Acts 7:12
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New International Version
When Jacob heard that there was grain in Egypt, he sent our forefathers on their first visit.

New Living Translation
Jacob heard that there was still grain in Egypt, so he sent his sons--our ancestors--to buy some.

English Standard Version
But when Jacob heard that there was grain in Egypt, he sent out our fathers on their first visit.

Berean Study Bible
When Jacob heard that there was grain in Egypt, he sent our fathers on their first visit.

Berean Literal Bible
Now Jacob, having heard there is grain in Egypt, sent forth our fathers first.

New American Standard Bible
"But when Jacob heard that there was grain in Egypt, he sent our fathers there the first time.

King James Bible
But when Jacob heard that there was corn in Egypt, he sent out our fathers first.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
When Jacob heard there was grain in Egypt, he sent our ancestors the first time.

International Standard Version
But when Jacob heard that there was grain in Egypt, he sent our ancestors on their first trip.

NET Bible
So when Jacob heard that there was grain in Egypt, he sent our ancestors there the first time.

New Heart English Bible
But when Jacob heard that there was grain in Egypt, he sent out our fathers the first time.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
When Jacob heard that there was produce in Egypt, he sent our fathers first.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
When Jacob heard that Egypt had food, he sent our ancestors there. That was their first trip.

New American Standard 1977
“But when Jacob heard that there was grain in Egypt, he sent our fathers there the first time.

Jubilee Bible 2000
But when Jacob heard that there was wheat in Egypt, he sent our fathers the first time.

King James 2000 Bible
But when Jacob heard that there was grain in Egypt, he sent out our fathers first.

American King James Version
But when Jacob heard that there was corn in Egypt, he sent out our fathers first.

American Standard Version
But when Jacob heard that there was grain in Egypt, he sent forth our fathers the first time.

Douay-Rheims Bible
But when Jacob had heard that there was corn in Egypt, he sent our fathers first:

Darby Bible Translation
But Jacob, having heard of there being corn in Egypt, sent out our fathers first;

English Revised Version
But when Jacob heard that there was corn in Egypt, he sent forth our fathers the first time.

Webster's Bible Translation
But when Jacob heard that there was corn in Egypt, he sent out our fathers first.

Weymouth New Testament
When, however, Jacob heard that there was wheat to be had, he sent our forefathers into Egypt; that was the first time.

World English Bible
But when Jacob heard that there was grain in Egypt, he sent out our fathers the first time.

Young's Literal Translation
and Jacob having heard that there was corn in Egypt, sent forth our fathers a first time;
Study Bible
Stephen's Address to the Sanhedrin
11Then famine and great suffering swept across Egypt and Canaan, and our fathers could not find food. 12When Jacob heard that there was grain in Egypt, he sent our fathers on their first visit. 13On their second visit, Joseph revealed his identity to his brothers, and his family became known to Pharaoh.…
Cross References
Genesis 42:1
Now Jacob saw that there was grain in Egypt, and Jacob said to his sons, "Why are you staring at one another?"

Genesis 42:2
He said, "Behold, I have heard that there is grain in Egypt; go down there and buy some for us from that place, so that we may live and not die."
Treasury of Scripture

But when Jacob heard that there was corn in Egypt, he sent out our fathers first.

Genesis 42:1 Now when Jacob saw that there was corn in Egypt, Jacob said to his …

Genesis 43:2 And it came to pass, when they had eaten up the corn which they had …

Verse 12. - Sent forth for sent out, A.V.; the first time for first, A.V. But when Jacob heard that there was corn in Egypt,.... Not then growing, or gathering in there, or that was of that year's produce; for the famine was strong in the land of Egypt, as well as in Canaan; but was what had been laid up, and preserved in the seven years of plenty, by the order and care of Joseph; which by some means or another, Jacob had heard of; see Genesis 42:1 the Jews suggest (u), that it was by divine revelation:

he sent out our fathers first; the first time, or the first year of the famine; or he sent them first, he laid his commands on them, or they had not gone; these were the ten sons of Jacob, and brethren of Joseph, who were sent the first time, for Benjamin stayed with his father: see Genesis 42:3.

(u) Bereshit Rabba, sect. 91. fol. 78. 1, 2.7:1-16 Stephen was charged as a blasphemer of God, and an apostate from the church; therefore he shows that he is a son of Abraham, and values himself on it. The slow steps by which the promise made to Abraham advanced toward performance, plainly show that it had a spiritual meaning, and that the land intended was the heavenly. God owned Joseph in his troubles, and was with him by the power of his Spirit, both on his own mind by giving him comfort, and on those he was concerned with, by giving him favour in their eyes. Stephen reminds the Jews of their mean beginning as a check to priding themselves in the glories of that nation. Likewise of the wickedness of the patriarchs of their tribes, in envying their brother Joseph; and the same spirit was still working in them toward Christ and his ministers. The faith of the patriarchs, in desiring to be buried in the land of Canaan, plainly showed they had regard to the heavenly country. It is well to recur to the first rise of usages, or sentiments, which have been perverted. Would we know the nature and effects of justifying faith, we should study the character of the father of the faithful. His calling shows the power and freeness of Divine grace, and the nature of conversion. Here also we see that outward forms and distinctions are as nothing, compared with separation from the world, and devotedness to God.
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