Genesis 43: Joseph's Brothers Return to Egypt

Old Testament Seminary Student Study Guide, (2002), 38


At the end of Genesis 42, Jacob (Israel) was determined not to send Benjamin to Egypt even though Simeon was still being held there. As you read Genesis 43, look for what changed Jacob’s mind. What do you think happened when Joseph saw his younger brother?

Understanding the Scriptures

Genesis 43

Solemnly protest unto (v. 3)Warn 
Wherefore dealt ye so ill (v. 6)Why were you so cruel 
State (v. 7)Condition 
The tenor of these words (v. 7)These kinds of words 
Surety (v. 9)Responsible. Judah promised Israel that he would stay in Canaan and give his life for Benjamin if Benjamin did not return from Egypt. 
Lingered (v. 10)Waited 
Balm, honey, spices, myrrh, nuts, almonds (v. 11)Precious things 
Oversight (v. 12)Mistake 
Bereaved (v. 14)Deprived, left without 
Slay (v. 16)Kill an animal for food 
Seek occasion (v. 18)Find a reason to punish 
Bondmen (v. 18)Slaves 
Steward (v. 19)Servant in charge 
Made obeisance (v. 28)Kneeled before him and bowed their heads in humility 
Bowels did yearn (v. 30)Felt strong emotions of love 
Made haste (v. 30)Hurried 
Refrained (v. 31)Controlled his emotions 
Messes (v. 34)Food 

Studying the Scriptures

Do activity A as you study Genesis 43.

Activity A iconFind the Fulfillment of Prophecy

Read again the dreams of Joseph found in Genesis 37:5–10. Write about specific ways these dreams were fulfilled in Genesis 42–43, including specific verses you believe fulfilled these dreams.