Genesis 45:21 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Genesis 45:21, NIV: So the sons of Israel did this. Joseph gave them carts, as Pharaoh had commanded, and he also gave them provisions for their journey.

Genesis 45:21, ESV: The sons of Israel did so: and Joseph gave them wagons, according to the command of Pharaoh, and gave them provisions for the journey.

Genesis 45:21, KJV: And the children of Israel did so: and Joseph gave them wagons, according to the commandment of Pharaoh, and gave them provision for the way.

Genesis 45:21, NASB: Then the sons of Israel did so; and Joseph gave them wagons according to the command of Pharaoh, and gave them provisions for the journey.

Genesis 45:21, NLT: So the sons of Jacob did as they were told. Joseph provided them with wagons, as Pharaoh had commanded, and he gave them supplies for the journey.

Genesis 45:21, CSB: The sons of Israel did this. Joseph gave them wagons as Pharaoh had commanded, and he gave them provisions for the journey.

What does Genesis 45:21 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

When Joseph finally revealed himself to his estranged brothers, the secret was also uncovered to Pharaoh, the ruler of Egypt (Genesis 45:1–2). The king reacted with joy (Genesis 45:16). He instructed Joseph to not only bring the entire family to live in Egypt (Genesis 45:10–11), but to send transports (Genesis 45:19) and plan to receive the best Egypt had to offer (Genesis 45:20).

Pharaoh's command is carried out. Joseph outfits his brothers with wagons and abundant provisions for their journey to and from Canaan.