Conscience now reproached them for it. 17 And he put them all together into ward three days. 33 And the man, the lord of the country, said unto us, Hereby shall I know that ye are true men; leave one of your brethren here with me, and take food for the famine of your households, and be gone: 34 And bring your youngest brother unto me: then shall I know that ye are no spies, but that ye are true men: so will I deliver you your brother, and ye shall traffick in the land. 38 And he said, My son shall not go down with you; for his brother is dead, and he is left alone: if mischief befall him by the way in the which ye go, then shall ye bring down my gray hairs with sorrow to the grave. When the guilt of this sin of Joseph's brethren was fresh, they made light of it, and sat down to eat bread; but now, long afterward, their consciences accused them of it. 14 And Joseph said unto them, That is it that I spake unto you, saying, Ye are spies: 15 Hereby ye shall be proved: By the life of Pharaoh ye shall not go forth hence, except your youngest brother come hither. 29 And they came unto Jacob their father unto the land of Canaan, and told him all that befell unto them; saying. 35 And it came to pass as they emptied their sacks, that, behold, every man's bundle of money was in his sack: and when both they and their father saw the bundles of money, they were afraid. May we do thus, never yielding to discouragement, determining to seek no other refuge, and humbling ourselves more and more under his mighty hand. King James Version Genesis 42. 31 And we said unto him, We are true men; we are no spies: 32 We be twelve brethren, sons of our father; one is not, and the youngest is this day with our father in the land of Canaan. There is provision in Christ; but we must come to him, and seek it from him.7-20 Joseph was hard upon his brethren, not from a spirit of revenge, but to bring them to repentance. 10 And they said unto him, Nay, my lord, but to buy food are thy servants come. 37 And Reuben spake unto his father, saying, Slay my two sons, if I bring him not to thee: deliver him into my hand, and I will bring him to thee again. By sharp corrections and humbling convictions he will break the stoutness and mar the pride of the heart, and bring to true repentance. Shall others get food for their souls, and shall we starve while it is to be had? It troubled the good man. 4 But Benjamin, Joseph's brother, Jacob sent not with his brethren; for he said, Lest peradventure mischief befall him. therefore, behold, also his blood is required. Which of Joseph's brothers did he have bound to remain in Egypt. We are afflicted in body, estate, name, and in our relations; and think all these things are against us, whereas they are really working for us a weight of glory. 23 And they knew not that Joseph understood them; for he spake unto them by an interpreter. 7 And Joseph saw his brethren, and he knew them, but made himself strange unto them, and spake roughly unto them; and he said unto them, Whence come ye? Not seeing his brother Benjamin, he suspected that they had made away with him, and he gave them occasion to speak of their father and brother. Listen to Chapter Audio; Chapter Overview. Thus does the Lord Jesus conceal himself and his favour, thus he rebukes and chastens those for whom he has purposes of love. With those that fear God, we may expect fair dealing.21-24 The office of conscience is to bring to mind things long since said and done. 26 And they laded their asses with the corn, and departed thence. Thus Christ, like Joseph, gives out supplies without money and without price. The poorest are invited to buy. Even the bundles of money Joseph returned, in kindness, to his father, frightened him. Jacob plainly distrusted his sons, remembering that he never saw Joseph since he had been with them. Joseph retired to weep. 1 Now when Jacob saw that there was corn in Egypt, Jacob said unto his sons, Why do ye look one upon another? 25 Then Joseph commanded to fill their sacks with corn, and to restore every man's money into his sack, and to give them provision for the way: and thus did he unto them. 12 And he said unto them, Nay, but to see the nakedness of the land ye are come. 30 The man, who is the lord of the land, spake roughly to us, and took us for spies of the country. 6 And Joseph was the governor over the land, and he it was that sold to all the people of the land: and Joseph's brethren came, and bowed down themselves before him with their faces to the earth. See the good of afflictions; they often prove the happy means of awakening conscience, and bringing sin to our remembrance. 8 And Joseph knew his brethren, but they knew not him. 22 And Reuben answered them, saying, Spake I not unto you, saying, Do not sin against the child; and ye would not hear? Yet before sinners fully know him, or taste that he is gracious, he consults their good, and sustains their souls, to wait for him. 16 Send one of you, and let him fetch your brother, and ye shall be kept in prison, that your words may be proved, whether there be any truth in you: or else by the life of Pharaoh surely ye are spies. (25-28) Jacob refuses to send Benjamin to Egypt. In due time he will answer our petitions, and do for us more than we can expect.Commentary by Matthew Henry, 1710. 1: Jacob sends his ten sons to buy corn in Egypt. Lectionary Calendar. 27 And as one of them opened his sack to give his ass provender in the inn, he espied his money; for, behold, it was in his sack's mouth. GEN 42:25 Then Joseph commanded to fill their sacks with corn, and to restore every man's money into his sack, and to give them provision for the way: and thus did he unto them. When we share with others in their sufferings, it will be a comfort if we have the testimony of our consciences for us, that we did not share in their evil deeds, but in our places witnessed against them. (21-24) The rest return with corn. Reuben alone remembered with comfort, that he had done what he could to prevent the mischief. And he said, Behold, I have heard that there is corn in Egypt: get you down thither, and buy for us … Jacob gives up Joseph for gone, and Simeon and Benjamin as in danger; and concludes, All these things are against me. 18 And Joseph said unto them the third day, This do, and live; for I fear God: 19 If ye be true men, let one of your brethren be bound in the house of your prison: go ye, carry corn for the famine of your houses: 20 But bring your youngest brother unto me; so shall your words be verified, and ye shall not die. Also, the evil of guilt as to our brethren. And they said, From the land of Canaan to buy food. It is bad with a family, when children behave so ill that their parents know not how to trust them. 13 And they said, Thy servants are twelve brethren, the sons of one man in the land of Canaan; and, behold, the youngest is this day with our father, and one is not. 11 We are all one man's sons; we are true men, thy servants are no spies. (7-20) Their remorse, Simeon detained. 3 And Joseph's ten brethren went down to buy corn in Egypt. GEN 42:24 And he turned himself about from them, and wept; and returned to them again, and communed with them, and took from them Simeon, and bound him before their eyes. But guilty consciences are apt to take good providences in a bad sense; to put wrong meanings even upon things that make for them.29-38 Here is the report Jacob's sons made to their father. Jacob sends ten sons to buy corn. It was a very encouraging word he said to them, "I fear God;" as if he had said, You may be assured I will do you no wrong; I dare not, for I know there is one higher than I. Much of the prose has a lyrical quality and uses the full range of figures of speech and other devices that characterize the world's finest epic literature. 9 And Joseph remembered the dreams which he dreamed of them, and said unto them, Ye are spies; to see the nakedness of the land ye are come. 2 And he said, Behold, I have heard that there is corn in Egypt: get you down thither, and buy for us from thence; that we may live, and not die. 24 And he turned himself about from them, and wept; and returned to them again, and communed with them, and took from them Simeon, and bound him before their eyes. The book of Genesis is basically prose narrative, punctuated here and there by brief poems (the longest is the so-called Blessing of Jacob in 49:2-27). It proved otherwise, that all these things were for him, were working together for his good, and the good of his family. Whenever we think we have wrong done us, we ought to remember the wrong we have done to others. (29-38)1-6 Jacob saw the corn his neighbours had bought in Egypt, and brought home. (1-6) Joseph's treatment of his brethren. God, in his providence, sometimes seems harsh with those he loves, and speaks roughly to those for whom yet he has great mercy in store.

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