World English Bible
Genesis 42 (WEBP)
 Now Jacob saw that there was grain in Egypt, and Jacob said to his sons, “Why do you look at one another?”
 He said, “Behold, I have heard that there is grain in Egypt. Go down there, and buy for us from there, so that we may live, and not die.”
 Joseph’s ten brothers went down to buy grain from Egypt.
 But Jacob didn’t send Benjamin, Joseph’s brother, with his brothers; for he said, “Lest perhaps harm happen to him.”
 The sons of Israel came to buy among those who came, for the famine was in the land of Canaan.
 Joseph was the governor over the land. It was he who sold to all the people of the land. Joseph’s brothers came, and bowed themselves down to him with their faces to the earth.
 Joseph saw his brothers, and he recognized them, but acted like a stranger to them, and spoke roughly with them. He said to them, “Where did you come from?” They said, “From the land of Canaan, to buy food.”
 Joseph recognized his brothers, but they didn’t recognize him.
 Joseph remembered the dreams which he dreamed about them, and said to them, “You are spies! You have come to see the nakedness of the land.”
 They said to him, “No, my lord, but your servants have come to buy food.
 We are all one man’s sons; we are honest men. Your servants are not spies.”
 He said to them, “No, but you have come to see the nakedness of the land!”
 They said, “We, your servants, are twelve brothers, the sons of one man in the land of Canaan; and behold, the youngest is today with our father, and one is no more.”
 Joseph said to them, “It is like I told you, saying, ‘You are spies!’
 By this you shall be tested. By the life of Pharaoh, you shall not go out from here, unless your youngest brother comes here.
 Send one of you, and let him get your brother, and you shall be bound, that your words may be tested, whether there is truth in you, or else by the life of Pharaoh surely you are spies.”
 He put them all together into custody for three days.
 Joseph said to them the third day, “Do this, and live, for I fear God.
 If you are honest men, then let one of your brothers be bound in your prison; but you go, carry grain for the famine of your houses.
 Bring your youngest brother to me; so will your words be verified, and you won’t die.” They did so.
 They said to one another, “We are certainly guilty concerning our brother, in that we saw the distress of his soul, when he begged us, and we wouldn’t listen. Therefore this distress has come upon us.”
 Reuben answered them, saying, “Didn’t I tell you, saying, ‘Don’t sin against the child,’ and you wouldn’t listen? Therefore also, behold, his blood is required.”
 They didn’t know that Joseph understood them; for there was an interpreter between them.
 He turned himself away from them, and wept. Then he returned to them, and spoke to them, and took Simeon from among them, and bound him before their eyes.
 Then Joseph gave a command to fill their bags with grain, and to restore each man’s money into his sack, and to give them food for the way. So it was done to them.
 They loaded their donkeys with their grain, and departed from there.
 As one of them opened his sack to give his donkey food in the lodging place, he saw his money. Behold, it was in the mouth of his sack.
 He said to his brothers, “My money is restored! Behold, it is in my sack!” Their hearts failed them, and they turned trembling to one another, saying, “What is this that God has done to us?”
 They came to Jacob their father, to the land of Canaan, and told him all that had happened to them, saying,
 “The man, the lord of the land, spoke roughly with us, and took us for spies of the country.
 We said to him, ‘We are honest men. We are no spies.
 We are twelve brothers, sons of our father; one is no more, and the youngest is today with our father in the land of Canaan.’
 The man, the lord of the land, said to us, ‘By this I will know that you are honest men: leave one of your brothers with me, and take grain for the famine of your houses, and go your way.
 Bring your youngest brother to me. Then I will know that you are not spies, but that you are honest men. So I will deliver your brother to you, and you shall trade in the land.’ ”
 As they emptied their sacks, behold, each man’s bundle of money was in his sack. When they and their father saw their bundles of money, they were afraid.
 Jacob, their father, said to them, “You have bereaved me of my children! Joseph is no more, Simeon is no more, and you want to take Benjamin away. All these things are against me.”
 Reuben spoke to his father, saying, “Kill my two sons, if I don’t bring him to you. Entrust him to my care, and I will bring him to you again.”
 He said, “My son shall not go down with you; for his brother is dead, and he only is left. If harm happens to him along the way in which you go, then you will bring down my gray hairs with sorrow to Sheol.”°
Genesis 42:38 Sheol is the place of the dead.
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King James w/Strong’s #s
Genesis 42 (KJVS)
 Now when Jacob H3290 saw H7200 (8799) that there was H3426 corn H7668 in Egypt H4714, Jacob H3290 said H559 (8799) unto his sons H1121, Why do ye look H7200 (8691) one upon another?
 And he said H559 (8799), Behold, I have heard H8085 (8804) that there is H3426 corn H7668 in Egypt H4714: get you down H3381 (8798) thither, and buy H7666 (8798) for us from thence; that we may live H2421 (8799), and not die H4191 (8799).
 And Joseph’s H3130 ten H6235 brethren H251 went down H3381 (8799) to buy H7666 (8800) corn H1250 in Egypt H4714.
 But Benjamin H1144, Joseph’s H3130 brother H251, Jacob H3290 sent H7971 (8804) not with his brethren H251; for he said H559 (8804), Lest peradventure H6435 mischief H611 befall him H7122 (8799).
 And the sons H1121 of Israel H3478 came H935 (8799) to buy H7666 (8800) [corn] among H8432 those that came H935 (8802): for the famine H7458 was in the land H776 of Canaan H3667.
 And Joseph H3130 [was] the governor H7989 over the land H776, [and] he [it was] that sold H7666 (8688) to all the people H5971 of the land H776: and Joseph’s H3130 brethren H251 came H935 (8799), and bowed down H7812 (8691) themselves before him [with] their faces H639 to the earth H776.
 And Joseph H3130 saw H7200 (8799) his brethren H251, and he knew H5234 (8686) them, but made himself strange H5234 (8691) unto them, and spake H1696 (8762) roughly H7186 unto them; and he said H559 (8799) unto them, Whence H370 come H935 (8804) ye? And they said H559 (8799), From the land H776 of Canaan H3667 to buy H7666 (8800) food H400.
 And Joseph H3130 knew H5234 (8686) his brethren H251, but they knew H5234 (8689) not him.
 And Joseph H3130 remembered H2142 (8799) the dreams H2472 which he dreamed H2492 (8804) of them, and said H559 (8799) unto them, Ye [are] spies H7270 (8764); to see H7200 (8800) the nakedness H6172 of the land H776 ye are come H935 (8804).
 And they said H559 (8799) unto him, Nay, my lord H113, but to buy H7666 (8800) food H400 are thy servants H5650 come H935 (8804).
 We H5168 [are] all one H259 man’s H376 sons H1121; we [are] true H3651 [men], thy servants H5650 are no spies H7270 (8764).
 And he said H559 (8799) unto them, Nay, but to see H7200 (8800) the nakedness H6172 of the land H776 ye are come H935 (8804).
 And they said H559 (8799), Thy servants H5650 [are] twelve H8147 H6240 brethren H251, the sons H1121 of one H259 man H376 in the land H776 of Canaan H3667; and, behold, the youngest H6996 [is] this day H3117 with our father H1, and one H259 [is] not.
 And Joseph H3130 said H559 (8799) unto them, That [is it] that I spake H1696 (8765) unto you, saying H559 (8800), Ye [are] spies H7270 (8764):
 Hereby H2063 ye shall be proved H974 (8735): By the life H2416 of Pharaoh H6547 ye shall not go forth H3318 (8799) hence, except your youngest H6996 brother H251 come H935 (8800) hither.
 Send H7971 (8798) one H259 of you, and let him fetch H3947 (8799) your brother H251, and ye shall be kept in prison H631 (8734), that your words H1697 may be proved H974 (8735), whether [there be any] truth H571 in H854 you: or else H3808 by the life H2416 of Pharaoh H6547 surely ye [are] spies H7270 (8764).
 And he put them all together H622 (8799) into ward H4929 three H7969 days H3117.
 And Joseph H3130 said H559 (8799) unto them the third H7992 day H3117, This do H6213 (8798), and live H2421 (8798); [for] I fear H3373 God H430:
 If ye [be] true H3651 [men], let one H259 of your brethren H251 be bound H631 (8735) in the house H1004 of your prison H4929: go H3212 (8798) ye, carry H935 (8685) corn H7668 for the famine H7459 of your houses H1004:
 But bring H935 (8686) your youngest H6996 brother H251 unto me; so shall your words H1697 be verified H539 (8735), and ye shall not die H4191 (8799). And they did H6213 (8799) so.
 And they said H559 (8799) one H376 to another H251, We [are] verily H61 guilty H818 concerning our brother H251, in that H834 we saw H7200 (8804) the anguish H6869 of his soul H5315, when he besought H2603 (8692) us, and we would not hear H8085 (8804); therefore is this distress H6869 come H935 (8804) upon us.
 And Reuben H7205 answered H6030 (8799) them, saying H559 (8800), Spake I H559 (8804) not unto you, saying H559 (8800), Do not sin H2398 (8799) against the child H3206; and ye would not hear H8085 (8804)? therefore, behold, also his blood H1818 is required H1875 (8738).
 And they knew H3045 (8804) not that Joseph H3130 understood H8085 (8802) [them]; for he spake unto them by an interpreter H3887 (8688).
 And he turned himself about H5437 (8735) from them, and wept H1058 (8799); and returned to them again H7725 (8799), and communed H1696 (8762) with them, and took H3947 (8799) from them Simeon H8095, and bound H631 (8799) him before their eyes H5869.
 Then Joseph H3130 commanded H6680 (8762) to fill H4390 (8762) their sacks H3627 with corn H1250, and to restore H7725 (8687) every man’s H376 money H3701 into his sack H8242, and to give H5414 (8800) them provision H6720 for the way H1870: and thus H3651 did he H6213 (8799) unto them.
 And they laded H5375 (8799) their asses H2543 with the corn H7668, and departed H3212 (8799) thence.
 And as one H259 of them opened H6605 (8799) his sack H8242 to give H5414 (8800) his ass H2543 provender H4554 in the inn H4411, he espied H7200 (8799) his money H3701; for, behold, it [was] in his sack’s H572 mouth H6310.
 And he said H559 (8799) unto his brethren H251, My money H3701 is restored H7725 (8717); and, lo H2009, [it is] even in my sack H572: and their heart H3820 failed H3318 (8799) [them], and they were afraid H2729 (8799), saying H559 (8800) one H376 to another H251, What [is] this [that] God H430 hath done H6213 (8804) unto us?
 And they came H935 (8799) unto Jacob H3290 their father H1 unto the land H776 of Canaan H3667, and told H5046 (8686) him all that befell H7136 (8802) unto them; saying H559 (8800),
 The man H376, [who is] the lord H113 of the land H776, spake H1696 (8765) roughly H7186 to us, and took H5414 (8799) us for spies H7270 (8764) of the country H776.
 And we said H559 (8799) unto him, We [are] true H3651 [men]; we are no spies H7270 (8764):
 We [be] twelve H6240 H8147 brethren H251, sons H1121 of our father H1; one H259 [is] not, and the youngest H6996 [is] this day H3117 with our father H1 in the land H776 of Canaan H3667.
 And the man H376, the lord H113 of the country H776, said H559 (8799) unto us, Hereby shall I know H3045 (8799) that ye [are] true H3651 [men]; leave H3240 (8685) one H259 of your brethren H251 [here] with me, and take H3947 (8798) [food for] the famine H7459 of your households H1004, and be gone H3212 (8798):
 And bring H935 (8685) your youngest H6996 brother H251 unto me: then shall I know H3045 (8799) that ye [are] no spies H7270 (8764), but [that] ye [are] true H3651 [men: so] will I deliver H5414 (8799) you your brother H251, and ye shall traffick H5503 (8799) in the land H776.
 And it came to pass as they emptied H7324 (8688) their sacks H8242, that, behold, every man’s H376 bundle H6872 of money H3701 [was] in his sack H8242: and when [both] they and their father H1 saw H7200 (8799) the bundles H6872 of money H3701, they were afraid H3372 (8799).
 And Jacob H3290 their father H1 said H559 (8799) unto them, Me have ye bereaved H7921 (8765) [of my children]: Joseph H3130 [is] not, and Simeon H8095 [is] not, and ye will take H3947 (8799) Benjamin H1144 [away]: all these things are against me.
 And Reuben H7205 spake H559 (8799) unto his father H1, saying H559 (8800), Slay H4191 (8686) my two H8147 sons H1121, if I bring H935 (8686) him not to thee: deliver H5414 (8798) him into my hand H3027, and I will bring him to thee again H7725 (8686).
 And he said H559 (8799), My son H1121 shall not go down H3381 (8799) with you; for his brother H251 is dead H4191 (8804), and he is left H7604 (8738) alone: if mischief H611 befall H7122 (8804) him by the way H1870 in the which ye go H3212 (8799), then shall ye bring down H3381 (8689) my gray hairs H7872 with sorrow H3015 to the grave H7585.
Young’s Literal Translation
Genesis 42 (YLT)
 And Jacob seeth that there is corn in Egypt, and Jacob saith to his sons, ‘Why do you look at each other?’
 he saith also, ‘Lo, I have heard that there is corn in Egypt, go down thither, and buy for us from thence, and we live and do not die;’
 and the ten brethren of Joseph go down to buy corn in Egypt,
 and Benjamin, Joseph’s brother, Jacob hath not sent with his brethren, for he said, ‘Lest mischief meet him.’
 And the sons of Israel come to buy in the midst of those coming, for the famine hath been in the land of Canaan,
 and Joseph is the ruler over the land, he who is selling to all the people of the land, and Joseph’s brethren come and bow themselves to him-face to the earth.
 And Joseph seeth his brethren, and discerneth them, and maketh himself strange unto them, and speaketh with them sharp things, and saith unto them, ‘From whence have ye come?’ and they say, ‘From the land of Canaan-to buy food.’
 And Joseph discerneth his brethren, but they have not discerned him,
 and Joseph remembereth the dreams which he dreamed of them, and saith unto them, ‘Ye are spies; to see the nakedness of the land ye have come.’
 And they say unto him, ‘No, my lord, but thy servants have come to buy food;
 we are all of us sons of one man, we are right men; thy servants have not been spies;’
 and he saith unto them, ‘No, but the nakedness of the land ye have come to see;’
 and they say, ‘Thy servants are twelve brethren; we are sons of one man in the land of Canaan, and lo, the young one is with our father to-day, and the one is not.’
 And Joseph saith unto them, ‘This is that which I have spoken unto you, saying, Ye are spies,
 by this ye are proved: Pharaoh liveth! if ye go out from this-except by your young brother coming hither;
 send one of you, and let him bring your brother, and ye, remain ye bound, and let your words be proved, whether truth be with you: and if not-Pharaoh liveth! surely ye are spies;’
 and he removeth them unto charge three days.
 And Joseph saith unto them on the third day, ‘This do and live; God I fear!
 if ye are right men, let one of your brethren be bound in the house of your ward, and ye, go, carry in corn for the famine of your houses,
 and your young brother ye bring unto me, and your words are established, and ye die not;’ and they do so.
 And they say one unto another, ‘Verily we are guilty concerning our brother, because we saw the distress of his soul, in his making supplication unto us, and we did not hearken: therefore hath this distress come upon us.’
 And Reuben answereth them, saying, ‘Spake I not unto you, saying, Sin not against the lad? and ye hearkened not; and his blood also, lo, it is required.’
 And they have not known that Joseph understandeth, for the interpreter is between them;
 and he turneth round from them, and weepeth, and turneth back unto them, and speaketh unto them, and taketh from them Simeon, and bindeth him before their eyes.
 And Joseph commandeth, and they fill their vessels with corn, also to put back the money of each unto his sack, and to give to them provision for the way; and one doth to them so.
 And they lift up their corn upon their asses, and go from thence,
 and the one openeth his sack to give provender to his ass at a lodging-place, and he seeth his money, and lo, it is in the mouth of his bag,
 and he saith unto his brethren, ‘My money hath been put back, and also, lo, in my bag:’ and their heart goeth out, and they tremble, one to another saying, ‘What is this God hath done to us!’
 And they come in unto Jacob their father, to the land of Canaan, and they declare to him all the things meeting them, saying,
 ‘The man, the lord of the land, hath spoken with us sharp things, and maketh us as spies of the land;
 and we say unto him, We are right men, we have not been spies,
 we are twelve brethren, sons of our father, the one is not, and the young one is to-day with our father in the land of Canaan.
 ‘And the man, the lord of the land, saith unto us, By this I know that ye are right men-one of your brethren leave with me, and for the famine of your houses take ye and go,
 and bring your young brother unto me, and I know that ye are not spies, but ye are right men; your brother I give to you, and ye trade with the land.’
 And it cometh to pass, they are emptying their sacks, and lo, the bundle of each man’s silver is in his sack, and they see their bundles of silver, they and their father, and are afraid;
 and Jacob their father saith unto them, ‘Me ye have bereaved; Joseph is not, and Simeon is not, and Benjamin ye take-against me have been all these.’
 And Reuben speaketh unto his father, saying, ‘My two sons thou dost put to death, if I bring him not in unto thee; give him into my hand, and I-I bring him back unto thee;’
 and he saith, ‘My son doth not go down with you, for his brother is dead, and he by himself is left; when mischief hath met him in the way in which ye go, then ye have brought down my grey hairs in sorrow to sheol.’