New International Version
They prepared their gifts for Joseph's arrival at noon, because they had heard that they were to eat there.
King James Bible
And they made ready the present against Joseph came at noon: for they heard that they should eat bread there.
Darby Bible Translation
And they made ready the gift for Joseph's coming at noon; for they had heard that they should eat bread there.
World English Bible
They prepared the present for Joseph's coming at noon, for they heard that they should eat bread there.
Young's Literal Translation
and they prepare the present until the coming of Joseph at noon, for they have heard that there they do eat bread.
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
Brought the men into Joseph's house, etc. - This is exactly the way in which a Hindoo receives a guest. As soon as he enters, one of the civilities is the presenting of water to wash his feet. So indispensable is this, that water to wash the feet makes a part of the offering to an image.
Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
The Old Testament opens very impressively. In measured and dignified language it introduces the story of Israel's origin and settlement upon the land of Canaan (Gen.--Josh.) by the story of creation, i.-ii. 4a, and thus suggests, at the very beginning, the far-reaching purpose and the world-wide significance of the people and religion of Israel. The narrative has not travelled far till it becomes apparent that its dominant interests are to be religious and moral; for, after a pictorial sketch of …
John Edgar McFadyen—Introduction to the Old Testament
Then their father Israel said to them, "If it must be, then do this: Put some of the best products of the land in your bags and take them down to the man as a gift--a little balm and a little honey, some spices and myrrh, some pistachio nuts and almonds.
So the men took the gifts and double the amount of silver, and Benjamin also. They hurried down to Egypt and presented themselves to Joseph.
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