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Genesis 43 CEB/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 The famine was severe in the land, 1 Now the famine was still severe in the land.
2 and when they had eaten all the grain that they brought from Egypt, their father said to them, "Go back and buy us a little food." 2 So when they had eaten all the grain they had brought from Egypt, their father said to them, "Go back and buy us a little more food."
3 Judah said to him, "The man was absolutely serious when he said, ‘You may not see me again without your brother with you.' 3 But Judah said to him, "The man warned us solemnly, 'You will not see my face again unless your brother is with you.'
4 If you agree to send our brother with us, then we will go down and buy you food. 4 If you will send our brother along with us, we will go down and buy food for you.
5 But if you don't agree to send him, then we can't go down because the man said to us, ‘You may not see me again without your brother with you.'" 5 But if you will not send him, we will not go down, because the man said to us, 'You will not see my face again unless your brother is with you.' "
6 Israel said, "Why have you caused me such pain by telling the man you had another brother?" 6 Israel asked, "Why did you bring this trouble on me by telling the man you had another brother?"
7 They said, "The man asked us pointedly about our family: ‘Is your father still alive? Do you have a brother?' So we told him just what we've said. How were we to know he'd say, ‘Bring your brother down here'?" 7 They replied, "The man questioned us closely about ourselves and our family. 'Is your father still living?' he asked us. 'Do you have another brother?' We simply answered his questions. How were we to know he would say, 'Bring your brother down here'?"
8 Judah said to his father Israel, "Send the young man with me. Let's get ready to leave so that we can stay alive and not die—we, you, and our children. 8 Then Judah said to Israel his father, "Send the boy along with me and we will go at once, so that we and you and our children may live and not die.
9 I will guarantee his safety; you can hold me responsible. If I don't bring him back to you and place him here in front of you, it will be my fault forever. 9 I myself will guarantee his safety; you can hold me personally responsible for him. If I do not bring him back to you and set him here before you, I will bear the blame before you all my life.
10 If we hadn't waited so long, we would've returned twice by now." 10 As it is, if we had not delayed, we could have gone and returned twice."
11 Their father Israel said to them, "If it has to be, then do this. Take in your bags some of the land's choice produce, and bring it down to the man as a gift: a little medicinal resin, a little honey, gum, resin, pistachios, and almonds. 11 Then their father Israel said to them, "If it must be, then do this: Put some of the best products of the land in your bags and take them down to the man as a gift--a little balm and a little honey, some spices and myrrh, some pistachio nuts and almonds.
12 Take twice as much silver with you, and take back the silver returned in the top of your sacks. It might have been a mistake. 12 Take double the amount of silver with you, for you must return the silver that was put back into the mouths of your sacks. Perhaps it was a mistake.
13 And take your brother, get ready, and go back to the man. 13 Take your brother also and go back to the man at once.
14 May God Almighty make the man compassionate toward you so that he may send back our other brother and Benjamin with you. But me, if I'm left childless, then I'm left childless." 14 And may God Almighty grant you mercy before the man so that he will let your other brother and Benjamin come back with you. As for me, if I am bereaved, I am bereaved."
15 So the men took this gift. They took twice as much silver with them, together with Benjamin. They left, traveled down to Egypt, and received an audience with Joseph. 15 So the men took the gifts and double the amount of silver, and Benjamin also. They hurried down to Egypt and presented themselves to Joseph.
16 When Joseph saw Benjamin with them, he said to the manager of his household, "Bring the men to the house and slaughter an animal and prepare it because the men will have dinner with me at noon." 16 When Joseph saw Benjamin with them, he said to the steward of his house, "Take these men to my house, slaughter an animal and prepare dinner; they are to eat with me at noon."
17 The man did as Joseph told him and brought the men to Joseph's house. 17 The man did as Joseph told him and took the men to Joseph's house.
18 When they were brought to Joseph's house, the men were frightened and said, "We've been brought here because of the silver put back in our sacks on our first trip so he can overpower us, capture us, make slaves of us, and take our donkeys." 18 Now the men were frightened when they were taken to his house. They thought, "We were brought here because of the silver that was put back into our sacks the first time. He wants to attack us and overpower us and seize us as slaves and take our donkeys."
19 They approached the man who was Joseph's household manager and spoke to him at the house's entrance: 19 So they went up to Joseph's steward and spoke to him at the entrance to the house.
20 "Please, Master, we came down the first time just to buy food, 20 "Please, sir," they said, "we came down here the first time to buy food.
21 but when we stopped to spend the night and opened our sacks, there was the exact amount of each man's silver at the top of his sack. We've brought it back with us, 21 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.
22 and we've brought down with us additional silver to buy food. We don't know who put our silver in our sacks." 22 We have also brought additional silver with us to buy food. We don't know who put our silver in our sacks."
23 He said, "You are fine. Don't be afraid. Your God and your father's God must have hidden a treasure in your sacks. I received your money." Then he brought Simeon out to them. 23 "It's all right," he said. "Don't be afraid. Your God, the God of your father, has given you treasure in your sacks; I received your silver." Then he brought Simeon out to them.
24 The manager brought the men into Joseph's house and gave them water to wash their feet and feed for their donkeys. 24 The steward took the men into Joseph's house, gave them water to wash their feet and provided fodder for their donkeys.
25 They prepared the gift, anticipating Joseph's arrival at noon, since they had heard that they would have a meal there. 25 They prepared their gifts for Joseph's arrival at noon, because they had heard that they were to eat there.
26 When Joseph came into the house, they presented him the gift they had brought with them into the house, and they bowed low in front of him. 26 When Joseph came home, they presented to him the gifts they had brought into the house, and they bowed down before him to the ground.
27 He asked them how they were and said, "How is your elderly father, about whom you spoke? Is he still alive?" 27 He asked them how they were, and then he said, "How is your aged father you told me about? Is he still living?"
28 They said, "Your servant our father is fine. He's still alive." And they bowed down again with deep respect. 28 They replied, "Your servant our father is still alive and well." And they bowed low to pay him honor.
29 Joseph looked up and saw his brother Benjamin, his own mother's son, and he said, "Is this your youngest brother whom you told me about? God be gracious to you, my son." 29 As he looked about and saw his brother Benjamin, his own mother's son, he asked, "Is this your youngest brother, the one you told me about?" And he said, "God be gracious to you, my son."
30 Joseph's feelings for his brother were so strong he was about to weep, so he rushed to another room and wept there. 30 Deeply moved at the sight of his brother, Joseph hurried out and looked for a place to weep. He went into his private room and wept there.
31 He washed his face, came back, pulled himself together, and said, "Set out the dinner." 31 After he had washed his face, he came out and, controlling himself, said, "Serve the food."
32 So they set out his food by himself, their food by themselves, and the Egyptians' who ate with him by themselves because Egyptians don't allow themselves to eat with Hebrews; the Egyptians think it beneath their dignity. 32 They served him by himself, the brothers by themselves, and the Egyptians who ate with him by themselves, because Egyptians could not eat with Hebrews, for that is detestable to Egyptians.
33 They were seated in front of him from the oldest to the youngest in their exact birth order, and the men looked at each other with amazement. 33 The men had been seated before him in the order of their ages, from the firstborn to the youngest; and they looked at each other in astonishment.
34 Portions of food from Joseph's table were brought to them, but Benjamin's portion was five times as large as theirs. So they drank together and were at ease. 34 When portions were served to them from Joseph's table, Benjamin's portion was five times as much as anyone else's. So they feasted and drank freely with him.