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Genesis 42 BBE/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 Now Jacob, hearing that there was grain in Egypt, said to his sons, Why are you looking at one another? 1 When Jacob learned that there was grain in Egypt, he said to his sons, "Why do you just keep looking at each other?"
2 And he said, I have had news that there is grain in Egypt: go down there and get grain for us, so that life and not death may be ours. 2 He continued, "I have heard that there is grain in Egypt. Go down there and buy some for us, so that we may live and not die."
3 So Joseph's ten brothers went down to get grain from Egypt. 3 Then ten of Joseph's brothers went down to buy grain from Egypt.
4 But Jacob did not send Benjamin, Joseph's brother, with them, for fear, as he said, that some evil might come to him. 4 But Jacob did not send Benjamin, Joseph's brother, with the others, because he was afraid that harm might come to him.
5 And the sons of Israel came with all the others to get grain: for they were very short of food in the land of Canaan. 5 So Israel's sons were among those who went to buy grain, for the famine was in the land of Canaan also.
6 Now Joseph was ruler over all the land, and it was he who gave out the grain to all the people of the land; and Joseph's brothers came before him and went down on their faces to the earth. 6 Now Joseph was the governor of the land, the one who sold grain to all its people. So when Joseph's brothers arrived, they bowed down to him with their faces to the ground.
7 And when Joseph saw his brothers, it was clear to him who they were, but he made himself strange to them, and talking roughly to them, said, Where do you come from? And they said, From the land of Canaan, to get food. 7 As soon as Joseph saw his brothers, he recognized them, but he pretended to be a stranger and spoke harshly to them. "Where do you come from?" he asked. "From the land of Canaan," they replied, "to buy food."
8 Now though Joseph saw that these were his brothers, they had no idea who he was. 8 Although Joseph recognized his brothers, they did not recognize him.
9 Then the memory of his dreams about them came back to Joseph, and he said to them, You have come secretly to see how poor the land is. 9 Then he remembered his dreams about them and said to them, "You are spies! You have come to see where our land is unprotected."
10 And they said to him, Not so, my lord: your servants have come with money to get food. 10 "No, my lord," they answered. "Your servants have come to buy food.
11 We are all one man's sons, we are true men; we have not come with any secret purpose. 11 We are all the sons of one man. Your servants are honest men, not spies."
12 And he said to them, No, but you have come to see how poor the land is. 12 "No!" he said to them. "You have come to see where our land is unprotected."
13 Then they said, We your servants are twelve brothers, sons of one man in the land of Canaan; the youngest of us is now with our father, and one is dead. 13 But they replied, "Your servants were twelve brothers, the sons of one man, who lives in the land of Canaan. The youngest is now with our father, and one is no more."
14 And Joseph said, It is as I said; you have come with some secret purpose; 14 Joseph said to them, "It is just as I told you: You are spies!
15 But in this way will you be put to the test: by the life of Pharaoh, you will not go away from this place till your youngest brother comes here. 15 And this is how you will be tested: As surely as Pharaoh lives, you will not leave this place unless your youngest brother comes here.
16 Send one of your number to get your brother, and the rest of you will be kept in prison, so that your words may be tested to see if you are true; if not, by the life of Pharaoh, your purpose is certainly secret. 16 Send one of your number to get your brother; the rest of you will be kept in prison, so that your words may be tested to see if you are telling the truth. If you are not, then as surely as Pharaoh lives, you are spies!"
17 So he put them in prison for three days. 17 And he put them all in custody for three days.
18 And on the third day Joseph said to them, Do this, if you would keep your lives: for I am a god-fearing man: 18 On the third day, Joseph said to them, "Do this and you will live, for I fear God:
19 If you are true men, let one of you be kept in prison, while you go and take grain for the needs of your families; 19 If you are honest men, let one of your brothers stay here in prison, while the rest of you go and take grain back for your starving households.
20 And come back to me with your youngest brother, so that your words may be seen to be true, and you will not be put to death. This is what you are to do. 20 But you must bring your youngest brother to me, so that your words may be verified and that you may not die." This they proceeded to do.
21 And they said to one another, Truly, we did wrong to our brother, for we saw his grief of mind, and we did not give ear to his prayers; that is why this trouble has come on us. 21 They said to one another, "Surely we are being punished because of our brother. We saw how distressed he was when he pleaded with us for his life, but we would not listen; that's why this distress has come upon us."
22 And Reuben said to them, Did I not say to you, Do the child no wrong? but you gave no attention; so now, punishment has come on us for his blood. 22 Reuben replied, "Didn't I tell you not to sin against the boy? But you wouldn't listen! Now we must give an accounting for his blood."
23 They were not conscious that the sense of their words was clear to Joseph, for he had been talking to them through one who had knowledge of their language. 23 They did not realize that Joseph could understand them, since he was using an interpreter.
24 And turning away from them, he was overcome with weeping; then he went on talking to them again and took Simeon and put chains on him before their eyes. 24 He turned away from them and began to weep, but then turned back and spoke to them again. He had Simeon taken from them and bound before their eyes.
25 Then Joseph gave orders for their bags to be made full of grain, and for every man's money to be put back into his bag, and for food to be given them for the journey: which was done. 25 Joseph gave orders to fill their bags with grain, to put each man's silver back in his sack, and to give them provisions for their journey. After this was done for them,
26 Then they put the bags of grain on their asses and went away. 26 they loaded their grain on their donkeys and left.
27 Now at their night's resting-place one of them, opening his bag to give his ass some food, saw his money in the mouth of the bag. 27 At the place where they stopped for the night one of them opened his sack to get feed for his donkey, and he saw his silver in the mouth of his sack.
28 And he said to his brothers, My money has been given back: it is in my bag; then their hearts became full of fear, and turning to one another they said, What is this which God has done to us? 28 "My silver has been returned," he said to his brothers. "Here it is in my sack." Their hearts sank and they turned to each other trembling and said, "What is this that God has done to us?"
29 So when they came to Jacob their father, in the land of Canaan, they gave him an account of all their experiences, saying, 29 When they came to their father Jacob in the land of Canaan, they told him all that had happened to them. They said,
30 The man who is the ruler of the country was rough with us and put us in prison, saying that we had come with a secret evil purpose. 30 "The man who is lord over the land spoke harshly to us and treated us as though we were spying on the land.
31 And we said to him, We are true men, we have no evil designs; 31 But we said to him, 'We are honest men; we are not spies.
32 We are twelve brothers, sons of our father; one is dead, and the youngest is now with our father in the land of Canaan. 32 We were twelve brothers, sons of one father. One is no more, and the youngest is now with our father in Canaan.'
33 And the ruler of the land said, In this way I may be certain that you are true men; let one of you be kept here with me, while you go and take grain for the needs of your families; 33 "Then the man who is lord over the land said to us, 'This is how I will know whether you are honest men: Leave one of your brothers here with me, and take food for your starving households and go.
34 And come back to me with your youngest brother: then I will be certain that you are true men, and I will give your brother back to you and let you do trade in the land. 34 But bring your youngest brother to me so I will know that you are not spies but honest men. Then I will give your brother back to you, and you can trade in the land.' "
35 And when they took the grain out of their bags, it was seen that every man's parcel of money was in his bag; and when they and their father saw the money, they were full of fear. 35 As they were emptying their sacks, there in each man's sack was his pouch of silver! When they and their father saw the money pouches, they were frightened.
36 And Jacob their father said to them, You have taken my children from me: Joseph is gone and Simeon is gone, and now you would take Benjamin away; all these things have come on me. 36 Their father Jacob said to them, "You have deprived me of my children. Joseph is no more and Simeon is no more, and now you want to take Benjamin. Everything is against me!"
37 And Reuben said, Put my two sons to death if I do not come back to you with him; let him be in my care and I will give him safely back to you. 37 Then Reuben said to his father, "You may put both of my sons to death if I do not bring him back to you. Entrust him to my care, and I will bring him back."
38 And he said, I will not let my son go down with you; for his brother is dead and he is all I have: if evil overtakes him on the journey, then through you will my grey head go down to the underworld in sorrow. 38 But Jacob said, "My son will not go down there with you; his brother is dead and he is the only one left. If harm comes to him on the journey you are taking, you will bring my gray head down to the grave in sorrow."