Genesis 50:16
New International Version
So they sent word to Joseph, saying, “Your father left these instructions before he died:

New Living Translation
So they sent this message to Joseph: “Before your father died, he instructed us

English Standard Version
So they sent a message to Joseph, saying, “Your father gave this command before he died:

Berean Study Bible
So they sent word to Joseph, saying, “Before he died, your father commanded,

King James Bible
And they sent a messenger unto Joseph, saying, Thy father did command before he died, saying,

New King James Version
So they sent messengers to Joseph, saying, “Before your father died he commanded, saying,

New American Standard Bible
So they sent instructions to Joseph, saying, “Your father commanded us before he died, saying,

NASB 1995
So they sent a message to Joseph, saying, “Your father charged before he died, saying,

NASB 1977
So they sent a message to Joseph, saying, “Your father charged before he died, saying,

Amplified Bible
So they sent word to Joseph, saying, “Your father commanded us before he died, saying,

Christian Standard Bible
So they sent this message to Joseph, “Before he died your father gave a command:

Holman Christian Standard Bible
So they sent this message to Joseph, “Before he died your father gave a command:

American Standard Version
And they sent a message unto Joseph, saying, Thy father did command before he died, saying,

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And they visited and they came near to Yoseph, and they said to him, “Your father commanded before his death and said:

Brenton Septuagint Translation
And they came to Joseph, and said, Thy father adjured us before his death, saying,

Contemporary English Version
So they sent this message to Joseph: Before our father died,

Douay-Rheims Bible
And they sent a message to him, saying: Thy father commanded us before he died,

English Revised Version
And they sent a message unto Joseph, saying, Thy father did command before he died, saying,

Good News Translation
So they sent a message to Joseph: "Before our father died,

GOD'S WORD® Translation
They sent a messenger to Joseph to say, "Before your father died, he commanded us,

International Standard Version
So they sent this message to Joseph:

JPS Tanakh 1917
And they sent a message unto Joseph, saying: 'Thy father did command before he died, saying:

Literal Standard Version
And they give a charge for Joseph, saying, “Your father commanded before his death, saying,

NET Bible
So they sent word to Joseph, saying, "Your father gave these instructions before he died:

New Heart English Bible
So they sent a message to Joseph, saying, "Your father gave this command before he died, saying,

World English Bible
They sent a message to Joseph, saying, "Your father commanded before he died, saying,

Young's Literal Translation
And they give a charge for Joseph, saying, 'Thy father commanded before his death, saying,

Additional Translations ...
Context
Joseph Comforts His Brothers
15When Joseph’s brothers saw that their father was dead, they said, “What if Joseph bears a grudge? Then he will surely repay us for all the evil that we did to him.” 16So they sent word to Joseph, saying, “Before he died, your father commanded, 17‘This is what you are to say to Joseph: I beg you, please forgive the transgression and sin of your brothers, for they did you wrong.’ So now, Joseph, please forgive the transgression of the servants of the God of your father.” When their message came to him, Joseph wept.…

Cross References
Genesis 50:15
When Joseph's brothers saw that their father was dead, they said, "What if Joseph bears a grudge? Then he will surely repay us for all the evil that we did to him."

Genesis 50:17
This is what you are to say to Joseph: I beg you, please forgive the transgression and sin of your brothers, for they did you wrong.' So now, Joseph, please forgive the transgression of the servants of the God of your father." When their message came to him, Joseph wept.


Treasury of Scripture

And they sent a messenger to Joseph, saying, Your father did command before he died, saying,

sent.

Proverbs 29:25
The fear of man bringeth a snare: but whoso putteth his trust in the LORD shall be safe.









(16, 17) Thy father did command . . . --Many Jewish expositors consider that this was untrue, and that Jacob was never made aware of the fact that his brethren had sold Joseph into slavery. It is, however, probable, from Genesis 49:6, that Jacob not only knew of it, but saw in Simeon and Levi the chief offenders. But besides the father's authority the message brings a twofold influence to bear upon Joseph: for first it reminds him that they were his brethren, and next, that they shared the same religious faith--no slight band of union in a country where the religion was so unlike their own.

Verses 16, 17. - And (under these erroneous though not unnatural apprehensions) they sent a messenger unto Joseph, - literally, they charged Joseph, i.e. they deputed one of their number (possibly Benjamin) to carry their desires to Joseph - saying, Thy father did command before he died, saying (though not recorded, the circumstance here mentioned may have been historically true), So shall ye say unto Joseph, Forgive, I pray thee now, the trespass of thy brethren, and their sin; for they did unto thee evil (nothing is more inherently probable than that the good man on his death-bed did request his sons to beg their brother's pardon): and now, we pray thee, forgive the trespass of the servants of the God of thy father. Joseph's brethren in these words at once evince the depth of their humility, the sincerity of their repentance, and the genuineness of their religion. They were God's true servants, and they wished to be forgiven by their much-offended brother, who, however, had long since embraced them in the arms of his affection. And Joseph wept when they spake unto him - pained that they should for a single moment have enter-rained such suspicions against his love.

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
So they sent word
וַיְצַוּ֕וּ (way·ṣaw·wū)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Piel - Consecutive imperfect - third person masculine plural
Strong's 6680: To lay charge (upon), give charge (to), command, order

to
אֶל־ (’el-)
Preposition
Strong's 413: Near, with, among, to

Joseph,
יוֹסֵ֖ף (yō·w·sêp̄)
Noun - proper - masculine singular
Strong's 3130: Joseph -- 'he increases', a son of Jacob, also the name of several Israelites

saying,
לֵאמֹ֑ר (lê·mōr)
Preposition-l | Verb - Qal - Infinitive construct
Strong's 559: To utter, say

“Before
לִפְנֵ֥י (lip̄·nê)
Preposition-l | Noun - common plural construct
Strong's 6440: The face

he died,
מוֹת֖וֹ (mō·w·ṯōw)
Noun - masculine singular construct | third person masculine singular
Strong's 4194: Death, the dead, their place, state, pestilence, ruin

your father
אָבִ֣יךָ (’ā·ḇî·ḵā)
Noun - masculine singular construct | second person masculine singular
Strong's 1: Father

commanded,
צִוָּ֔ה (ṣiw·wāh)
Verb - Piel - Perfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's 6680: To lay charge (upon), give charge (to), command, order


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