Genesis 43

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The First Book of Moses, called Genesis

Chapter 44


And he commanded17 the steward of his house, saying,2 Fill16 the men's sacks [with] food, as much as they can4 carry,2 and put3 every man's money in his sack's mouth.


And put4 my cup, the silver cup, in the sack's mouth of the youngest, and his corn money. And he did4 according to the word that Joseph had spoken.14


As soon as the morning was light,1 the men were sent away,27 they and their asses.


[And] when they were gone out1 of the city, [and] not [yet] far off,52 Joseph said1 unto his steward, Up,3 follow3 after the men; and when thou dost overtake52 them, say1 unto them, Wherefore have ye rewarded14 evil for good?


[Is] not this [it] in which my lord drinketh,4 and whereby indeed15 he divineth?17 ye have done evil52 in so doing.1


And he overtook55 them, and he spake17 unto them these same words.


And they said4 unto him, Wherefore saith17 my lord these words? God forbid that thy servants should do2 according to this thing:


Behold, the money, which we found1 in our sacks' mouths, we brought again52 unto thee out of the land of Canaan: how then should we steal4 out of thy lord's house silver or gold?


With whomsoever of thy servants it be found,11 both let him die,1 and we also will be my lord's bondmen.


And he said,4 Now also [let] it [be] according unto your words: 3651 he with whom it is found11 shall be my servant; and ye shall be blameless.


Then they speedily17 took down55 every man his sack to the ground, and opened4 every man his sack.


And he searched,17 [and] began52 at the eldest, and left14 at the youngest: and the cup was found11 in Benjamin's sack.


Then they rent4 their clothes, and laded4 every man his ass, and returned4 to the city.


And Judah and his brethren came4 to Joseph's house; for he [was] yet there: and they fell4 before him on the ground.


And Joseph said4 unto them, What deed [is] this that ye have done?1 wot ye1 not that such a man as I can certainly15 divine?17


And Judah said,4 What shall we say4 unto my lord? what shall we speak?17 or how shall we clear101 ourselves? God hath found out1 the iniquity of thy servants: behold, we [are] my lord's servants, both we, and [he] also with whom 3027 the cup is found.8


And he said,4 God forbid that I should do2 so: [but] the man in whose hand the cup is found,8 he shall be my servant; and as for you, get you up3 in peace unto your father.


Then Judah came near4 unto him, and said,4 Oh my lord, let thy servant, I pray thee, speak17 a word in my lord's ears, and let not thine anger burn4 against thy servant: for thou [art] even as Pharaoh.


My lord asked1 his servants, saying,2 Have ye a father, or a brother?


And we said4 unto my lord, We have a father, an old man, and a child of his old age, a little one; and his brother is dead,1 and he alone is left11 of his mother, and his father loveth1 him.


And thou saidst4 unto thy servants, Bring him down54 unto me, that I may set4 mine eyes upon him.


And we said4 unto my lord, The lad cannot 3201 4 leave2 his father: for [if] he should leave1 his father, [his father] would die.1


And thou saidst4 unto thy servants, Except your youngest brother come down4 with you, ye shall see2 my face no more.55


And it came to pass when we came up1 unto thy servant my father, we told55 him the words of my lord.


And our father said,4 Go again,3 [and] buy3 us a little food.


And we said,4 We cannot 3201 4 go down:2 if our youngest brother be with us, then will we go down:1 for we may4 not see2 the man's face, except our youngest brother [be] with us.


And thy servant my father said4 unto us, Ye know1 that my wife bare1 me two [sons]:


And the one went out4 from me, and I said,4 Surely2 he is torn in pieces;19 and I saw1 him not since:


And if ye take1 this also from me, and mischief befall1 him, ye shall bring down52 my gray hairs with sorrow to the grave.


Now therefore when I come2 to thy servant my father, and the lad [be] not with us; seeing that his life is bound up7 in the lad's life;


It shall come to pass, when he seeth2 that the lad [is] not [with us], that he will die:1 and thy servants shall bring down52 the gray hairs of thy servant our father with sorrow to the grave.


For thy servant became surety1 for the lad unto my father, saying,2 If I bring55 him not unto thee, then I shall bear the blame1 to my father for ever.


Now therefore, I pray thee, let thy servant abide4 instead of the lad a bondman to my lord; and let the lad go up4 with his brethren.


For how shall I go up4 to my father, and the lad [be] not with me? lest peradventure I see4 the evil that shall come on4 my father.

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