The Return to Egypt1 a Now the famine was severe in the land. 2 So it came about 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.” 3 Judah spoke to him, however, saying b “The man solemnly warned ▼
▼ Lit us, sayingus, ‘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.’” 6 Then Israel said, “Why did you treat me so badly ▼
▼ Lit to tellby telling the man whether you still had another brother?” 7 But they said, “The man questioned particularly about us and our relatives, saying, ‘ e Is your father still alive? Have you another brother?’ So we ▼
▼ Lit told him according to these wordsanswered his questions. Could we possibly know that he would say, ‘Bring your brother down’?” 8 Judah said to his father Israel, “Send the lad with me and we will arise and go g that we may live and not die, we as well as you and our little ones. 9 h “I myself will be surety for him; ▼
▼ Lit from my hand you may require himyou may hold me responsible for him. If I do not bring him back to you and set him before you, then ▼
▼ Lit I shall have sinned before you all the dayslet me bear the blame before you forever. 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 ▼
▼ Or vesselsbags, and carry down to the man l as a present, a little ▼
▼ Or mastic, n balm and a little honey ▼
▼ Or ladanum spicearomatic gum and ▼
▼ Or resinous barkmyrrh, pistachio nuts and almonds. 12 “Take double the money in your hand, and take back in your hand q the money that was returned in the mouth of your sacks; perhaps it was a mistake. 13 “Take your brother also, and arise, return to the man; 14 and may ▼
▼ Heb El Shaddai, s God Almighty t grant you compassion in the sight of the man, so that he will release to you u your other brother and Benjamin. And as for me, v if I am bereaved of my children, I am bereaved.” 15 So the men took w this present, and they took double the money in their hand, and Benjamin; then they arose and went down to Egypt and stood before Joseph.
Joseph Sees Benjamin16 When Joseph saw Benjamin with them, he said to his x house steward, “Bring the men into the house, and slay an animal and make ready; for the men are to dine with me at noon.” 17 So the man did as Joseph said, and ▼
▼ Lit the man broughtbrought the men to Joseph’s house. 18 Now 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 ▼
▼ Lit roll himself upon usseek occasion against us and fall upon us, and take us for slaves with our donkeys.” 19 So they came near to Joseph’s house steward, and spoke to him at the entrance of the house, 20 and said, “Oh, my lord, we indeed came down the first time to buy food, 21 and it came about when we came to the lodging place, that we opened our sacks, and behold aa each man’s money was in the mouth of his sack, our money in ▼
▼ Lit its weightfull. So ac 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.” 23 He said ▼
▼ Lit Peace be to you“Be at ease, do not be afraid. ae Your God and the God of your father has given you treasure in your sacks; ▼
▼ Lit your money had come to meI had your money.” Then ag he brought Simeon out to them. 24 Then the man brought the men into Joseph’s house and ah gave them water, and they ai washed their feet; and he gave their donkeys fodder. 25 So they prepared aj the present ▼
▼ Lit untilfor Joseph’s coming at noon; for they had heard that they were to eat ▼
▼ Lit breada meal there. 26 When Joseph came home, they brought into the house to him the present which was in their hand and am bowed to the ground before him. 27 Then he asked them about their welfare, and said an “Is your old father well, of whom you spoke? Is he still alive?” 28 They said, “Your servant our father is well; he is still alive.” ao They bowed down ▼
▼ Lit and prostrated themselvesin homage. 29 As he lifted his eyes and saw his brother Benjamin, his mother’s son, he said, “Is this aq your youngest brother, of whom you spoke to me?” And he said ar “May God be gracious to you, my son.” 30 Joseph hurried out for ▼
▼ Lit his compassion grew warm, at he was deeply stirred over his brother, and he sought a place to weep; and he entered his chamber and au wept there. 31 Then he washed his face and came out; and he av controlled himself and said ▼
▼ Lit Set on bread“Serve the meal.” 32 So they served him by himself, and them by themselves, and the Egyptians who ate with him by themselves, because the Egyptians could not eat bread with the Hebrews, for that is ▼
▼ Lit an abomination, ay loathsome to the Egyptians. 33 Now they ▼
▼ Lit satwere seated before him, ba the firstborn according to his birthright and the youngest according to his youth, and the men looked at one another in astonishment. 34 He took portions to them from ▼
▼ Lit his facehis own table bc but Benjamin’s portion was five times as much as any of theirs. So they feasted and drank freely with him.
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