Genesis 42:8
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New International Version
Although Joseph recognized his brothers, they did not recognize him.

New Living Translation
Although Joseph recognized his brothers, they didn't recognize him.

English Standard Version
And Joseph recognized his brothers, but they did not recognize him.

Berean Study Bible
Although Joseph recognized his brothers, they did not recognize him.

New American Standard Bible
But Joseph had recognized his brothers, although they did not recognize him.

King James Bible
And Joseph knew his brethren, but they knew not him.

Christian Standard Bible
Although Joseph recognized his brothers, they did not recognize him.

Good News Translation
Although Joseph recognized his brothers, they did not recognize him.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Although Joseph recognized his brothers, they did not recognize him.

International Standard Version
But Joseph had already recognized his brothers, even though they had not recognized him.

NET Bible
Joseph recognized his brothers, but they did not recognize him.

New Heart English Bible
Joseph recognized his brothers, but they did not recognize him.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Even though Joseph recognized his brothers, they didn't recognize him.

JPS Tanakh 1917
And Joseph knew his brethren, but they knew him not.

New American Standard 1977
But Joseph had recognized his brothers, although they did not recognize him.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And Joseph knew his brethren but they did not know him.

King James 2000 Bible
And Joseph knew his brothers, but they knew not him.

American King James Version
And Joseph knew his brothers, but they knew not him.

American Standard Version
And Joseph knew his brethren, but they knew not him.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And though he knew his brethren, he was not known by them.

Darby Bible Translation
And Joseph knew his brethren, but they did not know him.

English Revised Version
And Joseph knew his brethren, but they knew not him.

Webster's Bible Translation
And Joseph knew his brethren, but they knew not him.

World English Bible
Joseph recognized his brothers, but they didn't recognize him.

Young's Literal Translation
And Joseph discerneth his brethren, but they have not discerned him,
Study Bible
Joseph's Brothers Sent to Egypt
7When Joseph saw his brothers, he recognized them, but he treated them as strangers and spoke harshly to them. “Where have you come from?” he asked. “From the land of Canaan,” they replied. “We are here to buy food.” 8Although Joseph recognized his brothers, they did not recognize him. 9Joseph remembered his dreams about them and said, “You are spies! You have come to see if our land is vulnerable.”…
Cross References
Genesis 37:2
This is the account of Jacob. When Joseph was seventeen years old, he was tending the flock with his brothers, the sons of Bilhah and Zilpah, his father's wives, and he brought their father a bad report about them.

Genesis 41:46
Now Joseph was thirty years old when he entered the service of Pharaoh king of Egypt. And Joseph left Pharaoh's presence and traveled throughout the land of Egypt.

Treasury of Scripture

And Joseph knew his brothers, but they knew not him.

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Luke 24:16 But their eyes were held that they should not know him.

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(8) Joseph knew.--As this is twice repeated, some suppose that Joseph (in Genesis 42:7) had only a suspicion, from their dress and appearance, that these Canaanites were his brethren; but that when they spake the Hebrew tongue (comp. Genesis 42:23), every doubt was removed. They would not recognize him, as he used the Egyptian language, was clad in a white linen dress, and being but seventeen when sold, had during the twenty years of separation changed in appearance much more than they had.

Verse 8. - And Joseph knew his brethren, but they knew not him. The lapse of time since the tragedy of Dothan, twenty years before, the high position occupied by Joseph, the Egyptian manners he had by this time assumed, and the strange tongue m which he conversed with them, all conspired to prevent Jacob's sons from recognizing their younger brother; while the facts that Joseph's brethren were all grown men when he had last looked upon them, that he was quite familiar with their appearances, and that he perfectly understood their speech, would account for his almost instantaneous detection of them. And Joseph knew his brethren, but they knew not him. It being about twenty two years since they saw him, and then he was young, and his beard not grown, as now it was; and besides, he was clothed as a prince, and spoke the Egyptian language; and being in such great grandeur and splendour, and in such power and authority, and having such a retinue attending him, they never once thought of him, whom they supposed might be dead, having never heard of him all this time; or, however, it could not come into their minds, that he whom they sold for a slave could ever be governor of the land of Egypt. 42:7-20 Joseph was hard upon his brethren, not from a spirit of revenge, but to bring them to repentance. Not seeing his brother Benjamin, he suspected that they had made away with him, and he gave them occasion to speak of their father and brother. God, in his providence, sometimes seems harsh with those he loves, and speaks roughly to those for whom yet he has great mercy in store. Joseph settled at last, that one of them should be left, and the rest go home and fetch Benjamin. It was a very encouraging word he said to them, I fear God; as if he had said, You may be assured I will do you no wrong; I dare not, for I know there is one higher than I. With those that fear God, we may expect fair dealing.
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