Genesis 43:1
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New International Version
Now the famine was still severe in the land.

New Living Translation
But the famine continued to ravage the land of Canaan.

English Standard Version
Now the famine was severe in the land.

New American Standard Bible
Now the famine was severe in the land.

King James Bible
And the famine was sore in the land.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Now the famine in the land was severe.

International Standard Version
Meanwhile, the famine remained severe throughout the region.

NET Bible
Now the famine was severe in the land.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
The famine was severe in the land.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And the famine was sore in the land.

King James 2000 Bible
And the famine was severe in the land.

American King James Version
And the famine was sore in the land.

American Standard Version
And the famine was sore in the land.

Douay-Rheims Bible
In the mean time the famine was heavy upon all the land.

Darby Bible Translation
And the famine was grievous in the land.

English Revised Version
And the famine was sore in the land.

Webster's Bible Translation
And the famine was severe in the land.

World English Bible
The famine was severe in the land.

Young's Literal Translation
And the famine is severe in the land;
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

43:1-14 Jacob urges his sons to go and buy a little food; now, in time of dearth, a little must suffice. Judah urges that Benjamin should go with them. It is not against the honour and duty children owe their parents, humbly to advise them, and when needful, to reason with them. Jacob saw the necessity of the case, and yielded. His prudence and justice appeared in three things. 1. He sent back the money they had found in the sack. Honesty obliges us to restore not only that which comes to us by our own fault, but that which comes to us by the mistakes of others. Though we get it by oversight, if we keep it when the oversight is discovered, it is kept by deceit. 2. He sent as much again as they took the time before; the price of corn might be risen, or they might have to pay a ransom for Simeon. 3. He sent a present of such things as the land afforded, and as were scarce in Egypt, balm, and honey, &c. Providence dispenses not its gifts to all alike. But honey and spice will never make up the want of bread-corn. The famine was sore in Canaan, yet they had balm and myrrh, &c. We may live well enough upon plain food, without dainties; but we cannot live upon dainties without plain food. Let us thank God that what is most needful and useful, generally is most cheap and common. Though men value very highly their gold and silver, and the luxuries which are counted the best fruits of every land, yet in a time of famine they willingly barter them for bread. And how little will earthly good things stand us in stead in the day of wrath! How ready should we be to renounce them all, as loss, for the excellency of the knowledge of Jesus Christ! Our way to prevail with man is by first prevailing with the Lord in fervent prayer. But, Thy will be done, should close every petition for the mercies of this life, or against the afflictions of this life.

Pulpit Commentary

Verses 1, 2. - And the famine was sore (literally, was heavy) in the land (sc. of Canaan). And it came to pass (how long after the return of Joseph's brethren cannot be determined, as the quantity of grain they brought or the number that partook of it cannot possibly be estimated; but it may be reasonably inferred that several months had elapsed since their arrival at Hebron), when they had eaten up - literally, had finished to eat up, i.e. not nearly (Mercerus, Bush), but entirely consumed - the corn which they had brought out of Egypt, - it is probable that only Jacob's family partook of the Egyptian corn, the slaves supporting themselves on roots, vegetables, and milk (Calvin, Rosenmüller, Gerlach) - their father said unto them, Go again, buy us a little food. What they could buy would be little in proportion to their needs.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

And the famine was sore in the land. In the land of Canaan; it increased yet more and more: this is observed for the sake of what follows, showing the reason and necessity of Jacob's sons taking a second journey into Egypt.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

CHAPTER 43

Ge 43:1-14. Preparations for a Second Journey to Egypt.

Genesis 43:1 Additional Commentaries
Context
The Return to Egypt with Benjamin
1Now the famine was severe in the land. 2So it came about when they had finished eating the grain which they had brought from Egypt, that their father said to them, "Go back, buy us a little food."…
Cross References
Genesis 12:10
Now there was a famine in the land, and Abram went down to Egypt to live there for a while because the famine was severe.

Genesis 26:1
Now there was a famine in the land--besides the previous famine in Abraham's time--and Isaac went to Abimelek king of the Philistines in Gerar.

Genesis 41:56
When the famine had spread over the whole country, Joseph opened all the storehouses and sold grain to the Egyptians, for the famine was severe throughout Egypt.

Genesis 41:57
And all the world came to Egypt to buy grain from Joseph, because the famine was severe everywhere.

Genesis 43:2
So when they had eaten all the grain they had brought from Egypt, their father said to them, "Go back and buy us a little more food."

Genesis 47:4
They also said to him, "We have come to live here for a while, because the famine is severe in Canaan and your servants' flocks have no pasture. So now, please let your servants settle in Goshen."

Deuteronomy 26:5
Then you shall declare before the LORD your God: "My father was a wandering Aramean, and he went down into Egypt with a few people and lived there and became a great nation, powerful and numerous.
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