The language of ivrit ( עברית ) Genesis 42, Post #4
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We see the brothers arguing over what they had done to Joseph this week. They are standing in front of the great ruler of Mitzraim (Egypt), namely Joseph. They did not realize that he was able to understand them. As shown in this image, Joseph had to turn away and weep.
One of them would have to stay as security for their promise to bring the youngest brother, as was stated last week. We read that Simeon was taken from the others and bound. He was headed for jail time to await his brother's journey home and then their return with Benjamin.
Joseph's brothers leave to travel the drought stricken desert.
We also learn a secret. The Keseph (silver) that they used to pay for the grain was ordered to be put into their bags of grain by Joseph. The scriptures never really explain why the money was returned to them with the purchased grain.
Then they said to one another, "In truth we are guilty concerning our brother, in that we saw the distress of his soul, when he begged us and we did not listen. That is why this distress has come upon us." And Reuben answered them, "Did I not tell you not to sin against the boy? But you did not listen. So now there comes a reckoning for his blood." They did not know that Joseph understood them, for there was an interpreter between them. Then he turned away from them and wept. And he returned to them and spoke to them. And he took Simeon from them and bound him before their eyes. "And Joseph gave orders to fill their bags with grain, and to replace every man's money in his sack, and to give them provisions for the journey. This was done for them.
Next week, the brothers find their money in the sacks...
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