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Genesis Chapter 42

Jacob’s sons sent to Egypt for grain

42:1 Now when Jacob saw that there was grain in Egypt, Jacob said to his sons, Why do you look at each other?
42:2 And he said, Look, I have heard that there is grain in Egypt go down there, and buy for us from there ; that we may live, and not die.
42:3 And Joseph’s ten bothers went down to buy grain in Egypt.
42:4 But Benjamin, Joseph’s brother, Jacob sent not with his bothers ; for he said, Unless harm happen to him.
42:5 And the sons of Israel came to buy [grain] among those that came for the famine was in the land of Canaan.
42:6 And Joseph [was] the governor over the land, [and] he [it was] that sold to all the people of the land and Joseph’s bothers came, and bowed down themselves before him [with] their faces down to the earth.
42:7 And Joseph saw his bothers, and he recognized them, but acted as a stranger toward them, and spoke roughly to them; and he said to them, Where come you? And they said, From the land of Canaan to buy food.
42:8 And Joseph recognized his bothers, but they did not recognized him.
42:9 And Joseph remembered the dreams which he dreamed of them, and said to them, You [are] spies ; you are come to see the bareness of the land
42:10 And they said to him, No, my lord, but to buy food are your servants come.
42:11 We [are] all one man’s sons ; we [are] honest [men], your servants are not spies.
42:12 And he said to them, No, you have come in to see the baredness of the land.
42:13 And they said, Your servants [are] twelve bothers, the sons of one man in the land of Canaan ; and, behold, the youngest [is] this day with our father, and one [is] not.
42:14 And Joseph said to them, That [is it] that I spoke to you, saying, You [are] spies
42:15 By this you shall be tested. As Pharaoh lives you shall not leave here, except your youngest brother come here.

Imprisoned as spies

42:16 Send one of you, and let him bring your brother, and you shall be bound in prison, and let your words be proved, whether truth [is] with you. if notas the Pharaoh lives surely you [are] spies.
42:17 And he put them all together into custody three days.
42:18 And Joseph said to them the third day, Do [this], and live ; I fear God

Joseph’s treatment of his brothers

42:19 If you [be] honest [men], let one of your bothers be bound in the house of your prison go you, bring grain for the famine of your houses
42:20 And bring your youngest brother to me; so shall your words be confirmed, and you shall not die. And they did so.
42:21 And they said each to his brother, We [are] truly guilty concerning our brother, whom we saw the distress of his soul, when he begged us, and we would not hear. That is why this distress come to us.
42:22 And Reuben answered them, saying, Did I not speak to you, saying, Do not sin against the youth ; and you did not hear? And behold, also his blood is also required.
42:23 And they knew not that Joseph understood [them]; for he spoke to them by an interpreter.

Simeon kept for a pledge

42:24 And he turned away from them, and wept ; and returned to them again, and spoke to them. And took from them Simeon, from them and bound him before their eyes.
42:25 Then Joseph commanded to fill their sacks with grain, and to return every man’s money into his sack, and to give them food for the way and thus did he to them.
42:26 And they loaded their asses with the grain, and departed there.
42:27 And as one of them opened his sack to give fodder to his ass in the loding place, he saw his money ; and, behold, it [was] in his sack’s mouth.
42:28 And he said to his bothers, My money is restored ; and, lo, [it is] even in my sack and their hearts sank, and they were afraid, saying one to another , What [is] this [that] God has done to us?
42:29 And they came to Jacob their father to the land of Canaan, and told him all that befell to them; saying,
42:30 The man, [who is] the ruler of the land, spoke roughly to us, and considered us as spies in the land.
42:31 And we said to him, We [are] honest [men]; we are not spies
42:32 We [are] twelve bothers, sons of our father ; one [is] not, and the youngest [is] this day with our father in the land of Canaan.
42:33 And the man, the ruler of the land, said to us, By this shall I know that you [are] honest; leave one, your bother with me and take and go for the famine of your houses.
42:34 And bring your youngest brother to me then shall I know that you [are] not spies, but [that] you [are] honest. I will give your brotherto you, and you shall go through the land.
42:35 And it happened as they emptied their sacks, that, behold, every man’s bundle of money [was] in his sack and when [both] they and their father saw the bundles of money, they were afraid.
42:36 And Jacob their father said to them, Me have you bereaved me. Joseph [is] not, and Simeon [is] not, and you will take Benjamin [away] all these things are against me.
42:37 And Reuben spoke to his father, saying, You may kill my two sons, if I do not bring him to you. Give him into my hand, and I will bring him to you again.
42:38 And he said, My son shall not go down with you; for his brother is dead, and he is left alone if harm should happen to him in the way in the which you go, then shall you bring down my gray hairs with sorrow to the grave.


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