But they replied, "Your servants1 were twelve brothers, the sons of one man, who lives in the land of Canaan.2 The youngest is now with our father, and one is no more."314
Joseph said to them, "It is just as I told you: You are spies!415
And this is how you will be tested: As surely as Pharaoh lives,5 you will not leave this place unless your youngest brother comes here.616
Send one of your number to get your brother;7 the rest of you will be kept in prison,8 so that your words may be tested to see if you are telling the truth.9 If you are not, then as surely as Pharaoh lives, you are spies!10"
And he put them all in custody11 for three days.
On the third day, Joseph said to them, "Do this and you will live, for I fear God:1219
If you are honest men,13 let one of your brothers stay here in prison,14 while the rest of you go and take grain back for your starving households.1520
But you must bring your youngest brother to me,16 so that your words may be verified and that you may not die." This they proceeded to do.
They said to one another, "Surely we are being punished because of our brother.17 We saw how distressed he was when he pleaded with us for his life, but we would not listen; that's why this distress18 has come upon us."
Reuben replied, "Didn't I tell you not to sin against the boy?19 But you wouldn't listen! Now we must give an accounting20 for his blood."2123
They did not realize22 that Joseph could understand them,23 since he was using an interpreter.