them and they were afraid and turned trembling one to another, saying, What is this that God has done to us?

Jacob's [Israel's] Sons Report To Him

29 When they came to their father Jacob in the land of Canaan, they told him all that had happened to them, saying,

29 And they came unto Jacob their father unto the land of Canaan, and told him all that befell unto them; saying,

29 When they reached their father Jacob in the land of Canaan, they told him all that had happened to them:

29 As soon as they had returned to their father Jacob in the land of Canaan, they told him everything that had happened to them.

29 When they came to Jacob their father in Canaan, they told him all that had befallen them, saying,

30 "The man, the lord of the land, spoke harshly with us, and took us for spies of the country.

30 The man, who is the lord of the land, spake roughly to us, and took us for spies of the country.

30 "The man who is the lord of the country spoke harshly to us and accused us of spying on the country.

30 "The man who was in charge of the land spoke harshly to us," they said. "He accused us of being spies!

30 The man who is the lord of the land spoke roughly to us and took us for spies of the country.

31 "But we said to him, 'We are honest men; we are not spies.

31 And we said unto him, We are true men; we are no spies:

31 But we told him: We are honest men and not spies.

31 But we told him, "No! We're honest men! We're not spies!

31 And we said to him, We are true men, not spies.

32 'We are twelve brothers, sons of our father; one is no longer alive, and the youngest is with our father today in the land of Canaan.'

32 We be twelve brethren, sons of our father; one is not, and the youngest is this day with our father in the land of Canaan.

32 We were 12 brothers, sons of the same father. One is no longer living, and the youngest is now with our father in the land of Canaan.

32 Our father has twelve sons, but one of us isn't alive anymore, and our youngest brother is with our father today back home in Canaan.'

32 We are twelve brothers with the same father; one is no more, and the youngest is today with our father in the land of Canaan.

33 "The man, the lord of the land, said to us, 'By this I will know that you are honest men: leave one of your brothers with me and take grain for the famine of your households, and go.

33 And the man, the lord of the country, said unto us, Hereby shall I know that ye are true men; leave one of your brethren here with me, and take food for the famine of your households, and be gone:

33 The man who is the lord of the country said to us, 'This is how I will know if you are honest men: Leave one brother with me, take [food to relieve] the hunger of your households, and go.

33 But the man who was in charge of the land responded, "I'm going to test your honesty. Leave one of your brothers with me, take some grain for the famine that's afflicting your households, and leave.

33 And the man, the lord of the country, said to us, By this test I will know whether or not you are honest men: leave one of your brothers here with me and take grain for your famishing households and be gone.

34 'But bring your youngest brother to me that I may know that you are not spies, but honest men. I will give your brother to you, and you may trade in the land.'"

34 And bring your youngest brother unto me: then shall I know that ye are no spies, but that ye are true men: so will I deliver you your brother, and ye shall traffick in the land.

34 Bring back your youngest brother to me, and I will know that you are not spies but honest men. I will then give your brother back to you, and you can trade in the country.' "

34 But bring your youngest brother back to me so I can be sure that you're honest men, and not spies. Then I'll return your brother to you, and you'll be allowed to trade anywhere in the land.'"

34 Bring your youngest brother to me; then I will know that you are not spies, but that you are honest men. And I will deliver to you your brother [whom I have kept bound in prison], and you may do business in the land.

35 Now it came about as they were emptying their sacks, that behold, every man's bundle of money was in his sack; and when they and their father saw their bundles of money, they were dismayed.

35 And it came to pass as they emptied their sacks, that, behold, every man's bundle of money was in his sack: and when both they and their father saw the bundles of money, they were afraid.

35 As they began emptying their sacks, there in each man's sack was his bag of money! When they and their father saw their bags of money, they were afraid.

35 Later on, as they went about unloading their sacks, each man's bundle of money was found in each man's sack. When they and their father saw their bundles of money, they were greatly distressed.

35 When they emptied their sacks, behold, every man's parcel of money was in his sack! When both they and their father saw the bundles of money, they were afraid.

36 Their father Jacob said to them, "You have bereaved me of my children: Joseph is no more, and Simeon is no more, and you would take Benjamin; all these things are against me."

36 And Jacob their father said unto them, Me have ye bereaved of my children: Joseph is not, and Simeon is not, and ye will take Benjamin away: all these things are against me.

36 Their father Jacob said to them, "You have deprived me of my sons. Joseph is gone and Simeon is gone. Now you want to take Benjamin. Everything happens to me!"

36 Their father Jacob told them, "You're causing me to lose my children! Joseph is gone. Now Simeon is gone, and you're planning to take Benjamin, too. Everything's going against me!"

36 And Jacob their father said to them, You have bereaved me! Joseph is not, and Simeon is not, and you would take Benjamin from me. All these things are against me!

37 Then Reuben spoke to his father, saying, "You may put my two sons to death if I do not bring him back to you; put him in my care, and I will return him to you."

37 And Reuben spake unto his father, saying, Slay my two sons, if I bring him not to thee: deliver him into my hand, and I will bring him to thee again.

37 Then Reuben said to his father, "You can kill my two sons if I don't bring him back to you. Put him in my care, and I will return him to you."

37 "Feel free to put my own two sons to death," Reuben responded to his father, "if I don't bring him back to you. Trust me I'll bring him back to you."

37 And Reuben said to his father, Slay my two sons if I do not bring [Benjamin] back to you. Deliver him into my keeping, and I will bring him back to you.

38 But Jacob said, "My son shall not go down with you; for his brother is dead, and he alone is left If harm should befall him on the journey you are taking, then you will bring my gray hair down to Sheol in sorrow."

38 And he said, My son shall not go down with you; for his brother is dead, and he is left alone: if mischief befall him by the way in the which ye go, then shall ye bring down my gray hairs with sorrow to the grave.

38 But Jacob answered, "My son will not go down with you, for his brother is dead and he alone is left. If anything happens to him on your journey, you will bring my gray hairs down to Sheol in sorrow."

38 But Jacob replied, "My son isn't going back with you, since his brother is dead and he's the only one left. If something should harm him as you travel, then it'll be death for me and my sad, gray hair!"

38 But [Jacob] said, My son shall not go down with you, for his brother is dead and he alone is left [of his mother's children]; if harm or accident should befall him on the journey you are to take, you would bring my hoary head down to Sheol (the place of the dead) with grief.



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