Joseph Meets His Brothers
1Now Jacob saw that there was grain in Egypt, so Jacob said to his sons, Why are you looking at each other?
2Then he said, Look! Ive heard that theres grain in Egypt. Go down there and buy some grain for us there so that well live and not die.
3So Josephs brothers went down, ten of them, to buy grain from Egypt.
4But Benjamin, Josephs brother, Jacob did not send, for he said, An accident might happen to him.
5The sons of Israel went to buy grain among the others who were coming, because the famine was in the land of Canaan.
6Now Joseph was the ruler over the land. He was the provider of grain for all the people of the earth.
7Then Josephs brothers came and bowed down to him with faces to the ground. When Joseph saw his brothers, he recognized them, but he made himself unrecognizable to them. Then he spoke harshly and said to them, Where have you come from? From the land of Canaan, they said, to buy grain as food.
8Though Joseph recognized his brothers, they did not recognize him.
9Then Joseph remembered the dreams he had dreamed about them. He said to them, Youre spies! Youve come to see the undefended places in the land.
10No, my lord! they said to him. Your servants came to buy grain as food.
11All of uswe are sons of one man. Were honest. Your servants have never been spies.
12Not so, he said to them. Rather, youve come to see the undefended places in the land.
13But they said, We your servants are twelve brothers, sons of one man in the land of Canaan. Look, the youngest is with our father today and the other one is no more.
14Joseph said to them, Its just like I told you when I said, Youre spies.
15By this youll be tested: by the life of Pharaoh, youll not leave from here until your youngest brother comes here!
16Send one from among yourselves to get your brother, while you remain confined, in order to test your words, to see whether the truth is with you. If not, by the life of Pharaoh, youre definitely spies!
17So he put them together in custody for three days.
18Then Joseph said to them on the third day, Do this and you will live. I fear God.
19If youre honest, let one of your brothers remain as a prisoner in the guardhouse where youve been, while you, go and bring grain for the hunger in your homes.
20And your youngest brother, bring to me so that your words can be verifiedand you wont die. So they did.
21Then each man said to his brother, Were truly guilty for our brother. We saw the distress of his soul when he begged us for mercy, but we didnt listen. Thats why this distress has come to us.
22Reuben answered them and said, Didnt I tell you, Dont sin against the boy? But you didnt listen. Now, see how his blood is now being accounted for.
23They did not know that Joseph was listening, since there was an interpreter between them.
24He turned away from them and wept. When he turned back to them and spoke to them, he took Simeon from them and tied him up before their eyes.
25Then Joseph gave orders to fill their bags with grain, to return each mans money to his sack, and to give them provisions for the journey. So it was done for them.
26Then they loaded their grain on their donkeys and left from there.
27As one of them opened his sack to give fodder to his donkey at the lodge, he saw his moneybehold, it was in the opening of his bag.
28So he said to his brothers, My money has been returned! Look, its in my bag. Their hearts sank. Trembling, each one turned to his brother and said, What is this that God has done to us?
29When they came to their father Jacob, in the land of Canaan, they told him all that had happened to them, saying,
30The man, the lord of the land, spoke with us harshly, and took us as spies of the land.
31But we said to him, Were honest. Weve never been spies.
32We are twelve brothers, sons of our father. One is no more and the youngest is with our father today in the land of Canaan.
33Then the man, the lord of the land, said to us, By this Ill know if youre honest: leave one of your brothers with me. As for the hunger of your homes: take and go!
34Then bring your youngest brother to me, so that I may know you are not spies, but you are honest. Ill give you back your brother and you can move about freely in the land.
35Now as they were emptying their sacks, behold, there was each mans bundle of money in his sack. When they saw their money bundles, they and their father, they were afraid.
36Then their father Jacob said to them, Youve made me childless! Joseph is no more. Now Simeon is gone, and next youll take Benjamin! Everything is against me!
37Then Reuben spoke to his father, saying, You can put my two sons to death if I dont bring him back to you. Put him in my hand and II will return him to you.
38But he said, My son will not go down with youfor his brother is dead and he alone remains. And if harm should happen to him along the way youre going, youll bring my grey hair down to Sheol in grief.