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Genesis 42

NLT 1 When Jacob heard that grain was available in Egypt, he said to his sons, “Why are you standing around looking at one another? NIV 1 When Jacob learned that there was grain in Egypt, he said to his sons, "Why do you just keep looking at each other?" NLT 2 I have heard there is grain in Egypt. Go down there, and buy enough grain to keep us alive. Otherwise we’ll die.” NIV 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." NLT 3 So Joseph’s ten older brothers went down to Egypt to buy grain. NIV 3 Then ten of Joseph's brothers went down to buy grain from Egypt. NLT 4 But Jacob wouldn’t let Joseph’s younger brother, Benjamin, go with them, for fear some harm might come to him. NIV 4 But Jacob did not send Benjamin, Joseph's brother, with the others, because he was afraid that harm might come to him. NLT 5 So Jacob’s sons arrived in Egypt along with others to buy food, for the famine was in Canaan as well. NIV 5 So Israel's sons were among those who went to buy grain, for the famine was in the land of Canaan also. NLT 6 Since Joseph was governor of all Egypt and in charge of selling grain to all the people, it was to him that his brothers came. When they arrived, they bowed before him with their faces to the ground. NIV 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. NLT 7 Joseph recognized his brothers instantly, but he pretended to be a stranger and spoke harshly to them. “Where are you from?” he demanded. “From the land of Canaan,” they replied. “We have come to buy food.” NIV 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." NLT 8 Although Joseph recognized his brothers, they didn’t recognize him. NIV 8 Although Joseph recognized his brothers, they did not recognize him. NLT 9 And he remembered the dreams he’d had about them many years before. He said to them, “You are spies! You have come to see how vulnerable our land has become.” NIV 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." NLT 10 “No, my lord!” they exclaimed. “Your servants have simply come to buy food. NIV 10 "No, my lord," they answered. "Your servants have come to buy food. NLT 11 We are all brothers—members of the same family. We are honest men, sir! We are not spies!” NIV 11 We are all the sons of one man. Your servants are honest men, not spies." NLT 12 “Yes, you are!” Joseph insisted. “You have come to see how vulnerable our land has become.” NIV 12 "No!" he said to them. "You have come to see where our land is unprotected." NLT 13 “Sir,” they said, “there are actually twelve of us. We, your servants, are all brothers, sons of a man living in the land of Canaan. Our youngest brother is back there with our father right now, and one of our brothers is no longer with us.” NIV 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." NLT 14 But Joseph insisted, “As I said, you are spies! NIV 14 Joseph said to them, "It is just as I told you: You are spies! NLT 15 This is how I will test your story. I swear by the life of Pharaoh that you will never leave Egypt unless your youngest brother comes here! NIV 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. NLT 16 One of you must go and get your brother. I’ll keep the rest of you here in prison. Then we’ll find out whether or not your story is true. By the life of Pharaoh, if it turns out that you don’t have a younger brother, then I’ll know you are spies.” NIV 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!" NLT 17 So Joseph put them all in prison for three days. NIV 17 And he put them all in custody for three days. NLT 18 On the third day Joseph said to them, “I am a God-fearing man. If you do as I say, you will live. NIV 18 On the third day, Joseph said to them, "Do this and you will live, for I fear God: NLT 19 If you really are honest men, choose one of your brothers to remain in prison. The rest of you may go home with grain for your starving families. NIV 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. NLT 20 But you must bring your youngest brother back to me. This will prove that you are telling the truth, and you will not die.” To this they agreed. NIV 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. NLT 21 Speaking among themselves, they said, “Clearly we are being punished because of what we did to Joseph long ago. We saw his anguish when he pleaded for his life, but we wouldn’t listen. That’s why we’re in this trouble.” NIV 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." NLT 22 “Didn’t I tell you not to sin against the boy?” Reuben asked. “But you wouldn’t listen. And now we have to answer for his blood!” NIV 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." NLT 23 Of course, they didn’t know that Joseph understood them, for he had been speaking to them through an interpreter. NIV 23 They did not realize that Joseph could understand them, since he was using an interpreter. NLT 24 Now he turned away from them and began to weep. When he regained his composure, he spoke to them again. Then he chose Simeon from among them and had him tied up right before their eyes. NIV 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. NLT 25 Joseph then ordered his servants to fill the men’s sacks with grain, but he also gave secret instructions to return each brother’s payment at the top of his sack. He also gave them supplies for their journey home. NIV 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, NLT 26 So the brothers loaded their donkeys with the grain and headed for home. NIV 26 they loaded their grain on their donkeys and left. NLT 27 But when they stopped for the night and one of them opened his sack to get grain for his donkey, he found his money in the top of his sack. NIV 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. NLT 28 “Look!” he exclaimed to his brothers. “My money has been returned; it’s here in my sack!” Then their hearts sank. Trembling, they said to each other, “What has God done to us?” NIV 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?" NLT 29 When the brothers came to their father, Jacob, in the land of Canaan, they told him everything that had happened to them. NIV 29 When they came to their father Jacob in the land of Canaan, they told him all that had happened to them. They said, NLT 30 “The man who is governor of the land spoke very harshly to us,” they told him. “He accused us of being spies scouting the land. NIV 30 "The man who is lord over the land spoke harshly to us and treated us as though we were spying on the land. NLT 31 But we said, ‘We are honest men, not spies. NIV 31 But we said to him, 'We are honest men; we are not spies. NLT 32 We are twelve brothers, sons of one father. One brother is no longer with us, and the youngest is at home with our father in the land of Canaan.’ NIV 32 We were twelve brothers, sons of one father. One is no more, and the youngest is now with our father in Canaan.' NLT 33 “Then the man who is governor of the land told us, ‘This is how I will find out if you are honest men. Leave one of your brothers here with me, and take grain for your starving families and go on home. NIV 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. NLT 34 But you must bring your youngest brother back to me. Then I will know you are honest men and not spies. Then I will give you back your brother, and you may trade freely in the land.’” NIV 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.' " NLT 35 As they emptied out their sacks, there in each man’s sack was the bag of money he had paid for the grain! The brothers and their father were terrified when they saw the bags of money. NIV 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. NLT 36 Jacob exclaimed, “You are robbing me of my children! Joseph is gone! Simeon is gone! And now you want to take Benjamin, too. Everything is going against me!” NIV 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!" NLT 37 Then Reuben said to his father, “You may kill my two sons if I don’t bring Benjamin back to you. I’ll be responsible for him, and I promise to bring him back.” NIV 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." NLT 38 But Jacob replied, “My son will not go down with you. His brother Joseph is dead, and he is all I have left. If anything should happen to him on your journey, you would send this grieving, white-haired man to his grave. ” NIV 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."