Genesis 42

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The First Book of Moses, called Genesis

Chapter 43


And the famine [was] sore in the land.


And it came to pass, when they had14 eaten2 up the corn which they had brought52 out of Egypt, their father said4 unto them, Go again,3 buy3 us a little food.


And Judah spake4 unto him, saying,2 The man did solemnly53 protest52 unto us, saying,2 Ye shall not see4 my face, except your brother [be] with you.


If thou wilt send18 our brother with us, we will go down4 and buy4 thee food:


But if thou wilt not send18 [him], we will not go down:4 for the man said1 unto us, Ye shall not see4 my face, except your brother [be] with you.


And Israel said,4 Wherefore dealt ye [so] ill52 with me, [as] to tell53 the man whether ye had yet a brother?


And they said,4 The man asked1 us straitly2 of our state, and of our kindred, saying,2 [Is] your father yet alive? have ye [another] brother? and we told55 him according to the tenor of these words: could we certainly2 know4 that he would say,4 Bring your brother down?54


And Judah said4 unto Israel his father, Send3 the lad with me, and we will arise4 and go;4 that we may live,4 and not die,4 both we, and thou, [and] also our little ones.


I will be surety4 for him; of my hand shalt thou require17 him: if I bring52 him not unto thee, and set52 him before thee, then let me bear the blame1 for ever:


For except we had lingered,115 surely now we had returned1 this second time.


And their father Israel said4 unto them, If [it must be] so now, do3 this; take3 of the best fruits in the land in your vessels, and carry down54 the man a present, a little balm, and a little honey, spices, and myrrh, nuts, and almonds:


And take3 double money in your hand; and the money that was brought again94 in the mouth of your sacks, carry [it] again55 in your hand; peradventure it [was] an oversight:


Take3 also your brother, and arise,3 go again3 unto the man:


And God Almighty give4 you mercy before the man, that he may send away14 your other brother, and Benjamin. If I be bereaved1 [of my children], I am bereaved.1


And the men took4 that present, and they took1 double money in their hand, and Benjamin; and rose up,4 and went down4 to Egypt, and stood4 before Joseph.


And when Joseph saw4 Benjamin with them, he said4 to the ruler of his house, Bring54 [these] men home, and slay,2 2874 and make ready;54 for [these] men shall dine4 with me at noon.


And the man did4 as Joseph bade;1 and the man brought55 the men into Joseph's house.


And the men were afraid,4 because they were brought into90 Joseph's house; and they said,4 Because of the money that was returned6 in our sacks at the first time are we brought in;94 that he may seek occasion106 against us, and fall99 upon us, and take2 us for bondmen, and our asses.


And they came near4 to the steward of Joseph's house, and they communed17 with him at the door of the house,


And said,4 O sir, we came indeed2 down1 at the first time to buy2 food:


And it came to pass, when we came1 to the inn, that we opened4 our sacks, and, behold, [every] man's money [was] in the mouth of his sack, our money in full weight: and we have brought it again55 in our hand.


And other money have we brought down52 in our hands to buy2 food: we cannot tell1 who put1 our money in our sacks.


And he said,4 Peace [be] to you, fear4 not: your God, and the God of your father, hath given1 you treasure in your sacks: I had1 your money. And he brought Simeon out55 unto them.


And the man brought55 the men into Joseph's house, and gave4 [them] water, and they washed4 their feet; and he gave4 their asses provender.


And they made ready55 the present against Joseph came2 at noon: for they heard1 that they should eat4 bread there.


And when Joseph came4 home, they brought55 him the present which [was] in their hand into the house, and bowed101 themselves to him to the earth.


And he asked4 them of [their] welfare, and said,4 [Is] your father well, the old man of whom ye spake?1 [Is] he yet alive?


And they answered,4 Thy servant our father [is] in good health, he [is] yet alive. And they bowed down their heads,4 and made obeisance.101


And he lifted up4 his eyes, and saw4 his brother Benjamin, his mother's son, and said,4 [Is] this your younger brother, of whom ye spake1 unto me? And he said,4 God be gracious4 unto thee, my son.


And Joseph made haste;17 for his bowels did yearn8 upon his brother: and he sought17 [where] to weep;2 and he entered4 into [his] chamber, and wept4 there.


And he washed4 his face, and went out,4 and refrained101 himself, and said,4 Set on3 bread.


And they set on4 for him by himself, and for them by themselves, and for the Egyptians, which did eat6 with him, by themselves: because the Egyptians might4 not eat2 bread with the Hebrews; for that [is] an abomination unto the Egyptians.


And they sat4 before him, the firstborn according to his birthright, and the youngest according to his youth: and the men marvelled4 one at another.


And he took4 [and sent] messes unto them from before him: but Benjamin's mess was five times so much4 as any of theirs. And they drank,4 and were merry4 with him.

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