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Genesis 43 CJB/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 But the famine was severe in the land; 1 Now the famine was still severe in the land.
2 so when they had eaten up the grain which they had brought out of Egypt, their father said to them, "Go again, 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 Y'hudah said to him, "The man expressly warned us, 'You will not see my face unless your brother is 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 will send our brother with us, 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 will not send him, we will not go down; for the man said to us, 'You will not see my face unless your brother is 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 Isra'el said, "Why did you bring such trouble my way 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 answered, "The man kept questioning us about ourselves and about our kinsmen. He asked, 'Is your father still alive?''Do you have another brother?' and we answered according to the literal meaning of his questions. How were we to know he would say, 'Bring your brother down'?" 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 Y'hudah said to Isra'el his father, "Send the boy with me; and we will make preparations and leave; so that we may stay alive and not die, both we and you, and also our little ones. 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 myself will guarantee his safety; you can hold me responsible. If I fail to bring him to you and present him to your face, let me bear the blame 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 Except for our lengthy delay, we would have been there again by now." 10 As it is, if we had not delayed, we could have gone and returned twice."
11 Their father Isra'el answered them, "If that's how it is, do this: take in your containers some of the land's best products, and bring the man a gift - some healing resin, a little honey, aromatic gum, opium, pistachio nuts 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 the amount of money with you; and return the money that came back with you in your packs - it could have been an oversight. 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 Yes, and take your brother too; and get ready; and go again to the man. 13 Take your brother also and go back to the man at once.
14 May El Shaddai give you favor in the man's sight, so that he will release to you your other brother as well as Binyamin. As for me, if I must lose my children, lose them I will." 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 The men took that gift, and they took twice the money with them, and Binyamin; then they prepared, went down to Egypt and stood before Yosef. 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 Yosef saw Binyamin with them, he said to his household manager, "Take the men inside the house, kill the animals and prepare the meat. These men will dine 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 Yosef ordered and brought the men into Yosef's house. 17 The man did as Joseph told him and took the men to Joseph's house.
18 Upon being ushered inside Yosef's house, the men became fearful. They said, "It's because of the money that was returned in our packs the first time that we have been brought inside - so that he can use it as an excuse to attack us, take us as slaves and seize our donkeys too." 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 So they approached the manager of Yosef's household and spoke to him at the entrance of the house: 19 So they went up to Joseph's steward and spoke to him at the entrance to the house.
20 "Please, my lord, the first time we indeed came down to buy food; 20 "Please, sir," they said, "we came down here the first time to buy food.
21 but when we got to camp, we opened our packs, and there inside our packs was each man's money, the full amount. We have 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 moreover, we have brought down other money to buy food. We have no idea who put our money in our packs." 22 We have also brought additional silver with us to buy food. We don't know who put our silver in our sacks."
23 "Stop worrying," he replied, "don't be afraid. Your God and the God of your father put treasure in your packs. As for your money - I was the one who received it."Then he brought Shim'on 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 man brought the men into Yosef's house and gave them water, and they washed their feet, and he provided fodder 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 Then they got their gift ready for Yosef's arrival at noon, for they had heard that they were going to eat 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 Yosef arrived home, they went in the house and presented him with the gift they had brought with them, then prostrated themselves before him on the ground. 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 inquired, "Is your father well, the old man of 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 answered, "Your servant our father is well; yes, he is still alive," as they bowed in respect. 28 They replied, "Your servant our father is still alive and well." And they bowed low to pay him honor.
29 He looked up and saw Binyamin his brother, his mother's son, and said, "Is this your youngest brother, of whom you spoke to me?" and added, "May God be good 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 Then Yosef hurried out, because his feelings toward his brother were so strong that he wanted to cry; he went into his bedroom and there he wept. 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 Then he washed his face and came out, but he controlled himself as he gave the order to serve the meal. 31 After he had washed his face, he came out and, controlling himself, said, "Serve the food."
32 They served him by himself, the brothers by themselves, and the Egyptians included at the meal by themselves - Egyptians don't eat with Hebrews, because that is abhorrent to them. 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 So they sat there facing him, the firstborn in the place of honor, the youngest in last place; and the men expressed their amazement to each other. 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 Each was given his serving there in front of him, but Binyamin's portion was five times as large as any of theirs. So they drank and enjoyed themselves with him. 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.