the famine was sore in the land.
2And it came
to pass, when they had eaten up the corn which they had brought out of Egypt, their father said unto them, Go again, buy us
a little food.
3And Judah spake unto him,
saying, The man did solemnly protest unto us, saying, Ye shall not see my face, except your brother be with you.
4If thou wilt send our brother with us, we will go down and buy thee food:
5But if thou wilt not send him, we will not go down: for the man said unto us,
Ye shall not see my face, except your brother be with you.
Israel said, Wherefore dealt ye so ill with me, as to tell the man whether ye had yet a brother?
7And they said, The man asked us straitly of our state, and of our kindred, saying,
Is your father yet alive? have ye another brother? and we told him according to the tenor of these words: could we certainly
know that he would say, Bring your brother down?
Judah said unto Israel his father, Send the lad with me, and we will arise and go; that we may live, and not die, both we,
and thou, and also our little ones.
be surety for him; of my hand shalt thou require him: if I bring him not unto thee, and set him before thee, then let me bear
the blame for ever:
10For except we had lingered,
surely now we had returned this second time.
their father Israel said unto them, If it must be so now, do this; take of the best fruits in the land in your vessels, and
carry down the man a present, a little balm, and a little honey, spices, and myrrh, nuts, and almonds:
12And take double money in your hand; and the money that was brought again in the
mouth of your sacks, carry it again in your hand; peradventure it was an oversight:
13Take also your brother, and arise, go again unto the man:
14And God Almighty give you mercy before the man, that he may send away your other brother, and Benjamin.
If I be bereaved of my children, I am bereaved.
the men took that present, and they took double money in their hand and Benjamin; and rose up, and went down to Egypt, and
stood before Joseph.
16And when Joseph saw
Benjamin with them, he said to the ruler of his house, Bring these men home, and slay, and make ready; for these men shall
dine with me at noon.
17And the man did as
Joseph bade; and the man brought the men into Joseph's house.
the men were afraid, because they were brought into Joseph's house; and they said, Because of the money that was returned
in our sacks at the first time are we brought in; that he may seek occasion against us, and fall upon us, and take us for
bondmen, and our asses.
19And they came near
to the steward of Joseph's house, and they communed with him at the door of the house,
20And said, O sir, we came indeed down at the first time to buy food:
21And it came to pass, when we came to the inn, that we opened our sacks, and,
behold, every man's money was in the mouth of his sack, our money in full weight: and we have brought it again in our hand.
22And other money have we brought down in
our hands to buy food: we cannot tell who put our money in our sacks.
23And he said, Peace be to you, fear not: your God, and the God of your father, hath given you treasure
in your sacks: I had your money. And he brought Simeon out unto them.
24And the man brought the men into Joseph's house, and gave them water, and they washed their feet;
and he gave their asses provender.
made ready the present against Joseph came at noon: for they heard that they should eat bread there.
26And when Joseph came home, they brought him the present which was in their hand
into the house, and bowed themselves to him to the earth.
he asked them of their welfare, and said, Is your father well, the old man of whom ye spake? Is he yet alive?
28And they answered, Thy servant our father is in good health, he is yet alive.
And they bowed down their heads, and made obeisance.
he lifted up his eyes, and saw his brother Benjamin, his mother's son, and said, Is this your younger brother, of whom ye
spake unto me? And he said, God be gracious unto thee, my son.
Joseph made haste; for his bowels did yearn upon his brother: and he sought where to weep; and he entered into his chamber,
and wept there.
31And he washed his face,
and went out, and refrained himself, and said, Set on bread.
they set on for him by himself, and for them by themselves, and for the Egyptians, which did eat with him, by themselves:
because the Egyptians might not eat bread with the Hebrews; for that is an abomination unto the Egyptians.
33And they sat before him, the firstborn according to his birthright, and the youngest
according to his youth: and the men marvelled one at another.
he took and sent messes unto them from before him: but Benjamin's mess was five times so much as any of their's. And they
drank, and were merry with him.