Genesis 42 LEB/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 When Jacob realized that there was grain in Egypt, Jacob said to his sons, "Why do you look 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 Then he said, "Look, I have heard that there is grain in Egypt. Go down there and buy grain for us there that we may live and not die." 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 And the ten brothers of Joseph went down to buy grain from Egypt. 3 Then ten of Joseph's brothers went down to buy grain from Egypt.
4 But Jacob did not send Benjamin, the brother of Joseph, for {he feared harm would 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 Then the sons of Israel went to buy grain amid those [other people] who went [as well], for 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 Now Joseph was the governor over the land. He [was] the one who sold [food] to all the people of the land. And the brothers of Joseph came and bowed down to 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 And Joseph saw his brothers and recognized them, but he pretended to be a stranger to them. And he spoke with them harshly and said to them, "From where have you come?" And they said, "From the land of Canaan to buy 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 And Joseph recognized his brothers, but they did not recognize him. 8 Although Joseph recognized his brothers, they did not recognize him.
9 And Joseph remembered the dreams which he had dreamed concerning them, and he said to them, "You are spies! You have come to see the nakedness of the land!" 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, "No, my lord, but your servants have come to buy food. 10 "No, my lord," they answered. "Your servants have come to buy food.
11 We all are sons of one man. We [are] honest [men]. We, your servants, are not spies." 11 We are all the sons of one man. Your servants are honest men, not spies."
12 Then he said to them, "No, but you have come to see the nakedness of the land." 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, the sons of one man in the land of Canaan, but behold, the youngest [is] with our father today, and one is no more." 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 But Joseph said to them, "It [is] what I said to you--you [are] spies. 14 Joseph said to them, "It is just as I told you: You are spies!
15 By this you shall be tested. By the life of Pharaoh you will not go out from here 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 Send one of you, and let him bring your brother, but you will be kept in prison so that your words might be tested [to see] if [there is] truth with you. And if not, by the life of Pharaoh surely 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 Then he gathered them into the prison for three days. 17 And he put them all in custody for three days.
18 On the third day Joseph said to them, "Do this and you will live; I fear God. 18 On the third day, Joseph said to them, "Do this and you will live, for I fear God:
19 If you [are] honest, let one of your brothers be kept in prison {where you are now being kept}, but [the rest of] you go, carry grain for the famine for your households. 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 You must bring your youngest brother to me, and then your words will be confirmed and you will not die." And they did so. 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 Then each said to his brother, "Surely we [are] guilty on account of our brother when we saw the anguish of his soul when he pleaded for mercy to us and we would not listen. Therefore this trouble has come to 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 Then Reuben answered them, saying, "Did I not say to you, do not sin against the boy? But you did not listen, and now, behold, his blood has been sought." 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 Now they did not know that Joseph understood, for the interpreter [was] between them. 23 They did not realize that Joseph could understand them, since he was using an interpreter.
24 And he turned away from them and wept. Then he returned to them and spoke to them, and took Simeon from them and tied him 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 Then Joseph gave orders to fill their bags with grain and to return their money to each sack, and to give them provisions for the journey. Thus he did for them. 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 loaded their grain upon their donkeys and went [away] from there. 26 they loaded their grain on their donkeys and left.
27 And one [of them later] opened his sack to give fodder to his donkey at the lodging place and saw his money--behold, it [was] in the mouth of his 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 And he said to his brothers, "My money was returned and moreover, behold, [it is] in my sack!" Then {their hearts failed them} and each of them trembled [and] said, "What [is] this 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 And when they came to Jacob their father in the land of Canaan they told him everything [that] had happened to them, 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, the lord of the land, spoke harshly to us and treated us as [if we were] spying out the land. 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 But we said to him, 'We [are] honest; we are not spies. 31 But we said to him, 'We are honest men; we are not spies.
32 We [are] twelve brothers, the sons of our father. One is no more and the youngest [is] with our father now 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 Then the man, the lord of the land, said to us, 'By this I will know that you [are] honest. Leave one [brother] with me, and take [food for] the famine in your households and go. 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 bring your youngest brother to me. Then I will know that you [are] not spies but you [are] honest. And I will give your brother [back] to you, and you will 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 it happened [that when] they emptied their sacks, behold, each one's pouch of money [was] in his sack. And when they and their father saw the pouches of their money, they were greatly distressed. 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 bereaved me--Joseph is no more and Simeon is no more, and Benjamin you would take! All of this [is] against 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 Then Reuben said to his father, "You may kill my two sons if I do not bring him back to you. Put him in my hand and I myself will return him 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 But he said, "My son shall not go down with you, for his brother is dead and he alone remains. [If] harm meets him on the journey that you would take, you would bring down my gray head in sorrow to Sheol." 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."