Genesis 44:14 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Genesis 44:14, NIV: Joseph was still in the house when Judah and his brothers came in, and they threw themselves to the ground before him.

Genesis 44:14, ESV: When Judah and his brothers came to Joseph’s house, he was still there. They fell before him to the ground.

Genesis 44:14, KJV: And Judah and his brethren came to Joseph's house; for he was yet there: and they fell before him on the ground.

Genesis 44:14, NASB: When Judah and his brothers came to Joseph’s house, he was still there, and they fell down to the ground before him.

Genesis 44:14, NLT: Joseph was still in his palace when Judah and his brothers arrived, and they fell to the ground before him.

Genesis 44:14, CSB: When Judah and his brothers reached Joseph's house, he was still there. They fell to the ground before him.

What does Genesis 44:14 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

With Benjamin essentially facing a life of slavery in Egypt for the theft of the Egyptian ruler's personal silver cup, all of Joseph's brothers return with him to Joseph's house (Genesis 44:7–12). Benjamin, however, is innocent. Joseph had his own steward place the cup in the boy's bag (Genesis 44:3–6). The eleven men don't realize the powerful man with whom they've been interacting is their own estranged brother (Genesis 42:7–8). These trials have been tests, of a sort, which Joseph has been using to see if they have changed since selling him into slavery twenty years ago (Genesis 37:24–28).

Joseph's brothers are desperate and heartbroken about what has happened. They find Joseph still at home. They throw themselves on the ground, prostrate (Genesis 37:7), as sign of respect and humility, hoping he will show them mercy.