Genesis 43 RHE/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 In the mean time the famine was heavy upon all the land. 1 Now the famine was still severe in the land.
2 And when they had eaten up all the corn, which they had brought out of Egypt, 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 Juda answered: The man declared unto us with the attestation of an oath, saying: You shall not see my face, unless you bring your youngest 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 therefore thou wilt send him with us, we will set out together, and will buy necessaries for thee. 4 If you will send our brother along with us, we will go down and buy food for you.
5 But if thou wilt not, we will not go: for the man, as we have often said, declared unto us, saying: You shall not see my face without your youngest brother. 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 to them: You have done this for my misery, in that you told him you had also another brother. 6 Israel asked, "Why did you bring this trouble on me by telling the man you had another brother?"
7 But they answered: The man asked us in order concerning our kindred: if our father lived: if we had a brother: and we answered him regularly, according to what he demanded: could we know that he would say: Bring hither your brother with you? 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 And Juda said to his father: Send the boy with me, that we may set forward, and may live: lest both we and our children perish. 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 take the boy upon me, require him at my hand: unless I bring him again, and restore him to thee, I will be guilty of sin against thee for ever. 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 delay had not been made, we had been here again the second time. 10 As it is, if we had not delayed, we could have gone and returned twice."
11 Then Israel said to them: If it must needs be so, do what you will: take of the best fruits of the land in your vessels, and carry down presents to the man, a little balm, and honey, and storax, myrrh, turpentine, 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 with you double money, and carry back what you found in your sacks, lest perhaps it was done by 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 also your brother, and go to the man. 13 Take your brother also and go back to the man at once.
14 And may my almighty God make him favourable to you: and send back with you your brother, whom he keepeth, and this Benjamin: and as for me I shall be desolate without children. 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 the presents, and double money, and Benjamin: and went down into Egypt, and stood before 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 And when he had seen them, and Benjamin with them, he commanded the steward of his house, saying: Bring in the men into the house, and kill victims, and prepare a feast: because they shall 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 He did as he was commanded, and brought the men into the house. 17 The man did as Joseph told him and took the men to Joseph's house.
18 And they being much afraid, said there one to another: Because of the money, which we carried back the first time in our sacks, we are brought in: that he may bring upon us a false accusation, and by violence make slaves of us and our asses. 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 Wherefore, going up to the steward of the house, at the door, 19 So they went up to Joseph's steward and spoke to him at the entrance to the house.
20 They said: Sir, we desire thee to hear us. We came down once before to buy food: 20 "Please, sir," they said, "we came down here the first time to buy food.
21 And when we had bought, and were come to the inn, we opened our sacks, and found our money in the mouths of the sacks: which we have now brought again in the same weight. 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 have brought other money besides, to buy what we want: we cannot tell who put it 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 But he answered: Peace be with you, fear not: your God, and the God of your father, hath given you treasure in your sacks. For the money, which you gave me, I have for good. And 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 And having brought them into the house, he fetched water, and they washed their feet, and he gave provender to their asses. 24 The steward took the men into Joseph's house, gave them water to wash their feet and provided fodder for their donkeys.
25 But they made ready the presents, against Joseph came at noon: for they had heard that they should eat bread there. 25 They prepared their gifts for Joseph's arrival at noon, because they had heard that they were to eat there.
26 Then Joseph came in to his house, and they offered him the presents, holding them in their hands; and they bowed down with their face to 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 But he courteously saluting them again, asked them, saying: Is the old man your father in health, of whom you told me? Is he yet living? 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 And they answered: Thy servant our father, is in health; he is yet living. And bowing themselves, they made obeisance to him. 28 They replied, "Your servant our father is still alive and well." And they bowed low to pay him honor.
29 And Joseph lifting up his eyes, saw Benjamin, his brother by the same mother, and said: Is this your young brother, of whom you told me? And he said: God be gracious to thee, 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 And he made haste, because his heart was moved upon his brother, and tears gushed out: and going into his chamber, 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 And when he had washed his face, coming out again, he refrained himself, and said: Set bread on the table. 31 After he had washed his face, he came out and, controlling himself, said, "Serve the food."
32 And when it was set on, for Joseph apart, and for his brethren apart, for the Egyptians also that ate with him apart, (for it is unlawful for the Egyptians to eat with the Hebrews, and they think such a feast profane): 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 sat before him, the firstborn according to his birthright, and the youngest according to his age. And they wondered very much; 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 Taking the messes which they received of him: and the greater mess came to Benjamin, so that it exceeded by five parts. And they drank, and were merry 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.