Genesis 42:8

“And Joseph knew his brethren, but they knew not him.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

And Ioseph knew his brethren, but they knew not him.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

But Joseph had recognized his brothers, although they did not recognize him.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

And Joseph knew his brethren, but they knew not him.
- American Standard Version (1901)

Now though Joseph saw that these were his brothers, they had no idea who he was.
- Basic English Bible

And Joseph knew his brethren, but they did not know him.
- Darby Bible

And Joseph knew his brethren, but they knew not him.
- Webster's Bible

Joseph recognized his brothers, but they didn't recognize him.
- World English Bible

And Joseph discerneth his brethren, but they have not discerned him,
- Youngs Literal Bible

And Joseph knew his brethren, but they knew him not.
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

Bible commentary

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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