Genesis 42:5
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New International Version
So Israel's sons were among those who went to buy grain, for there was famine in the land of Canaan also.

New Living Translation
So Jacob's sons arrived in Egypt along with others to buy food, for the famine was in Canaan as well.

English Standard Version
Thus the sons of Israel came to buy among the others who came, for the famine was in the land of Canaan.

Berean Study Bible
So the sons of Israel were among those who came to buy grain, since the famine had also spread to the land of Canaan.

New American Standard Bible
So the sons of Israel came to buy grain among those who were coming, for the famine was in the land of Canaan also.

King James Bible
And the sons of Israel came to buy corn among those that came: for the famine was in the land of Canaan.

Christian Standard Bible
The sons of Israel were among those who came to buy grain, for the famine was in the land of Canaan.

Contemporary English Version
So Jacob's sons joined others from Canaan who were going to Egypt because of the terrible famine.

Good News Translation
The sons of Jacob came with others to buy grain, because there was famine in the land of Canaan.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
The sons of Israel were among those who came to buy grain, for the famine was in the land of Canaan.

International Standard Version
Israel's sons went in a caravan that included others who were going to Egypt to buy grain, because the famine pervaded the land of Canaan, too.

NET Bible
So Israel's sons came to buy grain among the other travelers, for the famine was severe in the land of Canaan.

New Heart English Bible
The children of Israel came to buy among those who came, for the famine was in the land of Canaan.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Israel's sons left with the others who were going to buy grain, because there was also famine in Canaan.

JPS Tanakh 1917
And the sons of Israel came to buy among those that came; for the famine was in the land of Caanan.

New American Standard 1977
So the sons of Israel came to buy grain among those who were coming, for the famine was in the land of Canaan also.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And the sons of Israel came to buy among those that came, for the famine was in the land of Canaan.

King James 2000 Bible
And the sons of Israel came to buy grain among those that came: for the famine was in the land of Canaan.

American King James Version
And the sons of Israel came to buy corn among those that came: for the famine was in the land of Canaan.

American Standard Version
And the sons of Israel came to buy among those that came: for the famine was in the land of Canaan.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And they entered into the land of Egypt with others that went to buy. For the famine was in the land of Chanaan.

Darby Bible Translation
So the sons of Israel came to buy [grain] among those that came; for the famine was in the land of Canaan.

English Revised Version
And the sons of Israel came to buy among those that came: for the famine was in the land of Canaan.

Webster's Bible Translation
And the sons of Israel came to buy corn among those that came: for the famine was in the land of Canaan.

World English Bible
The sons of Israel came to buy among those who came, for the famine was in the land of Canaan.

Young's Literal Translation
And the sons of Israel come to buy in the midst of those coming, for the famine hath been in the land of Canaan,
Study Bible
Joseph's Brothers Sent to Egypt
4But Jacob did not send Joseph’s brother Benjamin with his brothers, for he said, “I am afraid that harm might befall him.” 5So the sons of Israel were among those who came to buy grain, since the famine had also spread to the land of Canaan. 6Now Joseph was the ruler of the land, who sold grain to all its people. So when his brothers arrived, they bowed down before him with their faces to the ground.…
Cross References
Acts 7:11
Then famine and great suffering swept across Egypt and Canaan, and our fathers could not find food.

Genesis 12:10
Now there was a famine in the land. So Abram went down to Egypt to live there for a while because the famine was severe.

Genesis 26:1
Now there was another famine in the land, subsequent to the one that had occurred in Abraham's time. And Isaac went to Abimelech king of the Philistines at Gerar.

Genesis 41:57
And every nation came to Joseph in Egypt to buy grain, because the famine was severe over all the earth.

2 Samuel 21:1
Now during the reign of David there was a famine for three successive years, and David sought the face of the LORD. And the LORD said, "It is because of the blood shed by Saul and his family, because he killed the Gibeonites."

Treasury of Scripture

And the sons of Israel came to buy corn among those that came: for the famine was in the land of Canaan.

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Genesis 12:10 And there was a famine in the land: and Abram went down into Egypt …

Genesis 26:1 And there was a famine in the land, beside the first famine that …

Genesis 41:57 And all countries came into Egypt to Joseph for to buy corn; because …

Acts 7:11 Now there came a dearth over all the land of Egypt and Chanaan, and …

Acts 11:28 And there stood up one of them named Agabus, and signified by the …







Verse 5. - And the sons of Israel came to buy corn among those that came - literally, in the midst of the comers; not as being desirous to lose themselves in the multitudes, as if troubled by an alarming presentiment (Lange), which is forced and unnatural; but either as forming a part of a caravan of Canaanites (Lawson), or simply as arriving among ethers who came from the same necessity (Keil). For the famine was in the land of Canaan. The statements in this verse concerning the descent of Joseph's brethren to Egypt, and the prevalence of the famine in the land of Canaan, both of which have already been sufficiently announced (vide ver. 3; Genesis 41:57; Genesis 42:2), are neither useless repetitions nor proofs of different authorship, but simply the customary recapitulations which mark the commencement of a new paragraph or section of the history, viz., that in which Joseph's first interview with his brethren is described (cf. 'Quarry on Genesis,' pp. 556, 557). And the sons of Israel came to buy corn among those that came,.... Either among the Egyptians that came to buy, or among those who came from different countries, or rather particularly among the Canaanites, as the Targum of Jonathan; with these they might join upon the road, and go together in a body where the market for corn was:

for the famine was in the land of Canaan: which obliged the inhabitants of it as well as Jacob's family to seek for corn elsewhere, and confirms the sense of the preceding clause: this, though a very fruitful land, yet when God withheld a blessing from it, it became barren, as it had been before, Genesis 12:10, and was to try the faith of those good men to whom God had given it, and to wean their hearts from being set upon it, and to put them upon seeking a better country, as they did. 5. the famine was in the land of Canaan—The tropical rains, which annually falling swell the Nile, are those of Palestine also; and their failure would produce the same disastrous effects in Canaan as in Egypt. Numerous caravans of its people, therefore, poured over the sandy desert of Suez, with their beasts of burden, for the purchase of corn; and among others, "the sons of Israel" were compelled to undertake a journey from which painful associations made them strongly averse.42:1-6 Jacob saw the corn his neighbours had bought in Egypt, and brought home. It is a spur to exertion to see others supplied. Shall others get food for their souls, and shall we starve while it is to be had? Having discovered where help is to be had, we should apply for it without delay, without shrinking from labour, or grudging expense, especially as regards our never-dying souls. There is provision in Christ; but we must come to him, and seek it from him.
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