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Genesis 42 - NIV

Joseph’s Brothers Go to Egypt

1 When Jacob learned that there was grain in Egypt, he said to his sons, “Why do you just keep looking at each other?”

2 He continued, “I have heard that there is grain in Egypt. Go down there and buy some for us, so that we may live and not die.”

3 Then ten of Joseph’s brothers went down to buy grain from Egypt.

4 But Jacob did not send Benjamin, Joseph’s brother, with the others, because he was afraid that harm might come to him.

5 So Israel’s sons were among those who went to buy grain, for there was famine in the land of Canaan also.

6 Now Joseph was the governor of the land, the person who sold grain to all its people. So when Joseph’s brothers arrived, they bowed down to him with their faces to the ground.

7 As soon as Joseph saw his brothers, he recognized them, but he pretended to be a stranger and spoke harshly to them. “Where do you come from?” he asked.
“From the land of Canaan,” they replied, “to buy food.”

8 Although Joseph recognized his brothers, they did not recognize him.

9 Then he remembered his dreams about them and said to them, “You are spies! You have come to see where our land is unprotected.”

10 “No, my lord,” they answered. “Your servants have come to buy food.

11 We are all the sons of one man. Your servants are honest men, not spies.”

12 “No!” he said to them. “You have come to see where our land is unprotected.”

13 But they replied, “Your servants were twelve brothers, the sons of one man, who lives in the land of Canaan. The youngest is now with our father, and one is no more.”

14 Joseph said to them, “It is just as I told you: You are spies!

15 And this is how you will be tested: As surely as Pharaoh lives, you will not leave this place unless your youngest brother comes here.

16 Send one of your number to get your brother; the rest of you will be kept in prison, so that your words may be tested to see if you are telling the truth. If you are not, then as surely as Pharaoh lives, you are spies!”

17 And he put them all in custody for three days.

18 On the third day, Joseph said to them, “Do this and you will live, for I fear God:

19 If you are honest men, let one of your brothers stay here in prison, while the rest of you go and take grain back for your starving households.

20 But you must bring your youngest brother to me, so that your words may be verified and that you may not die.” This they proceeded to do.

21 They said to one another, “Surely we are being punished because of our brother. We saw how distressed he was when he pleaded with us for his life, but we would not listen; that’s why this distress has come on us.”

22 Reuben replied, “Didn’t I tell you not to sin against the boy? But you wouldn’t listen! Now we must give an accounting for his blood.”

23 They did not realize that Joseph could understand them, since he was using an interpreter.

24 He turned away from them and began to weep, but then came back and spoke to them again. He had Simeon taken from them and bound before their eyes.

25 Joseph gave orders to fill their bags with grain, to put each man’s silver back in his sack, and to give them provisions for their journey. After this was done for them,

26 they loaded their grain on their donkeys and left.

27 At the place where they stopped for the night one of them opened his sack to get feed for his donkey, and he saw his silver in the mouth of his sack.

28 “My silver has been returned,” he said to his brothers. “Here it is in my sack.”
Their hearts sank and they turned to each other trembling and said, “What is this that God has done to us?”

29 When they came to their father Jacob in the land of Canaan, they told him all that had happened to them. They said,

30 “The man who is lord over the land spoke harshly to us and treated us as though we were spying on the land.

31 But we said to him, ‘We are honest men; we are not spies.

32 We were twelve brothers, sons of one father. One is no more, and the youngest is now with our father in Canaan.’

33 “Then the man who is lord over the land said to us, ‘This is how I will know whether you are honest men: Leave one of your brothers here with me, and take food for your starving households and go.

34 But bring your youngest brother to me so I will know that you are not spies but honest men. Then I will give your brother back to you, and you can trade[a] in the land.’”

35 As they were emptying their sacks, there in each man’s sack was his pouch of silver! When they and their father saw the money pouches, they were frightened.

36 Their father Jacob said to them, “You have deprived me of my children. Joseph is no more and Simeon is no more, and now you want to take Benjamin. Everything is against me!”

37 Then Reuben said to his father, “You may put both of my sons to death if I do not bring him back to you. Entrust him to my care, and I will bring him back.”

38 But Jacob said, “My son will not go down there with you; his brother is dead and he is the only one left. If harm comes to him on the journey you are taking, you will bring my gray head down to the grave in sorrow.”


a. Genesis 42:34 Or move about freely

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Shared by: Larry Turner on May, 2016
Summary: When Joseph got the chance to make his brothers sweat, he took it.
Scripture: Genesis 42:1-49:11
Denomination: Foursquare
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Shared by: Paul Basehore on Jan, 2016
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Shared by: Ian Humphrey on Nov, 2015
Summary: Joseph and Salvation
Scripture: Genesis 42:1-23
Denomination: Holiness
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Shared by: Ian Humphrey on Nov, 2015
Scripture: Genesis 42:9-25
Denomination: Holiness
Views: 402
Shared by: MELVIN NEWLAND on May, 2015
Summary: We're going to look at the story of Joseph & see how God used him to save a nation & to heal his fragmented family. (PowerPoints available - #125)
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Shared by: Jeff krist on Apr, 2015
Summary: Are you willing to hand of Free Samples? Joseph had a choice to either forgive or not to forgive. He made the right choice will you?
Series: Average Joe
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Shared by: Manny Salva Cruz on Aug, 2014
Summary: Many times, we get hurt and we wanted to take revenge. But God reminds us through the story of Joseph that we have been placed by God in that position of authority for a greater purpose and that we must always manifest a humble heart.
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7 WEEPINGS of Joseph
Shared by: Kim Oliver on Jun, 2014
Summary: What makes Jesus weep
Scripture: Genesis 42:22-50:16
Denomination: Charismatic
Views: 551
John Shearhart avatar
Genesis 42:1-38
Shared by: John Shearhart on Feb, 2014
Summary: God finally fulfills His promise to Joseph when His brothers bow down before him. He proves that He never leaves us nor fails us no matter where we go or what we do.
Scripture: Genesis 42:1-38
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 904
Paul Barreca avatar
Grappling with Guilt
Shared by: Paul Barreca on May, 2013
Summary: Joseph teaches an important lesson on overcoming guilt. This message will examine the Source, the Symptoms and the Solution for guilt.
Scripture: Genesis 42:1-38
Views: 623
Brian Gordon avatar
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Shared by: Brian Gordon on Nov, 2011
Summary: The Power of Forgiveness
Scripture: Genesis 42:1-45:1
Denomination: Methodist
Views: 734
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Shared by: Edward Hardee on Oct, 2011
Summary: This is a study of the book of Genesis. Genesis and Revelation are two of the most disputed books in the Bible. The premise of this study is the foundation of creation.
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Scripture: Genesis 42:1-38
Denomination: Church Of God
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Shared by: C. Philip Green on Oct, 2011
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Shared by: Rich Anderson on Feb, 2011
Summary: God's promises are just as much for us as they were for Joseph. His grace is still at work. His tender mercies accompany us from the pit to the pinnacle.
Scripture: Genesis 42:1-38
Denomination: Christian Church
Views: 653
Rodney Johnson avatar
Now Is Not The End Part 4
Shared by: Rodney Johnson on Feb, 2011
Summary: Part 4 focuses on Joseph's revelation to his brother and his understanding that God had established him to save the lives of his family as part of His promise to Abraham.
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Shared by: David Owens on Aug, 2010
Summary: In this sermon, we focus on Jacob, Joseph's father, and his negative, faithless attitude. We learn how to overcome those challenges and learn to trust God more.
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Scripture: Genesis 42:36-43:14
Views: 2,469
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Shared by: David Owens on Jul, 2010
Summary: In this lesson we see the wrong way Joseph's brothers dealt with their guilt, and we learn the right way to handle guilt through God's remedy.
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Scripture: Genesis 42:1-28
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Shared by: Rodney Kelley on Sep, 2009
Summary: Face the problems of your past so you can enjoy living in your tomorrows.
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Scripture: Genesis 42:1-45:13
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 1,147
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Shared by: Tom Owen on Aug, 2009
Summary: verse-by-verse
Series: Beginnings
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Scripture: Genesis 41:50-42:36
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 577
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Genesis 50
Shared by: Tom Owen on Aug, 2009
Summary: verse-by-verse
Series: Beginnings
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Scripture: Genesis 42:36-46:28
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Views: 759
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Shared by: Joseph Smith on Jul, 2009
Summary: For deacon ordination: deacons are like spies, of whom the world is suspicious; but we win their confidence by serving them.
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Scripture: Genesis 42:1-47:6
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 605
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Shared by: Paul Clemente on Jul, 2009
Summary: Because the three G’s, grief, guilt, and grudge, will happen in our lives, are we clinging to the Big G, God, for answers?
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Scripture: Genesis 42:1-38
Denomination: Evangelical Free
Views: 1,327
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Shared by: Joe Rowland on Jun, 2009
Summary: When we are in the pit do we remember what the Lord has spoken? God had spoken to Joseph and then he was thrown into a pit. Joseph stayed faithful to God through it all.
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Scripture: Genesis 42:6-20
Denomination: Assembly Of God
Views: 869
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Shared by: Hugh W. Davidson on May, 2009
Summary: Joseph’s confrontation with his brothers.
Series: Joseph
Scripture: Genesis 42:1-23
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 647
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Shared by: Joel Smith on Mar, 2009
Summary: You are God’s catalyst for change.
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Scripture: Genesis 42:1-45:15
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 746
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Shared by: Joe Hayes on Nov, 2008
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Scripture: Genesis 42:9
Denomination: Assembly Of God
Views: 226
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Shared by: Clarence Eisberg on Sep, 2008
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Scripture: Genesis 42:1-45:14
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Views: 724
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Shared by: James Thomas on Apr, 2008
Summary: Triumph in tough times victory from defeat
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Scripture: Genesis 42:1-8
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 9,060
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Shared by: Grant van Boeschoten on Feb, 2008
Summary: I believe that God wants for you to be able to Rule Your Future. He does not want you to be in a constant state of crisis, with the problems of the moment overwhelming you.
based on 7 ratings
Scripture: Genesis 39:1-42:20
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 748
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Shared by: Victor Yap on Dec, 2007
Summary: Joseph, Pt. 4 (Final)
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Scripture: Genesis 42:21-50:21
Denomination: Independent/Bible
Views: 1,537