42 When Jacob found out there was grain in Egypt, he said to his sons, “Why are you just sitting here, staring at one another? 2 I have heard there is grain in Egypt. Now go down and buy some, so we won’t starve to death.”
3 Ten of Joseph’s brothers went to Egypt to buy grain. 4 But Jacob did not send Joseph’s younger brother Benjamin with them; he was afraid that something might happen to him. 5 So Jacob’s sons joined others from Canaan who were going to Egypt because of the terrible famine.
6 Since Joseph was governor of Egypt and in charge of selling grain, his brothers came to him and bowed with their faces to the ground. 7-8 They did not recognize Joseph, but right away he knew who they were, though he pretended not to know. Instead, he spoke harshly and asked, “Where do you come from?”
“From the land of Canaan,” they answered. “We’ve come here to buy grain.”
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