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Genesis 42 :: New American Standard Bible 2020 (NASB20)

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Joseph’s Brothers Sent to Egypt

Unchecked Copy BoxGen 42:1 - 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, “Look, I have heard that there is grain in Egypt; go down there and buy some for us from [fn]that place, so that we may live and not die.”
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 42:3 - So ten of Joseph’s brothers 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, “I am afraid that harm may happen to him.”
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 42:5 - So the sons of Israel came to buy grain among those who were coming, because the famine was also in the land of Canaan.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 42:6 - Now Joseph was the ruler over the land; he was the one who sold grain to all the people of the land. And Joseph’s brothers came and bowed down to him with their faces to the ground.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 42:7 - When Joseph saw his brothers, he recognized them, but he disguised himself to them and spoke to them harshly. He said to them, “Where have you come from?” And they said, “From the land of Canaan, to buy food.”
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 42:8 - But Joseph had 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 he said to them, “You are spies; you have come to look at the [fn]undefended parts of our land.”
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 42:10 - And 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 - Yet he said to them, “No, but you have come to look at the [fn]undefended parts of our land!”
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 42:13 - But 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 longer alive.”
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 42:14 - Yet 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 leave this place unless your youngest brother comes here!
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 42:16 - “Send one of you and have him get your brother, while you remain confined, so that your words may be tested, whether there is truth in you. But if not, by the life of Pharaoh, you are certainly spies!”
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 42:17 - So he put them all together in prison for three days.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 42:18 - Now 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, carry grain for the famine of your households,
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 42:20 - and bring your youngest brother to me, so that your words may be verified, and you will not die.” And they did so.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 42:21 - Then they said to one another, “Truly we are guilty concerning our brother, because we saw the distress of his soul when he pleaded with us, yet we would not listen; for that reason this distress has happened to us.”
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 42:22 - Reuben answered them, saying, “Did I not tell [fn]you, ‘Do not sin against the boy’; and you would not listen? [fn]Now justice for his blood is required.”
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 42:23 - They did not know, however, that Joseph understood, for there was an interpreter between them.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 42:24 - Then he turned away from them and wept. But when he returned to them and spoke to them, he took Simeon from them and bound him before their eyes.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 42:25 - Then Joseph gave orders to fill their bags with grain, but also to return every man’s money in his sack, and to give them provisions for the journey. And that is what was done for them.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 42:26 - So they loaded their donkeys with their grain and departed from there.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 42:27 - But when one of them opened his sack to give his donkey feed at the overnight campsite, he saw his money; and behold, it was in the opening of his sack!
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 42:28 - So he said to his brothers, “My money has been returned, and look, it is right in my sack!” Then their hearts [fn]sank, and they turned [fn]trembling to one another, saying, “What is this that God has done to us?”

Simeon Is Held Hostage

Unchecked Copy BoxGen 42:29 - When they came to their father Jacob in the land of Canaan, they told him everything 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 - “But 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 longer alive, and the youngest is with our father today in the land of Canaan.’
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 42:33 - “But 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 so 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.’”
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 42:35 - Now it came about, as they were emptying their sacks, that behold, every man’s bag of money was in his sack; and when they and their father saw their bags of money, they were afraid.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 42:36 - And their father Jacob said to them, “You have deprived me of my sons: Joseph is gone, and Simeon is gone, and now 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 [fn]care, 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 is left. If harm should happen to him on the journey [fn]you are taking, then you will bring my gray hair down to Sheol in sorrow.”
NASB20 Footnotes
Lit there
Lit had dreamed
Lit nakedness of the land
Lit nakedness of the land
Lit to you, saying
Lit the house of your prison
Lit you, saying,
Lit And behold, his blood also is required
Lit went out
Lit trembled
Lit you are honest
Lit hand
Lit he
Lit on which you are going
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