One of you must go and get him. The rest of you will be kept under guard until the truth of what you say can be tested. Otherwise, as sure as the king lives, you are spies."
With that, he put them in prison for three days.
On the third day Joseph said to them, "I am a God-fearing man, and I will spare your lives on one condition.
To prove that you are honest, one of you will stay in the prison where you have been kept; the rest of you may go and take back to your starving families the grain that you have bought.
Then you must bring your youngest brother to me. This will prove that you have been telling the truth, and I will not put you to death." They agreed to this
and said to one another, "Yes, now we are suffering the consequences of what we did to our brother; we saw the great trouble he was in when he begged for help, but we would not listen. That is why we are in this trouble now."
Reuben said, "I told you not to harm the boy, but you wouldn't listen. And now we are being paid back for his death." 1
Joseph understood what they said, but they did not know it, because they had been speaking to him through an interpreter.
Joseph left them and began to cry. When he was able to speak again, he came back, picked out Simeon, and had him tied up in front of them.
Joseph gave orders to fill his brothers' packs with grain, to put each man's money back in his sack, and to give them food for the trip. This was done.
The brothers loaded their donkeys with the grain they had bought, and then they left.