Genesis 44 WEB/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 He commanded the steward of his house, saying, "Fill the men's sacks with food, as much as they can carry, and put every man's money in his sack's mouth. 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 Put my cup, the silver cup, in the sack's mouth of the youngest, with his grain money." 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 was light, 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, "Up, follow after the men. When you overtake them, tell them, 'Why have you 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 Isn't this that from which my lord drinks, and whereby he indeed divines? 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 He overtook them, and he spoke to them these words. 6 When he caught up with them, he repeated these words to them.
7 They said to him, "Why does my lord speak such words as these? Far be it from your servants that they 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 Behold, the money, which we found in our sacks' mouths, we brought again to you out of the land of Canaan. How then should we steal silver or gold out of 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 whoever of your servants it be found, let him die, and we also will be my lord's bondservants." 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 He said, "Now also let it be according to your words: he with whom it is found will be my bondservant; and you will 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 hurried, and took down every man his sack to the ground, and opened every man his sack. 11 Each of them quickly lowered his sack to the ground and opened it.
12 He searched, beginning with the eldest, and ending at the youngest. 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 loaded every man 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 Judah and his brothers came to Joseph's house, and he was still there. They fell on the ground before him. 14 Joseph was still in the house when Judah and his brothers came in, and they threw themselves to the ground before him.
15 Joseph said to them, "What deed is this that you have done? Don't you know that such a man as I can indeed 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 Judah said, "What will we tell my lord? What will we speak? Or how will we clear ourselves? God has found out the iniquity of your servants. Behold, we are my lord's bondservants, both we, and he also in whose hand the cup is 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 He said, "Far be it from me that I should do so. The man in whose hand the cup is found, he will be my bondservant; 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, "Oh, my lord, please let your servant speak a word in my lord's ears, and don't let your anger burn against your servant; for you are 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 you a father, or a brother?' 19 My lord asked his servants, 'Do you have a father or a brother?'
20 We said to my lord, 'We have a father, an old man, and a child of his old age, a little one; 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 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 We said to my lord, 'The boy can't 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 You said to your servants, 'Unless your youngest brother comes down with you, you will 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 It happened when we came up to your 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 Our father said, 'Go again, buy us a little food.' 25 "Then our father said, 'Go back and buy a little more food.'
26 We said, 'We can't go down. If our youngest brother is with us, then will we 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 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 in pieces;" and I haven't 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 If you take this one also from me, and harm befalls him, you will bring down my gray hairs with sorrow 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 Now therefore when I come to your servant my father, and the boy is not with us; seeing that his life is bound up in the boy'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 boy is no more, that he will die. Your servants will bring down the gray hairs of your 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 your servant became collateral for the boy to my father, saying, 'If I don't bring him to you, then I will bear the blame to 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 stay instead of the boy, a bondservant to my lord; and let the boy 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 will I go up to my father, if the boy isn't with me? Lest I see the evil that will 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."