That there was corn (onta sitia). Participle (present active of eimi) in indirect discourse, after akousas, “heard of corn being in Egypt.” Sitia is diminutive of sitos and means grain (wheat, barley, not our maize or Indian corn), old word also for provisions, victuals, here only in the N.T.
The first time (prōton). While Jacob himself remained in Canaan before he went down to Egypt and died there (Act 7:15.).