Genesis 44 DBY/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 And he commanded him who was over his house, saying, Fill the men's sacks with food, as much as they can carry; and put every man's money in the mouth of his sack. 1 Now Joseph gave these instructions to the steward of his house: "Fill the men's sacks with as much food as they can carry, and put each man's silver in the mouth of his sack.
2 And put my cup, the silver cup, in the mouth of the sack of the youngest, and his grain-money. And he did according to the word of Joseph which he had spoken. 2 Then put my cup, the silver one, in the mouth of the youngest one's sack, along with the silver for his grain." And he did as Joseph said.
3 In the morning, when it was light, the men were sent away, they and their asses. 3 As morning dawned, the men were sent on their way with their donkeys.
4 They were gone out of the city, [and] not [yet] far off, when Joseph said to him who was over his house, Up! follow after the men; and when thou overtakest them, thou shalt say to them, Why have ye rewarded evil for good? 4 They had not gone far from the city when Joseph said to his steward, "Go after those men at once, and when you catch up with them, say to them, 'Why have you repaid good with evil?
5 Is not this [it] in which my lord drinks, and in which indeed he divines? Ye have done evil [in] what ye have done. 5 Isn't this the cup my master drinks from and also uses for divination? This is a wicked thing you have done.' "
6 And he overtook them, and he spoke to them these words. 6 When he caught up with them, he repeated these words to them.
7 And they said to him, Why does my lord speak such words as these? Far be it from thy servants to do such a thing! 7 But they said to him, "Why does my lord say such things? Far be it from your servants to do anything like that!
8 Behold, the money that we found in our sacks' mouths we have brought again to thee from the land of Canaan; and how should we steal out of thy lord's house silver or gold? 8 We even brought back to you from the land of Canaan the silver we found inside the mouths of our sacks. So why would we steal silver or gold from your master's house?
9 With whomsoever of thy servants it is found, let him die; and we also will be my lord's bondmen. 9 If any of your servants is found to have it, he will die; and the rest of us will become my lord's slaves."
10 And he said, Now also [let] it [be] according to your words: let him with whom it is found be my bondman, but ye shall be blameless. 10 "Very well, then," he said, "let it be as you say. Whoever is found to have it will become my slave; the rest of you will be free from blame."
11 And they hasted and laid down every man his sack on the ground, and opened every man his sack. 11 Each of them quickly lowered his sack to the ground and opened it.
12 And he searched carefully: he began at the eldest, and ended at the youngest; and the cup was found in Benjamin's sack. 12 Then the steward proceeded to search, beginning with the oldest and ending with the youngest. And the cup was found in Benjamin's sack.
13 Then they rent their clothes, and loaded every man his ass, and they returned to the city. 13 At this, they tore their clothes. Then they all loaded their donkeys and returned to the city.
14 And Judah and his brethren came to Joseph's house; and he was still there; and they fell down before him to the ground. 14 Joseph was still in the house when Judah and his brothers came in, and they threw themselves to the ground before him.
15 And Joseph said to them, What deed is this which ye have done? Did ye not know that such a man as I can certainly divine? 15 Joseph said to them, "What is this you have done? Don't you know that a man like me can find things out by divination?"
16 And Judah said, What shall we say to my lord? what shall we speak, and how justify ourselves? God has found out the iniquity of thy servants; behold, we are my lord's bondmen, both we, and he in whose hand the cup has been found. 16 "What can we say to my lord?" Judah replied. "What can we say? How can we prove our innocence? God has uncovered your servants' guilt. We are now my lord's slaves--we ourselves and the one who was found to have the cup."
17 And he said, Far be it from me to do so! The man in whose hand the cup has been found, he shall be my bondman; but as for you, go up in peace to your father. 17 But Joseph said, "Far be it from me to do such a thing! Only the man who was found to have the cup will become my slave. The rest of you, go back to your father in peace."
18 Then Judah came near to him, and said, Ah! my lord, let thy servant, I pray thee, speak a word in my lord's ears, and let not thine anger burn against thy servant; for thou art even as Pharaoh. 18 Then Judah went up to him and said: "Please, my lord, let your servant speak a word to my lord. Do not be angry with your servant, though you are equal to Pharaoh himself.
19 My lord asked his servants, saying, Have ye a father, or a brother? 19 My lord asked his servants, 'Do you have a father or a brother?'
20 And we said to my lord, We have an aged father, and a child born to him in his old age, [yet] young; and his brother is dead, and he alone is left of his mother; and his father loves him. 20 And we answered, 'We have an aged father, and there is a young son born to him in his old age. His brother is dead, and he is the only one of his mother's sons left, and his father loves him.'
21 And thou saidst unto thy servants, Bring him down to me, that I may set mine eye on him. 21 "Then you said to your servants, 'Bring him down to me so I can see him for myself.'
22 And we said to my lord, The youth cannot leave his father: if he should leave his father, [his father] would die. 22 And we said to my lord, 'The boy cannot leave his father; if he leaves him, his father will die.'
23 And thou saidst to thy servants, Unless your youngest brother come down with you, ye shall see my face no more. 23 But you told your servants, 'Unless your youngest brother comes down with you, you will not see my face again.'
24 And it came to pass when we came up to thy servant my father, we told him the words of my lord. 24 When we went back to your servant my father, we told him what my lord had said.
25 And our father said, Go again, buy us a little food. 25 "Then our father said, 'Go back and buy a little more food.'
26 But we said, We cannot go down: if our youngest brother be with us, then will we go down; for we cannot see the man's face unless our youngest brother is with us. 26 But we said, 'We cannot go down. Only if our youngest brother is with us will we go. We cannot see the man's face unless our youngest brother is with us.'
27 And thy servant my father said to us, Ye know that my wife bore me two [sons]; 27 "Your servant my father said to us, 'You know that my wife bore me two sons.
28 and the one went out from me, and I said, He must certainly have been torn in pieces; and I have not seen him [again] hitherto. 28 One of them went away from me, and I said, "He has surely been torn to pieces." And I have not seen him since.
29 And if ye take this one also from me, and mischief should befall him, ye will bring down my grey hairs with misery to Sheol. 29 If you take this one from me too and harm comes to him, you will bring my gray head down to the grave in misery.'
30 And now, when I come to thy servant my father, and the lad is not with us, -- seeing that his life is bound up with his life, 30 "So now, if the boy is not with us when I go back to your servant my father and if my father, whose life is closely bound up with the boy's life,
31 it will come to pass when he sees that the lad is not [there], that he will die; and thy servants will bring down the grey hairs of thy servant our father with sorrow to Sheol. 31 sees that the boy isn't there, he will die. Your servants will bring the gray head of our father down to the grave in sorrow.
32 For thy servant became surety for the lad to my father, saying, If I bring him not to thee, then I shall be guilty toward my father all my days. 32 Your servant guaranteed the boy's safety to my father. I said, 'If I do not bring him back to you, I will bear the blame before you, my father, all my life!'
33 And now, let thy servant stay, I pray thee, instead of the lad a bondman to my lord, and let the lad go up with his brethren; 33 "Now then, please let your servant remain here as my lord's slave in place of the boy, and let the boy return with his brothers.
34 for how should I go up to my father if the lad were not with me? -- lest I see the evil that would come on my father. 34 How can I go back to my father if the boy is not with me? No! Do not let me see the misery that would come upon my father."