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Genesis 44 WBT/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 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 And put my cup, the silver cup, in the sack's mouth of the youngest, and his corn money: and 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 asses. 3 As morning dawned, the men were sent on their way with their donkeys.
4 [And] when they had gone out of the city, [and] were not [yet] far off, Joseph said to his steward, Arise, follow after the men; and when thou dost overtake them, say to them, Why have ye 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 [Is] not this [the cup] in which my lord drinketh, and by which indeed he divineth? ye 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 And 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 saith my lord these words? Far be it from us that thy servants should do according to this 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 thee from the land of Canaan: how then should we steal from thy lord's house silver or gold? 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 whom [soever] of thy servants it shall be found, both let him die, and we also will be my lord's bond-men. 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 shall be found, shall be my servant; and ye 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 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 And he searched, [and] began at the eldest, and left at 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 rent their clothes, and loaded every man his ass, and returned to the city. 13 At this, they tore their clothes. Then they all loaded their donkeys and returned to the city.
14 And Judah and his brethren came to Joseph's house, (for he [was] yet 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 that ye have done? knew ye not that such a man as I can certainly 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 And Judah said, What shall we say to my lord? what shall we speak? or how shall we clear ourselves? God hath found out the iniquity of thy servants: behold we [are] my lord's servants, both we, and [he] also with whom 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 And he said, Far be it from me that I should do so: the man in whose hand the cup is found, he shall be my servant; and as for you, go 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, let thy servant, I pray thee, speak a word in my lord's ears, and let not thy anger burn against thy servant; for thou [art] 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 ye 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, a little one: and his brother is dead, and he alone is left of his mother, and his father loveth 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 And thou saidst to thy servants, Bring him down to me, that I may set my eyes upon 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 And thou saidst to thy servants, Except your youngest brother shall come down with you, ye 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 And it came to pass, when we came to thy 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 And our father said, Go again; buy us a little food. 25 "Then our father said, 'Go back and buy a little more food.'
26 And we said, We cannot go down: if our youngest brother shall be with us, then will we go down; for we may not see the man's face, except our youngest brother shall [be] 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 And thy servant my father, said to us, Ye 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 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 And if ye take this also from me, and mischief shall befall him, ye will bring down my gray hairs 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 thy servant my father, and the lad is not with us; (seeing that 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 shall come to pass, when he seeth that the lad [is] not [with us], that he will die: and thy servants will bring down the gray hairs of thy 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 thy servant became surety for the lad to my father, saying, If I bring him not to thee, then I will bear the blame to 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 Now therefore, I pray thee, let thy servant abide instead of the lad, a bond-man to my lord; and let the lad return 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 how shall I return to my father, and the lad [be] not with me? lest perhaps I see the evil that shall 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."