Genesis 50:16
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New International Version
So they sent word to Joseph, saying, "Your father left these instructions before he died:

New Living Translation
So they sent this message to Joseph: "Before your father died, he instructed us

English Standard Version
So they sent a message to Joseph, saying, “Your father gave this command before he died:

New American Standard Bible
So they sent a message to Joseph, saying, "Your father charged before he died, saying,

King James Bible
And they sent a messenger unto Joseph, saying, Thy father did command before he died, saying,

Holman Christian Standard Bible
So they sent this message to Joseph, "Before he died your father gave a command:

International Standard Version
So they sent this message to Joseph:

NET Bible
So they sent word to Joseph, saying, "Your father gave these instructions before he died:

New Heart English Bible
They sent a message to Joseph, saying, "Your father commanded before he died, saying,

GOD'S WORD® Translation
They sent a messenger to Joseph to say, "Before your father died, he commanded us,

JPS Tanakh 1917
And they sent a message unto Joseph, saying: 'Thy father did command before he died, saying:

New American Standard 1977
So they sent a message to Joseph, saying, “Your father charged before he died, saying,

Jubilee Bible 2000
And they sent a messenger unto Joseph, saying, Thy father did command before he died, saying,

King James 2000 Bible
And they sent a messenger unto Joseph, saying, Your father did command before he died, saying,

American King James Version
And they sent a messenger to Joseph, saying, Your father did command before he died, saying,

American Standard Version
And they sent a message unto Joseph, saying, Thy father did command before he died, saying,

Douay-Rheims Bible
And they sent a message to him, saying: Thy father commanded us before he died,

Darby Bible Translation
And they sent a messenger to Joseph, saying, Thy father commanded before he died, saying,

English Revised Version
And they sent a message unto Joseph, saying, Thy father did command before he died, saying,

Webster's Bible Translation
And they sent messengers to Joseph, saying, Thy father commanded before he died, saying,

World English Bible
They sent a message to Joseph, saying, "Your father commanded before he died, saying,

Young's Literal Translation
And they give a charge for Joseph, saying, 'Thy father commanded before his death, saying,
Study Bible
Joseph Comforts his Brothers
15When Joseph's brothers saw that their father was dead, they said, "What if Joseph bears a grudge against us and pays us back in full for all the wrong which we did to him!" 16So they sent a message to Joseph, saying, "Your father charged before he died, saying, 17'Thus you shall say to Joseph, "Please forgive, I beg you, the transgression of your brothers and their sin, for they did you wrong."' And now, please forgive the transgression of the servants of the God of your father." And Joseph wept when they spoke to him.…
Cross References
Genesis 50:15
When Joseph's brothers saw that their father was dead, they said, "What if Joseph bears a grudge against us and pays us back in full for all the wrong which we did to him!"

Genesis 50:17
'Thus you shall say to Joseph, "Please forgive, I beg you, the transgression of your brothers and their sin, for they did you wrong."' And now, please forgive the transgression of the servants of the God of your father." And Joseph wept when they spoke to him.
Treasury of Scripture

And they sent a messenger to Joseph, saying, Your father did command before he died, saying,

sent. Heb. charged.

Proverbs 29:25 The fear of man brings a snare: but whoever puts his trust in the …

(16, 17) Thy father did command . . . --Many Jewish expositors consider that this was untrue, and that Jacob was never made aware of the fact that his brethren had sold Joseph into slavery. It is, however, probable, from Genesis 49:6, that Jacob not only knew of it, but saw in Simeon and Levi the chief offenders. But besides the father's authority the message brings a twofold influence to bear upon Joseph: for first it reminds him that they were his brethren, and next, that they shared the same religious faith--no slight band of union in a country where the religion was so unlike their own.

Verses 16, 17. - And (under these erroneous though not unnatural apprehensions) they sent a messenger unto Joseph, - literally, they charged Joseph, i.e. they deputed one of their number (possibly Benjamin) to carry their desires to Joseph - saying, Thy father did command before he died, saying (though not recorded, the circumstance here mentioned may have been historically true), So shall ye say unto Joseph, Forgive, I pray thee now, the trespass of thy brethren, and their sin; for they did unto thee evil (nothing is more inherently probable than that the good man on his death-bed did request his sons to beg their brother's pardon): and now, we pray thee, forgive the trespass of the servants of the God of thy father. Joseph's brethren in these words at once evince the depth of their humility, the sincerity of their repentance, and the genuineness of their religion. They were God's true servants, and they wished to be forgiven by their much-offended brother, who, however, had long since embraced them in the arms of his affection. And Joseph wept when they spake unto him - pained that they should for a single moment have enter-rained such suspicions against his love. And they sent a messenger unto Joseph,.... Not Bilhah, as the Targums of Jonathan and Jerusalem, nor her sons, Dan and Naphtali, as Jarchi, grounding it on Genesis 37:1 though it is not improbable that some from among themselves were deputed, who were most interested in Joseph; since it is not very likely they would commit such an affair to a stranger or to a servant; and the most proper persons to be sent on such an errand seem to be Judah and Benjamin, the latter as having had no concern in the affair of selling him, and was his own brother by father and mother's side, and very dear to him; and the former, because he saved his life, when the rest, excepting Reuben, were for shedding his blood, and had endeared himself also to Joseph, by his tender concern both for his father and his brother Benjamin; however, they thought fit first to sound Joseph by a messenger, how he stood affected to them, before they appeared in a body in person, to whom they gave a charge, as the words may be rendered, "they commanded unto Joseph" (t); that is, they commanded those that were deputed by them to him:

saying, thy father did command before he died; some think, this was no better than a lie, which their fear prompted them to; and that they framed the following story, the more to work upon the mind of Joseph, and dispose it in their favour; seeing it is a question whether Jacob ever knew anything of the affair of their ill usage to Joseph; since otherwise it would have been, in all likelihood, taken notice of in his last dying words, as well as the affair of Reuben, and that of Simeon and Levi; and besides, had he been apprised of it, he knew such was the clemency and generosity of Joseph, that he had nothing to fear from him, nor could he entertain any suspicion of a malevolent disposition in him towards his brethren, or that he would ever use them ill for former offences:

saying, as follows:

(t) "et mandaverunt ad Joseph", Montanus; "nuntio misso", Pagninus; "aliquos ad Josephum", Junius & Tremellius, Piscator. 50:15-21 Various motives might cause the sons of Jacob to continue in Egypt, notwithstanding the prophetic vision Abraham had of their bondage there. Judging of Joseph from the general temper of human nature, they thought he would now avenge himself on those who hated and injured him without cause. Not being able to resist, or to flee away, they attempted to soften him by humbling themselves. They pleaded with him as the servants of Jacob's God. Joseph was much affected at seeing this complete fulfilment of his dreams. He directs them not to fear him, but to fear God; to humble themselves before the Lord, and to seek the Divine forgiveness. He assures them of his own kindness to them. See what an excellent spirit Joseph was of, and learn of him to render good for evil. He comforted them, and, to banish all their fears, he spake kindly to them. Broken spirits must be bound up and encouraged. Those we love and forgive, we must not only do well for, but speak kindly to.
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