1 Then he commandedI the steward of his house,II “FillIII the men’sIV sacksV with food,VI
as much as they canVII carry,VIII and putIX each man’s moneyX in the topXI of his sack.
2 Put my cup,XII the silverXIII cup, in the top of the sack of the youngest,XIV with his money for the grain.”XV
And he didXVI asXVII JosephXVIII toldXIX him.
3 As soon as the morningXX was light,XXI the menXXII were sent awayXXIII with their donkeys.XXIV
4 When they had goneXXV only a short distanceXXVI from the city,XXVII Joseph said to his steward,XXVIII
“Go,XXIX followXXX after the men;XXXI and when you overtakeXXXII them, say to them,
‘Why have you returnedXXXIII evilXXXIV for good?XXXV Why have you stolen my silver cup?XXXVI
5 Is it not from this that my lordXXXVII drinks?XXXVIII Does he not indeed use it for divination?XXXIX You have done wrongXL in doing this.’”
6 When he overtook them, he repeatedXLI these wordsXLII to them. 7 They said to him, “Why does my lord speakXLIII such words as these? Far be itXLIV from your servantsXLV that they should do such a thing!XLVI
8 Look,XLVII the money that we foundXLVIII at the top of our sacks, we brought backXLIX to you from the landL of Canaan;LI
why then would we stealLII silver or goldLIII from your lord’s house? 9 Should it be found with any one of your servants, let him die;LIV moreover the rest of us will becomeLV my lord’s slaves.”LVI
10 He said, “Even so; in accordance with your words,LVII let it be: he with whom it is found shall become my slave, but the rest of you shall goLVIII free.”LIX
11 Then each oneLX quicklyLXI loweredLXII his sack to the ground,LXIII and each openedLXIV his sack.
12 He searched,LXV beginningLXVI with the eldestLXVII and endingLXVIII with the youngest; and the cup was found in Benjamin’sLXIX sack.
13 At this they toreLXX their clothes.LXXI Then each one loadedLXXII his donkey, and they returnedLXXIII to the city.
14 JudahLXXIV and his brothersLXXV cameLXXVI to Joseph’s house while he was still there; and they fellLXXVII to the ground beforeLXXVIII him.
15 Joseph said to them, “What deedLXXIX is this that you have done? Do you not knowLXXX that oneLXXXI such as I can practice divination?”LXXXII
16 And Judah said, “What can we say to my lord? What can we speak? How can we clearLXXXIII ourselves? GodLXXXIV has found out the guiltLXXXV of your servants; hereLXXXVI we are then, my lord’s slaves, both we and also the one in whose possessionLXXXVII the cup has been found.”
17 But he said, “Far be it from me that I should do so! Only the one in whose possession the cup was found shall be my slave; but as for you, go upLXXXVIII in peaceLXXXIX to your father.”XC
18 Then Judah stepped upXCI to him and said, “OXCII my lord, let your servant pleaseXCIII speak a word in my lord’s ears,XCIV and do not be angryXCV with your servant; for you are like PharaohXCVI himself.
19 My lord askedXCVII his servants, saying, ‘Have you a father or a brother?’ 20 And we said to my lord, ‘We have a father, an old man,XCVIII and a young brother, the childXCIX of his old age.C
His brother is dead; he aloneCI is leftCII of his mother’sCIII children, and his father lovesCIV him.’
21 Then you said to your servants, ‘Bring him downCV to me, so that I may setCVI my eyesCVII on him.’ 22 We said to my lord, ‘The boyCVIII cannot leaveCIX his father, for if he should leave his father, his father would die.’
23 Then you said to your servants, ‘Unless your youngest brother comes downCX with you, you shall seeCXI my faceCXII no more.’CXIII
24 CXIVWhen we went backCXV to your servant my father we toldCXVI him the words of my lord.
25 And when our father said, ‘Go again,CXVII buyCXVIII us a littleCXIX food,’ 26 we said, ‘We cannot go down. Only if our youngest brother goes with us, will we go down; for we cannot see the man’sCXX face unless our youngest brother is with us.’
27 Then your servant my father said to us, ‘You know that my wifeCXXI boreCXXII me twoCXXIII sons;
28 oneCXXIV leftCXXV me, and I said, Surely he has been torn to pieces;CXXVI and I have never seen him since.CXXVII
29 If you takeCXXVIII this one also fromCXXIX me, and harmCXXX comesCXXXI to him,
you will bring down my gray hairsCXXXII in sorrowCXXXIII to Sheol.’CXXXIV
30 Now therefore, when I come to your servant my father and the boy is not with us, then, as his lifeCXXXV is bound upCXXXVI in the boy’s life, 31 CXXXVIIwhen he sees that the boy is not with us, he will die; and your servants will bring down the gray hairs of your servant our father with sorrowCXXXVIII to Sheol.
32 For your servant became suretyCXXXIX for the boy to my father, saying, ‘If I do not bring him backCXL to you, then I will bear the blameCXLI in the sight of my father all my life.’CXLII
33 Now therefore, please let your servant remainCXLIII as a slave to my lord in place of the boy; and let the boy go back with his brothers. 34 For how can I go back to my father if the boy is not with me? I fear to see the sufferingCXLIV that would come uponCXLV my father.”
Image credit: “Stories from Genesis: Joseph” by Oleg Volodin of Wycliffe Russia.