The Brothers Are Brought Back
1 aThen he commanded° his house° steward°°, saying°, “Fill° the men’s° sacks° with food°, as much° as they can° carry°, and put° each° man’s° money° in the mouth° of his sack°. 2 Put° my cup°, the silver° cup°, in the mouth° of the sack° of the youngest°, and his money° for the grain°.” And he did° Ias Joseph° had told° [him]. 3 IAs soon° as it was light°, the men° were sent° away°, they with their donkeys°. 4 They had [just] gone° out of athe city°, [and] were not far° off, when Joseph° said° to his house° steward°°, “Up, follow°° the men°; and when you overtake° them, say° to them, ‘Why° have you repaid° evil° for good°? 5 Is not this° the one from which° my lord° drinks° and which he indeed° uses° for adivination°? You have done° wrong° in doing° this°.’”
 aGn 42:25
 IOr according to the word
 ILit The morning was light
 aGn 44:13
 aGn 30:27; 44:15; Lv 19:26; Dt 18:10-14
6 ¶ So he overtook° them and spoke° these° words° to them. 7 They said° to him, “Why° does my lord° speak° such words° as these°? Far° be it from your servants° to do° such° a thing°. 8 Behold°, athe money° which° we found° in the mouth° of our sacks° we have brought° back° to you from the land° of Canaan°. How° then could we steal° silver° or° gold° from your lord’s° house°? 9 aWith whomever° of your servants° it is found°, let him die°, and we also° will be my lord’s° bslaves°.” 10 So he said°, “Now° let it also° be according to your words°; he with whom° it is found° shall be my slave°, and [the rest of] you shall be innocent°.” 11 Then they hurried°, each° man° lowered° his sack° to the ground°, and each° man° opened° his sack°. 12 He searched°, beginning° with the oldest° and ending° with the youngest°, and athe cup° was found° in Benjamin’s° sack°. 13 Then they atore° their clothes°, and when each° man° loaded° his donkey°, they returned° to bthe city°.
14 ¶ When Judah° and his brothers° came° to Joseph’s° house°, he was still° there°, and athey fell° to the ground° before° him. 15 Joseph° said° to them, “What° is this° deed° that you have done°? Do you not know° that such° a man° as I can indeed° practice° adivination°?” 16 So Judah° said°, “What° can we say° to my lord°? What° can we speak°? And how° can we justify° ourselves? God° has found° out the iniquity° of your servants°; behold°, we are my lord’s° aslaves°, both° we and the one in whose° Ipossession° the cup° has been found°.” 17 But he said°, “Far° be it from me to do° this°. The man° in whose° Ipossession° the cup° has been found°, he shall be my slave°; but as for you, go° up in peace° to your father°.”
18 ¶ Then Judah° approached° him, and said°, “Oh° my lord°, may your servant° please° speak° a word° in my lord’s° ears°, and Iado not be angry°° with your servant°; for byou are equal to Pharaoh°. 19 aMy lord° asked° his servants°, saying°, ‘Have° you a father° or° a brother°?’ 20 We said° to my lord°, ‘We have° an old° father° and aa little° child° of [his] old° age°. Now bhis brother° is dead°, so he alone° is left° of his mother°, and his father° loves° him.’ 21 Then you said° to your servants°, ‘aBring° him down° to me that I may set° my eyes° on him.’ 22 But we said° to my lord°, ‘The lad° cannot°° leave° his father°, for if he should leave° his father°, Ihis father would die°.’ 23 You said° to your servants°, however, ‘aUnless°° your youngest° brother° comes° down° with you, you will not see° my face° again°.’ 24 Thus it came° about when° we went° up to your servant° my father°, we told° him the words° of my lord°. 25 aOur father° said°, ‘Go° back°, buy° us a little° food°.’ 26 But we said°, ‘We cannot°° go° down°. If° our youngest° brother° is with us, then we will go° down°; for we cannot°° see° the man’s° face° unless° our youngest° brother° is with us.’ 27 Your servant° my father° said° to us, ‘You know° that amy wife° bore° me two° sons; 28 and the one° went° out from me, and aI said°, “Surely° he is torn° in pieces°,” and I have not seen° him since°°. 29 If you take° this° one° also° from Ime, and harm° befalls° him, you will abring° my gray° hair° down° to Sheol° in IIsorrow°.’ 30 Now°, therefore, when I come° to your servant° my father°, and the lad° is not with us, since Iahis life° is bound° up in the lad’s life°, 31 when he sees° that the lad° is not [with us], he will die°. Thus your servants° will abring° the gray° hair° of your servant° our father° down° to Sheol° in sorrow°. 32 For your servant° abecame° surety° for the lad° to my father°, saying°, ‘If° I do not bring° him [back] to you, then Ilet me bear° the blame° before my father° forever°°.’ 33 Now°, therefore, please° let your servant° remain° instead° of the lad° a slave° to my lord°, and let the lad° go° up with his brothers°. 34 For how° shall I go° up to my father° if the lad° is not with mefor fear° that I see° the evil° that would Iovertake° my father°?”
 ILit let not your anger burn against aGn 18:30, 32; Ex 32:22 bGn 37:7, 8; 41:40-44
 aGn 43:7
 aGn 37:3; 43:8; 44:30 bGn 37:33; 42:13, 38
 aGn 42:15, 20
 ILit he would
 aGn 43:3, 5
 aGn 43:2
 aGn 46:19
 aGn 37:31-35
 ILit my face IILit evil aGn 42:38; 44:31
 ILit his soul is bound with his soul a1S 18:1
 aGn 44:29
 ILit and I shall have sinned for all the days before my father aGn 43:9
 ILit find
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Joseph's policy to stay his brethren.
1 ¶ And he commandedºª² the steward²² of his house,º saying,ºª Fillºª² the men's¹² sacksº [with] food,º as much asº they canºª carry,ºª and putºª every man'sº moneyº in his sack'sº mouth.º 2 And putºª my cup,º the silverº cup,º in the sack'sº mouthº of the youngest,º and his cornº money.º And he didºª according to the wordº that² Josephº had spoken.ºª 3 As soon as the morningº was light,ºª the men¹² were sent away,ºª they² and their asses.º 4 [And] when they² were gone out¹ª of²² the city,º [and] not² [yet] far off,ºª Josephº saidºª unto his steward,º²² Up,ºª followºª afterº the men;¹² and when thou dost overtakeºª them, sayºª unto² them, Wherefore² have ye rewardedºª evilº for² good?º 5 [Is] not² this² [it] in which² my lordº drinketh,ºª and whereby indeed¹ª he divineth?ºª² ye have done evilºª in so² doing.ºª
 Gn 24:2; 42:25; 43:2, 16, 19; Is 3:1.
 Gn 42:15, 20; 43:32; Dt 8:2, 16; 13:3; Mt 10:16; 2Co 8:8.
 Dt 2:16; 1S 24:17; 2Ch 20:11; Ps 35:12; 109:5; Pv 17:13; Jn 10:32.
 Gn 30:27; 44:15; Lv 19:26; 1K 20:33; 2K 21:6.
6 ¶ And he overtookºª them, and he spakeºª unto² them² these sameº words.º 7 And they saidºª unto² him, Wherefore² saithºª my lordº these² words?º God forbidº that thy servantsº should doºª² according to this² thing:º 8 Behold,² the money,º which² we foundºª in our sacks'º mouths,º we brought againºª unto² thee out of the landº² of Canaan:º how² then should we stealºª out of thy lord's¹ houseº²² silverº or² gold?º 9 With² whomsoever² of thy servantsº² it be found,ºª both let him die,ºª and we² also² will be² my lord'sº bondmen.º 10 And he said,ºª Now² also²² [let] it² [be] according unto your words:º¹ he with² whom² it is foundºª shall be² my servant;º and ye² shall be² blameless.º 11 Then they speedilyºª took downºª every manº² his sackº to the ground,º and openedºª every manº his sack.º 12 And he searched,ºª [and] beganºª at the eldest,º and leftºª at the youngest:º and the cupº was foundºª in Benjamin'sº sack.º 13 Then they rentºª their clothes,º and ladedºª every manº his ass,º and returnedºª to the city.º
 Gn 34:25; 35:22; 37:18; 38:16; Jsh 22:22; 2S 20:20; 2K 8:13; Pv 22:1; Ec 7:1; He 13:18.
 Gn 42:21, 27, 35; 43:12, 21; 44:7; Ex 20:15; Dt 5:19; Mt 19:18; Ro 13:9; Jm 2:10.
 Gn 31:32; 43:18; Jb 31:38; Ps 7:3; Ac 25:11.
 Gn 44:17, 33; Ex 22:3; Mt 18:24.
 Gn 42:36; 43:14, 33; 44:26.
 Gn 37:29; Nu 14:6; 2S 1:2, 11; 13:19.
Judah's humble supplication to Joseph.
14 ¶ And Judahº and his brethrenº cameºª to Joseph'sº house;º for he² [was] yet² there:² and they fellºª before² him¹ on the ground.º 15 And Josephº saidºª unto them, What² deedº [is] this² that² ye have done?ºª wot² ye¹ª not² that² such a manº as I² can certainly¹ª divine?ºª 16 And Judahº said,ºª What² shall we sayºª unto my lord?º what² shall we speak?ºª or how² shall we clear ourselves?ºª Godº hath found outºª² the iniquityº of thy servants:º behold,² we [are] my lord'sº servants,º both² we,² and [he] alsoº with whomºº the cupº is found.ºª 17 And he said,ºª God forbidº that I should doºª² so:º [but] the manº in whose² handº the cupº is found,ºª he² shall be² my servant;º and as for you,² get you upºª in peaceº unto² your father.º
 Gn 37:7; 43:16, 25; 50:18; Php 2:10.
 Gn 3:13; 4:10; 21:26; 39:8; 44:4, 5; Ex 32:1.
 Gn 37:7, 9, 18; 42:21; 43:8, 9; 44:9, 32; Nu 32:23; Dt 25:1; Jsh 7:1, 18; Jg 1:7; Ezr 9:10, 15; Jb 40:4; Pv 17:15; 28:17; Is 5:3; 27:9; Dn 9:7; Mt 7:2; Lk 12:2; Ac 2:37.
 Gn 18:25; 26:29; 37:32; 42:18; 44:10; 2S 23:3; Ps 75:2; Pv 17:15.
18 ¶ Then Judahº came nearºª unto him,² and said,ºª Ohº my lord,º let thy servant,º I pray thee,² speakºª a wordº in my lord'sº ears,º and let not² thine angerº burnºª against thy servant:º for² thou [art] even as² Pharaoh.º 19 My lordº askedºª² his servants,º saying,ºª Haveº ye a father,º or² a brother?º 20 And we saidºª unto² my lord,º We haveº a father,º an old man,º and a childº of his old age,º a little one;º and his brotherº is dead,ºª and he² alone² is leftºª of his mother,º and his fatherº lovethºª him. 21 And thou saidstºª unto² thy servants,º Bring him downºª unto² me, that I may setºª mine eyesº upon² him. 22 And we saidºª unto² my lord,º The ladº cannotºª² leaveºª² his father:º for [if] he should leaveºª² his father,º [his father] would die.ºª 23 And thou saidstºª unto² thy servants,º Exceptº² your youngestº brotherº come downºª with² you, ye shall seeº¹ª my faceº no² more.º¹ªª 24 And it came to pass² when² we came upºª unto² thy servantº my father,º we toldºª him² the wordsº of my lord.º 25 And our fatherº said,ºª Go again,ºª [and] buyºª us a littleº food.º 26 And we said,ºª We cannotºª² go down:ºª if² our youngestº brotherº beº with² us, then will we go down:ºª for² we mayºª not² seeºª the man'sº face,º exceptº our youngestº brotherº [be] with² us. 27 And thy servantº my fatherº saidºª unto² us, Ye² knowºª that² my wifeº bareºª me twoº [sons]: 28 And the oneº went outºª from²² me, and I said,ºª Surely¹ª² he is torn in pieces;ºª and I saw² him¹ª not² since:º² 29 And if ye takeºª² this² also² fromº² me,º and mischiefº befall² him,¹ª ye shall bring downºª² my gray hairsº with sorrowº to the grave.º 30 Now² therefore when I comeºª to² thy servantº my father,º and the ladº [be] not² with² us; seeing that his lifeº is bound upºª in the lad's life;º 31 It shall come to pass,² when he seethºª that² the ladº [is] not² [with us], that he will die:ºª and thy servantsº shall bring downºª² the gray hairsº of thy servantº our fatherº with sorrowº to the grave.º 32 For² thy servantº became suretyºª for² the ladº untoº² my father,º saying,ºª If² I bringºª him not² unto² thee, then I shall bear the blameºª to my fatherº for ever.º² 33 Now² therefore, I pray thee,² let thy servantº abideºª instead of² the ladº a bondmanº to my lord;º and let the ladº go upºª with² his brethren.º 34 For² howº shall I go upºª to² my father,º and the ladº [be] not² with² me? lest peradventure² I seeºª the evilº that² shall come onºª² my father.º
 Gn 18:30, 32; 41:40, 44; Ex 32:22; 2S 14:12; Es 1:12; Jb 33:31; Ps 79:5; Pv 19:12; Dn 3:15, 19; 5:19; Jn 5:22; Ac 2:29.
 Gn 42:7; 43:7, 29.
 Gn 35:18; 37:3, 19, 33; 42:36, 38; 43:7; 44:27; 46:21; 49:8; Lk 7:12.
 Gn 42:15, 20; 43:29; Jr 24:6; 40:4; Am 9:4.
 Gn 42:38; 44:30.
 Gn 42:15; 43:3, 5.
 Gn 42:29.
 Gn 43:2, 5.
 Gn 43:4; Lk 11:7.
 Gn 29:18, 28; 30:22; 35:16; 46:19.
 Gn 37:13, 33; 42:36, 38.
 Gn 42:36, 38; 43:14; 44:31; Dt 31:17; Ps 88:3, 4.
 Gn 44:17, 31, 34; 1S 18:1; 25:29; 2S 18:33.
 Gn 37:26, 35; 44:29; 1S 4:17; 22:22; 2Co 7:10; 1Th 4:13.
 Gn 43:8, 16.
 Ex 32:32; Ro 5:7; 9:3; He 7:22; 1Jn 3:16.
 Ex 18:8; 1S 2:33; 2Ch 34:28; Es 8:6; Jb 31:29; Ps 116:3; 119:143; Jr 52:10.
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