Joseph Tests His Brothers
1Then he commanded the one over his household saying, Fill the mens sacks with as much food as they are able to carry and put money in the opening of each mans sack.
2Put my cup, the silver cup, in the opening of the sack of the youngest along with his grain money. So he did as Joseph told him.
3When the morning dawned, the men were sent off, they and their donkeys.
4They left the city and did not get far, when Joseph said to the one over his household, Get up, go after the men. When you catch up to them, say to them, Why have you repaid evil for good?
5Isnt this the one from which my lord drinks? He even uses it especially to discern by divination. What youve done is evil!
6So he caught up to them and spoke these words to them.
7They said to him, Why does my lord say such things? Far be it from your servants to do such a thing as this.
8Look, the money we found in the opening of our bags, we brought back to you from the land of Canaan. So how could we steal silver or gold from your lords house?
9Whoever among your servants is found with it, let him die! And we, well also be my lords slaves.
10Even now let it be according to your words, he said. The one with whom it is found shall be my slave. But the rest of you shall be innocent.
11Then each man quickly lowered his sack to the ground and each man opened his sack.
12He searched them beginning with the eldest and finishing with the youngest, and the cup was found in Benjamins sack.
13Then they tore their clothing, and each one loaded up his donkey and they returned to the city.
14When Judah and his brothers entered Josephs house, he was still there. They fell to the ground before him.
15Whats this deed youve done? Joseph said to them, Didnt you know that a man like me can discern by divination?
16Then Judah said, What can we say to my lord? What can we speak? How can we justify ourselves? God has exposed your servants guilt. We are now my lords slavesboth we as well as the one in whose hand the cup was found.
17But he said, Far be it from me to do this. The one in whose hand the cup was foundhe will be my slave. But you, go up to your father in peace.
Judah Pleads for Benjamin
18Then Judah approached him and said, I beg your pardon, my lord. Please let your servant say a word in my lords ears, and dont be angry with your servant, since you are like Pharaoh.
19My lord asked his servants saying, Do you have a father or a brother?
20So we said to my lord, We have a father who is old, a child born to him of his old age is young. Now his brother is dead, so he is the only one of his mothers children left, and his father loves him.
21Then you said to your servants, Bring him down to me so that I can look at him.
22But we said to my lord, The boy cannot leave his father. If he were to leave his father, he would die.
23Then you said to your servants, Unless your youngest brother comes down with you, you wont see my face again.
24Now when we went up to your servant, my father, we told him my lords words.
25Then our father said, Go back, buy us a little grain for food.
26So we said, We wont go down unless we have our youngest brother with usthen well go down. For we wont see the mans face unless our youngest brother is with us.
27Then your servant my father said to us, You yourselves know that my wife bore me two sons.
28One went out from me, so I said, He must have been torn to shreds, and I havent seen him since.
29And if you also take this one away from before me and an accident happens to him, then youll bring my grey hair down to the evil of Sheol.
30Now if I come to your servant my father and the boy isnt with us, since his life is bound to his life,
31when he sees that the boy is no more, hell die. Then your servants will bring the grey hair of your servant our father down to Sheol in grief.
32For your servant became pledge for the boy with my father saying, If I dont bring him back to you, I will bear the blame before my father all my days.
33So now, please let your servant remain as my lords slave in the boys place, and let the boy go up with his brothers.
34For how can I go up to my father and the boy is not with me? Else I must see the evil that would come upon my father!