But you must bring your youngest brother to me,1 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.2 We saw how distressed he was when he pleaded with us for his life, but we would not listen; that's why this distress3 has come upon us."
Reuben replied, "Didn't I tell you not to sin against the boy?4 But you wouldn't listen! Now we must give an accounting5 for his blood."623
They did not realize7 that Joseph could understand them,8 since he was using an interpreter.
He turned away from them and began to weep,9 but then turned back and spoke to them again. He had Simeon taken from them and bound before their eyes.1025
Joseph gave orders to fill their bags with grain,11 to put each man's silver back in his sack,12 and to give them provisions13 for their journey.14 After this was done for them,
they loaded their grain on their donkeys15 and left.
At the place where they stopped for the night one of them opened his sack to get feed for his donkey,16 and he saw his silver in the mouth of his sack.1728
"My silver has been returned," he said to his brothers. "Here it is in my sack." Their hearts sank18 and they turned to each other trembling19 and said, "What is this that God has done to us?"2029
When they came to their father Jacob in the land of Canaan,21 they told him all that had happened to them.22 They said,
"The man who is lord over the land spoke harshly to us23 and treated us as though we were spying on the land.24