Introduction

\\INTRODUCTION TO GENESIS 42\\

This chapter relates how that Jacob having heard there was corn in
Egypt, sent all his sons but Benjamin thither to buy corn, \\#Ge 42:1-5\\;
and coming before Joseph, they bowed to him, and he knowing them,
though they knew not him, spoke roughly to them, and charged them with
being spies, \\#Ge 42:6-9\\; they in their defence urged that they were the
sons of one man in Canaan, with whom their youngest brother was left,
on which Joseph ordered them to send for him, to prove them true men,
\\#Ge 42:10-16\\; and put them all into prison for three days, and then
released them, and sent them away to fetch their brother, \\#Ge 42:17-20\\;
this brought to mind their treatment of Joseph, and they confessed
their guilt to each other, which Joseph heard, and greatly affected
him, they supposing he understood them not, and before he dismissed
them bound Simeon before their eyes, whom he retained till they
returned, \\#Ge 42:21-24\\; then he ordered his servants to fill their
sacks with corn, and put each man's money in his sack, which one of
them on the road found, opening his sack for provender, filled them all
with great surprise and fear, \\#Ge 42:25-28\\; upon their return to Jacob
they related all that had befallen them, and particularly that the
governor insisted on having Benjamin brought to him, \\#Ge 42:29-34\\;
their sacks being opened, all their money was found in them, which
greatly distressed them and Jacob also, who was very unwilling to let
Benjamin go, though Reuben offered his two sons as pledges for him, and
himself to be a surety, \\#Ge 42:35-38\\.