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  • So with severe famine everywhere in the land, Joseph opened up the storehouses and sold grain to the Egyptians. - Genesis 41:56

  • And people from surrounding lands also came to Egypt to buy grain from Joseph because the famine was severe throughout the world. - Genesis 41:57

  • So Joseph's ten older brothers went down to Egypt to buy grain. - Genesis 42:3

  • Jacob wouldn't let Joseph's younger brother, Benjamin, go with them, however, for fear some harm might come to him. - Genesis 42:4

  • Since Joseph was governor of all Egypt and in charge of the sale of the grain, it was to him that his brothers came. They bowed low before him, with their faces to the ground. - Genesis 42:6

  • Joseph recognized them instantly, but he pretended to be a stranger. "Where are you from?" he demanded roughly. "From the land of Canaan," they replied. "We have come to buy grain." - Genesis 42:7

  • Joseph's brothers didn't recognize him, but Joseph recognized them. - Genesis 42:8

  • But Joseph insisted, "As I said, you are spies! - Genesis 42:14

  • On the third day Joseph said to them, "I am a God-fearing man. If you do as I say, you will live. - Genesis 42:18

  • Speaking among themselves, they said, "This has all happened because of what we did to Joseph long ago. We saw his terror and anguish and heard his pleadings, but we wouldn't listen. That's why this trouble has come upon us." - Genesis 42:21

  • Of course, they didn't know that Joseph understood them as he was standing there, for he had been speaking to them through an interpreter. - Genesis 42:23

  • Joseph then ordered his servants to fill the men's sacks with grain, but he also gave secret instructions to return each brother's payment at the top of his sack. He also gave them provisions for their journey. - Genesis 42:25

  • Jacob exclaimed, "You have deprived me of my children! Joseph has disappeared, Simeon is gone, and now you want to take Benjamin, too. Everything is going against me!" - Genesis 42:36

  • But Jacob replied, "My son will not go down with you, for his brother Joseph is dead, and he alone is left of his mother's children. If anything should happen to him, you would bring my gray head down to the grave in deep sorrow." - Genesis 42:38

  • So they took Benjamin and the gifts and double the money and hurried to Egypt, where they presented themselves to Joseph. - Genesis 43:15

  • When Joseph saw that Benjamin was with them, he said to the manager of his household, "These men will eat with me this noon. Take them inside and prepare a big feast." - Genesis 43:16

  • So the man did as he was told and took them to Joseph's palace. - Genesis 43:17
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    New Living Translation Bible used with permission Tyndale House Publishers.

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