New Living Translation
When Jacob heard that grain was available in Egypt, he said to his sons, "Why are you standing around looking at one another?
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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CommentaryWesley's Notes on the Bible
42:1 Jacob saw that there was corn - That is, he saw the corn that his neighbours had bought there and brought home.
The Old Testament opens very impressively. In measured and dignified language it introduces the story of Israel's origin and settlement upon the land of Canaan (Gen.--Josh.) by the story of creation, i.-ii. 4a, and thus suggests, at the very beginning, the far-reaching purpose and the world-wide significance of the people and religion of Israel. The narrative has not travelled far till it becomes apparent that its dominant interests are to be religious and moral; for, after a pictorial sketch of …
John Edgar McFadyen—Introduction to the Old Testament
Jacob heard that there was still grain in Egypt, so he sent his sons--our ancestors--to buy some.
I have heard there is grain in Egypt. Go down there, and buy enough grain to keep us alive. Otherwise we'll die."
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