Israel's sons left with the others who were going to buy grain, because there was also famine in Canaan.
As governor of the country, Joseph was selling grain to everyone. So when Joseph's brothers arrived, they bowed in front of him with their faces touching the ground.
As soon as Joseph saw his brothers, he recognized them. But he acted as if he didn't know them and spoke harshly to them. "Where did you come from?" he asked them. "From Canaan, to buy food," they answered.
Even though Joseph recognized his brothers, they didn't recognize him.
Then he remembered the dreams he once had about them. "You're spies!" he said to them, "And you've come to find out where our country is unprotected."
"No, sir!" they answered him. "We've come to buy food.
We're all sons of one man. We're honest men, not spies."
He said to them, "No! You've come to find out where our country is unprotected."
They answered him, "We were 12 brothers, sons of one man in Canaan. The youngest brother stayed with our father, and the other one is no longer with us."
"It's just as I told you," Joseph said to them. "You're spies!
This is how you'll be tested: I solemnly swear, as surely as Pharaoh lives, that you won't leave this place unless your youngest brother comes here.