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Genesis 43 GNT/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 The famine in Canaan got worse, 1 Now the famine was still severe in the land.
2 and when the family of Jacob had eaten all the grain which had been brought from Egypt, Jacob said to his sons, "Go back and buy a little food for us." 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 sternly warned us that we would not be admitted to his presence unless we had our brother with us. 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 are willing to send our brother with us, we will go and buy food for you. 4 If you will send our brother along with us, we will go down and buy food for you.
5 If you are not willing, we will not go, because the man told us we would not be admitted to his presence unless our brother was with us." 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 Jacob said, "Why did you cause me so much trouble by telling the man that 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 asking about us and our family, "Is your father still living? Do you have another brother?' We had to answer his questions. How could we know that he would tell us to bring our brother with us?" 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, "Send the boy with me, and we will leave at once. Then none of us will starve to death. 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 pledge my own life, and you can hold me responsible for him. If I do not bring him back to you safe and sound, I will always bear the blame. 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 had not waited so long, we could have been there and back twice by now." 10 As it is, if we had not delayed, we could have gone and returned twice."
11 Their father said to them, "If that is how it has to be, then take the best products of the land in your packs as a present for the governor: a little resin, a little honey, spices, 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 with you also twice as much money, because you must take back the money that was returned in the top of your sacks. Maybe it was 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 Take your brother and return at once. 13 Take your brother also and go back to the man at once.
14 May Almighty God cause the man to have pity on you, so that he will give Benjamin and your other brother back to you. As for me, if I must lose my children, I must lose them." 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 brothers took the gifts and twice as much money, and set out for Egypt with Benjamin. There they presented themselves to 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 servant in charge of his house, "Take these men to my house. They are going to eat with me at noon, so kill an animal and prepare it." 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 servant did as he was commanded and took the brothers to Joseph's house. 17 The man did as Joseph told him and took the men to Joseph's house.
18 As they were being brought to the house, they were afraid and thought, "We are being brought here because of the money that was returned in our sacks the first time. They will suddenly attack us, take our donkeys, and make us his slaves." 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 at the door of the house, they said to the servant in charge, 19 So they went up to Joseph's steward and spoke to him at the entrance to the house.
20 "If you please, sir, we came here once before to buy food. 20 "Please, sir," they said, "we came down here the first time to buy food.
21 When we set up camp on the way home, we opened our sacks, and each man found his money in the top of his sack - every bit of it. We have brought it back to you. 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 We have also brought some more money with us to buy more food. We do not know who put our money back 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 The servant said, "Don't worry. Don't be afraid. Your God, the God of your father, must have put the money in your sacks for you. I received your payment." Then he brought Simeon 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 servant took the brothers into the house. He gave them water so that they could wash their feet, and he fed 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 got their gifts ready to present to Joseph when he arrived at noon, because they had been told that they were to eat with him. 25 They prepared their gifts for Joseph's arrival at noon, because they had heard that they were to eat there.
26 When Joseph got home, they took the gifts into the house to him and bowed down to the ground before 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 about their health and then said, "You told me about your old father - how is he? Is he still alive and well?" 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 humble servant, our father, is still alive and well." And they knelt and bowed down before him. 28 They replied, "Your servant our father is still alive and well." And they bowed low to pay him honor.
29 When Joseph saw his brother Benjamin, he said, "So this is your youngest brother, the one you told me about. God bless 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 Joseph left suddenly, because his heart was full of tender feelings for his brother. He was about to break down, so he went to his room and cried. 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 After he had washed his face, he came out, and controlling himself, he ordered the meal to be served. 31 After he had washed his face, he came out and, controlling himself, said, "Serve the food."
32 Joseph was served at one table and his brothers at another. The Egyptians who were eating there were served separately, because they considered it beneath their dignity to eat with Hebrews. 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 The brothers had been seated at the table, facing Joseph, in the order of their age from the oldest to the youngest. When they saw how they had been seated, they looked at one another in 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 Food was served to them from Joseph's table, and Benjamin was served five times as much as the rest of them. So they ate and drank with Joseph until they were drunk. 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.