Genesis 45:24 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Genesis 45:24, NIV: Then he sent his brothers away, and as they were leaving he said to them, 'Don't quarrel on the way!'

Genesis 45:24, ESV: Then he sent his brothers away, and as they departed, he said to them, “Do not quarrel on the way.”

Genesis 45:24, KJV: So he sent his brethren away, and they departed: and he said unto them, See that ye fall not out by the way.

Genesis 45:24, NASB: So he sent his brothers away, and as they departed, he said to them, 'Do not quarrel on the journey.'

Genesis 45:24, NLT: So Joseph sent his brothers off, and as they left, he called after them, 'Don't quarrel about all this along the way!'

Genesis 45:24, CSB: So Joseph sent his brothers on their way, and as they were leaving, he said to them, "Don't argue on the way."

What does Genesis 45:24 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

Joseph has fully outfitted his 11 brothers with everything they will need to return to Canaan. Their mission is to load up everything they own, and everyone in their extended family, and relocate to Egypt. This would allow the family to survive the devastating, ongoing famine (Genesis 45:6). In addition, Joseph has sent along extravagant gifts for each of his brothers and for their father Jacob. The hope is that Jacob will hear the story of Joseph, see the abundance he sends along, and be convinced to make the move (Genesis 45:21–23).

Given all that's happened, Joseph's parting comment is humorous. It's not unreasonable, since the brothers might have been tempted to bicker over who was to blame for the past (Genesis 42:22). Some scholars believe the term translated "quarrel" might be better understood as "to be afraid." This would imply that Joseph is encouraging them to be confident, and not worry about being treated badly when they return to Egypt. Joseph would have wanted them to be at ease and to see their future as secure.