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Genesis 44 RHE/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 And Joseph commanded the steward of his house, saying: Fill their sacks with corn, as much as they can hold: and put the money of every one in the top 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 in the mouth of the younger’s sack put my silver cup, and the price which he gave for the wheat. And it was so done. 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 And when the morning arose, they were sent away with their asses. 3 As morning dawned, the men were sent on their way with their donkeys.
4 And when they were now departed out of the city, and had gone forward a little way: Joseph sending for the steward of his house, said: Arise, and pursue after the men: and when thou hast overtaken them, say to them: Why have you returned 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 The cup which you have stolen, is that in which my lord drinketh, and in which he is wont to divine: you have done a very evil thing. 5 Isn't this the cup my master drinks from and also uses for divination? This is a wicked thing you have done.' "
6 He did as he had commanded him. And having overtaken them, he spoke to them the same words. 6 When he caught up with them, he repeated these words to them.
7 And they answered: Why doth our lord speak so, as though thy servants had committed so heinous a fact? 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 The money, that we found in the top of our sacks, we brought back to thee from the land of Chanaan: how then should it be that we should steal out of thy lord’s house, gold or silver? 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 shall be found that which thou seekest, let him die, and we will be the bondmen of my lord. 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 to them: Let it be according to your sentence: with whomsoever it shall be found, let him be my servant, 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 they speedily took down their sacks to the ground, and every man opened his sack. 11 Each of them quickly lowered his sack to the ground and opened it.
12 Which when he had searched, beginning at the eldest, and ending at the youngest, he found the cup 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 garments, and loading their asses again, returned into the town. 13 At this, they tore their clothes. Then they all loaded their donkeys and returned to the city.
14 And Juda at the head of his brethren went in to Joseph (for he was not yet gone out of the place) and they all together fell down 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 he said to them: Why would you do so? know you not that there is no one like me in the science of divining. 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 Juda said to him: What shall we answer my lord? or what shall we say, or be able justly to allege? God hath found out the iniquity of thy servants: behold, we are all bondmen to my lord, both we, and he 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 Joseph answered: God forbid that I should do so: he that stole the cup, he shall be my bondman: and go you away free 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 Juda coming nearer, said boldly: I beseech thee, my lord, let thy servant speak a word in thy ears, and be not angry with thy servant: for after Pharao thou art. 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. Thou didst ask thy servants the first time: Have you a father or a brother. 19 My lord asked his servants, 'Do you have a father or a brother?'
20 And we answered thee, my lord: We have a father an old man, and a young boy, that was born in his old age; whose brother by the mother is dead; and he alone is left of his mother, and his father loveth him tenderly. 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 to thy servants: Bring him hither to me, and I will 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 We suggested to my lord: The boy cannot leave his father: for if he leave him, he will 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: Except your youngest brother come 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 Therefore when we were gone up to thy servant our father, we told him all that my lord had said. 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, and buy us a little wheat. 25 "Then our father said, 'Go back and buy a little more food.'
26 And we said to him: We cannot go: if our youngest brother go down with us, we will set out together: otherwise, without him we dare not see the man’s face. 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 Whereunto he answered: You know that my wife bore me two. 27 "Your servant my father said to us, 'You know that my wife bore me two sons.
28 One went out, and you said: A beast devoured him; and hitherto he appeareth not. 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 If you take this also, and any thing befall him in the way, you will bring down my grey hairs with sorrow unto hell. 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 Therefore, if I shall go to thy servant, our father, and the boy be wanting, (whereas his life dependeth upon the life of him,) 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 And he shall see that he is not with us, he will die, and thy servants shall bring down his grey hairs with sorrow unto hell. 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 Let me be thy proper servant, who took him into my trust, and promised, saying: If I bring him not again, I will be guilty of sin against my father for ever. 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 Therefore I, thy servant, will stay instead of the boy in the service of my lord, and let the boy 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 I cannot return to my father without the boy, lest I be a witness of the calamity that will oppress 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."