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Genesis 44 GNT/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 Joseph commanded the servant in charge of his house, "Fill the men's sacks with as much food as they can carry, and put each man's money 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 Put my silver cup in the top of the youngest brother's sack, together with the money for his grain." He did as he was told. 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 Early in the morning the brothers were sent on their way with their donkeys. 3 As morning dawned, the men were sent on their way with their donkeys.
4 When they had gone only a short distance from the city, Joseph said to the servant in charge of his house, "Hurry after those men. When you catch up with them, ask them, "Why have you paid back 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 Why did you steal my master's silver cup? It is the one he drinks from, the one he uses for divination. You have committed a serious crime!' " 5 Isn't this the cup my master drinks from and also uses for divination? This is a wicked thing you have done.' "
6 When the servant caught up with them, he repeated these words. 6 When he caught up with them, he repeated these words to them.
7 They answered him, "What do you mean, sir, by talking like this? We swear that we have done no such 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 You know that we brought back to you from the land of Canaan the money we found in the top of our sacks. Why then should we steal silver or gold from your master'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 Sir, if any one of us is found to have it, he will be put to death, and the rest of us will become your 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 He said, "I agree; but only the one who has taken the cup will become my slave, and the rest of you can go free." 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 So they quickly lowered their sacks to the ground, and each man opened his sack. 11 Each of them quickly lowered his sack to the ground and opened it.
12 Joseph's servant searched carefully, beginning with the oldest and ending 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 The brothers tore their clothes in sorrow, loaded their donkeys, and returned to the city. 13 At this, they tore their clothes. Then they all loaded their donkeys and returned to the city.
14 When Judah and his brothers came to Joseph's house, he was still there. They bowed down 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 and Joseph said, "What have you done? Didn't you know that a man in my position could find you out by practicing 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 "What can we say to you, sir?" Judah answered. "How can we argue? How can we clear ourselves? God has uncovered our guilt. All of us are now your slaves and not just the one 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 said, "Oh, no! I would never do that! Only the one who had the cup will be my slave. The rest of you may go back safe and sound 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 Judah went up to Joseph and said, "Please, sir, allow me to speak with you freely. Don't be angry with me; you are like the king himself. 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 Sir, you asked us, "Do you have a father or another brother?' 19 My lord asked his servants, 'Do you have a father or a brother?'
20 We answered, "We have a father who is old and a younger brother, born to him in his old age. The boy's brother is dead, and he is the only one of his mother's children still alive; his father loves him very much.' 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 Sir, you told us to bring him here, so that you could see him, 21 "Then you said to your servants, 'Bring him down to me so I can see him for myself.'
22 and we answered that the boy could not leave his father; if he did, 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 Then you said, "You will not be admitted to my presence again unless your youngest brother comes with you.' 23 But you told your servants, 'Unless your youngest brother comes down with you, you will not see my face again.'
24 "When we went back to our father, we told him what you had said. 24 When we went back to your servant my father, we told him what my lord had said.
25 Then he told us to return and buy a little food. 25 "Then our father said, 'Go back and buy a little more food.'
26 We answered, "We cannot go; we will not be admitted to the man's presence unless our youngest brother is with us. We can go only if our youngest brother goes also.' 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 Our father said to us, "You know that my wife Rachel bore me only two sons. 27 "Your servant my father said to us, 'You know that my wife bore me two sons.
28 One of them has already left me. He must have been torn to pieces by wild animals, because I have not seen him since he left. 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 from me now and something happens to him, the sorrow you would cause me would kill me, as old as I am.' 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, sir," Judah continued, "if I go back to my father without the boy, as soon as he sees that the boy is not with me, he will die. His life is wrapped up with the life of the boy, and he is so old that the sorrow we would cause him would kill 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,
32 What is more, I pledged my life to my father for the boy. I told him that if I did not bring the boy back to him, I would bear the blame all my life. 32 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.
33 And now, sir, I will stay here as your slave in place of the boy; let him go back with his brothers. 33 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!'
34 How can I go back to my father if the boy is not with me? I cannot bear to see this disaster come upon my father." 34 "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 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."