And the famine was sore in the land.2
And it came to pass, when they had eaten up the corn which they had brought out of Egypt, their fathersaid unto them, Go again , buy us a littlefood.3
And Judahspake unto him, saying , The man did solemnlyprotest unto us, saying , Ye shall not see my face,except your brother be with you.
If thou wiltsend our brother with us, we will go down and buy thee food:5
But if thou wilt not send him, we will not go down : for the mansaid unto us, Ye shall not see my face, except your brother be with you.
And Israelsaid , Wherefore dealt ye so ill with me, as to tell the man whether ye had yet a brother?7
And they said , The manaskeda us straitly of our state, and of our kindred,saying , Is your father yet alive? have ye another brother? and we told him according to the tenor of these words: could we certainlyknow that he would say , Bring your brotherdown ?
And Judahsaid unto Israel his father,Send the lad with me, and we will arise and go ; that we may live , and not die , both we, and thou, and also our little ones.9
I will be surety for him; of my hand shalt thou require him: if I bring him not unto thee, and set him before thee, then let me bear the blame for ever:10
For except we had lingered , surely now we had returned this second time.11
And their fatherIsraelsaid unto them, If it must be so now,do this; take of the best fruits in the land in your vessels, and carry down the man a present, a littlebalm, and a littlehoney,spices, and myrrh,nuts, and almonds:12
And takedoublemoney in your hand; and the money that was brought again in the mouth of your sacks, carry it again in your hand; peradventure it was an oversight:13Take also your brother, and arise , go again unto the man:14
And GodAlmightygive you mercybefore the man, that he may send away your otherbrother, and Benjamin.Ifb I be bereaved of my children, I am bereaved .
And the mentookthatpresent, and they tookdoublemoney in their hand, and Benjamin; and rose up , and went down to Egypt, and stoodbeforeJoseph.16
And when JosephsawBenjaminwith them, he said to the ruler of his house,Bring these menhome, and slay ,c and make ready ; for these men shall dine with me at noon.17
And the mandid as Josephbade ; and the manbrought the men into Joseph'shouse.18
And the men were afraid , because they were brought into Joseph'shouse; and they said , Because of the money that was returned in our sacks at the first time are we brought in ; that he may seek occasion against us, and fall upon us, and take us for bondmen, and our asses.19
And they came near to the steward of Joseph'shouse, and they communed with him at the door of the house,20
And said , Osir, we came indeeddown at the first time to buyfood:21
And it came to pass, when we came to the inn, that we opened our sacks, and, behold, every man'smoney was in the mouth of his sack, our money in full weight: and we have brought it again in our hand.22
And othermoney have we brought down in our hands to buyfood: we cannot tell who put our money in our sacks.23
And he said , Peace be to you, fear not: your God, and the God of your father, hath given you treasure in your sacks: I hadd your money. And he broughtSimeon out unto them.
And the manbrought the men into Joseph'shouse, and gave them water, and they washed their feet; and he gave their assesprovender.25
And they made ready the presentagainstJosephcame at noon: for they heard that they should eatbread there.
And when Josephcamehome, they brought him the present which was in their hand into the house, and bowed themselves to him to the earth.27
And he asked them of their welfare,e and said , Is your fatherwell, the old man of whom ye spake ? Is he yet alive?28
And they answered , Thy servant our father is in good health, he is yet alive. And they bowed down their heads , and made obeisance .
And he lifted up his eyes, and saw his brotherBenjamin, his mother'sson, and said , Is this your youngerbrother, of whom ye spake unto me? And he said , God be gracious unto thee, my son.30
And Joseph made haste ; for his bowels did yearn upon his brother: and he sought where to weep ; and he entered into his chamber, and wept there.
And he washed his face, and went out , and refrained himself, and said , Set onbread.32
And they set on for him by himself, and for them by themselves, and for the Egyptians, which did eat with him, by themselves: because the Egyptiansmight not eatbread with the Hebrews; for that is an abomination unto the Egyptians.33
And they sat before him, the firstborn according to his birthright, and the youngest according to his youth: and the menmarvelledone at another.34
And he took and sent messes unto them from before him: but Benjamin'smess was fivetimes so much as any of theirs. And they drank , and were merry with him.