If you are honest men, you will let one of your brothers stay here in prison. The rest of you will go and take grain back to your starving families.
But you must bring me your youngest brother. This will show that you've been telling the truth. Then you won't die." So they agreed.
They said to each other, "We're surely being punished for what we did to our brother. We saw how troubled he was when he pleaded with us for mercy, but we wouldn't listen. That's why we're in trouble now."
Reuben said to them, "Didn't I tell you not to sin against the boy? But you wouldn't listen. Now we must pay for this bloodshed."
They didn't know that Joseph could understand them, because he was speaking through an interpreter.
He stepped away from them to cry. When he could speak to them again, he came back. Then he picked Simeon and had him arrested right in front of their eyes.
Joseph gave orders to fill their bags with grain. He put each man's money back into his sack and gave them supplies for their trip. After their bags were filled,
they loaded their grain on their donkeys and left.
At the place where they stopped for the night, one of them opened his sack to feed his donkey. His money was right inside his sack.
He said to his brothers, "My money has been put back! It's right here in my sack!" They wanted to die. They trembled and turned to each other and asked, "What has God done to us?"
When they came to their father Jacob in Canaan, they told him all that had happened to them. They said,