Genesis 44 NLT/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 When his brothers were ready to leave, Joseph gave these instructions to the man in charge of his household: "Fill each of their sacks with as much grain as they can carry, and put each man's money back into 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 Then put my personal silver cup at the top of the youngest brother's sack, along with his grain money." So the household manager 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 The brothers were up at dawn and set out on their journey with their loaded donkeys. 3 As morning dawned, the men were sent on their way with their donkeys.
4 But when they were barely out of the city, Joseph said to his household manager, "Chase after them and stop them. Ask them, 'Why have you repaid an act of kindness with such evil? 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 What do you mean by stealing my master's personal silver drinking cup, which he uses to predict the future? What a wicked thing you 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 So the man caught up with them and spoke to them in the way he had been instructed. 6 When he caught up with them, he repeated these words to them.
7 "What are you talking about?" the brothers responded. "What kind of people do you think we are, that you accuse us of such a terrible 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 Didn't we bring back the money we found in our sacks? Why would 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 If you find his cup with any one of us, let that one die. And all the rest of us will be your master's slaves forever." 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 "Fair enough," the man replied, "except that only the one who stole it will be a slave. The rest of you may 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 They quickly took their sacks from the backs of their donkeys and opened them. 11 Each of them quickly lowered his sack to the ground and opened it.
12 Joseph's servant began searching the oldest brother's sack, going on down the line to 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 At this, they tore their clothing in despair, loaded the donkeys again, and returned to the city. 13 At this, they tore their clothes. Then they all loaded their donkeys and returned to the city.
14 Joseph was still at home when Judah and his brothers arrived, and they fell to 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 "What were you trying to do?" Joseph demanded. "Didn't you know that a man such as I would know who stole it?" 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, "Oh, my lord, what can we say to you? How can we plead? How can we prove our innocence? God is punishing us for our sins. My lord, we have all returned to be your slaves -- we and our brother who had your cup in his sack." 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 "No," Joseph said. "Only the man who stole the cup will be my slave. The rest of you may go home 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 stepped forward and said, "My lord, let me say just this one word to you. Be patient with me for a moment, for I know you could have me killed in an instant, as though you were Pharaoh 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 "You asked us, my lord, if we had a father or a brother. 19 My lord asked his servants, 'Do you have a father or a brother?'
20 We said, 'Yes, we have a father, an old man, and a child of his old age, his youngest son. His brother is dead, and he alone is left of his mother's children, and 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 And you said to us, 'Bring him here so I can see him.' 21 "Then you said to your servants, 'Bring him down to me so I can see him for myself.'
22 But we said to you, 'My lord, the boy cannot leave his father, for 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 told us, 'You may not see me again unless your youngest brother is with you.' 23 But you told your servants, 'Unless your youngest brother comes down with you, you will not see my face again.'
24 So we returned to our father and 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 And when he said, 'Go back again and buy us a little food,' 25 "Then our father said, 'Go back and buy a little more food.'
26 we replied, 'We can't unless you let our youngest brother go with us. We won't be allowed to see the man in charge of the grain 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 my father said to us, 'You know that my wife had two sons, 27 "Your servant my father said to us, 'You know that my wife bore me two sons.
28 and that one of them went away and never returned -- doubtless torn to pieces by some wild animal. I have never 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 away his brother from me, too, and any harm comes to him, you would bring my gray head down to the grave in deep sorrow.' 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, my lord, I cannot go back to my father without the boy. Our father's 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 When he sees that the boy is not with us, our father will die. We will be responsible for bringing his gray head down to the grave in sorrow. 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 My lord, I made a pledge to my father that I would take care of the boy. I told him, 'If I don't bring him back to you, I will bear the blame 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 Please, my lord, let me stay here as a slave instead of the boy, and let the boy return 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 can I return to my father if the boy is not with me? I cannot bear to see what this would do to him." 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."