Genesis 42:7

“And Joseph saw his brethren, and he knew them, but made himself strange unto them, and spake roughly unto them; and he said unto them, Whence come ye? And they said, From the land of Canaan to buy food.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

And Ioseph saw his brethren, and he knew them, but made himselfe strange vnto them, and spake roughly vnto them; and hee saide vnto them, Whence come ye? And they said, From the land of Canaan, to buy food.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

When Joseph saw his brothers he recognized them, but he disguised himself to them and spoke to them harshly. And he said to them, "Where have you come from? And they said, "From the land of Canaan, to buy food.""
- New American Standard Version (1995)

And Joseph saw his brethren, and he knew them, but made himself strange unto them, and spake roughly with them; and he said unto them. Whence come ye? And they said, From the land of Canaan to buy food.
- American Standard Version (1901)

And when Joseph saw his brothers, it was clear to him who they were, but he made himself strange to them, and talking roughly to them, said, Where do you come from? And they said, From the land of Canaan, to get food.
- Basic English Bible

And Joseph saw his brethren, and knew them; but he made himself strange to them, and spoke roughly to them, and said to them, Whence come ye? And they said, From the land of Canaan, to buy food.
- Darby Bible

And Joseph saw his brethren, and he knew them, but made himself strange to them, and spoke roughly to them; and he said to them, Whence come ye? And they said, From the land of Canaan to buy food.
- Webster's Bible

Joseph saw his brothers, and he recognized them, but acted like a stranger to them, and spoke roughly with them. He said to them, "Where did you come from?" They said, "From the land of Canaan to buy food."
- World English Bible

And Joseph seeth his brethren, and discerneth them, and maketh himself strange unto them, and speaketh with them sharp things, and saith unto them, `From whence have ye come?' and they say, `From the land of Canaan -- to buy food.'
- Youngs Literal Bible

And Joseph saw his brethren, and he knew them, but made himself strange unto them, and spoke roughly with them; and he said unto them: 'Whence come ye?' And they said: 'From the land of Canaan to buy food.'
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Genesis 42:7


42:7 We may well wonder that Joseph, during the twenty years he had been in Egypt, especially during the last seven years that he had been in power there, never sent to his father to acquaint him with his circumstances; nay, 'tis strange that he who so oft went throughout all the land of Egypt, never made a step to Canaan, to visit his aged father. When he was in the borders of Egypt that lay next to Canaan, perhaps it would not have been above three or four days journey for him in his chariot. 'Tis a probable conjecture, that his whole management of himself in this affair was by special direction from heaven, that the purpose of God, concerning Jacob and his family, might be accomplished. When Joseph's brethren came, he knew them by many a good token, but they knew not him, little thinking to find him there.


Discussion for Genesis 42

  • A disciple
    I know that the Lord Jesus has forgiven me my sins, and made me clean through His word. Yet I am deeply mortified and grieved when I think of about how badly I polluted myself in sins. I think this is a good sign of true awakening, when there's a real repentance and conversion. When the day comes that God wipes away all tears from off all our faces, then will we be made to forget the pat for ever.
  • BSP
    Verse 38: We can see that the loss of Joseph had long term effects on Jacob's feelings. Imagine those who have lost a child today. Feelings of distress and even depression can last for years.
  • A disciple
    As Joseph was given the day when his brothers had to face him again for their sins against him, and he knew how to deal wisely with them; so will the Lord be faithful to bring all those who have wronged us to our feet, to show them how much He has loved us, and honors those who are good and holy before Him. God has to speak roughly to the ones who need to repent, when they are hiding their sins.
  • Cavine ouma
    God works in mysterious ways
  • Ahuwa Chiamaka Jessica
    We should always be kind
  • Stephen for verse 8
    The jews didnt recognise Jesus their brother as the Messiah

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