New Living Translation
So Jacob's sons arrived in Egypt along with others to buy food, for the famine was in Canaan as well.
King James Bible
And the sons of Israel came to buy corn among those that came: for the famine was in the land of Canaan.
Darby Bible Translation
So the sons of Israel came to buy grain among those that came; for the famine was in the land of Canaan.
World English Bible
The sons of Israel came to buy among those who came, for the famine was in the land of Canaan.
Young's Literal Translation
And the sons of Israel come to buy in the midst of those coming, for the famine hath been in the land of Canaan,
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CommentaryGenesis 42:5 Parallel Commentaries
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
"But a famine came upon Egypt and Canaan. There was great misery, and our ancestors ran out of food.
At that time a severe famine struck the land of Canaan, forcing Abram to go down to Egypt, where he lived as a foreigner.
A severe famine now struck the land, as had happened before in Abraham's time. So Isaac moved to Gerar, where Abimelech, king of the Philistines, lived.
And people from all around came to Egypt to buy grain from Joseph because the famine was severe throughout the world.
2 Samuel 21:1
There was a famine during David's reign that lasted for three years, so David asked the LORD about it. And the LORD said, "The famine has come because Saul and his family are guilty of murdering the Gibeonites."
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