Genesis 43:12 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Genesis 43:12, NIV: Take double the amount of silver with you, for you must return the silver that was put back into the mouths of your sacks. Perhaps it was a mistake.

Genesis 43:12, ESV: Take double the money with you. Carry back with you the money that was returned in the mouth of your sacks. Perhaps it was an oversight.

Genesis 43:12, KJV: And take double money in your hand; and the money that was brought again in the mouth of your sacks, carry it again in your hand; peradventure it was an oversight:

Genesis 43:12, NASB: And take double the money in your hand, and take back in your hand the money that was returned in the opening of your sacks; perhaps it was a mistake.

Genesis 43:12, NLT: Also take double the money that was put back in your sacks, as it was probably someone's mistake.

Genesis 43:12, CSB: Take twice as much silver with you. Return the silver that was returned to you in the top of your bags. Perhaps it was a mistake.

What does Genesis 43:12 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

After initially refusing to risk his youngest son (Genesis 42:38) and much delay (Genesis 43:10), Jacob is finally convinced by his sons that another trip to Egypt is necessary (Genesis 43:3–10). Jacob is mapping out a plan, in accordance with his typically over-cautious nature.

After describing a gift package (Genesis 43:11) for the Egyptian ruler (Genesis 42:19–20), Jacob tells his sons to take double the amount of money needed for the grain. This was to cover both the cost of the new grain and the money mysteriously returned to their sacks after buying grain on the previous trip (Genesis 42:26–28). Jacob hopes the issue with money was simply an oversight, which can be corrected to avoid further trouble with the Egyptians. He does not realize the Egyptian governor is his long-lost son, Joseph (Genesis 42:8, 25), who has good intentions in mind for his family.