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 Genesis 44
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The Brothers Are Brought Back

1 Then R1269 he commanded his house steward, saying, "Fill the men's sacks with food, as much as they can carry, and put each man's money in the mouth of his sack. 2 "Put my cup, the silver cup, in the mouth of the sack of the youngest, and his money for the grain." And he did as F883 Joseph had told him. 3 As F884 soon as it was light, the men were sent away, they with their donkeys. 4 They had just gone out of the R1270 city, and were not far off, when Joseph said to his house steward, "Up, follow the men; and when you overtake them, say to them, `Why have you repaid evil for good? 5 `Is not this the one from which my lord drinks and which he indeed uses for divination? R1271 You have done wrong in doing this.' "

6 So he overtook them and spoke these words to them. 7 They said to him, "Why does my lord speak such words as these? Far be it from your servants to do such a thing. 8 "Behold, the R1272 money which we found in the mouth of our sacks we have brought back to you from the land of Canaan. How then could we steal silver or gold from your lord's house? 9 "With R1273 whomever of your servants it is found, let him die, and we also will be my lord's slaves." R1274 10 So he said, "Now let it also be according to your words; he with whom it is found shall be my slave, and the rest of you shall be innocent." 11 Then they hurried, each man lowered his sack to the ground, and each man opened his sack. 12 He searched, beginning with the oldest and ending with the youngest, and the R1275 cup was found in Benjamin's sack. 13 Then they tore R1276 their clothes, and when each man loaded his donkey, they returned to the R1277 city.

14 When Judah and his brothers came to Joseph's house, he was still there, and they R1278 fell to the ground before him. 15 Joseph said to them, "What is this deed that you have done? Do you not know that such a man as I can indeed practice divination?" R1279 16 So Judah said, "What can we say to my lord? What can we speak? And how can we justify ourselves? God has found out the iniquity of your servants; behold, we are my lord's slaves, R1280 both we and the one in whose possession F885 the cup has been found." 17 But he said, "Far be it from me to do this. The man in whose possession F886 the cup has been found, he shall be my slave; but as for you, go up in peace to your father."

18 Then Judah approached him, and said, "Oh my lord, may your servant please speak a word in my lord's ears, and do R1281 F887 not be angry with your servant; for you R1282 are equal to Pharaoh. 19 "My R1283 lord asked his servants, saying, `Have you a father or a brother?' 20 "We said to my lord, `We have an old father and a R1284 little child of his old age. Now his R1285 brother is dead, so he alone is left of his mother, and his father loves him.' 21 "Then you said to your servants, `Bring R1286 him down to me that I may set my eyes on him.' 22 "But we said to my lord, `The lad cannot leave his father, for if he should leave his father, his F888 father would die.' 23 "You said to your servants, however, `Unless R1287 your youngest brother comes down with you, you will not see my face again.' 24 "Thus it came about when we went up to your servant my father, we told him the words of my lord. 25 "Our R1288 father said, `Go back, buy us a little food.' 26 "But we said, `We cannot go down. If our youngest brother is with us, then we will go down; for we cannot see the man's face unless our youngest brother is with us.' 27 "Your servant my father said to us, `You know that my R1289 wife bore me two sons; 28 and the one went out from me, and I R1290 said, "Surely he is torn in pieces," and I have not seen him since. 29 `If you take this one also from me, F889 and harm befalls him, you will bring R1291 my gray hair down to Sheol in sorrow.' F890 30 "Now, therefore, when I come to your servant my father, and the lad is not with us, since his R1292 F891 life is bound up in the lad's life, 31 when he sees that the lad is not with us, he will die. Thus your servants will bring R1293 the gray hair of your servant our father down to Sheol in sorrow. 32 "For your servant became R1294 surety for the lad to my father, saying, `If I do not bring him back to you, then let F892 me bear the blame before my father forever.' 33 "Now, therefore, please let your servant remain instead of the lad a slave to my lord, and let the lad go up with his brothers. 34 "For how shall I go up to my father if the lad is not with me--for fear that I see the evil that would overtake F893 my father?"

F883: Or according to the word
F884: Lit The morning was light
F885: Lit hand
F886: Lit hand
F887: Lit let not your anger burn against
F888: Lit he would
F889: Lit my face
F890: Lit evil
F891: Lit his soul is bound with his soul
F892: Lit and I shall have sinned for all the days before my father
F893: Lit find

R1269: Genesis 42:25
R1270: Genesis 44:13
R1271: Genesis 30:27; 44:15; Leviticus 19:26; Deuteronomy 18:10-14
R1272: Genesis 43:21
R1273: Genesis 31:32
R1274: Genesis 44:16
R1275: Genesis 44:2
R1276: Genesis 37:29,34; Numbers 14:6; 2 Samuel 1:11
R1277: Genesis 44:4
R1278: Genesis 37:7,10
R1279: Genesis 44:5
R1280: Genesis 44:9
R1281: Genesis 18:30,32; Exodus 32:22
R1282: Genesis 37:7,8; 41:40-44
R1283: Genesis 43:7
R1284: Genesis 37:3; 43:8; 44:30
R1285: Genesis 37:33; 42:13,38
R1286: Genesis 42:15,20
R1287: Genesis 43:3,5
R1288: Genesis 43:2
R1289: Genesis 46:19
R1290: Genesis 37:31-35
R1291: Genesis 42:38; 44:31
R1292: 1 Samuel 18:1
R1293: Genesis 44:29
R1294: Genesis 43:9


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