Understanding the Scriptures
|Lest peradventure mischief befall him (v. 4)||Because something bad might happen to him|
|Made himself strange unto them (v. 7)||Did not tell them who he was|
|Nakedness of the land (vv. 9, 12)||How little food is able to grow (implying that Joseph’s brothers came to see if the Egyptians were weak because of the lack of food)|
|One is not (vv. 13, 32)||One is dead|
|Hereby (vv. 15, 33)||In this way|
|Hence (v. 15)||Back home|
|Hither (v. 15)||Here|
|Into ward (v. 17)||Under arrest|
|Bound (v. 19)||Kept|
|Verified (v. 20)||Proved true|
|Verily (v. 21)||Truly|
|Anguish (v. 21)||Pain|
|Besought (v. 21)||Begged for mercy|
|Distress (v. 21)||Punishment|
|His blood is required (v. 22)||We will be held responsible for what we did to him|
|Communed (v. 24)||Talked|
|Provision, provender (vv. 25–26)||Food|
|Laded (v. 26)||Loaded|
|Espied (v. 27)||Saw|
|Befell, befall (vv. 29, 38)||Happened|
|Traffick (v. 34)||Buy and sell|
|Bereaved (v. 36)||Taken away|
|Mischief (v. 38)||Something bad|
Studying the Scriptures
Do activity A as you study Genesis 42.
What Was Happening to Joseph’s Brothers?
“Remorse and deep sorrow then are preliminary to repentance. …
“… Suffering is a very important part of repentance. One has not begun to repent until he has suffered intensely for his sins” (Spencer W. Kimball, The Teachings of Spencer W. Kimball, 87–88).
Considering President Spencer W. Kimball’s statement above on repentance, find and write about things in Genesis 42 that show how Joseph’s brothers were beginning the process of repentance for what they did to him. Continue to look for these as you read Genesis 43–44.