And the famine is severe in the land;
and it cometh to pass, when they have finished eating the
corn which they brought from Egypt, that their father saith unto them, 'Turn
back, buy for us a little food.'
And Judah speaketh unto him, saying, 'The man protesting
protested to us, saying, Ye do not see my face without your brother being
if thou art sending our brother with us, we go down, and buy
for thee food,
and if thou art not sending -- we do not go down, for the
man said unto us, Ye do not see my face without your brother being with
And Israel saith, 'Why did ye evil to me, by declaring to
the man that ye had yet a brother?'
and they say, 'The man asked diligently concerning us, and
concerning our kindred, saying, Is your father yet alive? have ye a brother?
and we declare to him according to the tenor of these things; do we certainly
know that he will say, Bring down your brother?'
And Judah saith unto Israel his father, 'Send the youth with
me, and we arise, and go, and live, and do not die, both we, and thou, and our
I -- I am surety for him, from my hand thou dost
require him; if I have not brought him in unto thee, and set him before thee --
then I have sinned against thee all the days;
for if we had not lingered, surely now we had returned these
And Israel their father saith unto them, 'If so, now, this
do: take of the praised thing of the land in your vessels, and take down to the
man a present, a little balm, and a little honey, spices and myrrh, nuts and
and double money take in your hand, even the money which is
brought back in the mouth of your bags, ye take back in your hand, it may be it
is an oversight.
'And take your brother, and rise, turn back unto the man;
and God Almighty give to you mercies before the man, so that
he hath sent to you your other brother and Benjamin; and I, when I am bereaved
-- I am bereaved.'
And the men take this present, double money also they have
taken in their hand, and Benjamin; and they rise, and go down to Egypt, and
stand before Joseph;
and Joseph seeth Benjamin with them, and saith to him who is
over his house, 'Bring the men into the house, and slaughter an animal, and
make ready, for with me do the men eat at noon.'
And the man doth as Joseph hath said, and the man bringeth
in the men into the house of Joseph,
and the men are afraid because they have been brought into
the house of Joseph, and they say, 'For the matter of the money which was put
back in our bags at the commencement are we brought in -- to roll himself upon
us, and to throw himself on us, and to take us for servants -- our asses also.'
And they come nigh unto the man who is over the house
of Joseph, and speak unto him at the opening of the house,
and say, 'O, my lord, we really come down at the
commencement to buy food;
and it cometh to pass, when we have come in unto the
lodging-place, and open our bags, that lo, each one's money is in the
mouth of his bag, our money in its weight, and we bring it back in our hand;
and other money have we brought down in our hand to buy
food; we have not known who put our money in our bags.'
And he saith, 'Peace to you, fear not: your God and the God
of your father hath given to you hidden treasure in your bags, your money came
unto me;' and he bringeth out Simeon unto them.
And the man bringeth in the men into Joseph's house, and
giveth water, and they wash their feet; and he giveth provender for their
and they prepare the present until the coming of Joseph at
noon, for they have heard that there they do eat bread.
And Joseph cometh into the house, and they bring to him the
present which is in their hand, into the house, and bow themselves to
him, to the earth;
and he asketh of them of peace, and saith, 'Is your father
well? the aged man of whom ye have spoken, is he yet alive?'
and they say, 'Thy servant our father is well, he is
yet alive;' and they bow, and do obeisance.
And he lifteth up his eyes, and seeth Benjamin his brother,
his mother's son, and saith, 'Is this your young brother, of whom ye have
spoken unto me?' and he saith, 'God favour thee, my son.'
And Joseph hasteth, for his bowels have been moved for his
brother, and he seeketh to weep, and entereth the inner chamber, and weepeth
and he washeth his face, and goeth out, and refraineth
himself, and saith, 'Place bread.'
And they place for him by himself, and for them by
themselves, and for the Egyptians who are eating with him by themselves: for
the Egyptians are unable to eat bread with the Hebrews, for it is an
abomination to the Egyptians.
And they sit before him, the first-born according to his
birthright, and the young one according to his youth, and the men wonder one at
and he lifteth up gifts from before him unto them, and the
gift of Benjamin is five hands more than the gifts of all of them; and they
drink, yea, they drink abundantly with him.