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Joseph longed to be reconciled to his family but first had to learn their attitude to him, their father and his younger brother Benjamin. Therefore, he subjected them to a number of tests. After hearing them express regret for what they had done to him (Genesis 42:21-22), Joseph took Simeon hostage while he sent the other brothers back for Benjamin, since Simeon had taken a lead part in their action against Joseph. This was calculated to further stir their consciences.
KJV Defenders Study Bible, by Dr. Henry Morris, Ph.D.
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
DEF 10 ISBN 0-529-10444-x
DEF 10-1 ISBN 0-529-10445-8