Genesis 42:27
New International Version
At the place where they stopped for the night one of them opened his sack to get feed for his donkey, and he saw his silver in the mouth of his sack.

New Living Translation
But when they stopped for the night and one of them opened his sack to get grain for his donkey, he found his money in the top of his sack.

English Standard Version
And as one of them opened his sack to give his donkey fodder at the lodging place, he saw his money in the mouth of his sack.

Berean Study Bible
At the place where they lodged for the night, one of them opened his sack to get feed for his donkey, and he saw his silver in the mouth of the sack.

King James Bible
And as one of them opened his sack to give his ass provender in the inn, he espied his money; for, behold, it was in his sack's mouth.

New King James Version
But as one of them opened his sack to give his donkey feed at the encampment, he saw his money; and there it was, in the mouth of his sack.

New American Standard Bible
But when one of them opened his sack to give his donkey feed at the overnight campsite, he saw his money; and behold, it was in the opening of his sack!

NASB 1995
As one of them opened his sack to give his donkey fodder at the lodging place, he saw his money; and behold, it was in the mouth of his sack.

NASB 1977
And as one of them opened his sack to give his donkey fodder at the lodging place, he saw his money; and behold, it was in the mouth of his sack.

Amplified Bible
And at the lodging place, as one of them opened his sack to feed his donkey, he saw his money in the opening of his sack.

Christian Standard Bible
At the place where they lodged for the night, one of them opened his sack to get feed for his donkey, and he saw his silver there at the top of his bag.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
At the place where they lodged for the night, one of them opened his sack to get feed for his donkey, and he saw his money there at the top of the bag.

American Standard Version
And as one of them opened his sack to give his ass provender in the lodging-place, he espied his money; and, behold, it was in the mouth of his sack.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And one of them opened his sack to throw hay for his donkey, at the lodging house, and he saw his money laid in the mouth of his pack.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
And one having opened his sack to give his asses fodder, at the place where they rested, saw also his bundle of money, for it was on the mouth of his sack.

Contemporary English Version
When they stopped for the night, one of them opened his sack to get some grain for his donkey, and at once he saw his moneybag.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And one of them opening his sack, to give his beast provender in the inn, saw the money in the sack's mouth;

English Revised Version
And as one of them opened his sack to give his ass provender in the lodging place, he espied his money; and, behold, it was in the mouth of his sack.

Good News Translation
At the place where they spent the night, one of them opened his sack to feed his donkey and found his money at the top of the sack.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
At the place where they stopped for the night, one of them opened his sack to feed his donkey. His money was right inside his sack.

International Standard Version
Later on, one of them opened up his sack to give his donkey some fodder after they had stopped at the place where they intended to lodge for the night. There, in the mouth of his sack, was all of his money!

JPS Tanakh 1917
And as one of them opened his sack to give his ass provender in the lodging-place, he espied his money; and, behold, it was in the mouth of his sack.

Literal Standard Version
and the one opens his sack to give provender to his donkey at a lodging-place, and he sees his money, and behold, it [is] in the mouth of his bag,

NET Bible
When one of them opened his sack to get feed for his donkey at their resting place, he saw his money in the mouth of his sack.

New Heart English Bible
As one of them opened his sack to give his donkey food at the lodging place, he saw his silver. Look, it was in the mouth of his sack.

World English Bible
As one of them opened his sack to give his donkey food in the lodging place, he saw his money. Behold, it was in the mouth of his sack.

Young's Literal Translation
and the one openeth his sack to give provender to his ass at a lodging-place, and he seeth his money, and lo, it is in the mouth of his bag,

Additional Translations ...
Context
Joseph's Brothers Return to Canaan
26and they loaded the grain on their donkeys and departed. 27At the place where they lodged for the night, one of them opened his sack to get feed for his donkey, and he saw his silver in the mouth of the sack. 28“My silver has been returned!” he said to his brothers. “It is here in my sack.” Their hearts sank, and trembling, they turned to one another and said, “What is this that God has done to us?”…

Cross References
Genesis 24:25
Then she added, "We have plenty of straw and feed, as well as a place for you to spend the night."

Genesis 42:26
and they loaded the grain on their donkeys and departed.

Genesis 43:21
But when we came to the place we lodged for the night, we opened our sacks and, behold, each of us found his silver in the mouth of his sack! It was the full amount of our silver, and we have brought it back with us.

Genesis 43:22
We have brought additional silver with us to buy food. We do not know who put our silver in our sacks."


Treasury of Scripture

And as one of them opened his sack to give his ass provender in the inn, he espied his money; for, behold, it was in his sack's mouth.

the inn.

Genesis 43:21
And it came to pass, when we came to the inn, that we opened our sacks, and, behold, every man's money was in the mouth of his sack, our money in full weight: and we have brought it again in our hand.

Genesis 44:11
Then they speedily took down every man his sack to the ground, and opened every man his sack.

Exodus 4:24
And it came to pass by the way in the inn, that the LORD met him, and sought to kill him.

inn.









(27) In the inn.--Heb., lodging-place, literally, place to pass the night. It is quite possible that on a route frequented by numerous caravans there were places where a certain amount of protection for the beasts of burden and their attendants had been provided, either by the rulers, or by benevolent people. But Joseph's brethren would find there at most only walls and water. "The one" who opened his sack is said by tradition to have been Levi. At the end of the verse this sack is called by another name, signifying a travelling-bag, or wallet for forage. The translation of these three different words, vessel, wallet, and sack, indifferently by the last of them, has led to the absurd view, common among commentators, that Joseph's brethren went down into Egypt, each with one ass and one sack. Hence their astonishment that such an insignificant knot of men should be brought before the governor of Egypt. But the word used in Genesis 42:25 signifies everything into which corn could be put; and the word at the end of this verse is the travelling-bag, which each of the patriarchs carried behind him on his riding ass. Their men would go on foot at the side of the beasts of burden laden with the corn.

It is said here that one only found his money at the lodging-place, and that the rest did not find their money until they emptied their sacks on reaching home. the sacks mentioned here (in Genesis 42:35) were the same as the travelling-bags, for they are expressly so called in Genesis 43:21-23. In Genesis 43:21, however, they tell Joseph's steward that they all found their money in the mouth of their sacks on opening them at the lodging-place. This was not strictly accurate, but it would have been wearisome and useless to enter into such details. Two things it was necessary to show: the first, that all had found their money; the second, that they had gone too far on their journey homewards to be able to return and give the money back. Probably what is said in Genesis 43:21 was literally true only of one, and he found his money because it had been put in last, and was therefore at the mouth of the wallet. In all the other sacks it had been put in first, under the corn, and so they did not find it until "they had emptied their sacks." . . .

Verse 27. - And as one of them opened his sack - literally, and the one opened his sack, i.e. they did not all open their sacks on the homeward journey, although afterwards, in reporting the circumstance to Joseph, they represent themselves as having done so (Genesis 43:21); but only one at the wayside inn, and the rest on reaching home (ver. 35; vide infra, Genesis 43:21) - to give his ass provender in the inn (the מָלון, from לוּן, an inn to pass the night, was not in the modern sense of the term, but simply a halting-place or camping station where travelers were wont to lodge, without finding for themselves or animals any other food than they carried with them), he espied his money; for, behold, it was in his sack's mouth - literally, in the opening, of his amtachath, אַמְתַּחַת, from מָתַח, to spread out, an old word for a sack (Genesis 43:18, 21, 22), here used synonymously with שַׂק, from which it would seem that the travelers carried two sorts of bags, one for the corn כְּלִי (ver. 25), and another for the called asses' provender called אַמְתַּחַת. It was in the latter that the money had been placed.

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
At the place where they lodged for the night,
בַּמָּל֑וֹן (bam·mā·lō·wn)
Preposition-b, Article | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 4411: A lodgment, caravanserai, encampment

one
הָאֶחָ֜ד (hā·’e·ḥāḏ)
Article | Number - masculine singular
Strong's 259: United, one, first

of them opened
וַיִּפְתַּ֨ח (way·yip̄·taḥ)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Consecutive imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's 6605: To open wide, to loosen, begin, plough, carve

his sack
שַׂקּ֗וֹ (śaq·qōw)
Noun - masculine singular construct | third person masculine singular
Strong's 8242: A mesh, coarse loose cloth, sacking, a bag

to get
לָתֵ֥ת (lā·ṯêṯ)
Preposition-l | Verb - Qal - Infinitive construct
Strong's 5414: To give, put, set

feed
מִסְפּ֛וֹא (mis·pō·w)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 4554: Fodder

for his donkey,
לַחֲמֹר֖וֹ (la·ḥă·mō·rōw)
Preposition-l | Noun - masculine singular construct | third person masculine singular
Strong's 2543: A male ass

and he saw
וַיַּרְא֙ (way·yar)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Consecutive imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's 7200: To see

his silver
כַּסְפּ֔וֹ (kas·pōw)
Noun - masculine singular construct | third person masculine singular
Strong's 3701: Silver, money

in the mouth
בְּפִ֥י (bə·p̄î)
Preposition-b | Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's 6310: The mouth, edge, portion, side, according to

of the sack.
אַמְתַּחְתּֽוֹ׃ (’am·taḥ·tōw)
Noun - feminine singular construct | third person masculine singular
Strong's 572: Something expansive, a bag


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