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Shvoong Home>Books>Joseph''s Brothers Go to Egypt to Buy Grain Review

Joseph''s Brothers Go to Egypt to Buy Grain

Book Review   by:azteczuma7     Original Author: Bible
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Genesis 42:1-24

When
Jacob found out that grain was for sale in Egypt, he said to his sons,
"Why do you keep looking at each other? I''ve
heard there''s grain for sale in Egypt. Go there and buy some for us so that we
won''t starve to death." Ten of
Joseph''s brothers went to buy grain in Egypt. Jacob
wouldn''t send Joseph''s brother Benjamin with the other brothers, because he was
afraid that something would happen to him. Israel''s
sons left with the others who were going to buy grain, because there was also
famine in Canaan. As governor of the
country, Joseph was selling grain to everyone. So when Joseph''s brothers
arrived, they bowed in front of him with their faces touching the ground.

As
soon as Joseph saw his brothers, he recognized them. But he acted as if he
didn''t know them and spoke harshly to them. "Where did you come
from?" he asked them. "From Canaan, to buy food," they answered.
Even though Joseph recognized his
brothers, they didn''t recognize him. Then
he remembered the dreams he once had about them. "You''re spies!" he
said to them, "And you''ve come to find out where our country is
unprotected." "No,
sir!" they answered him. "We''ve come to buy food. We''re all sons of one man. We''re honest men,
not spies." He said to them,
"No! You''ve come to find out where our country is unprotected." They answered him, "We were 12
brothers, sons of one man in Canaan. The youngest brother stayed with our
father, and the other one is no longer with us." "It''s
just as I told you," Joseph said to them. "You''re spies! This is how you''ll be tested: I solemnly swear,
as surely as Pharaoh lives, that you won''t leave this place unless your
youngest brother comes here. One of
you must be sent to get your brother while the rest of you stay in prison.
We''ll see if you''re telling the truth. If not, I solemnly swear, as surely as
Pharaoh lives, you are spies!" Then
he put them in jail for three days. On
the third day Joseph said to them, "Do this, and you will live. I, too,
fear God. If you are honest men, you
will let one of your brothers stay here in prison. The rest of you will go and
take grain back to your starving families. But
you must bring me your youngest brother. This will show that you''ve been
telling the truth. Then you won''t die." So they agreed.

They
said to each other, "We''re surely being punished for what we did to our
brother. We saw how troubled he was when he pleaded with us for mercy, but we
wouldn''t listen. That''s why we''re in trouble now." Reuben said to them, "Didn''t I tell you
not to sin against the boy? But you wouldn''t listen. Now we must pay for this
bloodshed." They didn''t know that
Joseph could understand them, because he was speaking through an interpreter. He stepped away from them to cry. When
he could speak to them again, he came back. Then he picked Simeon and had him
arrested right in front of their eyes.
Published: January 05, 2008   
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