I will pledge my own life, and you can hold me responsible for him. If I do not bring him back to you safe and sound, I will always bear the blame.
If we had not waited so long, we could have been there and back twice by now."
Their father said to them, "If that is how it has to be, then take the best products of the land in your packs as a present for the governor: a little resin, a little honey, spices, pistachio nuts, and almonds.
Take with you also twice as much money, because you must take back the money that was returned in the top of your sacks. Maybe it was a mistake.
Take your brother and return at once.
May Almighty God cause the man to have pity on you, so that he will give Benjamin and your other brother back to you. As for me, if I must lose my children, I must lose them."
So the brothers took the gifts and twice as much money, and set out for Egypt with Benjamin. There they presented themselves to Joseph.
When Joseph saw Benjamin with them, he said to the servant in charge of his house, "Take these men to my house. They are going to eat with me at noon, so kill an animal and prepare it."
The servant did as he was commanded and took the brothers to Joseph's house.
As they were being brought to the house, they were afraid and thought, "We are being brought here because of the money that was returned in our sacks the first time. They will suddenly attack us, take our donkeys, and make us his slaves."
So at the door of the house, they said to the servant in charge,
"If you please, sir, we came here once before to buy food.
When we set up camp on the way home, we opened our sacks, and each man found his money in the top of his sack - every bit of it. We have brought it back to you.
We have also brought some more money with us to buy more food. We do not know who put our money back in our sacks."
The servant said, "Don't worry. Don't be afraid. Your God, the God of your father, must have put the money in your sacks for you. I received your payment." Then he brought Simeon to them.
The servant took the brothers into the house. He gave them water so that they could wash their feet, and he fed their donkeys.
They got their gifts ready to present to Joseph when he arrived at noon, because they had been told that they were to eat with him.
When Joseph got home, they took the gifts into the house to him and bowed down to the ground before him.
He asked about their health and then said, "You told me about your old father - how is he? Is he still alive and well?"
They answered, "Your humble servant, our father, is still alive and well." And they knelt and bowed down before him.
When Joseph saw his brother Benjamin, he said, "So this is your youngest brother, the one you told me about. God bless you, my son."