Joseph stays his brothers
44:1 And he commanded the steward of his house, saying, Fill the men's
sacks [with] food, as much as they can carry, and put every man's
money in his sack's mouth.
44:2 And put my cup, the silver cup, in the sack's mouth of
the youngest, and his grain money. And he did according to the
word that Joseph had spoken.
44:3 As soon as the morning was light, the men were sent
away, they and their asses.
44:4 [And] when they were gone out of the city, [and] not
[yet] far off, Joseph said unto his steward, Up, follow after the
men ; and when you do overtake them, say unto them, Wherefore
have you rewarded evil for good ?
44:5 [Is] not this [it] in which my lord drinks, and whereby
indeed he divine ? you have done evil in so doing.
44:6 And he overtook them, and he spoke unto them these same
44:7 And they said unto him, Wherefore said my lord these
words ? God forbid that your servants should do according to this
44:8 Behold, the money, which we found in our sacks' mouths,
we brought again unto you out of the land of Canaan how then
should we steal out of your lord's house silver or gold ?
44:9 With whomsoever of your servants it be found, both let
him die, and we also will be my lord's bondmen.
44:10 And he said, Now also [let] it [be] according unto your
words he with whom it is found shall be my servant ; and you
shall be blameless.
44:11 Then they speedily took down every man his sack to the
ground, and opened every man his sack.
44:12 And he searched, [and] began at the eldest, and left at
the youngest and the cup was found in Benjamin's sack.
44:13 Then they rent their clothes, and laded every man his
ass, and returned to the city.
Judah's plea for Benjamin
44:14 And Judah and his brethren came to Joseph's house ; for
he [was] yet there and they fell before him on the ground.
44:15 And Joseph said unto them, What deed [is] this that you
have done ? wot you not that such a man as I can certainly divine
44:16 And 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 your servants behold, we [are] my lord's
servants, both we, and [he] also with whom the cup is found.
44:17 And he said, God forbid that I should do so [but] the
man in whose hand the cup is found, he shall be my servant ; and
as for you, get you up in peace unto your father.
44:18 Then Judah came near unto him, and said, Oh my lord,
let your servant, I pray you, speak a word in my lord's ears, and
let not your anger burn against your servant for you [are] even
44:19 My lord asked his servants, saying, Have you a father,
or a brother ?
44:20 And we said unto my lord, We have a father, an old man,
and a child of his old age, a little one; and his brother is dead, and he alone is left of his
mother, and his father loves him.
44:21 And you said unto your servants, Bring him down unto
me, that I may set mine eyes upon him.
44:22 And we said unto my lord, The lad cannot leave his
father for [if] he should leave his father, [his father] would
44:23 And you said unto your servants, Except your youngest
brother come down with you, you shall see my face no more.
44:24 And it came to pass when we came up unto your servant
my father, we told him the words of my lord.
44:25 And our father said, Go again, [and] buy us a little
44:26 And we said, We cannot go down if our youngest brother
be with us, then will we go down for we may not see the man's
face, except our youngest brother [be] with us.
44:27 And your servant my father said unto us, You know that
my wife bare me two [sons]
44:28 And the one went out from me, and I said, Surely he is
torn in pieces; and I saw him not since
44:29 And if you take this also from me, and mischief befall
him, you shall bring down my gray hairs with sorrow to the grave.
44:30 Now therefore when I come to your servant my father,
and the lad [be] not with us; seeing that his life is bound up in
the lad's life;
44:31 It shall come to pass, when he sees that the lad [is]
not [with us], that he will die and your servants shall bring
down the gray hairs of your servant our father with sorrow to the
44:32 For your servant became surety for the lad unto my
father, saying, If I bring him not unto you, then I shall bear
the blame to my father for ever.
44:33 Now therefore, I pray you, let your servant abide
instead of the lad a bondman to my lord ; and let the lad go up
with his brethren.
44:34 For how shall I go up to my father, and the lad [be]
not with me? unless perhaps I see the evil that shall come on
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1|| Chapter 2 || Chapter 3 || Chapter
4 || Chapter 5 || Chapter
6 || Chapter 7 || Chapter 8 || Chapter
9 || Chapter 10
11 || Chapter 12 || Chapter 13 || Chapter
14 || Chapter 15 || Chapter
16 || Chapter 17 || Chapter 18 || Chapter
19 || Chapter 20
21 || Chapter 22 || Chapter 23 || Chapter
24 || Chapter 25||Chapter
26 || Chapter 27 || Chapter 28 || Chapter
29 || Chapter 30
31 || Chapter 32 || Chapter 33 || Chapter
34 || Chapter 35 || Chapter
36 || Chapter 37 || Chapter 38 || Chapter
39 || Chapter 40
41 || Chapter 42 || Chapter 43 || Chapter
44 || Chapter 45 || Chapter
46 || Chapter 47 || Chapter 48 || Chapter
49 || Chapter 50