When the servant caught up with them, he repeated these words.
They answered him, "What do you mean, sir, by talking like this? We swear that we have done no such thing.
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?
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."
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."
So they quickly lowered their sacks to the ground, and each man opened his sack.
Joseph's servant searched carefully, beginning with the oldest and ending with the youngest, and the cup was found in Benjamin's sack.
The brothers tore their clothes in sorrow, loaded their donkeys, and returned to the city.
When Judah and his brothers came to Joseph's house, he was still there. They bowed down before him,
and Joseph said, "What have you done? Didn't you know that a man in my position could find you out by practicing divination?"
"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."