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Genesis 42 :: Legacy Standard Bible (LSB)

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Joseph’s Brothers Sent to Egypt

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Now Jacob saw that there was grain in Egypt, and Jacob said to his sons, “Why are you staring at one another?”

Unchecked Copy BoxGen 42:2 - Then he said, “Behold, I have heard that there is grain in Egypt; go down there and buy some for us from there, so that we may live and not die.”
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 42:3 - So ten brothers of Joseph went down to buy grain from Egypt.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 42:4 - But Jacob did not send Joseph’s brother Benjamin with his brothers, for he said, “Lest any harm befall him.”
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 42:5 - So the sons of Israel came to buy grain among those who were coming, for the famine was in the land of Canaan also.
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Now Joseph was the one in power over the land; he was the one who sold to all the people of the land. And Joseph’s brothers came and bowed down to him with their [fn]faces to the ground.

Unchecked Copy BoxGen 42:7 - And Joseph saw his brothers and recognized them, but he disguised himself to them and spoke to them harshly. And he said to them, “Where have you come from?” And they said, “From the land of Canaan, to buy food.”
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But Joseph recognized his brothers, although they did not recognize him.

Unchecked Copy BoxGen 42:9 - And Joseph remembered the dreams which he [fn]had about them and said to them, “You are spies; you have come to look at the [fn]nakedness of the land.”
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 42:10 - Then they said to him, “No, my lord, but your servants have come to buy food.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 42:11 - “We are all sons of one man; we are honest men; your servants are not spies.”
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 42:12 - And he said to them, “No, but you have come to look at the [fn]nakedness of our land!”
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 42:13 - So they said, “Your servants are twelve brothers in all, the sons of one man in the land of Canaan; and behold, the youngest is with our father today, and one is no more.”
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 42:14 - And Joseph said to them, “It is as I said [fn]to you, you are spies;
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 42:15 - by this you will be tested: by the life of Pharaoh, you shall not go from this place unless your youngest brother comes here!
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 42:16 - “Send one of you that he may get your brother, while you remain confined, that your words may be tested, whether there is truth in you. But if not, by the life of Pharaoh, surely you are spies.”
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 42:17 - Then he put them all together in prison for three days.
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And Joseph said to them on the third day, “Do this and live, for I fear God:

Unchecked Copy BoxGen 42:19 - if you are honest men, let one of your brothers be confined in [fn]your prison; but as for the rest of you, go, bring grain for the famine of your households,
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 42:20 - and bring your youngest brother to me, so your words may be proven true, and you will not die.” And they did so.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 42:21 - Then they said to one another, “Surely we are guilty concerning our brother because we saw the distress of his soul when he begged us, yet we would not listen; therefore this distress has come upon us.”
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 42:22 - And Reuben answered them, saying, “Did I not tell you, saying, ‘Do not sin against the boy’; yet you would not listen? So also his blood, behold, it is required of us.”
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 42:23 - Now they did not know that Joseph was listening, for there was an interpreter between them.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 42:24 - And he turned away from them and wept. Then he returned to them and spoke to them. And he took Simeon from them and bound him before their eyes.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 42:25 - Then Joseph gave a command to fill their bags with grain and to restore every man’s money in his sack and to give them provisions for the journey. And thus it was done for them.
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So they loaded their donkeys with their grain and went from there.

Unchecked Copy BoxGen 42:27 - Then one of them opened his sack to give his donkey fodder at the lodging place. And he saw his money; and behold, it was in the mouth of his sack.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 42:28 - So he said to his brothers, “My money has been returned, and behold, it is even in my sack.” And their hearts [fn]sank, and they turned [fn]trembling to one another, saying, “What is this that God has done to us?”

Jacob Is Bereaved

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Then they came to their father Jacob in the land of Canaan and told him all that had happened to them, saying,

Unchecked Copy BoxGen 42:30 - “The man, the lord of the land, spoke harshly with us and took us for spies of the country.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 42:31 - “So we said to him, ‘We are honest men; we are not spies.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 42:32 - ‘We are twelve brothers, sons of our father; one is no more, and the youngest is with our father today in the land of Canaan.’
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 42:33 - “Then the man, the lord of the land, said to us, ‘By this I will know that you are honest men: leave one of your brothers with me and take grain for the famine of your households, and go.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 42:34 - ‘But bring your youngest brother to me that I may know that you are not spies, but [fn]honest men. I will give your brother to you, and you may trade in the land.’”
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Now it happened that they were emptying their sacks, and behold, every man’s bundle of money was in his sack; and they and their father saw their bundles of money, and they feared.

Unchecked Copy BoxGen 42:36 - And their father Jacob said to them, “You have bereaved me of my children: Joseph is no more, and Simeon is no more, and you would take Benjamin; all these things are against me.”
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 42:37 - Then Reuben spoke to his father, saying, “You may put my two sons to death if I do not bring him back to you; put him in my hand, and I will return him to you.”
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 42:38 - But [fn]Jacob said, “My son shall not go down with you; for his brother is dead, and he alone remains. If harm should befall him on the journey on which you are going, then you will bring my gray hair down to Sheol in sorrow.”
LSB Footnotes
Lit noses
Lit had dreamed
Or undefended parts
Or undefended parts
Lit to you, saying
Lit the house of your prison
Lit went out
Lit trembled
Lit you are honest
Lit he

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