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Genesis 42 WEB/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 Now Jacob saw that there was grain in Egypt, and 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 He said, "Behold, I have heard that there is grain in Egypt. Go down there, and buy for us from there, so 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 Joseph's ten brothers went down to buy grain from Egypt. 3 Then ten of Joseph's brothers went down to buy grain from Egypt.
4 But Jacob didn't send Benjamin, Joseph's brother, with his brothers; for he said, "Lest perhaps harm befall 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 Israel came to buy among those who came, for the famine was 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 was the governor over the land. It was he who sold to all the people of the land. Joseph's brothers came, and bowed themselves down to him with 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 Joseph saw his brothers, and he recognized them, but acted like a stranger to them, and spoke roughly with them. He said to them, "Where did you come from?" 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 which he dreamed about them, and 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 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 are all one man's sons; we are honest men. Your servants are not spies." 11 We are all the sons of one man. Your servants are honest men, not spies."
12 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 They said, "We, your servants, are twelve brothers, the sons of one man in the land of Canaan; and, behold, the youngest is this day with our father, 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 Joseph said to them, "It is like I told you, saying, 'You are spies.' 14 Joseph said to them, "It is just as I told you: You are spies!
15 Hereby you shall be tested. By the life of Pharaoh you shall not go forth from here, unless your youngest brother come 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 get your brother, and you shall be bound, that your words may be tested, whether there is truth in you, or else 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 He put them all together into custody three days. 17 And he put them all in custody for three days.
18 Joseph said to them the third day, "Do this, and live, for 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 men, then let one of your brothers be bound in your prison-house; but you go, carry grain for the famine of your houses. 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 Bring your youngest brother to me; so will your words be verified, and you won't die." 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 They said one to another, "We are most assuredly guilty concerning our brother, in that we saw the distress of his soul, when he begged us, and we wouldn't listen. Therefore this distress 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 Reuben answered them, saying, "Didn't I tell you, saying, 'Don't sin against the child,' and you wouldn't listen? Therefore also, behold, his blood is required." 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 understood them; for there was an interpreter between them. 23 They did not realize that Joseph could understand them, since he was using an interpreter.
24 He turned himself about from them, and wept, and he returned to them, and spoke to them, and took Simeon from among them, and bound 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 commanded to fill their vessels with grain, and to restore every man's money into his sack, and to give them provisions for the way. Thus was it done to 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 They loaded their donkeys with their grain, and departed from there. 26 they loaded their grain on their donkeys and left.
27 As one of them opened his sack to give his donkey food in the lodging-place, he 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 He said to his brothers, "My money is restored! Behold, it is even in my sack." Their hearts failed them, and they turned trembling one to another, saying, "What is this that 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 They came to Jacob their father to the land of Canaan, and told him all that had befallen 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 roughly with us, and took us for spies of 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 said to him, 'We are honest men. We are no spies. 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 no more, and the youngest is this day 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 lord of the land, said to us, 'Hereby will I know that you are honest men. Leave one of your brothers with me, and take grain for the famine of your houses, and go your way. 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 will I know that you are not spies, but that you are honest men. So will I deliver you your brother, and you shall 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 It happened as they emptied their sacks, that behold, every man's bundle of money was in his sack. When they and their father saw their bundles of money, 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 Jacob, their father, said to them, "You have bereaved me of my children! Joseph is no more, Simeon is no more, and you want to take Benjamin away. All these things are 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 Reuben spoke to his father, saying, "Kill my two sons, if I don't bring him to you. Deliver him into my hand, and I will bring him to you again." 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 He said, "My son shall not go down with you; for his brother is dead, and he only is left. If harm befall him by the way in which you go, then you will bring down my gray hairs with 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."