Genesis 43

1But the famine prevailed in the land. 2And it came to pass, when they had finished eating the grain which they had brought out of Egypt, that their father said to them, Go again; buy us a little food. 3And Judah spoke to him, saying, The man, the lord of the country, positively testified to us, saying, You shall not see my face, unless your younger brother is with you. 4If, then, you send our brother with us, we will go down, and buy you food; 5but if you do not send our brother with us, we will not go: for the man spoke to us, saying, You shall not see my face, unless your younger brother is with you. 6And Israel said, Why did you harm me, inasmuch as you told the man that you had a brother? 7And they said, The man closely questioned us about our family also, saying, Does your father yet live, and have you a brother? And we answered him according to this question: did we know that he would say to us, Bring your brother? 8And Judah said to his father Israel, Send the boy with me, and we will arise and go, that we may live and not die, both we and you, and our store. 9And I myself will be a surety for him; at my hand you shall require him; if I bring him not to you, and place him before you, I shall be guilty toward you forever. 10For if we had not lingered, we would have returned twice by now. 11And Israel their father said to them, If it be so, do this; take of the fruits of the earth in your vessels, and carry down to the man presents of balm and honey, frankincense and myrrh, pistachio nuts and walnuts. 12And take double money in your hands, and the money that was returned in your sacks, carry back with you, lest perhaps it was a mistake. 13And take your brother; and arise, go down to the man. 14And may God give you favor in the sight of the man, and send away your other brother, and Benjamin, for I accordingly, as I have been bereaved, am bereaved. 15And the men, having taken these presents, and the double money, took Benjamin in their hands; and they rose up and went down to Egypt, and stood before Joseph. 16And Joseph saw them and his brother Benjamin, born of the same mother; and he said to the steward of his household, Bring the men into the house, and slaughter an animal and make ready, for the men are to eat bread with me at noon. 17And the man did as Joseph said; and he brought the men into the house of Joseph. 18And the men, when they perceived that they were brought into the house of Joseph, said, We have been brought in because of the money that was returned in our sacks at the first; even in order to make a case against us, and lay it to our charge; to take us for servants, and our donkeys. 19And having approached the man who was over the house of Joseph, they spoke to him in the porch of the house, 20saying, We pray you, Sir; we came down at first to buy food. 21And it came to pass, when we came to the encampment, that we opened our sacks; and there, in our sacks, was each man's money. We have now brought back our money, in full weight, in our hands. 22And we have brought other money with us to buy food; we know not who put the money into our sacks. 23And he said to them, God deal mercifully with you; be not afraid; your God, and the God of your fathers, has given you treasures in your sacks, and I have enough of your good money. And he brought Simeon out to them. 24And he brought water to wash their feet; and gave feed to their donkeys. 25And they prepared their gifts, until Joseph came at noon, for they heard that he was going to dine there. 26And Joseph entered into the house, and they brought him the gifts which they had in their hands, into the house; and they bowed down before him with their faces to the ground. 27And he asked them, How are you? And he said to them, Is your father, the old man of whom you spoke, well? Does he still live? 28And they said, Your servant our father is well; he is still alive. And he said, Blessed be that man by God-and they bowed, and prostrated themselves. 29And Joseph lifted up his eyes, and saw his brother Benjamin, born of the same mother; and he said, Is this your younger brother, whom you spoke of bringing to me? And he said, God have mercy on you, my son. 30And Joseph was troubled, for his heart yearned over his brother, and he wanted to weep; and he went into his chamber, and wept there. 31And he washed his face and came out, and refrained himself, and said, Set out bread. 32And they set out bread for him alone, and for them by themselves, and for the Egyptians feasting with him by themselves, for the Egyptians could not eat bread with the Hebrews, for it is an abomination to the Egyptians. 33And they sat before him, the firstborn according to his seniority, and the younger according to his youth; and the men looked with amazement, everyone at his brother. 34And they took their portions from him to themselves; but Benjamin's portion was five times as much as the portions of the others. And they drank and were merry with him.
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