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Genesis 42 :: Young's Literal Translation (YLT)

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Unchecked Copy BoxGen 42:1 - And Jacob seeth that there is corn in Egypt, and Jacob saith to his sons, 'Why do you look at each other?'
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 42:2 - he saith also, 'Lo, I have heard that there is corn in Egypt, go down thither, and buy for us from thence, and we live and do not die;'
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 42:3 - and the ten brethren of Joseph go down to buy corn in Egypt,
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 42:4 - and Benjamin, Joseph's brother, Jacob hath not sent with his brethren, for he said, 'Lest mischief meet him.'
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 42:5 - And the sons of Israel come to buy in the midst of those coming, for the famine hath been in the land of Canaan,
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 42:6 - and Joseph is the ruler over the land, he who is selling to all the people of the land, and Joseph's brethren come and bow themselves to him -- face to the earth.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 42:7 - And Joseph seeth his brethren, and discerneth them, and maketh himself strange unto them, and speaketh with them sharp things, and saith unto them, 'From whence have ye come?' and they say, 'From the land of Canaan -- to buy food.'
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 42:8 - And Joseph discerneth his brethren, but they have not discerned him,
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 42:9 - and Joseph remembereth the dreams which he dreamed of them, and saith unto them, 'Ye are spies; to see the nakedness of the land ye have come.'
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 42:10 - And they say unto him, 'No, my lord, but thy servants have come to buy food;
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 42:11 - we are all of us sons of one man, we are right men; thy servants have not been spies;'
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 42:12 - and he saith unto them, 'No, but the nakedness of the land ye have come to see;'
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 42:13 - and they say, 'Thy servants are twelve brethren; we are sons of one man in the land of Canaan, and lo, the young one is with our father to-day, and the one is not.'
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 42:14 - And Joseph saith unto them, 'This is that which I have spoken unto you, saying, Ye are spies,
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 42:15 - by this ye are proved: Pharaoh liveth! if ye go out from this -- except by your young brother coming hither;
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 42:16 - send one of you, and let him bring your brother, and ye, remain ye bound, and let your words be proved, whether truth be with you: and if not -- Pharaoh liveth! surely ye are spies;'
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 42:17 - and he removeth them unto charge three days.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 42:18 - And Joseph saith unto them on the third day, 'This do and live; God I fear!
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 42:19 - if ye are right men, let one of your brethren be bound in the house of your ward, and ye, go, carry in corn for the famine of your houses,
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 42:20 - and your young brother ye bring unto me, and your words are established, and ye die not;' and they do so.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 42:21 - And they say one unto another, 'Verily we are guilty concerning our brother, because we saw the distress of his soul, in his making supplication unto us, and we did not hearken: therefore hath this distress come upon us.'
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 42:22 - And Reuben answereth them, saying, 'Spake I not unto you, saying, Sin not against the lad? and ye hearkened not; and his blood also, lo, it is required.'
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 42:23 - And they have not known that Joseph understandeth, for the interpreter is between them;
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 42:24 - and he turneth round from them, and weepeth, and turneth back unto them, and speaketh unto them, and taketh from them Simeon, and bindeth him before their eyes.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 42:25 - And Joseph commandeth, and they fill their vessels with corn, also to put back the money of each unto his sack, and to give to them provision for the way; and one doth to them so.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 42:26 - And they lift up their corn upon their asses, and go from thence,
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 42:27 - and the one openeth his sack to give provender to his ass at a lodging-place, and he seeth his money, and lo, it is in the mouth of his bag,
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 42:28 - and he saith unto his brethren, 'My money hath been put back, and also, lo, in my bag:' and their heart goeth out, and they tremble, one to another saying, 'What is this God hath done to us!'

Simeon Is Held Hostage

Unchecked Copy BoxGen 42:29 - And they come in unto Jacob their father, to the land of Canaan, and they declare to him all the things meeting them, saying,
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 42:30 - 'The man, the lord of the land, hath spoken with us sharp things, and maketh us as spies of the land;
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 42:31 - and we say unto him, We are right men, we have not been spies,
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 42:32 - we are twelve brethren, sons of our father, the one is not, and the young one is to-day with our father in the land of Canaan.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 42:33 - 'And the man, the lord of the land, saith unto us, By this I know that ye are right men -- one of your brethren leave with me, and for the famine of your houses take ye and go,
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 42:34 - and bring your young brother unto me, and I know that ye are not spies, but ye are right men; your brother I give to you, and ye trade with the land.'
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 42:35 - And it cometh to pass, they are emptying their sacks, and lo, the bundle of each man's silver is in his sack, and they see their bundles of silver, they and their father, and are afraid;
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 42:36 - and Jacob their father saith unto them, 'Me ye have bereaved; Joseph is not, and Simeon is not, and Benjamin ye take -- against me have been all these.'
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 42:37 - And Reuben speaketh unto his father, saying, 'My two sons thou dost put to death, if I bring him not in unto thee; give him into my hand, and I -- I bring him back unto thee;'
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 42:38 - and he saith, 'My son doth not go down with you, for his brother is dead, and he by himself is left; when mischief hath met him in the way in which ye go, then ye have brought down my grey hairs in sorrow to sheol.'

The Young's Literal Translation was translated by Robert Young, who believed in a strictly literal translation of God's word. This version of the Bible is in the public domain.


Pericope taken from the NASB95 and has been graciously provided by The Lockman Foundation, La Habra, Calif. All rights reserved.

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