Genesis 43:27 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Genesis 43:27, NIV: "He asked them how they were, and then he said, 'How is your aged father you told me about? Is he still living?'"

Genesis 43:27, ESV: "And he inquired about their welfare and said, “Is your father well, the old man of whom you spoke? Is he still alive?”"

Genesis 43:27, KJV: "And he asked them of their welfare, and said, Is your father well, the old man of whom ye spake? Is he yet alive?"

Genesis 43:27, NASB: "Then he asked them about their welfare, and said, 'Is your old father well, of whom you spoke? Is he still alive?'"

Genesis 43:27, NLT: "After greeting them, he asked, 'How is your father, the old man you spoke about? Is he still alive?'"

Genesis 43:27, CSB: "He asked if they were well, and he said, "How is your elderly father that you told me about? Is he still alive? ""

What does Genesis 43:27 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

Some twenty years earlier, a young Joseph dreamt his brothers and entire family would one day bow before him (Genesis 37:5–10). This was one reason the jealous brothers sold him into slavery (Genesis 37:24–28). Over time, Joseph was lifted to become the second most powerful man in the entire nation (Genesis 41:44). When his brothers arrived to buy grain during a famine, they did not recognize him (Genesis 42:8), and Joseph tested them (Genesis 42:14, 19–20). On their second trip, they bring their youngest brother Benjamin, and Joseph's first dream is fulfilled (Genesis 43:26).

After Joseph's 11 brothers bow, honoring his position, he immediately asks them about their father. Perhaps a touch eagerly, he inquires if the old father they mentioned (Genesis 42:11) is still alive. It's a valid question. Joseph has been gone from home a long time, and Jacob is very old.