Genesis 43 MSG/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 The famine got worse. 1 Now the famine was still severe in the land.
2 When they had eaten all the food they had brought back from Egypt, their father said, "Go back and get some more 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 But Judah said, "The man warned us most emphatically, 'You won't so much as see my face if you don't have 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're ready to release our brother to go with us, we'll go down and get 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're not ready, we aren't going. What would be the use? The man told us, 'You won't so much as see my face if you don't have 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 are you making my life so difficult! Why did you ever tell 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 pressed us hard, asking pointed questions about our family: 'Is your father alive? Do you have another brother?' So we answered his questions. How did we know that he'd say, 'Bring your brother 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 pushed his father Israel. "Let the boy go; I'll take charge of him. Let us go and be on our way - if we don't get going, we're all going to starve to death - we and you and our children too! 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'll take full responsibility for his safety; it's my life on the line for his. If I don't bring him back safe and sound, I'm the guilty one; I'll take all 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 gone ahead in the first place instead of procrastinating like this, we could have been there and back twice over." 10 As it is, if we had not delayed, we could have gone and returned twice."
11 Their father Israel gave in. "If it has to be, it has to be. But do this: stuff your packs with the finest products from the land you can find and take them to the man as gifts - some balm and honey, some spices and perfumes, some 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 And take plenty of money - pay back double what was returned to your sacks; that 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 Take your brother and get going. Go back to the man. 13 Take your brother also and go back to the man at once.
14 And may The Strong God give you grace in that man's eyes so that he'll send back your other brother along with Benjamin. For me, nothing's left; I've lost everything." 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 the gifts, double the money, and Benjamin. They lost no time in getting to Egypt and meeting 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 that they had Benjamin with them, he told his house steward, "Take these men into the house and make them at home. Butcher an animal and prepare a meal; these men are going to eat 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 steward did what Joseph had said and took them inside. 17 The man did as Joseph told him and took the men to Joseph's house.
18 But they became anxious when they were brought into Joseph's home, thinking, "It's the money; he thinks we ran off with the money on our first trip down here. And now he's got us where he wants us - he's going to turn us into slaves and confiscate 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 So they went up to Joseph's house steward and talked to him in the doorway. 19 So they went up to Joseph's steward and spoke to him at the entrance to the house.
20 They said, "Listen, master. We came down here one other time to buy food. 20 "Please, sir," they said, "we came down here the first time to buy food.
21 On our way home, the first night out we opened our bags and found our money at the mouth of the bag - the exact amount we'd paid. We've brought it all back 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 have plenty more to buy more food with. We have no idea who put the money in our bags." 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 steward said, "Everything's in order. Don't worry. Your God and the God of your father must have given you a bonus. I was paid in full." And with that, he presented 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 He then took them inside Joseph's house and made them comfortable - gave them water to wash their feet and saw to the feeding of 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 The brothers spread out their gifts as they waited for Joseph to show up at noon - they had been told that they were to have dinner 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 presented him with the gifts they had brought and bowed respectfully 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 Joseph welcomed them and said, "And your old father whom you mentioned to me, how is he? 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, "Yes - your servant our father is quite well, very much alive." And they again bowed respectfully before him. 28 They replied, "Your servant our father is still alive and well." And they bowed low to pay him honor.
29 Then Joseph picked out his brother Benjamin, his own mother's son. He asked, "And is this your youngest brother that you told me about?" Then he said, "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 Deeply moved on seeing his brother and about to burst into tears, Joseph hurried out into another room and had a good cry. 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, got a grip on himself, and said, "Let's eat." 31 After he had washed his face, he came out and, controlling himself, said, "Serve the food."
32 Joseph was served at his private table, the brothers off by themselves and the Egyptians off by themselves (Egyptians won't eat at the same table with Hebrews; it's repulsive 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 The brothers were seated facing Joseph, arranged in order of their age, from the oldest to the youngest. They looked at one another wide-eyed, wondering what would happen next. 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 When the brothers' plates were served from Joseph's table, Benjamin's plate came piled high, far more so than his brothers. And so the brothers feasted with Joseph, drinking freely. 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.