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Genesis 43 NLT/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 But there was no relief from the terrible famine throughout the land. 1 Now the famine was still severe in the land.
2 When the grain they had brought from Egypt was almost gone, Jacob said to his sons, "Go again 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 But Judah said, "The man wasn't joking when he warned that we couldn't see him again unless Benjamin came along. 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 let him come with us, we will go down and buy some 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 let Benjamin go, we may as well stay at home. Remember that the man said, 'You won't be allowed to come and see me 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 "Why did you ever tell him you had another brother?" Jacob moaned. "Why did you have to treat me with such cruelty?" 6 Israel asked, "Why did you bring this trouble on me by telling the man you had another brother?"
7 "But the man specifically asked us about our family," they replied. "He wanted to know whether our father was still living, and he asked us if we had another brother so we told him. How could we have known he would say, 'Bring me your brother'?" 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 be on our way. Otherwise we will all die of starvation -- and not only we, but you and 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 personally guarantee his safety. If I don't bring him back to you, then 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 For we could have gone and returned twice by this time if you had let him come without delay." 10 As it is, if we had not delayed, we could have gone and returned twice."
11 So their father, Jacob, finally said to them, "If it can't be avoided, then at least do this. Fill your bags with the best products of the land. Take them to the man as gifts -- balm, honey, spices, myrrh, 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 double the money that you found in your sacks, as it was probably someone's 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 Then take your brother and go back to the man. 13 Take your brother also and go back to the man at once.
14 May God Almighty give you mercy as you go before the man, that he might release Simeon and return Benjamin. And if I must bear the anguish of their deaths, then so be it." 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 they took Benjamin and the gifts and double the money and hurried to Egypt, where 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 that Benjamin was with them, he said to the manager of his household, "These men will eat with me this noon. Take them inside and prepare a big feast." 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 So the man did as he was told and took them to Joseph's palace. 17 The man did as Joseph told him and took the men to Joseph's house.
18 They were badly frightened when they saw where they were being taken. "It's because of the money returned to us in our sacks," they said. "He plans to pretend that we stole it. Then he will seize us as slaves 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 As the brothers arrived at the entrance to the palace, they went over to the man in charge of Joseph's household. 19 So they went up to Joseph's steward and spoke to him at the entrance to the house.
20 They said to him, "Sir, after our first trip to Egypt to buy food, 20 "Please, sir," they said, "we came down here the first time to buy food.
21 as we were returning home, we stopped for the night and opened our sacks. The money we had used to pay for the grain was there in our sacks. Here it is; we have brought it back again. 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 also have additional money to buy more grain. We have no idea how the money got into 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 "Relax. Don't worry about it," the household manager told them. "Your God, the God of your ancestors, must have put it there. We collected your money all right." Then he released Simeon and brought him 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 brothers were then led into the palace and given water to wash their feet and food 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 were told they would be eating there, so they prepared their gifts for Joseph's arrival at noon. 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, they gave him their gifts and bowed low 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 them how they had been getting along, and then he said, "How is your father -- the old man you spoke about? 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 "Yes," they replied. "He is alive and well." Then they bowed again before him. 28 They replied, "Your servant our father is still alive and well." And they bowed low to pay him honor.
29 Looking at his brother Benjamin, Joseph asked, "Is this your youngest brother, the one you told me about? May 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 Then Joseph made a hasty exit because he was overcome with emotion for his brother and wanted to cry. Going into his private room, he 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 Then he washed his face and came out, keeping himself under control. "Bring on the food!" he ordered. 31 After he had washed his face, he came out and, controlling himself, said, "Serve the food."
32 Joseph ate by himself, and his brothers were served at a separate table. The Egyptians sat at their own table because Egyptians despise Hebrews and refuse to eat with 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 Joseph told each of his brothers where to sit, and to their amazement, he seated them in the order of their ages, from oldest to youngest. 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 Their food was served to them from Joseph's own table. He gave the largest serving to Benjamin -- five times as much as to any of the others. So they all feasted and drank freely 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.