The language of ivrit ( עברית ) Genesis 42, Post #6

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Genesis 42:31-34

We left off last week with the boy (men really) getting home and explaining what happened in Mitsraim (Egypt) to their father. The reading left off with the ruler of the land calling them spies.

Today's reading picks up there. They told him of the spying accusation and how he questioned the size of the family. They had to tell him about their two youngest brothers, one who had died. The ruler then decided to test them to see if they are spies by having one of the brothers stay in MItsraim until they return with the youngest boy. "If you do that, then I will know that you were honest with me." was the gist of the conversation, "Then you will get your brother back and be allowed to trade in the land." he said.

The passage in Hebrew ends with what looks like a ' : ' which is included in most published manuscripts like the PDF we are using. It is one way they use to end a quote. Punctuation is way different in Hebrew than in most languages. This is one of those differences. Learn as you go!

Today's reading


"But we said to him, 'We are honest men; we have never been spies. We are twelve brothers, sons of our father. One is no more, and the youngest is this day with our father in the land of Canaan.' Then the man, the lord of the land, said to us, 'By this I shall know that you are honest men: leave one of your brothers with me, and take grain for the famine of your households, and go your way. Bring your youngest brother to me. Then I shall know that you are not spies but honest men, and I will deliver your brother to you, and you shall trade in the land.' "



The story continues next week as Jacob explodes...

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