Parallel Bible results for Genesis 43

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Genesis 43

NLT 1 But the famine continued to ravage the land of Canaan. NIV 1 Now the famine was still severe in the land. NLT 2 When the grain they had brought from Egypt was almost gone, Jacob said to his sons, “Go back and buy us a little more food.” NIV 2 So when they had eaten all the grain they had brought from Egypt, their father said to them, "Go back and buy us a little more food." NLT 3 But Judah said, “The man was serious when he warned us, ‘You won’t see my face again unless your brother is with you.’ NIV 3 But Judah said to him, "The man warned us solemnly, 'You will not see my face again unless your brother is with you.' NLT 4 If you send Benjamin with us, we will go down and buy more food. NIV 4 If you will send our brother along with us, we will go down and buy food for you. NLT 5 But if you don’t let Benjamin go, we won’t go either. Remember, the man said, ‘You won’t see my face again unless your brother is with you.’” NIV 5 But if you will not send him, we will not go down, because the man said to us, 'You will not see my face again unless your brother is with you.' " NLT 6 “Why were you so cruel to me?” Jacob moaned. “Why did you tell him you had another brother?” NIV 6 Israel asked, "Why did you bring this trouble on me by telling the man you had another brother?" NLT 7 “The man kept asking us questions about our family,” they replied. “He asked, ‘Is your father still alive? Do you have another brother?’ So we answered his questions. How could we know he would say, ‘Bring your brother down here’?” NIV 7 They replied, "The man questioned us closely about ourselves and our family. 'Is your father still living?' he asked us. 'Do you have another brother?' We simply answered his questions. How were we to know he would say, 'Bring your brother down here'?" NLT 8 Judah said to his father, “Send the boy with me, and we will be on our way. Otherwise we will all die of starvation—and not only we, but you and our little ones. NIV 8 Then Judah said to Israel his father, "Send the boy along with me and we will go at once, so that we and you and our children may live and not die. NLT 9 I personally guarantee his safety. You may hold me responsible if I don’t bring him back to you. Then let me bear the blame forever. NIV 9 I myself will guarantee his safety; you can hold me personally responsible for him. If I do not bring him back to you and set him here before you, I will bear the blame before you all my life. NLT 10 If we hadn’t wasted all this time, we could have gone and returned twice by now.” NIV 10 As it is, if we had not delayed, we could have gone and returned twice." NLT 11 So their father, Jacob, finally said to them, “If it can’t be avoided, then at least do this. Pack your bags with the best products of this land. Take them down to the man as gifts—balm, honey, gum, aromatic resin, pistachio nuts, and almonds. NIV 11 Then their father Israel said to them, "If it must be, then do this: Put some of the best products of the land in your bags and take them down to the man as a gift--a little balm and a little honey, some spices and myrrh, some pistachio nuts and almonds. NLT 12 Also take double the money that was put back in your sacks, as it was probably someone’s mistake. NIV 12 Take double the amount of silver with you, for you must return the silver that was put back into the mouths of your sacks. Perhaps it was a mistake. NLT 13 Then take your brother, and go back to the man. NIV 13 Take your brother also and go back to the man at once. NLT 14 May God Almighty give you mercy as you go before the man, so that he will release Simeon and let Benjamin return. But if I must lose my children, so be it.” NIV 14 And may God Almighty grant you mercy before the man so that he will let your other brother and Benjamin come back with you. As for me, if I am bereaved, I am bereaved." NLT 15 So the men packed Jacob’s gifts and double the money and headed off with Benjamin. They finally arrived in Egypt and presented themselves to Joseph. NIV 15 So the men took the gifts and double the amount of silver, and Benjamin also. They hurried down to Egypt and presented themselves to Joseph. NLT 16 When Joseph saw Benjamin with them, he said to the manager of his household, “These men will eat with me this noon. Take them inside the palace. Then go slaughter an animal, and prepare a big feast.” NIV 16 When Joseph saw Benjamin with them, he said to the steward of his house, "Take these men to my house, slaughter an animal and prepare dinner; they are to eat with me at noon." NLT 17 So the man did as Joseph told him and took them into Joseph’s palace. NIV 17 The man did as Joseph told him and took the men to Joseph's house. NLT 18 The brothers were terrified when they saw that they were being taken into Joseph’s house. “It’s because of the money someone put in our sacks last time we were here,” they said. “He plans to pretend that we stole it. Then he will seize us, make us slaves, and take our donkeys.” NIV 18 Now the men were frightened when they were taken to his house. They thought, "We were brought here because of the silver that was put back into our sacks the first time. He wants to attack us and overpower us and seize us as slaves and take our donkeys." NLT 19 The brothers approached the manager of Joseph’s household and spoke to him at the entrance to the palace. NIV 19 So they went up to Joseph's steward and spoke to him at the entrance to the house. NLT 20 “Sir,” they said, “we came to Egypt once before to buy food. NIV 20 "Please, sir," they said, "we came down here the first time to buy food. NLT 21 But as we were returning home, we stopped for the night and opened our sacks. Then we discovered that each man’s money—the exact amount paid—was in the top of his sack! Here it is; we have brought it back with us. NIV 21 But at the place where we stopped for the night we opened our sacks and each of us found his silver--the exact weight--in the mouth of his sack. So we have brought it back with us. NLT 22 We also have additional money to buy more food. We have no idea who put our money in our sacks.” NIV 22 We have also brought additional silver with us to buy food. We don't know who put our silver in our sacks." NLT 23 “Relax. Don’t be afraid,” the household manager told them. “Your God, the God of your father, must have put this treasure into your sacks. I know I received your payment.” Then he released Simeon and brought him out to them. NIV 23 "It's all right," he said. "Don't be afraid. Your God, the God of your father, has given you treasure in your sacks; I received your silver." Then he brought Simeon out to them. NLT 24 The manager then led the men into Joseph’s palace. He gave them water to wash their feet and provided food for their donkeys. NIV 24 The steward took the men into Joseph's house, gave them water to wash their feet and provided fodder for their donkeys. NLT 25 They were told they would be eating there, so they prepared their gifts for Joseph’s arrival at noon. NIV 25 They prepared their gifts for Joseph's arrival at noon, because they had heard that they were to eat there. NLT 26 When Joseph came home, they gave him the gifts they had brought him, then bowed low to the ground before him. NIV 26 When Joseph came home, they presented to him the gifts they had brought into the house, and they bowed down before him to the ground. NLT 27 After greeting them, he asked, “How is your father, the old man you spoke about? Is he still alive?” NIV 27 He asked them how they were, and then he said, "How is your aged father you told me about? Is he still living?" NLT 28 “Yes,” they replied. “Our father, your servant, is alive and well.” And they bowed low again. NIV 28 They replied, "Your servant our father is still alive and well." And they bowed low to pay him honor. NLT 29 Then Joseph looked at his brother Benjamin, the son of his own mother. “Is this your youngest brother, the one you told me about?” Joseph asked. “May God be gracious to you, my son.” NIV 29 As he looked about and saw his brother Benjamin, his own mother's son, he asked, "Is this your youngest brother, the one you told me about?" And he said, "God be gracious to you, my son." NLT 30 Then Joseph hurried from the room because he was overcome with emotion for his brother. He went into his private room, where he broke down and wept. NIV 30 Deeply moved at the sight of his brother, Joseph hurried out and looked for a place to weep. He went into his private room and wept there. NLT 31 After washing his face, he came back out, keeping himself under control. Then he ordered, “Bring out the food!” NIV 31 After he had washed his face, he came out and, controlling himself, said, "Serve the food." NLT 32 The waiters served Joseph at his own table, and his brothers were served at a separate table. The Egyptians who ate with Joseph sat at their own table, because Egyptians despise Hebrews and refuse to eat with them. NIV 32 They served him by himself, the brothers by themselves, and the Egyptians who ate with him by themselves, because Egyptians could not eat with Hebrews, for that is detestable to Egyptians. NLT 33 Joseph told each of his brothers where to sit, and to their amazement, he seated them according to age, from oldest to youngest. NIV 33 The men had been seated before him in the order of their ages, from the firstborn to the youngest; and they looked at each other in astonishment. NLT 34 And Joseph filled their plates with food from his own table, giving Benjamin five times as much as he gave the others. So they feasted and drank freely with him. NIV 34 When portions were served to them from Joseph's table, Benjamin's portion was five times as much as anyone else's. So they feasted and drank freely with him.