Genesis 42

1Now Jacob saw that there was grain in Egypt. And Jacob said to his sons, Why do ye look one upon another? 2And he said, Behold, I have heard that there is grain in Egypt. Get you down there, and buy for us from there, that we may live, and not die. 3And Joseph's ten brothers went down to buy grain from Egypt. 4But Benjamin, Joseph's brother, Jacob did not send with his brothers, for he said, Lest perhaps harm befall him. 5And the sons of Israel came to buy among those who came, for the famine was in the land of Canaan. 6And Joseph was the governor over the land. It was he who sold to all the people of the land. And Joseph's brothers came, and bowed down themselves to him with their faces to the earth. 7And Joseph saw his brothers, and he knew them, but made himself foreign to them, and spoke roughly with them. And he said to them. From where come ye? And they said, From the land of Canaan to buy food. 8And Joseph knew his brothers, but they did not know him. 9And Joseph remembered the dreams which he dreamed of them. And said to them, Ye are spies; ye have come to see the nakedness of the land. 10And they said to him, No, my lord, but thy servants have come to buy food. 11We are all one man's sons. We are true men. Thy servants are no spies. 12And he said to them, No, but ye have come to see the nakedness of the land. 13And they said, We thy servants are twelve brothers, the sons of one man in the land of Canaan. And, behold, the youngest is this day with our father, and one is not. 14And Joseph said to them, This is that which I spoke to you, saying, Ye are spies. 15By this ye shall be proved: By the life of Pharaoh ye shall not go forth from here unless your youngest brother comes here. 16Send one of you, and let him fetch your brother. And ye shall be bound, that your words may be proved, whether there be truth in you, or else by the life of Pharaoh surely ye are spies. 17And he put them all together into ward three days. 18And Joseph said to them the third day, This do, and live, for I fear God: 19If ye be true men, let one of your brothers be bound in your prison house, but go ye, carry grain for the famine of your houses, 20and bring your youngest brother to me. So shall your words be verified, and ye shall not die. And they did so. 21And they said one to another, We are truly guilty concerning our brother, in that we saw the distress of his soul when he besought us, and we would not hear. Therefore this distress has come upon us. 22And Reuben answered them, saying, Did I not speak to you, saying, Sin not against the child, and ye would not hear? Therefore also, behold, his blood is required. 23And they did not know that Joseph understood them, for there was an interpreter between them. 24And he turned himself around from them, and wept. And he returned to them, and spoke to them, and took Simeon from among them, and bound him before their eyes. 25Then Joseph commanded to fill their vessels with grain, and to restore every man's money into his sack, and to give them provisions for the way. And thus it was done to them. 26And they loaded their donkeys with their grain, and departed from there. 27And as one of them opened his sack to give his donkey provender in the lodging place, he saw his money, and, behold, it was in the mouth of his sack. 28And he said to his brothers, My money is restored, and, lo, it is even in my sack. And their heart failed them, and they turned trembling one to another, saying, What is this that God has done to us? 29And they came to Jacob their father to the land of Canaan, and told him all that had befallen them, saying, 30The man, the lord of the land, spoke roughly with us, and took us for spies of the country. 31And we said to him, We are true men, and we are no spies. 32We are twelve brothers, sons of our father. One is not, and the youngest is this day with our father in the land of Canaan. 33And the man, the lord of the land, said to us, By this I shall know that ye are true men. Leave one of your brothers with me, and take grain for the famine of your houses, and go your way, 34and bring your youngest brother to me. Then I shall know that ye are no spies, but that ye are true men. So I will deliver your brother to you, and ye shall trade in the land. 35And it came to pass as they emptied their sacks, that, behold, every man's bundle of money was in his sack. And when they and their father saw their bundles of money, they were afraid. 36And Jacob their father said to them, Ye have bereaved me of my sons. Joseph is not, and Simeon is not, and ye will take Benjamin away. All these things are against me. 37And Reuben spoke to his father, saying, Kill my two sons if I do not bring him to thee. Deliver him into my hand, and I will bring him to thee again. 38And he said, My son shall not go down with you, for his brother is dead, and he only is left. If harm befalls him by the way in which ye go, then ye will bring down my gray hairs with sorrow to Sheol.
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