Genesis 43:28 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Genesis 43:28, NIV: They replied, 'Your servant our father is still alive and well.' And they bowed down, prostrating themselves before him.

Genesis 43:28, ESV: They said, “Your servant our father is well; he is still alive.” And they bowed their heads and prostrated themselves.

Genesis 43:28, KJV: And they answered, Thy servant our father is in good health, he is yet alive. And they bowed down their heads, and made obeisance.

Genesis 43:28, NASB: And they said, 'Your servant our father is well; he is still alive.' Then they bowed down again in homage.

Genesis 43:28, NLT: 'Yes,' they replied. 'Our father, your servant, is alive and well.' And they bowed low again.

Genesis 43:28, CSB: They answered, "Your servant our father is well. He is still alive." And they knelt low and paid homage to him.

What does Genesis 43:28 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

Joseph's brothers continue to respond to him with great respect and humility (Genesis 43:26). At this point, they only see him as the second most powerful man in Egypt (Genesis 42:8), who had previously accused them of being spies (Genesis 42:14). They don't realize they are being tested by the same brother they once sold into slavery (Genesis 37:24–28). Joseph has asked about the father they mentioned on their first trip (Genesis 42:11).

After noting that Jacob is still alive, the men bow even lower, prostrating themselves fully to the ground. Once they learn who Joseph is, they will have no doubt that his prophetic dream all those years earlier has been fulfilled (Genesis 37:5–8).