Genesis 42

Bible Reading

Genesis 42

Joseph’s Brothers Go to Egypt

Jacob heard there was grain in Egypt and sent his sons to buy some so they may live and not die.

Joseph’s ten brothers went down to Egypt except Jacob did not send Benjamin because someone might harm him.

Joseph’s brothers went to Egypt to buy grain because there was a famine in Canaan, too.

Joseph was the governor of the land; Joseph’s brothers bowed to him with their faces to the ground.

Joseph recognized his brothers and spoke harshly to them. Where do you come from?

Joseph’s brothers said from the land of Canaan so we can buy food.

Joseph’s brothers did not recognize them; he remembered his dreams and called them spies.

His brothers said we are twelve brothers and their father lived in Canaan; the youngest in Canaan and one is no more.’

Joseph said the brothers were spies and tested them by keeping them in prison for three days.

Joseph said to them on the third day; let one brother stay in prison; the rest return home with grain.

Joseph’s brothers were to take the grain and return with the youngest.

Joseph’s brothers understood and saw Joseph’s distress and felt they were being punished because of Joseph.

Joseph turned away and wept. To keep the promise, Joseph’s Brother Simeon was bound and kept in prison.

Joseph filled their bags with grain and put each man’s silver back in the sack; they loaded the grains and left.

The brothers stopped to rest for the night; one brother opened the grain bags and found his silver.

All the brothers feared for their lives.

Jacob was told all the details by sons; they said the man was lord over the land was mean and harsh to them.

Jacob was distressed over the news of Simeon, now Benjamin and felt everything was against him.

Reuben was trusted with Benjamin by his father Jacob.

Jacob said to Reuben, “If harm comes to my youngest son, you will bring my gray head to the grave in sorrow!”


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