1 Now the famineI was severeII in the land.III
2 AndIV when they had eaten upV the grainVI that they had broughtVII from Egypt,VIII their fatherIX said to them,
“Go again,X buyXI us a littleXII more food.”XIII
3 But JudahXIV said to him, “The manXV solemnly warnedXVI us, saying, ‘You shall not seeXVII my faceXVIII unless your brotherXIX is with you.’
4 If you will sendXX our brother with us, we will go downXXI and buy you food; 5 but if you will not send him, we will not go down, for the man said to us, ‘You shall not see my face, unless your brother is with you.’”
6 IsraelXXII said, “Why did you treat me so badlyXXIII as to tellXXIV the man that you had another brother?”
7 They replied, “The man questioned us carefullyXXV about ourselves and our kindred,XXVI saying, ‘Is your father still alive?XXVII Have you another brother?’
What we told him was in answerXXVIII to these questions.XXIX Could we in any way knowXXX that he would say, ‘Bring your brother down’?”XXXI
8 Then Judah said to his father Israel, “Send the boyXXXII with me, andXXXIII let us be on our way,XXXIV so that we may liveXXXV and not dieXXXVI—you and we and also our little ones.XXXVII
9 I myself will be suretyXXXVIII for him; you can holdXXXIX me accountableXL for him.
If I do not bring him back to you and setXLI him beforeXLII you, then let me bear the blameXLIII forever.XLIV
10 If we had not delayed,XLV we would now have returnedXLVI twice.”XLVII
11 Then their father Israel said to them, “If it must be so,XLVIII then doXLIX this: takeL some of the choice fruitsLI of the land in your bags,LII
and carry them downLIII as a presentLIV to the manLV—
a little balmLVI and a little honey,LVII gum,LVIII resin,LIX pistachio nuts,LX and almonds.LXI
12 Take doubleLXII the moneyLXIII withLXIV you.
Carry backLXV withLXVI you the money that was returned in the topLXVII of your sacks;LXVIII perhaps it was an oversight.LXIX
13 Take your brother also, andLXX be on your way againLXXI to the man;LXXII
14 may GodLXXIII AlmightyLXXIV grantLXXV you mercyLXXVI beforeLXXVII the man,LXXVIII
so that he may send backLXXIX your other brother and Benjamin.LXXX As for me, if I am bereaved of my children,LXXXI I am bereaved.”
15 So the menLXXXII took the present, and they took double the money withLXXXIII them, as well as Benjamin. Then theyLXXXIV went on their way down to Egypt, and stoodLXXXV beforeLXXXVI Joseph.LXXXVII
16 When Joseph saw Benjamin with them, he said to the steward of his house,LXXXVIII “Bring the menLXXXIX into the house, and slaughterXC an animalXCI and make ready,XCII
for the menXCIII are to dineXCIV with me at noon.”XCV 17 The manXCVI did as Joseph said, and brought the menXCVII to Joseph’s house.
18 Now the menXCVIII were afraidXCIX because they were brought to Joseph’s house, and they said, “It is because of theC money, replacedCI in our sacks the first time,CII that we have been brought in,
so that he may have an opportunityCIII to fallCIV upon us, to makeCV slavesCVI of us and take our donkeys.”CVII
19 So they went upCVIII to the stewardCIX of Joseph’s house and spokeCX with him at the entranceCXI to the house.
20 They said, “Oh,CXII my lord,CXIII we came downCXIV the first time to buy food;
21 andCXV when we cameCXVI to the lodging placeCXVII we openedCXVIII our sacks,
and thereCXIX was each one’sCXX money in the top of his sack, our money in full weight.CXXI
So we have brought it backCXXII withCXXIII us. 22 Moreover we have brought down withCXXIV us additional money to buy food. We do not know who putCXXV our money in our sacks.”
23 He replied, “Rest assured,CXXVI do not be afraid; your GodCXXVII and the GodCXXVIII of your father must have putCXXIX treasureCXXX in your sacks for you; I receivedCXXXI your money.”
Then he brought SimeonCXXXII outCXXXIII to them. 24 When the steward had broughtCXXXIV the menCXXXV into Joseph’s house,
and givenCXXXVI them water,CXXXVII and they had washedCXXXVIII their feet,CXXXIX
and when he had given their donkeys fodder,CXL 25 they made the present ready for Joseph’s coming at noon, for they had heardCXLI that they would dineCXLII there.
26 When Joseph came home, they broughtCXLIII him the present that they had carriedCXLIV into the house, and bowedCXLV to the ground before him.
27 He inquiredCXLVI about their welfare,CXLVII and said, “Is your father well,CXLVIII the old manCXLIX of whom you spoke? Is he still alive?”
28 They said, “Your servant our father is well; he is still alive.” And they bowed their headsCL and did obeisance.CLI
29 Then he looked upCLII and saw his brother Benjamin, his mother’sCLIII son,CLIV
and said, “Is this your youngestCLV brother, of whom you spoke to me? GodCLVI be graciousCLVII to you, my son!”
30 With that, Joseph hurriedCLVIII out, because he was overcomeCLIX with affectionCLX for his brother, and he was about toCLXI weep.CLXII So he went into a private roomCLXIII and wept there.
31 Then he washed his face and came out;CLXIV and controllingCLXV himself he said, “ServeCLXVI the meal.”CLXVII
32 They served him by himself,CLXVIII and them by themselves, and the EgyptiansCLXIX who ateCLXX with him by themselves,
because the Egyptians couldCLXXI not eatCLXXII with the Hebrews,CLXXIII for that is an abominationCLXXIV to the Egyptians.
33 When they were seatedCLXXV beforeCLXXVI him, the firstbornCLXXVII according to his birthrightCLXXVIII and the youngestCLXXIX according to his youth,CLXXX
the menCLXXXI looked at one anotherCLXXXII in amazement.CLXXXIII
34 PortionsCLXXXIV were takenCLXXXV to them from Joseph’s table,CLXXXVI but Benjamin’s portion was five timesCLXXXVII as muchCLXXXVIII as any of theirs. So they drankCLXXXIX and were merryCXC with him.
Image credit: “Joseph Meets his Brothers” by Sue Bentley, 2015.