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Joseph imprisons his brethren. CHAP. XLIII. Jacob refuses to send Benjamin.

8 And Joseph knew his brethren but lespied his money: for behold, it was in they knew not him.

his sack's mouth. 9 And Joseph remembered the dreams 28 And he said unto his brethren, My which he dreamed of them, and said unto money is restored; and lo, it is even in them, Ye are spies; to see the nakedness my sack: and their heart failed them, and of the land ye are come.

they were afraid, saying one to another, 10 And they said untohim, Nay, my lord, What is this that God hath done unto us? but to buy food are thy servants come. 29 | And they came unto Jacob their

11 We are all one man's sons; we are father unto the land of Canaan, and told true men; thy servants are no spies,

him all that befell unto them, saying, 12 And he said unto them, Nay, but to 30 The man who is the lord of the land, see the nakedness of the land ye are come. spake roughly to us, and took us for

13 And they said, Thy servants are spies of the country. tweive brethren, the sons of one man in the 31 And we said unto him, We are true land of Canaan: and behold, the young- men; we are no spies: est is this day with our father, and one is! 32 We be twelve brethren, sons of our

iather: one is not, and the youngest is this 14 And Joseph said unto them, That is day with our father in the land of Canaan. i that I spake unto you, saying, Ye are 33 And the man, the lord of the counspies :

try, said unto us, Herehy shall I know 15 Hereby ye shall be proved : By the that ye are true men : leave one of your life of Pharaoh ye shall not go forth hence, brethren here with me, and take food for except your youngest brother come hither the famine of your households, and begone:

16 Send one of you, and let him fetch 34 And bring your youngest brother your brother, and ye shall be kept in pri-junto me: then shall I know that ye are son, that your words may be proved, whe- no spies, but that ye are true men : so will ther there be any truth in you: or else, by I deliver you your brother, and ye shall the life of Pharaoh,surely ye are spies. traffick in the land.

17 And he put them all together into 35 | And it came to pass as they empward three days.

tied their sacks, that behold, every man's 18 And Joseph said unto them the third bundle of money was in his sack; and day, This do, and live ; for I fear God: when both they and their father saw the

19 If ye be true men, let one of your bundles of money, they were afraid. brethren be bound in the house of your 36 And Jacob their father said unto prison: go ye, carry corn for the famine of them, Me have ye bereaved of my chilyour houses :

dren : Joseph is not, and Simeon is not, 20 But bring your youngest brother un- and ye will take Benjamin away: all these to me; so shall your words be verified, things are against me. and ye shall not die. And they did so. 37 And Reuben spake unto his father,

21 [ And they said one to another, We saying, Slay my two sons, if I bring him are verily guilty concerning our brother, in not to thee: deliver him into my band, and that we saw the anguish of his soul, when I will bring him to thee again. he besought us, and we would not hear; 38 And be said, My son shall not go therefore is this distress come upon us. down with you ; for his brother is dead,

22 And Reuben answered them, saying, and he is left alone: if mischief befall him Spake I not unto you, saying, Do not sin by the way in the which ye go, then shall against the child; and ye would not hear? ye bring down my gray hairs with sorrow therefore bebold also his blood is required. in the grave. 23 And they knew not that Joseph un

CHAP. XLIII. interpreter.

And it came to pass, when 24 And he turned himself about from had eaten up the corn which they had them, and wept; and returned to them brought out of Egypt, their father said un again, and communed with them, and took to them, Go again, buy us a little food. from them Simeon, and bound him before 3 And Judah spake unto him, saying,

The man did solemnly protest unto us, 25 | Then Joseph commanded to fill saying, Ye shall not see my face, except their sacks with corn, and to restore every your brother be with you. man's money into his sack, and to give 4 If thou wilt send our brother with us, them provision for the way: and thus did we will go down and buy thee food : he unto them.

5 But if thou wilt not send him we will 26 And they laded their asses with the not go down : for the man said unto us, corn, and departed thence.

Ye shall not see my face, except your bro27 And as one of them opened his sack |ther be with you. to give his ass provender in the inn, hel 6 And Israel said, Wherefore dealt ye

de tinted then for he spake unto them by AND the farcianem a sore sin the handle

their eyes.

Jacob lets Benjamin go.

GENESIS. Joseph entertains hus brethren: so ill with me, as to tell the man whether, 22 And other money have we brough ye had yet a brother?

down in our hands to buy food: we cannot 7 And they said, The man asked us tell who put our money in our sacks. straitly of our state, and of our kindred, 23 And he said, Peace be to you, fear saying, Is your father yet alive? have ye not: your God, and the God of your father, another brother? and we told him accord- hath given you treasure in your sacks: ing to the tenor of these words : Could had your money. And he brought Simeon we certainly know that he would say, out unto them. Bring your brother down?

24 And the man brought the men into 8 And Judah said unto Israel his father, Joseph's house, and gave them water, and Send the lad with me, and we will arise they washed their feet; and he gave their and go; that we may live, and not die, both asses provender. we and thou, and also our little ones 25 And they made ready the present

9 I wil, be surety for kim; of my hand against Joseph came at noon: for they shalt thou require him if I bring him not heard that they should eat bread there. unto thee, and set him before thee, then 26 | And when Joseph came home, let me bear the blame for ever:

they brought him the present which was 10 For except we had lingered, surely in their hand into the house, and bowed now we had returned this second time. themselves to him to the earth.

11 And their father Israel said unto 27 And he asked them of their welfare, them, If it must be so now, do this; take and said, Is your father well, the old man of the best fruits in the land in your ves- of whom ye spake? Is he get alive? sels, and carry down the man a present, a 28 And they answered, Thy servant our little balm, and a little honey, spices, and father is in good health, he is yet alive: myrrh, nuts, and almonds :

and they bowed down their heads, and 12 And take double money in your made obeisance. hand; and the money that was brought 29 And he lifted up his eyes, and saw again in the inouth of your sacks, carry it his brother Benjamin, his mother's son, again in your hand; peradventure it was and said, Is this your younger brother, of an oversight:

whom ye spake unto me? And he said, 13 Take also your brother, and arise, God be gracious unto thee, my son. go again unto the man:

30 And Joseph made haste; for his 14 And God Almighty give you mercy bowels did yearn upon his brother: and before the man, that he may send away he sought where to weep; and he entered your other brother, and Benjamin: If I be into his chamber, and wept there. bereaved of my children, I am bereaved. 31 And he washed his face, and went

15 | And the men took that present, out, and refrained himself, and said, Set and they took double money in their band, on bread. and Benjamin; and rose up, and went 32 And they set on for him by himself, down to Egypt, and stood before Joseph. and for them by themselves, and for the

16 And when Joseph saw Benjamin Egyptians which did eat with him, by with them, he said to the ruler of his house, themselves: because the Egyptians might Bring these men home, and slay, and make not eat bread with the Hebrews; for that ready: for these men shall dine with me is an abomination unto the Egyptians. at noon.

33 And they sat before him, the first17 And the man did as Joseph bade: born according to his birth-right, and the and the man brought the men into Joseph's youngest according to his youth: and the house.

men marvelled one at another. 18 And the men were afraid, because 34 And he took and sent messes unto they were brought into Josepb's house ; them from before him : but Benjamin's and they said, Because of the money that mess was five times so much as any of was returned in our sacks at the first time, theirs. And they drank, and were merry are we brought in; that he may seek oc- with him. casion against us, and fall upon us, and

CHAP. XLIV. take us for bondmen, and our asses. 19. And they came near to the Steward AMD he commanded the steward of his

house, saying, Fill the men's sacks of Joseph's house, and they communed with food, as much as they can carry, and with him at the door of the house, put every man's money in his sack's mouth.

20 And said, O sir, we came indeed 2 And put my cup, the silver cup, in down at the first time to buy food: the sack's mouth of the youngest, and his

21 And it came to pass, when we came corn-money: and he did according to the to the inn, that we opened our sacks, and word that Joseph had spoken. behold, every man's money was in the 3 As soon as the morning was light, the mouth of his sack, our money in full weight: men were sent away, they, and their asses. and we have brought it again in our hand. 4 And when they were gone out of the

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