Genesis 43:1
New International Version
Now the famine was still severe in the land.

New Living Translation
But the famine continued to ravage the land of Canaan.

English Standard Version
Now the famine was severe in the land.

Berean Study Bible
Now the famine was still severe in the land.

King James Bible
And the famine was sore in the land.

New King James Version
Now the famine was severe in the land.

New American Standard Bible
Now the famine was severe in the land.

NASB 1995
Now the famine was severe in the land.

NASB 1977
Now the famine was severe in the land.

Amplified Bible
Now the famine was very severe in the land [of Canaan].

Christian Standard Bible
Now the famine in the land was severe.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Now the famine in the land was severe.

American Standard Version
And the famine was sore in the land.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And the famine was severe in the land.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
But the famine prevailed in the land.

Contemporary English Version
The famine in Canaan got worse,

Douay-Rheims Bible
In the mean time the famine was heavy upon all the land.

English Revised Version
And the famine was sore in the land.

Good News Translation
The famine in Canaan got worse,

GOD'S WORD® Translation
The famine was severe in the land.

International Standard Version
Meanwhile, the famine remained severe throughout the region.

JPS Tanakh 1917
And the famine was sore in the land.

Literal Standard Version
And the famine [is] severe in the land;

NET Bible
Now the famine was severe in the land.

New Heart English Bible
Now the famine was severe in the land.

World English Bible
The famine was severe in the land.

Young's Literal Translation
And the famine is severe in the land;

Additional Translations ...
Context
The Return to Egypt with Benjamin
1Now the famine was still severe in the land. 2So when Jacob’s sons had eaten all the grain they had brought from Egypt, their father said to them, “Go back and buy us a little more food.”…

Cross References
Genesis 12:10
Now there was a famine in the land. So Abram went down to Egypt to live there for a while because the famine was severe.

Genesis 26:1
Now there was another famine in the land, subsequent to the one that had occurred in Abraham's time. And Isaac went to Abimelech king of the Philistines at Gerar.

Genesis 41:56
When the famine had spread over all the land, Joseph opened up all the storehouses and sold grain to the Egyptians; for the famine was severe in the land of Egypt.

Genesis 41:57
And every nation came to Joseph in Egypt to buy grain, because the famine was severe over all the earth.

Genesis 43:2
So when Jacob's sons had eaten all the grain they had brought from Egypt, their father said to them, "Go back and buy us a little more food."

Genesis 47:4
Then they said to Pharaoh, "We have come to live in the land for a time, because there is no pasture for the flocks of your servants, since the famine in the land of Canaan has been severe. So now, please allow your servants to settle in the land of Goshen."

Deuteronomy 26:5
and you are to declare before the LORD your God, "My father was a wandering Aramean, and he went down to Egypt few in number and lived there and became a great nation, mighty and numerous.


Treasury of Scripture

And the famine was sore in the land.

Genesis 18:13
And the LORD said unto Abraham, Wherefore did Sarah laugh, saying, Shall I of a surety bear a child, which am old?

Genesis 41:54-57
And the seven years of dearth began to come, according as Joseph had said: and the dearth was in all lands; but in all the land of Egypt there was bread…

Genesis 42:5
And the sons of Israel came to buy corn among those that came: for the famine was in the land of Canaan.









XLIII.

THE SECOND VISIT TO EGYPT.

(7) The man asked us straitly.--In Genesis 42:13 they appear rather as volunteering a statement of their family relations than as having it wrung from them by cross-examination. But really this history must be taken as explaining and supplementing the former. Accused of being spies, they would naturally give an account of themselves, and Joseph, anxious to know about his father and brother, would certainly put numerous questions to them concerning their home and family. And they would answer them fully and frankly, little suspecting who was the questioner, and what was his real reason for exacting Benjamin's presence in proof of their trustworthiness:

Of our state and of our kindred.--Heb., concerning ourselves and our birthplace (see Genesis 12:1; Genesis 24:4; Genesis 24:7; Genesis 31:3), that is, our home. Questions about ourselves would be such as those given: "Is your father yet alive? Have ye a brother?" And besides these, Joseph would interrogate them closely concerning the place whence they came, and the state of things there.

Verses 1, 2. - And the famine was sore (literally, was heavy) in the land (sc. of Canaan). And it came to pass (how long after the return of Joseph's brethren cannot be determined, as the quantity of grain they brought or the number that partook of it cannot possibly be estimated; but it may be reasonably inferred that several months had elapsed since their arrival at Hebron), when they had eaten up - literally, had finished to eat up, i.e. not nearly (Mercerus, Bush), but entirely consumed - the corn which they had brought out of Egypt, - it is probable that only Jacob's family partook of the Egyptian corn, the slaves supporting themselves on roots, vegetables, and milk (Calvin, Rosenmüller, Gerlach) - their father said unto them, Go again, buy us a little food. What they could buy would be little in proportion to their needs.

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
Now the famine
וְהָרָעָ֖ב (wə·hā·rā·‘āḇ)
Conjunctive waw, Article | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 7458: Famine, hunger

was still severe
כָּבֵ֥ד (kā·ḇêḏ)
Adjective - masculine singular
Strong's 3515: Heavy

in the land.
בָּאָֽרֶץ׃ (bā·’ā·reṣ)
Preposition-b, Article | Noun - feminine singular
Strong's 776: Earth, land


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