Genesis 42:27 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Genesis 42:27, NIV: "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."

Genesis 42:27, ESV: "And as one of them opened his sack to give his donkey fodder at the lodging place, he saw his money in the mouth of his sack."

Genesis 42:27, KJV: "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."

Genesis 42:27, NASB: "But when one of them opened his sack to give his donkey feed at the overnight campsite, he saw his money; and behold, it was in the opening of his sack!"

Genesis 42:27, NLT: "But when they stopped for the night and one of them opened his sack to get grain for his donkey, he found his money in the top of his sack."

Genesis 42:27, CSB: "At the place where they lodged for the night, one of them opened his sack to get feed for his donkey, and he saw his silver there at the top of his bag."

What does Genesis 42:27 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

Joseph, whose ten older brothers have not recognized him in his role as governor of Egypt (Genesis 42:7–8) has kept one of them as collateral (Genesis 42:18–19). The others are told to bring the youngest brother, Benjamin, back to prove their innocence and restore the family (Genesis 42:20). In addition, he secretly had the money his brothers used to buy grain from Egypt returned to their bags, along with the grain.

Now one the brothers discovers the money when accessing some grain for his donkey, perhaps on the first night of their return trip to Canaan. This discovery will not be good news—the money they thought had been given in payment is still with them. Not knowing about Joseph's actions, they know this will make it seem they have stolen from the Egyptian governor. Their reaction is utter panic (Genesis 42:28).