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“Then Joseph commanded to fill their sacks with corn, and to restore every man's money into his sack, and to give them provision for the way: and thus did he unto them.”

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Genesis 42:25 Translation & Meaning

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Then Joseph יוֹסֵ֗ף Joseph, the name of seven Israelites Then Joseph
commanded וַיְצַ֣ו (intensively) to constitute, enjoin commanded
to fill וַיְמַלְא֣וּ To fill or (intransitively) be full of, in a wide application (literally and figuratively) fill
their sacks כְּלֵיהֶם֮ Something prepared, i.e., any apparatus (as an implement, utensil, dress, vessel or weapon) sacks
with corn, בָּר֒ Grain of any kind (even while standing in the field); by extension the open country corn
and to restore וּלְהָשִׁ֤יב To turn back (hence, away) transitively or intransitively, literally or figuratively (not necessarily with the idea of return to the starting point); generally to retreat; often adverbial, again restore
every man's אִ֣ישׁ A man as an individual or a male person; often used as an adjunct to a more definite term (and in such cases frequently not expressed in translation) every mans
money כַּסְפֵּיהֶם֙ Silver (from its pale color); by implication, money money
into אֶל Near, with or among; often in general, to into
his sack, שַׂקּ֔וֹ Properly, a mesh (as allowing a liquid to run through), i.e., coarse loose cloth or sacking (used in mourning and for bagging); hence, a bag (for grain, etc.) sack
and to give וְלָתֵ֥ת To give, used with greatest latitude of application (put, make, etc.) give
them provision צֵדָ֖ה Food provision
for the way: לַדָּ֑רֶךְ A road (as trodden); figuratively, a course of life or mode of action, often adverb way
and thus כֵּֽן׃ Properly, set upright; hence (figuratively as adjective) just; but usually (as adverb or conjunction) rightly or so (in various applications to manner, time and relation; often with other particles) thus
did he unto them. וַיַּ֥עַשׂ To do or make, in the broadest sense and widest application did

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  • 23  And they knew not that Joseph understood them; for he spake unto them by an interpreter.

  • 24  And he turned himself about from them, and wept; and returned to them again, and communed with them, and took from them Simeon, and bound him before their eyes.

  • 25  Then Joseph commanded to fill their sacks with corn, and to restore every man's money into his sack, and to give them provision for the way: and thus did he unto them.

  • 26  And they laded their asses with the corn, and departed thence.

  • 27  And as one of them opened his sack to give his ass provender in the inn, he espied his money; for, behold, it was in his sack's mouth.


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