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Genesis 42 CEB/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 When Jacob learned that there was grain in Egypt, he said to his sons, "Why are you staring blankly at each other? 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've just heard that there's grain in Egypt. Go down there and buy some for us so that we can survive and not starve 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 brothers went down to buy grain in Egypt. 3 Then ten of Joseph's brothers went down to buy grain from Egypt.
4 However, Jacob didn't send Joseph's brother Benjamin along with his brothers because he thought something bad 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 Israel's sons came to buy grain with others who also came since the famine had spread to 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 As for Joseph, he was the land's governor, and he was the one selling grain to all the land's people. When Joseph's brothers arrived, they bowed down to him, 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 like he didn't know them. He spoke to them with a harsh tone and said, "Where have you come from?" 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 Joseph recognized his brothers, but they didn't recognize him. 8 Although Joseph recognized his brothers, they did not recognize him.
9 Joseph remembered the dreams he had dreamed about them, and said to them, "You are spies. You've come to look for the country's weaknesses." 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 They said to him, "No, Master. Your servants have just come to buy food. 10 "No, my lord," they answered. "Your servants have come to buy food.
11 We are all sons of one man. We are honest men. Your servants aren't spies." 11 We are all the sons of one man. Your servants are honest men, not spies."
12 He said to them, "No. You've come to look for the country's weaknesses." 12 "No!" he said to them. "You have come to see where our land is unprotected."
13 They said, "We, your servants, are twelve brothers, sons of one man in the land of Canaan. The youngest is now with our father, but one is gone." 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 Joseph said to them, "It's just as I've said to you. You are spies! 14 Joseph said to them, "It is just as I told you: You are spies!
15 But here is how to prove yourselves: As Pharaoh lives, you won't leave here until your youngest brother arrives. 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 to get your brother, but the rest of you will stay in prison. We will find out if your words are true. If not, as Pharaoh lives, you are certainly 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 He put them all 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, "Do this and you will live, for I'm 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 honest men, let one of your brothers stay in prison, and the rest of you, go, take grain back to those in your households who are hungry. 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 But bring your youngest brother back to me so that your words will prove true and you won't die." So they prepared to do 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 The brothers said to each other, "We are clearly guilty for what we did to our brother when we saw his life in danger and when he begged us for mercy, but we didn't listen. That's why we're in this danger 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 responded to them, "Didn't I tell you, ‘Don't do anything wrong to the boy'? But you wouldn't listen. So now this is payback 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 They didn't know that Joseph was listening to them because they were using an interpreter. 23 They did not realize that Joseph could understand them, since he was using an interpreter.
24 He stepped away from them and wept. When he returned, he spoke with them again. Then he 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, to put back each man's silver into his own sack, and to give them provisions for their trip, and it 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 They loaded their grain onto their donkeys, and they set out. 26 they loaded their grain on their donkeys and left.
27 When they stopped to spend the night, one of them opened his sack to feed his donkey, and he saw his silver at the top 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 He said to his brothers, "My silver's been returned. It's right here in my sack." Their hearts stopped. Terrified, they said to each other, "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 got back to their father Jacob in the land of Canaan, they described to him everything 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 man, the country's governor, spoke to us with a harsh tone and accused us of being spies in the 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 told him, ‘We're honest men, not spies. 31 But we said to him, 'We are honest men; we are not spies.
32 We are twelve brothers, all our father's sons. One of us is gone, but the youngest is right 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 The man, the country's governor, told us, ‘This is how I will know you are honest men: Leave one of your brothers with me, take grain for those in your households who are hungry, 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 But bring back 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 may travel throughout the country.'" 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 When they opened their sacks, each man found a pouch of his silver in his sack. When they and their father saw their pouches of silver, they 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 Jacob said to them, "You've taken my children from me. Joseph's gone. Simeon's gone. And you are taking Benjamin. All this can't really be happening to 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 Reuben said to his father, "You may put both of my sons to death if I don't bring him back to you. Make him my responsibility, and I will make sure he returns 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 Jacob said to him, "My son won't go down with you because his brother's dead and he's been left all alone. If anything were to happen to him on the trip you are taking, you would send me—old as I am—to my grave in grief." 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."