Genesis 43:22 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Genesis 43:22, NIV: We have also brought additional silver with us to buy food. We don't know who put our silver in our sacks.'

Genesis 43:22, ESV: and we have brought other money down with us to buy food. We do not know who put our money in our sacks.”

Genesis 43:22, KJV: And other money have we brought down in our hands to buy food: we cannot tell who put our money in our sacks.

Genesis 43:22, NASB: We have also brought down other money in our hand to buy food; we do not know who put our money in our sacks.'

Genesis 43:22, NLT: We also have additional money to buy more food. We have no idea who put our money in our sacks.'

Genesis 43:22, CSB: We have brought additional silver with us to buy food. We don't know who put our silver in the bags."

What does Genesis 43:22 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

When Joseph's brothers left Egypt after buying grain the first time (Genesis 42:1–2), they were horrified to find the money they'd spent was back in their bags (Genesis 42:26–28). When a second trip was necessary (Genesis 43:1–2), they brought that money along, seeking to prove they had not stolen it. When ordered to go to the governor's home, the men are afraid an ambush is in the works (Genesis 43:16–21).

They began with great respect, addressing the servant as "lord." They told him they were shocked when they found the money 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, as well as money to buy additional food. They conclude by insisting that they do not know who put the money back in their packs.

These men are unaware the Egyptian governor is their own estranged brother (Genesis 42:8), and that he secretly arranged to return their money (Genesis 42:25; 43:23).