Genesis 43:23 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Genesis 43:23, NIV: It's all right,' he said. 'Don't be afraid. Your God, the God of your father, has given you treasure in your sacks; I received your silver.' Then he brought Simeon out to them.

Genesis 43:23, ESV: He replied, “Peace to you, do not be afraid. Your God and the God of your father has put treasure in your sacks for you. I received your money.” Then he brought Simeon out to them.

Genesis 43:23, KJV: And he said, Peace be to you, fear not: your God, and the God of your father, hath given you treasure in your sacks: I had your money. And he brought Simeon out unto them.

Genesis 43:23, NASB: But he said, 'Peace be to you, do not be afraid. Your God and the God of your father has given you treasure in your sacks; your money was in my possession.' Then he brought Simeon out to them.

Genesis 43:23, NLT: 'Relax. Don't be afraid,' the household manager told them. 'Your God, the God of your father, must have put this treasure into your sacks. I know I received your payment.' Then he released Simeon and brought him out to them.

Genesis 43:23, CSB: Then the steward said, "May you be well. Don't be afraid. Your God and the God of your father must have put treasure in your bags. I received your silver." Then he brought Simeon out to them.

What does Genesis 43:23 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

Joseph's brothers fear his steward is leading them into an ambush, for the supposed crime of stealing back money used to buy grain on their previous visit (Genesis 43:18). They have just finished explaining that they don't know how the money got in their packs, but they have brought it and intend to pay it back (Genesis 43:19–22).

The steward responds in a surprising way. First, he assures the brothers that they are not in trouble. He tells them it was God—the God worshipped by these men and their father—who returned the money in their bags. The steward insists that he received the money. That is, he knows the men paid him, and he never thought they had stolen anything (Genesis 42:26–28).

This is both strange and meaningful. Of course, the steward knows he put the money back in their packs at Joseph's command (Genesis 42:25). Still, he gives credit to God for returning it. This is not likely a lie, but simply the steward following Joseph's command. Most likely, the steward sees himself as the means by which their God accomplished His will. At this point, of course, the brothers have no idea that the Egyptian governor is Joseph (Genesis 42:8).

Such mysteries aside, the steward's explanation fits the theme of Joseph's story: God accomplishes His will in unexpected and sometimes startling ways.

When the brothers left from their first trip, they were forced to leave one of their number behind as collateral (Genesis 42:19–20; 24). As the steward is reassuring them, he also releases their brother Simeon to them. This would have been an immense relief, and a powerful sign that no harm was coming to the men.