Genesis 44 NKJV/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 And he commanded the steward of his house, saying, "Fill the men's sacks with food, as much as they can carry, and put each 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 Also put my cup, the silver cup, in the mouth of the sack of the youngest, and his grain money." So he did according to the word that Joseph 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 As soon as the morning dawned, the men were sent away, they and their donkeys. 3 As morning dawned, the men were sent on their way with their donkeys.
4 When they had gone out of the city, and were not yet far off, Joseph said to his steward, "Get up, follow the men; and when you overtake them, say to them, 'Why have you repaid 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 the one from which my lord drinks, and with which he indeed practices divination? You have done evil in so doing.' " 5 Isn't this the cup my master drinks from and also uses for divination? This is a wicked thing you have done.' "
6 So he overtook them, and he spoke to them these same words. 6 When he caught up with them, he repeated these words to them.
7 And they said to him, "Why does my lord say these words? Far be it from us that your servants should 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 Look, we brought back to you from the land of Canaan the money which we found in the mouth of our sacks. How then could we steal silver or gold from your lord's house? 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 whomever of your servants it is found, let him die, and we also will be my lord's slaves." 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; he with whom it is found shall be my slave, and you 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 Then each man speedily let down his sack to the ground, and each opened his sack. 11 Each of them quickly lowered his sack to the ground and opened it.
12 So he searched. He began with the oldest and left off with 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 tore their clothes, and each man loaded his donkey and returned to the city. 13 At this, they tore their clothes. Then they all loaded their donkeys and returned to the city.
14 So Judah and his brothers came to Joseph's house, and he was still there; and they fell before him on 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 you have done? Did you not know that such a man as I can certainly practice divination?" 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 Then Judah said, "What shall we say to my lord? What shall we speak? Or how shall we clear ourselves? God has found out the iniquity of your servants; here we are, my lord's slaves, both we and he also with whom the cup was 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 But he said, "Far be it from me that I should do so; the man in whose hand the cup was found, he shall be my slave. And 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: "O my lord, please let your servant speak a word in my lord's hearing, and do not let your anger burn against your servant; for you are even like 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 you 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 a father, an old man, and a child of his old age, who is young; his brother is dead, and he alone is left of his mother's children, 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 Then you said to your servants, 'Bring him down to me, that I may set my eyes 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 lad cannot leave his father, for 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 But you said to your servants, 'Unless your youngest brother comes down with you, you 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 So it was, when we went up to your servant my father, that 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 back and 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 is with us, then we will go down; for we may not 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 Then your servant my father said to us, 'You 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, "Surely he is torn to pieces"; and I have not seen him since. 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 But if you take this one also from me, and calamity befalls him, you shall bring down my gray hair with sorrow to the grave.' 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 Now therefore, when I come to your servant my father, and the lad is not with us, since his life is bound up in the lad's 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 happen, when he sees that the lad is not with us, that he will die. So your servants will bring down the gray hair of your servant our father with sorrow to the grave. 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 your servant became surety for the lad to my father, saying, 'If I do not bring him back to you, then I shall bear the blame before my father forever.' 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 Now therefore, please let your servant remain instead of the lad as a slave to my lord, and let the lad go up with his brothers. 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 shall I go up to my father if the lad is not with me, lest perhaps I see the evil that would come upon 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."