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Genesis 42

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 1 Now when Jacob learned that there was grain in Egypt, he said to his sons, "Why do you just look at one another?"

 2 He said, "Behold, I have heard that there is grain in Egypt; go down there and buy grain for us from them, so that we may live and not die.

 3 And Joseph's ten brothers went down to buy grain in Egypt.

 4 But Jacob did not send Joseph's brother Benjamin with them; for he said, "Lest by chance some harm may befall him."

 5 So the sons of Israel came to buy grain among those who came, for the famine was in the land of Canaan.

 6 Now Joseph was the governor over the land, and it was he who sold to all the people of the land; and Joseph's brothers came and bowed down themselves before him with their faces to the earth.

 7 And Joseph saw his brothers and recognized them, but he pretended to be a stranger to them and spoke roughly to them; and he said to them, "Where did you come from?" And they said, "From the land of Canaan, to buy food."

 8  Joseph knew his brothers, but they did not know him.

 9 And Joseph remembered the dreams that he had dreamed about them, and said to them, "You are spies! You have come to see the unprotected part of our land."

 10 And they said to him, "No, my lord, your servants have come only to buy food.

 11 We are all one man's sons; we are true men, not spies."

 12 And he said to them, "No, you have come to see the unprotected part of our land."

 13 And they said, "Your servants are twelve brothers, the sons of one man in the land of Canaan; behold, the youngest is this day with our father, and one is no more."

 14 And Joseph said to them, "It is as I spoke to you, saying, 'You are spies!'

 15 This is how you shall be tested: By the life of Pharaoh you shall not go away from here unless your youngest brother comes here.

 16 Send one of you and let him bring your brother, and you shall be kept in prison, so that your words may be proved whether there is any truth in you; or else by the life of Pharaoh you are surely spies."

 17 And he put them all together into custody for three days.

 18 And Joseph said to them on the third day, "Do this and live; for I fear God.

 19 If you are true men, let one of your brothers be confined in the prison house, but the rest of you go and carry grain back for your starving households.

 20 But bring your youngest brother to me, so your words may be verified and you may not die." And they did so.

 21 And they said one to another, "We are truly guilty concerning our brother, for we saw the anguish of his soul when he pleaded with us for his life, and we would not listen, therefore this distress has come upon us."

 22 And Reuben answered them, saying, "Did I not speak to you, saying, 'Do not sin against the boy,' and you would not listen? Therefore, behold, his blood is required of us."

 23 They did not know that Joseph understood them, for he spoke to them through an interpreter.

 24 And he turned away from them and wept; and then he turned to them again and spoke with them, and took Simeon from them and bound him before their eyes.

 25 Then Joseph commanded that their sacks be filled with grain, every man's money be restored into his sack, and provision for the way be given to them. When this was done for them,

 26 They loaded their donkeys with the grain and departed from there.

 27 But as one of them opened his sack to give his donkey food at an inn, he saw his money; for it was in the mouth his sack.

 28 And he said to his brothers, "My money has been restored. It is in my sack!" And their hearts failed them and they were afraid, saying one to another, "What is this that God has done to us?"

 29 When they came to Jacob their father in the land of Canaan, they told him all that befell to them, saying,

 30 "The man who is the lord of the land spoke roughly to us and took us for spies of the country.

 31 And we said to him, 'We are true men, we are not spies.

 32 We are twelve brothers who are sons of one father; one is no more and the youngest is this day with our father in the land of Canaan.'

 33 And the man, the lord of the country, said to us, 'By this I shall know that you are true men: leave one of your brothers here with me and take food for your starving your households and be gone.

 34 And bring your youngest brother to me; then I shall know that you are not spies, but that you are true men. Then I will return your brother to you and you may trade in the land.'"

 35 Now it came to pass as they emptied their sacks, that behold, every man's bundle of money was in his sack. And when both they and their father saw the bundles of money, they were afraid.

 36 And Jacob their father said to them, "You have bereaved me of my children: Joseph is no more, Simeon is no more, and you would take Benjamin away from me. Everything is against me!"

 37 And Reuben spoke to his father, saying, "Slay my two sons if I do not bring him back to you. Deliver him into my care, and I will bring him back to you again."

 38 But Jacob said, "My son shall not go down with you, for his brother is dead and he alone is left; if harm befalls him on the journey you are taking, you shall bring my gray hairs down to the grave with sorrow."


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