Now the men were frightened1 when they were taken to his house.2 They thought, "We were brought here because of the silver that was put back into our sacks3 the first time. He wants to attack us4 and overpower us and seize us as slaves5 and take our donkeys.6"
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So they went up to Joseph's steward7 and spoke to him at the entrance to the house.
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"Please, sir," they said, "we came down here the first time to buy food.8
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But at the place where we stopped for the night we opened our sacks and each of us found his silver--the exact weight--in the mouth of his sack. So we have brought it back with us.9
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We have also brought additional silver with us to buy food. We don't know who put our silver in our sacks."
"It's all right," he said. "Don't be afraid. Your God, the God of your father,10 has given you treasure in your sacks;11 I received your silver." Then he brought Simeon out to them.12
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The steward took the men into Joseph's house,13 gave them water to wash their feet14 and provided fodder for their donkeys.
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They prepared their gifts15 for Joseph's arrival at noon,16 because they had heard that they were to eat there.
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When Joseph came home,17 they presented to him the gifts18 they had brought into the house, and they bowed down before him to the ground.19
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He asked them how they were, and then he said, "How is your aged father20 you told me about? Is he still living?"21
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They replied, "Your servant our father22 is still alive and well." And they bowed low23 to pay him honor.24
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