Genesis 42:2 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Genesis 42:2, NIV: 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.'

Genesis 42:2, ESV: And he said, “Behold, I have heard that there is grain for sale in Egypt. Go down and buy grain for us there, that we may live and not die.”

Genesis 42:2, KJV: 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.

Genesis 42:2, NASB: Then he said, 'Look, I have heard that there is grain in Egypt; go down there and buy some for us from that place, so that we may live and not die.'

Genesis 42:2, NLT: I have heard there is grain in Egypt. Go down there, and buy enough grain to keep us alive. Otherwise we'll die.'

Genesis 42:2, CSB: Listen," he went on, "I have heard there is grain in Egypt. Go down there and buy some for us so that we will live and not die."

What does Genesis 42:2 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

News has reached Jacob and his large clan (Genesis 35:23–26) that grain can be purchased in Egypt. The whole world is caught in the grip of a terrible famine, and only Egypt has food (Genesis 41:53–54). Jacob seems frustrated with his sons, who are not taking the obvious action: going to Egypt to buy grain (Genesis 42:1). It is unclear why the sons have hesitated to take this action.

What none of Jacob's family know is that Egypt has grain only because of their lost brother, Joseph (Genesis 41:34–36; 55–57). Jacob believes his son is dead (Genesis 37:31–34), but he was sold into slavery by his jealous brothers (Genesis 37:28).