Genesis 43:26 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Genesis 43:26, NIV: When Joseph came home, they presented to him the gifts they had brought into the house, and they bowed down before him to the ground.

Genesis 43:26, ESV: When Joseph came home, they brought into the house to him the present that they had with them and bowed down to him to the ground.

Genesis 43:26, KJV: And when Joseph came home, they brought him the present which was in their hand into the house, and bowed themselves to him to the earth.

Genesis 43:26, NASB: When Joseph came home, they brought into the house to him the gift which was in their hand, and they bowed down to the ground before him.

Genesis 43:26, NLT: When Joseph came home, they gave him the gifts they had brought him, then bowed low to the ground before him.

Genesis 43:26, CSB: When Joseph came home, they brought him the gift they had carried into the house, and they bowed to the ground before him.

What does Genesis 43:26 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

Eleven of Jacob's sons (Genesis 43:1–2) are profusely bowing (Genesis 43:28) before the second most powerful man in Egypt. They don't realize this is their own brother, Joseph (Genesis 42:8), whom they'd sold into slavery twenty years ago (Genesis 37:24–28). That hateful, jealous decision was made in part because of Joseph's dreams. One such dream symbolically depicted the brothers bowing in submission to Joseph (Genesis 37:5–8). This moment is the complete fulfillment of that prophecy.

Though they bow, the eleven men are honored guests. Joseph is now a powerful Egyptian ruler (Genesis 41:44) who had previously threatened the ten older brothers as spies (Genesis 42:14). Joseph arrives to share the noon meal with them, and they present to him a gift (Genesis 43:11) of fruit, gum, honey, pistachio nuts, and other local Canaanite goods.

Joseph's second prophetic dream from his youth involved his entire family bowing before him, as well, along with the 11 of them (Genesis 37:9–10). Joseph must be aware that dream is yet to be fulfilled, because he immediately asks about their father in the following verse (Genesis 43:27).