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Genesis 42:4

Context
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But Jacob did not send Joseph’s brother Benjamin with his brothers, 1  for he said, 2  “What if some accident 3  happens 4  to him?”

XREF

Ge 3:22; Ge 11:4; Ge 33:1,2; Ge 35:16-19; Ge 42:38; Ge 43:14,29; Ge 44:20-22,27-34

NET © Notes

tn Heb “But Benjamin, the brother of Joseph, Jacob did not send with his brothers.” The disjunctive clause highlights the contrast between Benjamin and the other ten.

tn The Hebrew verb אָמַר (’amar, “to say”) could also be translated “thought” (i.e., “he said to himself”) here, giving Jacob’s reasoning rather than spoken words.

tn The Hebrew noun אָסוֹן (’ason) is a rare word meaning “accident, harm.” Apart from its use in these passages it occurs in Exodus 21:22-23 of an accident to a pregnant woman. The term is a rather general one, but Jacob was no doubt thinking of his loss of Joseph.

tn Heb “encounters.”



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