The language of ivrit ( עברית ) Genesis 42, Post #2

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Genesis 42:6-11

Last week we read that Jacob, also known as Israel, sent ten of his sons to Mitsraim (Egypt) to buy food. They have now arrived and our story tells us that Joseph is the ruler over the land.

We pick up the story with an image of his brothers bowing down to Joseph and requesting grain. Joseph treated them harshly and began to ask them questions about their land.

The passage states that Joseph remembered the dreams he had years before about his brothers bowing down to him. Then Joseph accused them of being spies. The brothers defend themselves and deny it.

Today's reading


Now Joseph was governor over the land. He was the one who sold to all the people of the land. And Joseph's brothers came and bowed themselves before him with their faces to the ground. Joseph saw his brothers and recognized them, but he treated them like strangers and spoke roughly to them. "Where do you come from?" he said. They said, "From the land of Canaan, to buy food." And Joseph recognized his brothers, but they did not recognize him. And Joseph remembered the dreams that he had dreamed of them. And he said to them, "You are spies; you have come to see the nakedness of the land." They said to him, "No, my lord, your servants have come to buy food. We are all sons of one man. We are honest men. Your servants have never been spies."



The story continues next exposing the brothers 12...

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