Genesis 42:1
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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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Clarke'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.

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when Jacob.

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...

Acts 7:12 But when Jacob heard that there was corn in Egypt, he sent out our fathers first.

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.)

Exodus 5:19 And the officers of the children of Israel did see that they were in evil case, after it was said...

Exodus 20:18 And all the people saw the thunder, and the lightning, and the noise of the trumpet, and the mountain smoking...

1 Kings 19:3 And when he saw that, he arose, and went for his life, and came to Beersheba, which belongs to Judah, and left his servant there.

Hosea 5:13 When Ephraim saw his sickness, and Judah saw his wound, then went Ephraim to the Assyrian, and sent to king Jareb...

Galatians 2:7 But contrariwise, when they saw that the gospel of the uncircumcision was committed to me...

Why do ye.

Joshua 7:10 And the LORD said to Joshua, Get you up; why lie you thus on your face?

2 Kings 8:3,4 And it came to pass at the seven years' end, that the woman returned out of the land of the Philistines...

Ezra 10:4 Arise; for this matter belongs to you: we also will be with you: be of good courage, and do it.

Jeremiah 8:14 Why do we sit still? assemble yourselves, and let us enter into the defended cities, and let us be silent there...

Corn 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
They shall be filled. Matthew 5:6 I proceed now to the second part of the text. A promise annexed. They shall be filled'. A Christian fighting with sin is not like one that beats the air' (1 Corinthians 9:26), and his hungering after righteousness is not like one that sucks in only air, Blessed are they that hunger, for they shall be filled.' Those that hunger after righteousness shall be filled. God never bids us seek him in vain' (Isaiah 45:19). Here is an honeycomb dropping into the mouths of
Thomas Watson—The Beatitudes: An Exposition of Matthew 5:1-12

Cross References
Acts 7:12
When Jacob heard that there was grain in Egypt, he sent our forefathers on their first visit.

Genesis 42:2
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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