New International Version
So they sent word to Joseph, saying, "Your father left these instructions before he died:
King James Bible
And they sent a messenger unto Joseph, saying, Thy father did command before he died, saying,
Darby Bible Translation
And they sent a messenger 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,
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
Thy father did command - Whether he did or not we cannot tell. Some think they had feigned this story, but that is not so likely. Jacob might have had suspicions too, and might have thought that the best way to prevent evil was to humble themselves before their brother, and get a fresh assurance of his forgiveness.
Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
sent. Heb. charged.
'Joseph took an oath of the children of Israel, saying, God will surely visit you, and ye shall carry up my bones from hence.'--GENESIS l. 25. This is the one act of Joseph's life which the author of the Epistle to the Hebrews selects as the sign that he too lived by faith. 'By faith Joseph, when he died, made mention of the departing of the children of Israel; and gave commandment concerning his bones.' It was at once a proof of how entirely he believed God's promise, and of how earnestly he longed …
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture
The Worst Things Work for Good to the Godly
When Joseph's brothers saw that their father was dead, they said, "What if Joseph holds a grudge against us and pays us back for all the wrongs we did to him?"
This is what you are to say to Joseph: I ask you to forgive your brothers the sins and the wrongs they committed in treating you so badly.' Now please forgive the sins of the servants of the God of your father." When their message came to him, Joseph wept.
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