Genesis 42:1-7 (New International Reader's Version)

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Joseph's Brothers Go Down to Egypt

1 Jacob found out that there was grain in Egypt. So he said to his sons, "Why do you just keep looking at each other?" 2 He continued, "I've heard there's grain in Egypt. Go down there. Buy some for us. Then we'll live and not die." 3 So ten of Joseph's brothers went down to Egypt to buy grain there. 4 But Jacob didn't send Joseph's brother Benjamin with them. He was afraid Benjamin might be harmed. 5 Israel's sons were among the people who went to buy grain. There wasn't enough food in the land of Canaan. 6 Joseph was the governor of the land. He was the one who sold grain to all of its people. When Joseph's brothers arrived, they bowed down to him with their faces to the ground. 7 As soon as Joseph saw his brothers, he recognized them. But he pretended to be a stranger. He spoke to them in a mean way. "Where do you come from?" he asked. "From the land of Canaan," they replied. "We've come to buy food."
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