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Old 22nd June 2017, 07:26 PM
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[Genesis 42]
{42:1} Then Jacob, hearing that food was being sold in Egypt, said to his sons: “Why are you negligent?

Jacob's eldest sons where negligent to go to Egypt, the land where their brother Joseph was going to end up after being sold by them.

{42:2} I have heard that wheat is being sold in Egypt. Go down and buy necessities for us, so that we may be able to live, and not be consumed by destitution.”
{42:3} And so, when ten brothers of Joseph went down to buy grain in Egypt,
{42:4} Benjamin was kept at home by Jacob, who said to his brothers, “Lest perhaps he may suffer harm on the journey.”

Jacob really loved his son Joseph and he was greatly saddened when he heard the news that he was killed (which was a lie by his other sons), so he decided to keep his other son with his wife Raquel, Benjamin, the youngest of them all. Jacob also loved Benjamin very much.

{42:5} And they entered into the land of Egypt with the others who traveled to buy. For the famine was in the land of Canaan.
{42:6} And Joseph was governor in the land of Egypt, and grain was sold under his direction to the people. And when his brothers had reverenced him
{42:7} and he had recognized them, he spoke harshly, as if to foreigners, questioning them: “Where did you come from?” And they responded, “From the land of Canaan, to buy necessary provisions.”
{42:8} And although he knew his brothers, he was not known by them.

This task of administering the food that was to be sold was appointed to Joseph, he was in charge. Then Joseph recognized his brothers but they didn't recognized him, of course, so many years have already passed and Joseph must have had a new appearance or countenance.
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