|Genesis 43 |
1 Now the famine was severe in the land.
2 So it came to pass, when they had eaten up the grain they had brought out of Egypt that their father said to them, "Go again and buy us a little more food."
3 And Judah spoke to him, saying, "The man solemnly warned us, saying, 'You shall not see my face unless your brother is with you.'
4 If you will send our brother with us, we will go down and buy you food;
5 But if you will not send him, we will not go down; for the man said to us, 'You shall not see my face unless your brother is with you.'"
6 And Israel said, "Why did you deal so wrongfully with me as to tell the man that you had yet another brother?"
7 And they said, "The man asked us direct questions about ourselves and our kindred, saying, 'Is your father still alive? Do you have another brother?' And we answered him according to his questions. Could we know that he would say, 'Bring your brother down here?'"
8 And Judah said to Israel his father, "Send the lad with me and we will arise and go, so that we may live and not die, both we and you and also our little ones.
9 I will be security for him; you may hold me responsible for him. If I do not bring him back and set him before you, then let me bear the blame forever.
10 For if we had not lingered, surely by now we would have returned the second time."
11 And their father Israel said to them, "If it must be so, now do this: take some of the best products from the land in your sacks and carry the man down a present, a little balm and a little honey, spices and myrrh, nuts and almonds.
12 And take double the money with you; and also carry the money that was put back into the mouth of your sacks; perhaps it was a mistake.
13 Take your brother also, and arise and go again to the man;
14 And may God Almighty give you mercy before the man, that he may release your other brother and Benjamin. If I am bereaved of my children, I am bereaved!"
15 Then the men took the present, and double the money, and Benjamin; and arose and went down to Egypt and stood before Joseph.
16 When Joseph saw Benjamin with them, he said to the ruler of his house, "Bring these men to my home, and slay an animal and make ready, for these men will dine with me at noon."
17 And the man did as Joseph ordered and brought the men into Joseph's house.
18 And the men were afraid because they were brought into Joseph's house; and they said, "We have been brought in because of the money that was returned to our sacks the first time we were here, so that he may find occasion to accuse us, and fall upon us, and take us for slaves, and seize our donkeys."
19 So they came near to the steward of Joseph's house and talked with him at the door of the house,
20 And said, "O sir, we did indeed came down the first time to buy food;
21 And when we came to the inn, we opened our sacks and every man's money was in the mouth of his sack, our money in full weight. And we have brought it back again.
22 And we have also brought down other money to buy food; we do not know who put our money in our sacks."
23 But the steward said, "Peace be to you, do not fear; your God and the God of your father has given you treasure in your sacks. I received your money." And he brought Simeon out to them.
24 Then the man brought the men into Joseph's house and gave them water, and they washed their feet; and he gave their donkeys food.
25 And they made ready the present before Joseph came at noon, for they heard that they were to eat there.
26 And when Joseph came home, they brought the present that they had into the house, and bowed themselves to him to the earth.
27 Then he asked them about their welfare and said, "Is your father well, the old man of whom you spoke? Is he still alive?"
28 And they answered, "Your servant our father is in good health; he is still alive." And they bowed down their heads and honored him.
29 And he lifted up his eyes and saw his brother Benjamin, his mother's son, and said, "Is this your younger brother, of whom you spoke to me?" And he said, "God be gracious to you, my son!"
30 And Joseph hurried out, for his heart yearned for his brother, and he sought somewhere to weep; and he entered his chamber and wept there.
31 Then he washed his face and went out, and restraining himself, said, "Serve the food."
32 And they set out food for him by himself, and for his brothers by themselves, and for the Egyptians who ate with him by themselves; because the Egyptians could not eat with the Hebrews; for that was an abomination to the Egyptians.
33 And the men were seated before him according to their birthright, the firstborn to the youngest; and the men looked at one another in amazement.
34 And he sent helpings to them from the food before him, but Benjamin's serving was five times as much as any of theirs. And they drank and were merry with him.
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