Genesis 42:36 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Genesis 42:36, NIV: 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!'

Genesis 42:36, ESV: And Jacob their father said to them, “You have bereaved me of my children: Joseph is no more, and Simeon is no more, and now you would take Benjamin. All this has come against me.”

Genesis 42:36, KJV: And Jacob their father said unto them, Me have ye bereaved of my children: Joseph is not, and Simeon is not, and ye will take Benjamin away: all these things are against me.

Genesis 42:36, NASB: And their father Jacob said to them, 'You have deprived me of my sons: Joseph is gone, and Simeon is gone, and now you would take Benjamin; all these things are against me.'

Genesis 42:36, NLT: Jacob exclaimed, 'You are robbing me of my children! Joseph is gone! Simeon is gone! And now you want to take Benjamin, too. Everything is going against me!'

Genesis 42:36, CSB: Their father Jacob said to them, "It's me that you make childless. Joseph is gone, and Simeon is gone. Now you want to take Benjamin. Everything happens to me! "

What does Genesis 42:36 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

The nine sons who came back from Egypt (Genesis 42:1–5) would have expected their father, Jacob, to take their news badly (Genesis 42:29–35). One brother, Simeon, had been left behind and the youngest, Benjamin, has been demanded to be brought back to Egypt. In Egypt, the men recognized their prior guilt in selling their brother Joseph (Genesis 37:28) was a likely cause of their trouble (Genesis 42:21–22). They don't realize the trouble is a rebuking test from that same brother, Joseph, who is now the governor of the entire nation of Egypt (Genesis 42:7–8).

And yet, they likely did not expect this reaction. Jacob lashes out at the nine of them, holding them responsible for the loss of both Simeon and Joseph (Genesis 37:31–33). Some scholars suggest seeing the money in the sacks made Jacob suspicious that Simeon had been sold, not lost. That suggests he was suspicious when Joseph—whom the brothers clearly hated (Genesis 37:4)—did not come back twenty years earlier. At the very least, he is angry with them for once again being assigned a task only to return missing one of his sons.

Whatever Jacob believes, he has decided that bereavement of two of his children is his other sons' fault. And now his beloved son Benjamin is wanted in Egypt. He mourns the situation "has come against" him.