Bible: Genesis 42:1-7

Joseph’s Brothers in Egypt

42:1 When Jacob heard 1  there was grain in Egypt, he 2  said to his sons, “Why are you looking at each other? 3  42:2 He then said, “Look, I hear that there is grain in Egypt. Go down there and buy grain for us 4  so that we may live 5  and not die.” 6 

42:3 So ten of Joseph’s brothers went down to buy grain from Egypt. 42:4 But Jacob did not send Joseph’s brother Benjamin with his brothers, 7  for he said, 8 What if some accident 9  happens 10  to him? 42:5 So Israel’s sons came to buy grain among the other travelers, 11  for the famine was severe in the land of Canaan.

42:6 Now Joseph was the ruler of the country, the one who sold grain to all the people of the country. 12  Joseph’s brothers came and bowed down 13  before him with 14  their faces to the ground. 42:7 When Joseph saw his brothers, he recognized them, but he pretended to be a stranger 15  to them and spoke to them harshly. He asked, “Where do you come from?” They answered, 16 From the land of Canaan, to buy grain for food.” 17 

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