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Genesis 43:26

    Genesis 43:26 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    And when Joseph came home, they brought him the present which was in their hand into the house, and bowed themselves to him to the earth.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    And when Joseph came home, they brought him the present which was in their hand into the house, and bowed themselves to him to the earth.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    And when Joseph came home, they brought him the present which was in their hand into the house, and bowed down themselves to him to the earth.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    And when Joseph came in, they gave him the things which they had for him, and went down to the earth before him.

    Webster's Revision

    And when Joseph came home, they brought him the present which was in their hand into the house, and bowed down themselves to him to the earth.

    World English Bible

    When Joseph came home, they brought him the present which was in their hand into the house, and bowed themselves down to him to the earth.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    And when Joseph came home, they brought him the present which was in their hand into the house, and bowed down themselves to him to the earth.

    Barnes' Notes on Genesis 43:26

    They are now entertained by Joseph. They brought the present, and made a lowly obeisance before him. "They bent the head." See Genesis 24:26. "God be gracious unto thee, my son." His kind treatment of Benjamin, on whose presence he had so much insisted, was calculated to reassure the brothers. The latter was born in his thirteenth year, and therefore, he was entitled to assume the paternal style in regard to him. Joseph still appeals with a natural and unconstrained reverence to his own God. "And Joseph hastened away." The little touch of tenderness he had involuntarily thrown into his address to Benjamin, is too much for his feelings, which yearn toward his brother, and he is obliged to retreat to his chamber to conceal his tears and compose his countenance. "They set for him by himself." As the governor, or as connected by affinity with the priestly caste, Joseph does not eat with the other Egyptians. The Egyptians cannot eat with the Hebrews. "That is an abomination to the Mizrites." For the Hebrews partook of the flesh of kine, both male and female.

    But Herodotus informs us (ii. 41), that "male kine, if clean, are used by the Egyptians, but the females they are not allowed to sacrifice, since they are sacred to Isis." And he adds that "a native of Egypt will not kiss a Greek, use his knife, his spit, or his cauldron, or taste the flesh cut with a Greek knife." They considered all foreigners unclean, and therefore, refused to eat with them (see Rawlinson's Herodotus on p. q.). They sat in his presence; arranged according to the order of their birth, to their great amazement. Egypt was to them a land of wonders, and Egypt's sultan a man of wonder. "Benjamin's mess." The honored guest was distinguished by a larger or daintier portion of the fare (1 Samuel 9:23-24; Homer, ii. 7,321). A double portion was assigned to the Spartan kings. The fivefold division was prominent in Egyptian affairs Genesis 41:34; Genesis 45:22; Genesis 47:2, Genesis 47:24, Genesis 47:26. "And were merry." They drank freely, so as to be exhilarated, because their cares were dissipated by the kindness they were receiving, the presence of Simon, and the attention paid to Benjamin.

    - The Ten Brothers Were Tested

    Joseph has had the satisfaction of seeing his brother Benjamin safe and well. He has heard his brothers acknowledging their guilt concerning himself. He resolves to put their attachment to Benjamin, and the genuineness of their change of disposition, to a test that will at the same time expose Benjamin to no hazard.