New International Version
When Jacob learned that there was grain in Egypt, he said to his sons, "Why do you just keep looking at each other?"
King James Bible
Now when Jacob saw that there was corn in Egypt, Jacob said unto his sons, Why do ye look one upon another?
Darby Bible Translation
And Jacob saw that there was grain in Egypt, and Jacob said to his sons, Why do ye look one upon another?
World English Bible
Now Jacob saw that there was grain in Egypt, and Jacob said to his sons, "Why do you look at one another?"
Young's Literal Translation
And Jacob seeth that there is corn in Egypt, and Jacob saith to his sons, 'Why do you look at each other?'
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
Jacob saw that there was corn - That is, Jacob heard from the report of others that there was plenty in Egypt. The operations of one sense, in Hebrew, are often put for those of another. Before agriculture was properly known and practiced, famines were frequent; Canaan seems to have been peculiarly vexed by them. There was one in this land in the time of Abraham, Genesis 12:10; another in the days of Isaac, Genesis 26:1; and now a third in the time of Jacob. To this St. Stephen alludes, Acts 7:11 : there was great affliction, and our fathers found no sustenance.
Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
saw. i.e, heard, from the report of others, that there was plenty in Egypt. The operations of one sense are frequently put for those of another in Hebrew; (see the Parallel Passages.)
Why do ye.
LibraryCorn in Egypt
Now, there are very few minds that can make parables. The fact is, I do not know of but one good allegory in the English language, and that is, the "Pilgrim's Progress in Parables, pictures, and analogies are not so easy as some think; most men can understand them, but few can create them. Happy for us who are ministers of Christ, we have no great trouble about this matter; we have not to make parables; they are made for us. I believe that Old Testament history has for one of its designs the furnishing …
Charles Haddon Spurgeon—Spurgeon's Sermons Volume 5: 1859
Spiritual Hunger Shall be Satisfied
When Jacob heard that there was grain in Egypt, he sent our forefathers on their first visit.
He continued, "I have heard that there is grain in Egypt. Go down there and buy some for us, so that we may live and not die."
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