11Now the famine was severe in the land.
So it came about when they had finishedeating the grainwhich they had brought from Egypt, that their fathersaid to them, "Goback, buy us a littlefood."
3Judahspoke to him, however, saying, "2The mansolemnlywarnedaus, 'You shall not see my faceunless your brother is with you.'
4"If you send our brother with us, we will godown and buy you food.
"But if you do not send him, we will not godown; for the mansaid to us, 'You will not see my faceunless your brother is with you.' "
Then Israelsaid, "Why did you treat me so badlybby telling the man whether you still had another brother?"
But they said, "The manquestionedparticularly about us and our relatives, saying, '3Is your fatherstillalive? Have you another brother?' So we canswered his questions. Could we possiblyknow that he would say, 'Bring your brotherdown '?"
8Judahsaid to his fatherIsrael, "Send the lad with me and we will arise and go, 4that we may live and not die, we as well as you and our littleones.
"5I myself will be surety for him; dyou may hold me responsible for him. If I do not bring him back to you and set him before you, then elet me bear the blame before you forever .
"For if we had not delayed, surely by now we could have returnedtwice."
Then their fatherIsraelsaid to them, "If it must be so, thendothis: takesome of the bestproducts of the land in your fbags, and carrydown to the man6as a present, a littleg7balm and a littlehoney, haromaticgum and imyrrh, pistachionuts and almonds.
12"Takedouble the money in your hand, and takeback in your hand8the money that was returned in the mouth of your sacks; perhaps it was a mistake.
13"Take your brother also, and arise, return to the man;
and may j9GodAlmighty10grant you compassion in the sight of the man, so that he will release to you 11your otherbrother and Benjamin. And as for me, 12if I am bereaved of my children, I am bereaved."
So the mentook13thispresent, and they tookdouble the money in their hand, and Benjamin; then they arose and wentdown to Egypt and stoodbeforeJoseph.
When JosephsawBenjamin with them, he said to his 14housesteward , "Bring the men into the house, and slay an animal and makeready; for the men are to dine with me at noon."
So the mandid as Josephsaid, and kbrought the men to Joseph'shouse.
Now the men were afraid, because they were brought to Joseph'shouse; and they said, "It is because of the money that was returned in our sacks the firsttime that we are being brought in, that he may lseekoccasionagainst us and fall upon us, and take us for slaves with our donkeys."
So they camenear to Joseph'shousesteward , and spoke to him at the entrance of the house,
and said, "Oh, my lord, we indeedcamedown the firsttime to buyfood,
and it came about when we came to the lodgingplace, that we opened our sacks, and behold, 15eachman'smoney was in the mouth of his sack, our money in mfull. So 16we have brought it back in our hand.
"We have also broughtdownothermoney in our hand to buyfood; we do not knowwhoput our money in our sacks."
He said, "nBe at ease, do not be afraid. 17Your God and the God of your father has given you treasure in your sacks; oI had your money." Then 18he broughtSimeon out to them.
Then the manbrought the men into Joseph'shouse and 19gave them water, and they 20washed their feet; and he gave their donkeysfodder.
So they prepared21the presentpfor Joseph'scoming at noon; for they had heard that they were to eatqa mealthere.
When Josephcamehome, they brought into the house to him the presentwhich was in their hand and 22bowed to the ground before him.
Then he asked them about their welfare, and said, "23Is your oldfatherwell, of whom you spoke? Is he stillalive?"
They said, "Your servant our father is well; he is stillalive." 24They boweddownrin homage.
As he lifted his eyes and saw his brotherBenjamin, his mother'sson, he said, "Is this25your youngestbrother, of whom you spoke to me?" And he said, "26May God be gracious to you, my son."
30Josephhurried out for s27he was deeplystirredover his brother, and he sought a place to weep; and he entered his chamber and 28weptthere.
Then he washed his face and came out; and he 29controlled himself and said, "tServe the meal."
So they served him by himself, and them by themselves, and the Egyptians who ate with him by themselves, because the Egyptianscould not eatbread with the Hebrews, for that is u30loathsome to the Egyptians.
Now they vwere seatedbefore him, 31the firstborn according to his birthright and the youngest according to his youth, and the menlooked at oneanother in astonishment.
He tookportions to them from whis own table, 32but Benjamin'sportion was fivetimes as much as any of theirs. So they feasted and drankfreely with him.