|Genesis 44 |
1 Now Joseph commanded the steward of his house, saying, "Fill the men's sacks with food, as much as they can carry, and put every man's money in his sack's mouth.
2 And put my cup, the silver cup, in the sack's mouth of the youngest, with his grain money." And he did according to the what Joseph had spoken.
3 As soon as the morning was light, the men were sent away, they and their donkeys.
4 And when they had gone out of the city and were not yet far off, Joseph said to his steward, "Up, follow after the men; and when you do overtake them, say to them, 'Why have you rewarded evil for good?
5 Is this not the cup from which my lord drinks and uses for divination? You have done evil in doing this.'"
6 And he overtook them, and he spoke to them these same words.
7 And they said to him, "Why does my lord say these things? God forbid that your servants should do such a thing!
8 Behold, the money, which we found in our sacks' mouths we brought back to you out of the land of Canaan. Why then would we steal silver or gold out of your lord's house?
9 With whomever of your servants it is found, let him die, and we will also be my lord's slaves."
10 And he said, "Now let it be according to your words: he with whom it is found shall be my slave; and you shall be blameless."
11 Then quickly every man took down his sack to the ground and opened it.
12 And he searched beginning with the eldest and finishing with the youngest; and the cup was found in Benjamin's sack.
13 Then they rent their clothes; and every man loaded his donkey, and returned to the city.
14 When Judah and his brothers came to Joseph's house, for he was still there; they fell before him on the ground.
15 And Joseph said to them, "What deed is this that you have done? Do you not know that such a man as I can certainly practice divination?"
16 And Judah said, "What shall we say to my lord? What shall we speak? How shall we clear ourselves? God has found out the iniquity of your servants. Behold, we are my lord's slaves, both we, and he also with whom the cup was found."
17 But Joseph said, "God forbid that I should do that; but the man in whose hand the cup was found, he shall be my slave; and as for you, go in peace to your father."
18 Then Judah came near him, and said, "Oh my lord, let your servant, I pray you, speak a word to my lord, and do not let your anger burn against your servant, for you are even as Pharaoh.
19 My lord asked his servants, saying, 'Have you a father, or a brother?'
20 And we said to my lord, 'We have a father, an old man, and a child of his old age, who is young; his brother is dead and he alone is left of his mother's children, and his father loves him.'
21 And you said to your servants, 'Bring him down to me, so that I may set my eyes upon him.'
22 And we said to my lord, 'The lad cannot leave his father; for if he should leave his father, his father would die.'
23 And you said to your servants, 'Unless your youngest brother comes down with you, you shall see my face no more.'
24 So when we went back to your servant my father, we told him the words of my lord.
25 And our father said, 'Go again, and buy us a little food.'
26 And we said, 'We cannot go down. If our youngest brother is with us, then will we go down; for we may not see the man's face unless our youngest brother is with us.'
27 And your servant my father said to us, 'You know that my wife bore me two sons;
28 And the one went out from me, and I said, "Surely he is torn in pieces," and I have not seen him not since.
29 And if you take this one from me also, and death befalls him, you shall bring down my gray hairs with sorrow to the grave.'
30 Now therefore if I return to your servant my father and the lad is not with us, since his life is bound up in the lad's life,
31 When he sees that the lad is not with us, he will die; and [I] your servant will bring down the gray hairs of our father with sorrow to the grave.
32 For I became security for the lad to my father, saying, 'If I do not bring him back to you, then I shall bear the blame to my father forever.'
33 Now therefore, I pray you, let your servant stay here instead of the lad as a slave to my lord, and let the lad go home with his brothers.
34 For how shall I go up to my father if the lad is not with me? Lest I see the evil that shall come on my father."
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