Genesis 42:30 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Genesis 42:30, NIV: "The man who is lord over the land spoke harshly to us and treated us as though we were spying on the land."

Genesis 42:30, ESV: "“The man, the lord of the land, spoke roughly to us and took us to be spies of the land."

Genesis 42:30, KJV: "The man, who is the lord of the land, spake roughly to us, and took us for spies of the country."

Genesis 42:30, NASB: "'The man, the lord of the land, spoke harshly with us, and took us for spies of the country."

Genesis 42:30, NLT: "'The man who is governor of the land spoke very harshly to us,' they told him. 'He accused us of being spies scouting the land."

Genesis 42:30, CSB: ""The man who is the lord of the country spoke harshly to us and accused us of spying on the country."

What does Genesis 42:30 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

Jacob's sons begin to tell him about their troubling experience in Egypt. They had been sent there by Jacob together to buy grain in this season of famine (Genesis 42:1–5). Now they recount that the governor of the nation roughly accused them of being spies (Genesis 42:7–12). They don't know, yet, that the Egyptian leader was their long-lost brother Joseph (Genesis 42:7–8).

Joseph was the one his ten older brothers jealously sold as a slave some twenty years earlier (Genesis 37:28). In that incident, the men lied to their father by saying Joseph was dead (Genesis 37:31–33). Jacob's reaction was catastrophic (Genesis 37:34–35). Now, they are forced to report the loss of another brother (Genesis 42:18–19, 24), and the potential loss of a third.