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 Genesis 44:1 - 34
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   Book of Genesis
   Chapter 44
44:1 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
Now Joseph gave these instructions to the steward of his house: "Fill the men's sacks with as much food as they can carry, and put each man's silver in the mouth of his sack.
 
44:2 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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Then put my cup, the silver one, in the mouth of the youngest one's sack, along with the silver for his grain." And he did as Joseph said.
 
44:3 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
As morning dawned, the men were sent on their way with their donkeys.
 
44:4 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
They had not gone far from the city when Joseph said to his steward, "Go after those men at once, and when you catch up with them, say to them, 'Why have you repaid good with evil?
 
44:5 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
Isn't this the cup my master drinks from and also uses for divination? This is a wicked thing you have done.'"
 
44:6 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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When he caught up with them, he repeated these words to them.
 
44:7 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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But they said to him, "Why does my lord say such things? Far be it from your servants to do anything like that!
 
44:8 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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We even brought back to you from the land of Canaan the silver we found inside the mouths of our sacks. So why would we steal silver or gold from your master's house?
 
44:9 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
If any of your servants is found to have it, he will die; and the rest of us will become my lord's slaves."
 
44:10 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
"Very well, then," he said, "let it be as you say. Whoever is found to have it will become my slave; the rest of you will be free from blame."
 
44:11 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
Each of them quickly lowered his sack to the ground and opened it.
 
44:12 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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Then the steward proceeded to search, beginning with the oldest and ending with the youngest. And the cup was found in Benjamin's sack.
 
44:13 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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At this, they tore their clothes. Then they all loaded their donkeys and returned to the city.
 
44:14 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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Joseph was still in the house when Judah and his brothers came in, and they threw themselves to the ground before him.
 
44:15 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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Joseph said to them, "What is this you have done? Don't you know that a man like me can find things out by divination?"
 
44:16 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
"What can we say to my lord?" Judah replied. "What can we say? How can we prove our innocence? God has uncovered your servants' guilt. We are now my lord's slaves - we ourselves and the one who was found to have the cup."
 
44:17 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
But Joseph said, "Far be it from me to do such a thing! Only the man who was found to have the cup will become my slave. The rest of you, go back to your father in peace."
 
44:18 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
Then Judah went up to him and said: "Please, my lord, let your servant speak a word to my lord. Do not be angry with your servant, though you are equal to Pharaoh himself.
 
44:19 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
My lord asked his servants, 'Do you have a father or a brother?'
 
44:20 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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And we answered, 'We have an aged father, and there is a young son born to him in his old age. His brother is dead, and he is the only one of his mother's sons left, and his father loves him.'
 
44:21 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
"Then you said to your servants, 'Bring him down to me so I can see him for myself.'
 
44:22 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
And we said to my lord, 'The boy cannot leave his father; if he leaves him, his father will die.'
 
44:23 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
But you told your servants, 'Unless your youngest brother comes down with you, you will not see my face again.'
 
44:24 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
When we went back to your servant my father, we told him what my lord had said.
 
44:25 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
"Then our father said, 'Go back and buy a little more food.'
 
44:26 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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But we said, 'We cannot go down. Only if our youngest brother is with us will we go. We cannot see the man's face unless our youngest brother is with us.'
 
44:27 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
"Your servant my father said to us, 'You know that my wife bore me two sons.
 
44:28 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
One of them went away from me, and I said, "He has surely been torn to pieces." And I have not seen him since.
 
44:29 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
If you take this one from me too and harm comes to him, you will bring my gray head down to the grave F210 in misery.'
 
44:30 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
"So now, if the boy is not with us when I go back to your servant my father and if my father, whose life is closely bound up with the boy's life,
 
44:31 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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sees that the boy isn't there, he will die. Your servants will bring the gray head of our father down to the grave in sorrow.
 
44:32 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
Your servant guaranteed the boy's safety to my father. I said, 'If I do not bring him back to you, I will bear the blame before you, my father, all my life!'
 
44:33 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
"Now then, please let your servant remain here as my lord's slave in place of the boy, and let the boy return with his brothers.
 
44:34 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
How can I go back to my father if the boy is not with me? No! Do not let me see the misery that would come upon my father."
 

FOOTNOTES:
F210 Hebrew Sheol; also in verse 31

 
 

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