Genesis 43:21 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Genesis 43:21, NIV: But at the place where we stopped for the night we opened our sacks and each of us found his silver--the exact weight--in the mouth of his sack. So we have brought it back with us.

Genesis 43:21, ESV: And when we came to the lodging place we opened our sacks, and there was each man’s money in the mouth of his sack, our money in full weight. So we have brought it again with us,

Genesis 43:21, KJV: And it came to pass, when we came to the inn, that we opened our sacks, and, behold, every man's money was in the mouth of his sack, our money in full weight: and we have brought it again in our hand.

Genesis 43:21, NASB: and it happened when we came to the campsite, that we opened our sacks, and behold, each man’s money was in the opening of his sack, our money in full. So we have brought it back in our hand.

Genesis 43:21, NLT: But as we were returning home, we stopped for the night and opened our sacks. Then we discovered that each man's money--the exact amount paid--was in the top of his sack! Here it is; we have brought it back with us.

Genesis 43:21, CSB: When we came to the place where we lodged for the night and opened our bags of grain, each one's silver was at the top of his bag! It was the full amount of our silver, and we have brought it back with us.

What does Genesis 43:21 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

Joseph's brothers are urgently trying to explain to his house steward that they did not steal back their money the last time they came to buy grain from the Egyptians (Genesis 42:26–28). They have assumed they've been escorted to Joseph's home to be attacked and forced into slavery for this crime (Genesis 43:16–20). They don't know that it was Joseph—who they do not recognize as the Egyptian governor (Genesis 42:8)—who had ordered their money returned (Genesis 42:25).

They begin with great respect, addressing the servant as "lord." They tell him of coming to Egypt on a previous trip to buy grain. They describe the shocking moment, on their trip back home, when they found all the money they had used to buy the grain back in their packs. They assure the steward they have brought it with them to pay for the grain again, to ensure there is no misunderstanding.