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Genesis 43

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1And the famine was sore in the land. 2And it came to pass, when they had eaten up the corn which they had brought out of Egypt, their father said unto them, Go again, buy us a little food. 3And Judah spake unto him, saying, The man did solemnly protest unto us, saying, Ye shall not see my face, except your brother be with you. 4If thou wilt send our brother with us, we will go down and buy thee food: 5but if thou wilt not send him, we will not go down: for the man said unto us, Ye shall not see my face, except your brother be with you. 6And Israel said, Wherefore dealt ye so ill with me, as to tell the man whether ye had yet a brother? 7And they said, The man asked straitly concerning ourselves, and concerning our kindred, saying, Is your father yet alive? have ye another brother? and we told him according to the tenor of these words: could we in any wise know that he would say, Bring your brother down? 8And Judah said unto Israel his father, Send the lad with me, and we will arise and go; that we may live, and not die, both we, and thou, and also our little ones. 9I will be surety for him; of my hand shalt thou require him: if I bring him not unto thee, and set him before thee, then let me bear the blame for ever: 10for except we had lingered, surely we had now returned a second time.
11And their father Israel said unto them, If it be so now, do this; take of the choice fruits of the land in your vessels, and carry down the man a present, a little balm, and a little honey, spicery and myrrh, nuts, and almonds: 12and take double money in your hand; and the money that was returned in the mouth of your sacks carry again in your hand; peradventure it was an oversight: 13take also your brother, and arise, go again unto the man: 14and God Almighty give you mercy before the man, that he may release unto you your other brother and Benjamin. And if I be bereaved of my children, I am bereaved.
15And the men took that present, and they took double money in their hand, and Benjamin; and rose up, and went down to Egypt, and stood before Joseph. 16And when Joseph saw Benjamin with them, he said to the steward of his house, Bring the men into the house, and slay, and make ready; for the men shall dine with me at noon. 17And the man did as Joseph bade; and the man brought the men into Joseph's house. 18And the men were afraid, because they were brought into Joseph's house; and they said, Because of the money that was returned in our sacks at the first time are we brought in; that he may seek occasion against us, and fall upon us, and take us for bondmen, and our asses. 19And they came near to the steward of Joseph's house, and they spake unto him at the door of the house, 20and said, Oh my lord, we came indeed down at the first time to buy food: 21and it came to pass, when we came to the lodging place, that we opened 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 again in our hand. 22And other money have we brought down in our hand to buy food: we know not who put our money in our sacks. 23And he said, Peace be to you, fear not: your God, and the God of your father, hath given you treasure in your sacks: I had your money. And he brought Simeon out unto them. 24And the man brought the men into Joseph's house, and gave them water, and they washed their feet; and he gave their asses provender. 25And they made ready the present against Joseph came at noon: for they heard that they should eat bread there.
26And when Joseph came home, they brought him the present which was in their hand into the house, and bowed down themselves to him to the earth. 27And he asked them of their welfare, and said, Is your father well, the old man of whom ye spake? Is he yet alive? 28And they said, Thy servant our father is well, he is yet alive. And they bowed the head, and made obeisance. 29And he lifted up his eyes, and saw Benjamin his brother, his mother's son, and said, Is this your youngest brother, of whom ye spake unto me? And he said, God be gracious unto thee, my son. 30And Joseph made haste; for his bowels did yearn upon his brother: and he sought where to weep; and he entered into his chamber, and wept there. 31And he washed his face, and came out; and he refrained himself, and said, Set on bread. 32And they set on for him by himself, and for them by themselves, and for the Egyptians, which did eat with him, by themselves: because the Egyptians might not eat bread with the Hebrews; for that is an abomination unto the Egyptians. 33And they sat before him, the firstborn according to his birthright, and the youngest according to his youth: and the men marveled one with another. 34And he took and sent messes unto them from before him: but Benjamin's mess was five times so much as any of theirs. And they drank, and were merry with him.

Genesis 43

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The Brothers Return to Egypt
1Now the famine was heavy in the land.
2And it happened when they had finished eating the grain which they had brought from Egypt, that their father said to them, “Go back, buy us a little food.”
3Judah spoke to him, however, saying, “The man solemnly warned us, saying, ‘You shall not see my face unless your brother is with you.’
4“If you send our brother with us, we will go down and buy you food.
5“But if you do not send him, we will not go down; for the man said to us, ‘You will not see my face unless your brother is with you.’ ”
6Then Israel said, “Why did you treat me so badly #43.6: Lit to tellby telling the man whether you still had another brother?”
7But they said, “The man questioned particularly about us and our kin, saying, ‘Is your father still alive? Have you another brother?’ So we told him concerning these things. Could we possibly have known that he would say, ‘Bring your brother down’?”
8Then Judah said to his father Israel, “Send the boy with me, and we will arise and go, that we may live and not die, we as well as you and our little ones.
9“I myself will be the guarantee for him; from my hand you may require him. If I do not bring him back to you and set him before you, then #43.9: Lit I shall have sinned before you all the daysI shall bear the sin before you all my days.
10“For if we had not delayed, surely by now we could have returned twice.”
11¶Then their father Israel said to them, “If it must be so, then do this: take some of the best products of the land in your #43.11: Or vesselsbags, and bring them down to the man as a present, a little #43.11: Or masticbalm and a little honey, #43.11: Or ladanum spicearomatic gum and #43.11: Or resinous barkmyrrh, pistachio nuts and almonds.
12“Now take double the money in your hand, and take back in your hand the money that was put back in the mouth of your sacks; perhaps it was a mistake.
13“And take your brother also, and arise, return to the man;
14and may #43.14: Heb El ShaddaiGod Almighty grant you compassion before the man, so that he will release to you your other brother and Benjamin. And as for me, if I am bereaved of my children, I am bereaved.”
15So the men took this present, and they took double the money in their hand, and Benjamin; and they arose and went down to Egypt and stood before Joseph.
Joseph Sees Benjamin
16¶Then Joseph saw Benjamin with them and said to his house steward, “Bring the men into the house, and slay an animal and prepare it; for the men are to eat with me at noon.”
17So the man did as Joseph said and #43.17: Lit the man broughtbrought the men to Joseph’s house.
18And the men were afraid because they were brought to Joseph’s house; and they said, “It is because of the money that was returned in our sacks the first time that we are being brought in, that he may #43.18: Lit roll himself upon usseek occasion against us and fall upon us and take us for slaves with our donkeys.”
19So they came near to Joseph’s house steward and spoke to him at the entrance of the house,
20and they said, “Oh, my lord, we indeed came down the first time to buy food,
21and it happened when we came to the lodging place, that we opened our sacks, and behold, each man’s money was in the mouth of his sack, our money in #43.21: Lit its weightfull. So we have brought it back in our hand.
22“We have also brought down other money in our hand to buy food; we do not know who put our money in our sacks.”
23And he said, “#43.23: Lit Peace be to youBe well, do not be afraid. Your God and the God of your father has given you treasure in your sacks; your money has come to me.” Then he brought Simeon out to them.
24Then the man brought the men into Joseph’s house and gave them water, and they washed their feet; and he gave their donkeys fodder.
25So they prepared the present #43.25: Lit untilfor Joseph’s coming at noon; for they had heard that they were to eat #43.25: Lit breada meal there.
26¶Then Joseph came home, and they brought into the house to him the present which was in their hand and bowed to the ground before him.
27And he asked them about their #43.27: Lit peace, cf. 43:23well-being and said, “Is your old father #43.27: Lit peace, cf. 43:23well, of whom you spoke? Is he still alive?”
28And they said, “Your servant our father is well; he is still alive.” They bowed down and prostrated themselves.
29Then he lifted his eyes and saw his brother Benjamin, his mother’s son. And he said, “Is this your youngest brother, of whom you spoke to me?” And he said, “May God be gracious to you, my son.”
30And Joseph hurried out for #43.30: Lit his compassion grew warmhe was deeply stirred with compassion over his brother, and he sought a place to weep; and he entered his chamber and wept there.
31Then he washed his face and came out; and he restrained himself and said, “Set the #43.31: Lit breadmeal.”
32So they set the meal for him by himself, and for them by themselves, and for the Egyptians who ate with him by themselves, because the Egyptians could not eat bread with the Hebrews, for that is an abomination to the Egyptians.
33And they #43.33: Lit satwere seated before him, the firstborn according to his birthright and the youngest according to his youth, and the men looked at one another in astonishment.
34And he took portions to them from #43.34: Lit his facehis own table, but Benjamin’s portion was five times greater than any of theirs. So they feasted and drank freely with him.