Genesis 43:25 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Genesis 43:25, NIV: "They prepared their gifts for Joseph's arrival at noon, because they had heard that they were to eat there."

Genesis 43:25, ESV: "they prepared the present for Joseph’s coming at noon, for they heard that they should eat bread there."

Genesis 43:25, KJV: "And they made ready the present against Joseph came at noon: for they heard that they should eat bread there."

Genesis 43:25, NASB: "So they prepared the gift for Joseph’s arrival at noon; for they had heard that they were to eat a meal there."

Genesis 43:25, NLT: "They were told they would be eating there, so they prepared their gifts for Joseph's arrival at noon."

Genesis 43:25, CSB: "Since the men had heard that they were going to eat a meal there, they prepared their gift for Joseph's arrival at noon."

What does Genesis 43:25 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

Eleven of Jacob's sons (Genesis 43:1–2) are now honored guests (Genesis 43:23–24) in the home of the Egyptian ruler who had previously threatened them (Genesis 42:14, 19–20), To improve their chances, they prepare their own gift for him. This is an assortment of Canaanite specialties sent by their father Jacob (Genesis 43:11). Those were prepared to convince the Egyptian governor not to punish the men or harm their youngest brother, Benjamin.

They have learned that the ruler will arrive to eat a meal with them at noon. Before long, the men will learn that this man is their estranged brother Joseph (Genesis 42:8), whom the oldest ten had sold into slavery twenty years earlier (Genesis 37:24–28). Though he continues to test and examine them, Joseph's ultimate intentions are good (Genesis 47:11–12).