NASB — Genesis 44 — KJV

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.’”

[1] aGn 42:25
[2] IOr according to the word
[3] ILit The morning was light
[4] aGn 44:13
[5] 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.

[8] aGn 43:21
[9] aGn 31:32 bGn 44:16
[12] aGn 44:2
[13] aGn 37:29, 34; Nu 14:6; 2S 1:11 bGn 44:4

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.”

[14] aGn 37:7, 10
[15] aGn 44:5
[16] ILit hand aGn 44:9
[17] ILit hand

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 me—for fear that I see the evil that would Iovertake my father?”

[18] ILit let not your anger burn against aGn 18:30, 32; Ex 32:22 bGn 37:7, 8; 41:40-44
[19] aGn 43:7
[20] aGn 37:3; 43:8; 44:30 bGn 37:33; 42:13, 38
[21] aGn 42:15, 20
[22] ILit he would
[23] aGn 43:3, 5
[25] aGn 43:2
[27] aGn 46:19
[28] aGn 37:31-35
[29] ILit my face IILit evil aGn 42:38; 44:31
[30] ILit his soul is bound with his soul a1S 18:1
[31] aGn 44:29
[32] ILit and I shall have sinned for all the days before my father aGn 43:9
[34] ILit find


New American Standard Bible
Copyright © 1960, 1962, 1963, 1968, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1977, 1995
by The Lockman Foundation, La Habra, Calif. All rights reserved.
For Permission to Quote Information visit http://www.lockman.org.
NAS Exhaustive Concordance of the Bible
with Hebrew-Aramaic and Greek Dictionaries
Copyright © 1981, 1998 by The Lockman Foundation. All rights reserved.

Joseph's policy to stay his brethren.

1 ¶ And he commanded the steward of his house, saying, Fill the men's sacks [with] food, as much as they can carry, and put every man's money in his sack's mouth. 2 And put my cup, the silver cup, in the sack's mouth of the youngest, and his corn money. And he did according to the word that Joseph had spoken. 3 As soon as the morning was light, the men were sent away, they and their asses. 4 [And] when they were gone out of the city, [and] not [yet] far off, Joseph said unto his steward, Up, follow after the men; and when thou dost overtake them, say unto them, Wherefore have ye rewarded evil for good? 5 [Is] not this [it] in which my lord drinketh, and whereby indeed he divineth? ye have done evil in so doing.

[1] Gn 24:2; 42:25; 43:2, 16, 19; Is 3:1.
[2] Gn 42:15, 20; 43:32; Dt 8:2, 16; 13:3; Mt 10:16; 2Co 8:8.
[4] Dt 2:16; 1S 24:17; 2Ch 20:11; Ps 35:12; 109:5; Pv 17:13; Jn 10:32.
[5] Gn 30:27; 44:15; Lv 19:26; 1K 20:33; 2K 21:6.

6 ¶ And he overtook them, and he spake unto them these same words. 7 And they said unto him, Wherefore saith my lord these words? God forbid that thy servants should do according to this thing: 8 Behold, the money, which we found in our sacks' mouths, we brought again unto thee out of the land of Canaan: how then should we steal out of thy lord's house silver or gold? 9 With whomsoever of thy servants it be found, both let him die, and we also will be my lord's bondmen. 10 And he said, Now also [let] it [be] according unto your words: he with whom it is found shall be my servant; and ye shall be blameless. 11 Then they speedily took down every man his sack to the ground, and opened every man his sack. 12 And he searched, [and] began at the eldest, and left at the youngest: and the cup was found in Benjamin's sack. 13 Then they rent their clothes, and laded every man his ass, and returned to the city.

[7] 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.
[8] 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.
[9] Gn 31:32; 43:18; Jb 31:38; Ps 7:3; Ac 25:11.
[10] Gn 44:17, 33; Ex 22:3; Mt 18:24.
[12] Gn 42:36; 43:14, 33; 44:26.
[13] Gn 37:29; Nu 14:6; 2S 1:2, 11; 13:19.

Judah's humble supplication to Joseph.

14 ¶ And Judah and his brethren came to Joseph's house; for he [was] yet there: and they fell before him on the ground. 15 And Joseph said unto them, What deed [is] this that ye have done? wot ye not that such a man as I can certainly divine? 16 And Judah said, What shall we say unto my lord? what shall we speak? or how shall we clear ourselves? God hath found out the iniquity of thy servants: behold, we [are] my lord's servants, both we, and [he] also with whom the cup is found. 17 And he said, God forbid that I should do so: [but] the man in whose hand the cup is found, he shall be my servant; and as for you, get you up in peace unto your father.

[14] Gn 37:7; 43:16, 25; 50:18; Php 2:10.
[15] Gn 3:13; 4:10; 21:26; 39:8; 44:4, 5; Ex 32:1.
[16] 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.
[17] Gn 18:25; 26:29; 37:32; 42:18; 44:10; 2S 23:3; Ps 75:2; Pv 17:15.

18 ¶ Then Judah came near unto him, and said, Oh my lord, let thy servant, I pray thee, speak a word in my lord's ears, and let not thine anger burn against thy servant: for thou [art] even as Pharaoh. 19 My lord asked his servants, saying, Have ye a father, or a brother? 20 And we said unto my lord, We have a father, an old man, and a child of his old age, a little one; and his brother is dead, and he alone is left of his mother, and his father loveth him. 21 And thou saidst unto thy servants, Bring him down unto me, that I may set mine eyes upon him. 22 And we said unto my lord, The lad cannot leave his father: for [if] he should leave his father, [his father] would die. 23 And thou saidst unto thy servants, Except your youngest brother come down with you, ye shall see my face no more. 24 And it came to pass when we came up unto thy servant my father, we told him the words of my lord. 25 And our father said, Go again, [and] buy us a little food. 26 And we said, We cannot go down: if our youngest brother be with us, then will we go down: for we may not see the man's face, except our youngest brother [be] with us. 27 And thy servant my father said unto us, Ye know that my wife bare me two [sons]: 28 And the one went out from me, and I said, Surely he is torn in pieces; and I saw him not since: 29 And if ye take this also from me, and mischief befall him, ye shall bring down my gray hairs with sorrow to the grave. 30 Now therefore when I come to thy servant my father, and the lad [be] not with us; seeing that his life is bound up in the lad's life; 31 It shall come to pass, when he seeth that the lad [is] not [with us], that he will die: and thy servants shall bring down the gray hairs of thy servant our father with sorrow to the grave. 32 For thy servant became surety for the lad unto my father, saying, If I bring him not unto thee, then I shall bear the blame to my father for ever. 33 Now therefore, I pray thee, let thy servant abide instead of the lad a bondman to my lord; and let the lad go up with his brethren. 34 For how shall I go up to my father, and the lad [be] not with me? lest peradventure I see the evil that shall come on my father.

[18] 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.
[19] Gn 42:7; 43:7, 29.
[20] Gn 35:18; 37:3, 19, 33; 42:36, 38; 43:7; 44:27; 46:21; 49:8; Lk 7:12.
[21] Gn 42:15, 20; 43:29; Jr 24:6; 40:4; Am 9:4.
[22] Gn 42:38; 44:30.
[23] Gn 42:15; 43:3, 5.
[24] Gn 42:29.
[25] Gn 43:2, 5.
[26] Gn 43:4; Lk 11:7.
[27] Gn 29:18, 28; 30:22; 35:16; 46:19.
[28] Gn 37:13, 33; 42:36, 38.
[29] Gn 42:36, 38; 43:14; 44:31; Dt 31:17; Ps 88:3, 4.
[30] Gn 44:17, 31, 34; 1S 18:1; 25:29; 2S 18:33.
[31] Gn 37:26, 35; 44:29; 1S 4:17; 22:22; 2Co 7:10; 1Th 4:13.
[32] Gn 43:8, 16.
[33] Ex 32:32; Ro 5:7; 9:3; He 7:22; 1Jn 3:16.
[34] Ex 18:8; 1S 2:33; 2Ch 34:28; Es 8:6; Jb 31:29; Ps 116:3; 119:143; Jr 52:10.


KJV 1769 King James Bible Authorized Version (Student's Edition)
©2011 by First Gospel Publications, Zion, Ill. All rights reserved.
For downloads and more information please visit www.FirstGospel.com.
Strong's Exhaustive Concordance of the Bible
with Hebrew-Chaldee and Greek Dictionaries
Featuring the qBible.com Living Strong's Lexical Map
©2003 by The WWW Chat Bible Compages. All rights reserved.
For how to use color-coding please view [www.ChatBible.com/key.asp].

Genesis 44 Top of NASB New American Standard Bible KJV King James Version Red-Letter Strong's Concordance Numbers Cross References & Footnotes

 ChatBible.com  |  Lexicon & Concordance  |  1611Bible.com 
 Search  |  Promote  |  Comment  |  About  | Become a fan.