11Then he commanded his housesteward , saying, "Fill the men'ssacks with food, as much as they cancarry, and puteachman'smoney in the mouth of his sack.
2"Put my cup, the silvercup, in the mouth of the sack of the youngest, and his money for the grain." And he didaas Joseph had told him.
3bAs soon as it was light, the men were sentaway, they with their donkeys.
They had just gone out of 2the city, and were not far off, when Josephsaid to his housesteward , "Up, follow the men ; and when you overtake them, say to them, 'Why have you repaidevil for good ?
'Is not this the one from which my lorddrinks and which he indeeduses for 3divination ? You have donewrong in doingthis.' "
So he overtook them and spokethesewords to them.
They said to him, "Why does my lordspeak such words as these ? Far be it from your servants to dosuch a thing.
8"Behold, 4the moneywhich we found in the mouth of our sacks we have broughtback to you from the land of Canaan. How then could we stealsilverorgold from your lord'shouse ?
"5With whomever of your servants it is found, let him die, and we also will be my lord's6slaves."
So he said, "Now let it also be according to your words ; he with whom it is found shall be my slave, and the rest of you shall be innocent."
Then they hurried, eachmanlowered his sack to the ground, and eachmanopened his sack.
He searched, beginning with the oldest and ending with the youngest, and 7the cup was found in Benjamin'ssack.
Then they 8tore their clothes, and when eachmanloaded his donkey, they returned to 9the city.
When Judah and his brotherscame to Joseph'shouse, he was stillthere, and 10they fell to the groundbefore him.
15Josephsaid to them, "What is thisdeed that you have done ? Do you not know that such a man as I can indeedpractice11divination ?"
So Judahsaid, "What can we say to my lord ? What can we speak ? And how can we justify ourselves? God has found out the iniquity of your servants ; behold, we are my lord's12slaves, both we and the one in whosecpossession the cup has been found."
But he said, "Far be it from me to dothis. The man in whosedpossession the cup has been found, he shall be my slave ; but as for you, go up in peace to your father."
Then Judahapproached him, and said, "Oh my lord, may your servantpleasespeak a word in my lord'sears, and e13do not be angry with your servant ; for 14you are equal to Pharaoh.
"15My lordasked his servants, saying, 'Have you a fatheror a brother ?'
"We said to my lord, 'We have an oldfather and 16a littlechild of his oldage. Now 17his brother is dead, so he alone is left of his mother, and his fatherloves him.'
"Then you said to your servants, '18Bring him down to me that I may set my eyes on him.'
"But we said to my lord, 'The ladcannotleave his father, for if he should leave his father, fhis father would die.'
"You said to your servants, however, '19Unless your youngestbrothercomesdown with you, you will not see my faceagain.'
"Thus it came about when we went up to your servant my father, we told him the words of my lord.
"20Our fathersaid, 'Goback, buy us a littlefood.'
"But we said, 'We cannotgodown. If our youngestbrother is with us, then we will godown ; for we cannotsee the man'sfaceunless our youngestbrother is with us.'
"Your servant my fathersaid to us, 'You know that 21my wifebore me two sons;
and the onewent out from me, and 22I said, "Surely he is torn in pieces," and I have not seen him since .
'If you takethisonealso from gme, and harmbefalls him, you will 23bring my grayhairdown to Sheol in hsorrow.'
30"Now, therefore, when I come to your servant my father, and the lad is not with us, since i24his life is bound up in the lad's life,
when he sees that the lad is not with us, he will die. Thus your servants will 25bring the grayhair of your servant our fatherdown to Sheol in sorrow.
"For your servant26becamesurety for the lad to my father, saying, 'If I do not bring him back to you, then jlet me bear the blame before my fatherforever .'
33"Now, therefore, please let your servantremaininstead of the lad a slave to my lord, and let the ladgo up with his brothers.
"For how shall I go up to my father if the lad is not with me-for fear that I see the evil that would kovertake my father ?"