And he commanded the steward of his house, saying, Fill these men’s sacks with food, as much as they can carry, and put every man’s money in his sack’s mouth;
and put my cup, the silver cup, in the sack’s mouth of the youngest, with the money of his wheat. And he did according to the word that Joseph had spoken.
As soon as the morning was light, the men were sent away, they and their asses.
And when they were gone out of the city, and not yet far off, Joseph said unto his steward, Rise up, follow after those men; and when thou dost overtake them, say unto them, Why have ye rewarded evil for good?
Is this not the one in which my lord drinks and in which indeed he divines? Ye have done evil in so doing.
When he overtook them, he spoke unto them these same words.
And they said unto him, Why saith my lord these words? In no wise should thy slaves do according to this thing.
Behold, the money, which we found in our sacks’ mouths, we brought again unto thee out of the land of Canaan; how then should we steal out of thy lord’s house silver or gold?
With whoever of thy slaves it is found, both let him die and we also will be my lord’s bond slaves.
And he said, Now also let it be according unto your words; he with whom it is found shall be my slave, and ye shall be blameless.
Then they made haste, and each one took his sack down to the ground, and each one opened his sack.
And he searched and began at the eldest and finished at the youngest; and the cup was found in Benjamin’s sack.
Then they rent their clothes, and each one laded his ass, and they returned to the city.
And Judah and his brethren came to Joseph’s house, for he was yet there; and they fell before him on the ground.
And Joseph said unto them, What deed is this that ye have done? Know ye not that such a man as I can certainly divine?
Then Judah said, What shall we say unto my lord? What shall we speak or how shall we clear ourselves? God has found out the iniquity of thy slaves; behold, we are my lord’s slaves, both we and he also with whom the cup is found.
And he said, in no wise should I do so; but the man in whose hand the cup is found, he shall be my slave; and as for you, go up in peace unto your father.
Then Judah came near unto him and said, Oh my lord, let thy slave, I pray thee, speak a word in my lord’s ears, and let not thine anger burn against thy slave; for thou art even as Pharaoh.
My lord asked his slaves, saying, Have ye a father or a brother?
And we said unto my lord, We have a father, an old man, and a young man of his old age, yet a lad; and his brother is dead, and he alone is left of his mother, and his father loves him.
And thou didst say unto thy slaves, Bring him down unto me that I may set my eyes upon him.
And we said unto my lord, The lad cannot leave his father; for if he should leave his father, his father would die.
And thou didst say unto thy slaves, Unless your youngest brother comes down with you, ye shall see my face no more.
And it came to pass when we came up unto thy slave my father, we told him the words of my lord.
And our father said, Go again and buy us a little food.
And we said, We cannot go down; if our youngest brother is with us, then will we go down; for we may not see the man’s face unless our youngest brother is with us.
Then thy slave my father said unto us, Ye know that my wife bore me two sons;
and the one went out from me, and I said, Surely he is torn in pieces, and I have not seen him since;
and if ye take this one also from me and some disaster should befall him, ye shall bring my gray hairs with sorrow down to Sheol.
Now therefore when I come to thy slave my father, and the lad is not with us, seeing that his soul is bound up in the lad’s soul,
it shall come to pass when he sees that the lad is not with us, that he will die: and thy slaves shall bring the gray hairs of thy slave our father down with sorrow to Sheol.
For thy slave became surety for the lad unto my father, saying, If I bring him not unto thee, then I shall bear the sin before my father for ever.
Now therefore, I pray thee, let thy slave remain instead of the lad as a bond slave to my lord, and let the lad go up with his brethren.
For how shall I go up to my father and the lad not be with me? I cannot go lest I see the evil that shall come on my father.