Genesis 42 GNT/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 When Jacob learned that there was grain in Egypt, he said to his sons, "Why don't you do something? 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 I hear that there is grain in Egypt; go there and buy some to keep us from starving to death." 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 half brothers went to buy grain in Egypt, 3 Then ten of Joseph's brothers went down to buy grain from Egypt.
4 but Jacob did not send Joseph's full brother Benjamin with them, because he was afraid that something might happen 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 The sons of Jacob came with others to buy grain, because there was famine 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 Joseph, as governor of the land of Egypt, was selling grain to people from all over the world. So Joseph's brothers came and bowed down before him with their faces to the ground. 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 When Joseph saw his brothers, he recognized them, but he acted as if he did not know them. He asked them harshly, "Where do you come from?" "We have come from Canaan to buy food," they answered. 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 Although Joseph recognized his brothers, they did not recognize him. 8 Although Joseph recognized his brothers, they did not recognize him.
9 He remembered the dreams he had dreamed about them and said, "You are spies; you have come to find out where our country is weak." 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 "No, sir," they answered. "We have come as your slaves, to buy food. 10 "No, my lord," they answered. "Your servants have come to buy food.
11 We are all brothers. We are not spies, sir, we are honest men." 11 We are all the sons of one man. Your servants are honest men, not spies."
12 Joseph said to them, "No! You have come to find out where our country is weak." 12 "No!" he said to them. "You have come to see where our land is unprotected."
13 They said, "We were twelve brothers in all, sir, sons of the same man in the land of Canaan. One brother is dead, and the youngest is now with our father." 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 "It is just as I said," Joseph answered. "You are spies. 14 Joseph said to them, "It is just as I told you: You are spies!
15 This is how you will be tested: I swear by the name of the king that you will never leave unless 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 One of you must go and get him. The rest of you will be kept under guard until the truth of what you say can be tested. Otherwise, as sure as the king lives, you are spies." 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 With that, he put them in prison for three days. 17 And he put them all in custody for three days.
18 On the third day Joseph said to them, "I am a God-fearing man, and I will spare your lives on one condition. 18 On the third day, Joseph said to them, "Do this and you will live, for I fear God:
19 To prove that you are honest, one of you will stay in the prison where you have been kept; the rest of you may go and take back to your starving families the grain that you have bought. 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 Then you must bring your youngest brother to me. This will prove that you have been telling the truth, and I will not put you to death." They agreed to this 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 said to one another, "Yes, now we are suffering the consequences of what we did to our brother; we saw the great trouble he was in when he begged for help, but we would not listen. That is why we are in this trouble now." 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 Reuben said, "I told you not to harm the boy, but you wouldn't listen. And now we are being paid back for his death." 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 Joseph understood what they said, but they did not know it, because they had been speaking to him through an interpreter. 23 They did not realize that Joseph could understand them, since he was using an interpreter.
24 Joseph left them and began to cry. When he was able to speak again, he came back, picked out Simeon, and had him tied up in front of them. 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 Joseph gave orders to fill his brothers' packs with grain, to put each man's money back in his sack, and to give them food for the trip. This 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 The brothers loaded their donkeys with the grain they had bought, and then they left. 26 they loaded their grain on their donkeys and left.
27 At the place where they spent the night, one of them opened his sack to feed his donkey and found his money at the top of the sack. 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 "My money has been returned to me," he called to his brothers. "Here it is in my sack!" Their hearts sank, and in fear they asked one another, "What has God 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 When they came to their father Jacob in Canaan, they told him all that had happened to them: 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 governor of Egypt spoke harshly to us and accused us of spying against his country. 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 "We are not spies,' we answered, "we are honest men. 31 But we said to him, 'We are honest men; we are not spies.
32 We were twelve brothers in all, sons of the same father. One brother is dead, and the youngest is still in Canaan with our father.' 32 We were twelve brothers, sons of one father. One is no more, and the youngest is now with our father in Canaan.'
33 The man answered, "This is how I will find out if you are honest men: One of you will stay with me; the rest will take grain for your starving families and leave. 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 Bring your youngest brother to me. Then I will know that you are not spies, but honest men; I will give your brother back to you, and you can stay here and trade.' " 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 Then when they emptied out their sacks, every one of them found his bag of money; and when they saw the money, they and their father Jacob were afraid. 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 Their father said to them, "Do you want to make me lose all my children? Joseph is gone; Simeon is gone; and now you want to take away Benjamin. I am the one who suffers!" 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 Reuben said to his father, "If I do not bring Benjamin back to you, you can kill my two sons. Put him in my care, and I will bring him back." 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 But Jacob said, "My son cannot go with you; his brother is dead, and he is the only one left. Something might happen to him on the way. I am an old man, and the sorrow you would cause me would kill me." 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."