Genesis Chapter 43 (Review)

  1. And the famine was sore in the land.

And the famine was terrible.

  1. And it came to pass, when they had eaten up the corn which they had brought out of Egypt, their father said unto them, Go again, buy us a little food.

At this time, they had eaten up all what they bought from Egypt. And their father said. Go and buy us food. This whole time, they left Simeon there simply because Israel said Benjamin is not going.

  1. And Judah spake unto him, saying, The man did solemnly protest unto us, saying, Ye shall not see my face, except your brother be with you.

And Judah said, the man in charge said he will not speak to us not to talk of trading with us, unless we have our younger one with us.

  1. If thou wilt send our brother with us, we will go down and buy thee food:

So if you will send Benjamin with us, then we will go and buy food.

  1. but if thou wilt not send him, we will not go down: for the man said unto us, Ye shall not see my face, except your brother be with you.

But if Benjamin won’t come along, then we would not go.

  1. And Israel said, Wherefore dealt ye so ill with me, as to tell the man whether ye had yet a brother?

And Israel said…why would you do this to me by telling the man that you have a brother?

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  1. And they said, The man asked us straitly of our state, and of our kindred, saying, Is your father yet alive? have ye another brother? and we told him according to the tenor of these words: Could we certainly know that he would say, Bring your brother down ?

And they said…he asked us direct questions straight up, where we’re from, if we have a father, if we have a brother….how were we to know that he would tell us to bring our brother?

  1. And Judah said unto Israel his father, Send the lad with me, and we will arise and go; that we may live, and not die, both we, and thou, and also our little ones.

And Judah said…let Benjamin go with us…that we and our children may live (by this time they had children).

  1. I will be surety for him; of my hand shalt thou require him: if I bring him not unto thee, and set him before thee, then let me bear the blame for ever:

I will be the collateral for him. Ask of him from my hand. If I do not bring Benjamin unto you, then blame me forever.

  1. for except we had lingered, surely now we had returned this second time.

If we didn’t waste time, we would have gone and returned by now. Now we have to return this second time

  1. And their father Israel said unto them, If it must be so now, do this; take of the best fruits in the land in your vessels, and carry down the man a present, a little balm, and a little honey, spices and myrrh, nuts and almonds:

And Israel said. If that’s the only way, then take of the best fruits in Canaan, and carry down the man a present, a little balm, honey, spices, and myrrh, nuts, and almonds

  1. and take double money in your hand; and the money that was brought again in the mouth of your sacks, carry it again in your hand; peradventure it was an oversight.

Double the money on your hand. (The current one and the former one) just Incase the return of the money was a mistake.

  1. Take also your brother, and arise, go again unto the man:

Take your brother, and go.

  1. and God Almighty give you mercy before the man, that he may send away your other brother, and Benjamin. If I be bereaved of my children, I am bereaved

May God give you mercy before this man, that he may release ‘your other brother’…he didn’t even mention the name…and release Benjamin as well. Benjamin was his concern. If I lose my children, I myself I’m lost.

  1. And the men took that present, and they took double money in their hand, and Benjamin; and rose up, and went down to Egypt, and stood before Joseph.

And they rose and went DOWN into Egypt.

  1. And when Joseph saw Benjamin with them, he said to the ruler of his house, Bring these men home, and slay, and make ready; for these men shall dine with me at noon.

When Joseph saw Benjamin, he gave an order. Take these men into my house, and kill something (from the flock) because these men will dine with me this afternoon

  1. And the man did as Joseph bade; and the man brought the men into Joseph’s house.

And the order was carried out.

  1. And the men were afraid, because they were brought into Joseph’s house; and they said, Because of the money that was returned in our sacks at the first time are we brought in; that he may seek occasion against us, and fall upon us, and take us for bondmen, and our asses.

And they were afraid. Because they thought he wanted to punish them for the money taken away. Because they could have actually turned back and returned it.

  1. And they came near to the steward of Joseph’s house, and they communed with him at the door of the house,
  2. and said, O sir, we came indeed down at the first time to buy food:
  3. and it came to pass, when we came to the inn, that we opened our sacks, and, behold, every man’s money was in the mouth of his sack, our money in full weight: and we have brought it again in our hand.
  4. And other money have we brought down in our hands to buy food: we cannot tell who put our money in our sacks.

And they came to the keeper of Joseph’s house to try and claim innocence. So they confessed. Sir, sincerely, we came to buy food the first time and on getting home, we saw our money with us again. But we have brought it back this time.

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We don’t know how the money got into our bags. But we brought it back, and more that we may buy food.

  1. And he said, Peace be to you, fear not: your God, and the God of your father, hath given you treasure in your sacks: I had your money. And he brought Simeon out unto them.

And the keeper said. Don’t be afraid. God, and the God of your father gave you treasures. The money you paid then, was with me (he didn’t want to tell them Joseph gave the order that it be returned to their sacks) and he went in and brought Simeon unto them.

  1. And the man brought the men into Joseph’s house, and gave them water, and they washed their feet; and he gave their asses provender.

And they were all in Joseph’s house and were given water to wash their feet and their donkeys were given food as well.

  1. And they made ready the present against Joseph came at noon: for they heard that they should eat bread there.
  2. And when Joseph came home, they brought him the present which was in their hand into the house, and bowed themselves to him to the earth.

They put together the present their father told them to give and when Joseph came in, they bowed down to him and presented it before him.

  1. And he asked them of their welfare, and said, Is your father well, the old man of whom ye spake? Is he yet alive?

And he asked them if their father was well and alive.

  1. And they answered, Thy servant our father is in good health, he is yet alive. And they bowed down their heads, and made obeisance.

And they said…your servant, our father is well…and they bowed down and paid him respect.

  1. And he lifted up his eyes, and saw his brother Benjamin, his mother’s son, and said, Is this your younger brother, of whom ye spake unto me? And he said, God be gracious unto thee, my son.

And he looked at Benjamin and said…is this the younger one you spoke of? And he said unto Benjamin. God be gracious unto you my son.

  1. And Joseph made haste; for his bowels did yearn upon his brother: and he sought where to weep; and he entered into his chamber, and wept there.

And Joseph speedily made his way out because he couldn’t hold his tears, so he ran into his room and cried.

  1. And he washed his face, and went out, and refrained himself, and said, Set on bread.

Then he washed his face, came out, acted up and asked that the meal be set.

  1. And they set on for him by himself, and for them by themselves, and for the Egyptians, which did eat with him, by themselves: because the Egyptians might not eat bread with the Hebrews; for that is an abomination unto the Egyptians.

So they sat at their different tables, both the Hebrews and the Egyptians because it is an abomination for them to eat together. Jacob had his own set, different from theirs as well.

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  1. And they sat before him, the firstborn according to his birthright, and the youngest according to his youth: and the men marvelled one at another.

And they sat according to their ages, in a descending order…and they were surprised.

  1. And he took and sent messes unto them from before him: but Benjamin’s mess was five times so much as any of theirs. And they drank, and were merry with him.

And he gave them food, but Benjamin’s food was 5x each person’s food. And they drank and celebrated.

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