Genesis 44:13

13 At this, they tore their clothes. Then they all loaded their donkeys and returned to the city.

Read Genesis 44:13 Using Other Translations

Then they rent their clothes, and laded every man his ass, and returned to the city.
Then they tore their clothes, and every man loaded his donkey, and they returned to the city.
When the brothers saw this, they tore their clothing in despair. Then they loaded their donkeys again and returned to the city.

What does Genesis 44:13 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
Genesis 44:13

Then they rent their clothes
In token of sorrow and distress, being at their wits' end, like distracted persons, not knowing what to do: this was usually done in the eastern countries when any evil befell, as did Jacob, ( Genesis 37:34 ) ; and as the Egyptians themselves did when mourning for their dead, as Diodorus Siculus F17 relates: and laded every man his ass;
put their sacks of corn on their asses again, having tied them up: and returned to the city;
to the metropolis, as Jarchi, which was either Tanis, that is, Zoan, or, as others think, Memphis: hither they returned to see how it would go with Benjamin, to plead his cause and get him released, that he might go with them, they being afraid to see their father's face without him; otherwise, could they have been content to have gone without him, they might have proceeded on in their journey, see ( Genesis 44:17 ) .


F17 Bibliothec. l. 1. p. 65.
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