Genesis 50:16
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:

Berean Study Bible
So they sent word to Joseph, saying, “Before he died, your father commanded,

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,

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

Contemporary English Version
So they sent this message to Joseph: Before our father died,

Good News Translation
So they sent a message to Joseph: "Before our father died,

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 HEB ▾ 
Joseph Comforts His Brothers
15When Joseph’s brothers saw that their father was dead, they said, “What if Joseph bears a grudge? Then he will surely repay us for all the evil that we did to him.” 16So they sent word to Joseph, saying, “Before he died, your father commanded, 17‘This is what you are to say to Joseph: I beg you, please forgive the transgression and sin of your brothers, for they did you wrong.’ So now, Joseph, please forgive the transgression of the servants of the God of your father.” When their message came to him, Joseph wept.…
Cross References
Genesis 50:15
When Joseph's brothers saw that their father was dead, they said, "What if Joseph bears a grudge? Then he will surely repay us for all the evil that we did to him."

Genesis 50:17
This is what you are to say to Joseph: I beg you, please forgive the transgression and sin of your brothers, for they did you wrong.' So now, Joseph, please forgive the transgression of the servants of the God of your father." When their message came to him, Joseph wept.

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 …







Lexicon
So they sent word
וַיְצַוּ֕וּ (way·ṣaw·wū)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Piel - Consecutive imperfect - third person masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 6680: To lay charge (upon), give charge (to), command, order

to
אֶל־ (’el-)
Preposition
Strong's Hebrew 413: Near, with, among, to

Joseph,
יוֹסֵ֖ף (yō·w·sêp̄)
Noun - proper - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 3130: Joseph -- 'he increases', a son of Jacob, also the name of several Israelites

saying,
לֵאמֹ֑ר (lê·mōr)
Preposition-l | Verb - Qal - Infinitive construct
Strong's Hebrew 559: To utter, say

“Before
לִפְנֵ֥י (lip̄·nê)
Preposition-l | Noun - common plural construct
Strong's Hebrew 6440: The face

he died,
מוֹת֖וֹ (mō·w·ṯōw)
Noun - masculine singular construct | third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 4194: Death, the dead, their place, state, pestilence, ruin

your father
אָבִ֣יךָ (’ā·ḇî·ḵā)
Noun - masculine singular construct | second person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 1: Father

commanded,
צִוָּ֔ה (ṣiw·wāh)
Verb - Piel - Perfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 6680: To lay charge (upon), give charge (to), command, order
(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. 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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