When he caught up with them, he repeated these words to them.
They answered him, "Sir, how can you say such things? We would never think of doing anything like that!
We brought the money we found in our sacks back from Canaan. So why would we steal any silver or gold from your master's house?
If one of us has it, he will die, and the rest of us will become your slaves."
"I agree," he said. "We'll do what you've said. The man who has the cup will be my slave, and the rest of you can go free."
Each one quickly lowered his sack to the ground and opened it.
Then the man made a thorough search. He began with the oldest and ended with the youngest. The cup was found in Benjamin's sack.
When they saw this, they tore their clothes in grief. Then each one loaded his donkey and went back into the city.
Judah and his brothers arrived at Joseph's house while Joseph was still there. Immediately, they bowed with their faces touching the ground.
Joseph asked them, "What have you done? Don't you know that a man like me can find things out because he knows the future?"
"Sir, what can we say to you?" Judah asked. "How else can we explain it? How can we prove we're innocent? God has uncovered our guilt. Now all of us are your slaves, including the one who had the cup."