1 When JacobI learnedII that there was grainIII in Egypt,IV he said to his sons,V “Why do you keep lookingVI at one another?
2 VIII have heard,”VIII he said, “that there is grain in Egypt; go downIX and buy grainX for us there, that we may liveXI and not die.”XII
3 So tenXIII of Joseph’sXIV brothersXV went down to buy grainXVI in Egypt.
4 But Jacob did not sendXVII Joseph’s brother BenjaminXVIII with his brothers, for he feared that harmXIX might comeXX to him.
5 Thus the sons of IsraelXXI were amongXXII the other peopleXXIII who cameXXIV to buy grain,XXV
for the famineXXVI had reachedXXVII the landXXVIII of Canaan.XXIX
6 Now Joseph was governorXXX over the land; it was he who soldXXXI to all the peopleXXXII of the land.
And Joseph’s brothers came and bowedXXXIII themselves before him with their facesXXXIV to the ground.XXXV
7 When Joseph sawXXXVI his brothers, he recognizedXXXVII them, but he treated them like strangersXXXVIII and spokeXXXIX harshlyXL to them. “Where do you come from?” he said.
They said, “From the land of Canaan, to buyXLI food.”XLII
8 Although Joseph had recognized his brothers, they did not recognize him. 9 Joseph also rememberedXLIII the dreamsXLIV that he had dreamedXLV about them. He said to them, “You are spies;XLVI you have come to see the nakednessXLVII of the land!”
10 They said to him, “No, my lord;XLVIII your servantsXLIX have come to buyL food.
11 We are all sons of oneLI man;LII we are honestLIII men; your servants have never beenLIV spies.”
12 But he said to them, “No, you have come to see the nakedness of the land!”
13 They said, “We, your servants, are twelveLV brothers, the sons of a certainLVI man in the land of Canaan;LVII the youngest,LVIII however, is nowLIX with our father,LX and one is no more.”
14 But Joseph said to them, “It is just as I have said to you; you are spies! 15 Here is how you shall be tested:LXI as Pharaoh lives,LXII you shall not leaveLXIII this place unless your youngest brother comes here!LXIV
16 Let one of you goLXV and bringLXVI your brother, while the rest of you remain in prison,LXVII in order that your wordsLXVIII may be tested, whether there is truthLXIX in you; or else, as Pharaoh lives, surely you are spies.”
17 And he put them all togetherLXX in prisonLXXI for threeLXXII days.LXXIII
18 On the thirdLXXIV day Joseph said to them, “DoLXXV this and you will live, for I fearLXXVI God:LXXVII
19 if you are honest men, let one of your brothers stayLXXVIII here where you are imprisoned.LXXIX The rest of you shall goLXXX and carryLXXXI grain for the famineLXXXII of your households,LXXXIII
20 and bringLXXXIV your youngest brother to me. Thus your words will be verified,LXXXV and you shall not die.” And they agreed to do so.LXXXVI
21 They said to one another,LXXXVII “Alas,LXXXVIII we are paying the penaltyLXXXIX for what we did to our brother;
we saw hisXC anguishXCI when he pleadedXCII with us, but we would not listen. That is whyXCIII this anguish has come upon us.”
22 Then ReubenXCIV answeredXCV them, “Did I not tell you not to wrongXCVI the boy?XCVII But you would not listen.
So nowXCVIII there comes a reckoningXCIX for his blood.”C
23 They did not knowCI that Joseph understoodCII them, since he spoke with them through an interpreter.CIII
24 He turned awayCIV from them and wept;CV then he returnedCVI and spoke to them.
And he picked outCVII SimeonCVIII and had him boundCIX before their eyes.CX
25 Joseph then gave ordersCXI to fillCXII their bagsCXIII with grain,CXIV
to return every man’s moneyCXV to his sack,CXVI and to giveCXVII them provisionsCXVIII for their journey.CXIX ThisCXX was done for them.
26 They loadedCXXI their donkeysCXXII with their grain,CXXIII and departed.CXXIV
27 When one of them openedCXXV his sack to give his donkey fodderCXXVI at the lodging place,CXXVII
he saw his moneyCXXVIII at the topCXXIX of the sack.CXXX 28 He said to his brothers, “My money has been put back;CXXXI hereCXXXII it is in my sack!”
At this they lostCXXXIII heartCXXXIV and turned tremblingCXXXV to one another,CXXXVI saying, “What is this that God has done to us?”
29 When they came to their father Jacob in the land of Canaan, they toldCXXXVII him all that had happenedCXXXVIII to them, saying, 30 “The man,CXXXIX the lord of the land, spoke harshly to us, and charged us with spyingCXL on the land. 31 But we said to him, ‘We are honest men, we are not spies. 32 We are twelve brothers, sons of our father; one is no more, and the youngest is now with our father in the land of Canaan.’
33 Then the man,CXLI the lord of the land, said to us, ‘By this I shall know that you are honest men: leaveCXLII one of your brothers with me, takeCXLIII grain for the famineCXLIV of your households, and go your way. 34 Bring your youngest brother to me, and I shall know that you are not spies but honest men. Then I will releaseCXLV your brother to you, and you may tradeCXLVI in the land.’”
35 CXLVIIAs they were emptyingCXLVIII their sacks,CXLIX, CL there in each one’sCLI sackCLII was his bagCLIII of money.
When they and their father saw their bundlesCLIV of money, they were dismayed.CLV 36 And their father Jacob said to them, “I am the one you have bereavedCLVI of children: Joseph is no more, and Simeon is no more, and now you would take Benjamin. All this has happenedCLVII to me!”
37 Then Reuben said to his father, “You may killCLVIII my two sons if I do not bring him back to you. PutCLIX him in my hands,CLX and I will bring him backCLXI to you.”
38 But he said, “My son shall not go down with you, for his brother is dead,CLXII and he aloneCLXIII is left.CLXIV
If harm should comeCLXV to him on the journey that you are to make,CLXVI you would bring downCLXVII my gray hairsCLXVIII with sorrowCLXIX to Sheol.”CLXX
Image credit: “Sold into Slavery” by Curtis and Pip Reid of Bible Pathway Adventures.