1 Now the famine was severe in the land.
2 And it came to pass, when they had eaten up the grain which they had brought from
Egypt, that their father said to them, Go back, buy us a little food.
3 And Judah spoke to him, saying, The man solemnly charged us, saying, You shall not
see my face unless your brother is with you.
4 If you send our brother with us, we will go down and buy food for you.
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 And Israel said, Why did you deal so wickedly with me as to tell the man whether you
had yet another brother?
7 And they said, The man sought to ask us about ourselves and our kindred, saying, Is
your father still alive? Have you another brother? And we told him these words with our
mouths. Could we possibly have known that he would say, Bring your brother down?
8 And Judah said to Israel his father, Send the lad with me, and we will arise and go, that
we may live and not die, both we and you and also our little ones.
9 I myself will be surety for him; from my hand you shall require him. If I do not bring
him back to you and set him before you, then I shall bear the guilt forever.
10 For if we had not delayed, surely by now we would have returned this second time.
11 And their father Israel said to them, If it must be so, then do this: Take some of the
best fruits of the land in your vessels and carry down a present for the man; a little balm
and a little honey, spices and myrrh, nuts and almonds.
12 Take double money in your hand, and take back in your hand the money that was
returned in the mouth of your sacks; perhaps it was an oversight.
13 Take your brother also, and arise, go back to the man.
14 And may God Almighty give you mercy before the man, that he may release your
other brother and Benjamin. If I am bereaved, I am bereaved!
15 So the men took this present and Benjamin, and they took double money in their
hand, and arose and went down to Egypt, and stood before Joseph.
16 And when Joseph saw Benjamin with them, he said to the steward of his house, Take
these men to my house, and slaughter an animal and make ready; for these men shall dine
with me at noon.
17 And the man did as Joseph commanded, and the man brought the men into Joseph's
18 And the men were afraid because they were brought into Joseph's house; and they
said, It is because of the money, which was returned in our sacks the first time, that we are
brought in, so that he may roll against us and fall upon us, to take us as slaves with our
19 And they came near to the steward of Joseph's house and spoke with him at the
entrance of the house,
20 and said, O sir, we indeed came down the first time to buy food;
21 but it happened, when we came to the lodging place, that we opened our sacks, and
behold, each man's money was in the mouth of his sack, our money in full weight; so we
have brought it back in our hand.
22 And we have brought down other money in our hands to buy food. We do not know
who put our money in our sacks.
23 And he said, Peace to you, do not be afraid. Your God and the God of your father has
given you treasure in your sacks; I had your money. And he brought Simeon out to them.
24 So the man brought the men into Joseph's house and gave them water, and they
washed their feet; and he gave their donkeys feed.
25 And they made the present ready for Joseph's coming at noon, for they heard that they
would eat bread there.
26 And when Joseph came into the house, they brought him the present which was in
their hand into the house, and prostrated before him to the earth.
27 And he asked after their welfare, and said, Is your father well, the old man of whom
you spoke? Is he still alive?
28 And they answered, Your servant our father is in good health; he is still alive. And they
bowed down and prostrated themselves.
29 And he lifted up his eyes and saw his brother Benjamin, his mother's son, and said, Is
this your younger brother of whom you spoke to me? And he said, God be gracious to
you, my son.
30 Now his compassions yearned for his brother; so Joseph made haste and sought
somewhere to weep. And he went into his chamber and wept there.
31 And he washed his face and came out; and he restrained himself, and said, Serve the
32 And they set him a place by himself, and them by themselves, and the Egyptians who
ate with him by themselves; because the Egyptians could not eat food with the Hebrews,
for that is an abomination to the Egyptians.
33 And they sat before him, the firstborn according to his birthright and the youngest
according to his youth; and the men were astonished at one another.
34 And he took portions to them from before him, but Benjamin's portion was five hands
greater than any of theirs. So they drank and were drunken with him.