Genesis 43

The famine was severe in the land. 2It happened, when they had eaten up the grain which they had brought out of Egypt, their father said to them, Go again, buy us a little more food.

3Judah spoke to him, saying, The man solemnly warned us, saying, ‘You shall not see my face, unless your brother is with you.’ 4If you will send our brother with us, we will go down and buy you food, 5but 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.‘”

6Israel said, Why did you treat me so badly, telling the man that you had another brother?

7They said, The man asked directly concerning ourselves, and concerning our relatives, saying, ‘Is your father still alive? Have you another brother?’ We just answered his questions. Is there any way we could know that he would say, ‘Bring your brother down?‘”

8Judah said to Israel, his father, Send the boy with me, and we will arise and go, so that we may live, and not die, both we, and you, and also our little ones. 9I will be collateral for him. From my hand will you require him. If I do not bring him to you, and set him before you, then let me bear the blame forever, 10for unless we had lingered, surely we would have returned a second time by now.

11Their father, Israel, said to them, If it be so now, do this. Take from the choice fruits of the land in your bags, and carry down a present for the man, a little balm, a little honey, spices and myrrh, nuts, and almonds; 12and take double money in your hand, with the money that was returned in the mouth of your sacks carry again in your hand. Perhaps it was an oversight. 13Take also your brother, and arise, go again to the man. 14May God Almighty give you mercy before the man, that he may release to you your other brother and Binyamin. If I am bereaved of my children, I am bereaved.

15The men took that present, and they took double money in their hand, and Binyamin; and rose up, went down to Egypt, and stood before Yusuf. 16When Yusuf saw Binyamin with them, he said to the steward of his house, Bring the men into the house, and butcher an animal, and make ready; for the men will dine with me at noon.

17The man did as Yusuf commanded, and the man brought the men to Yusuf’s house. 18The men were afraid, because they were brought to Yusuf’s house; and they said, Because of the money that was returned in our sacks at the first time are we brought in; that he may seek occasion against us, and fall on us, and take us for slaves, along with our donkeys. 19They came near to the steward of Yusuf’s house, and they spoke to him at the door of the house, 20and said, Oh, my lord, we came indeed down at the first time to buy food: 21and it happened, when we came to the lodging-place, that we opened our sacks, and, behold, every man’s money was in the mouth of his sack, our money in full weight. We have brought it again in our hand. 22We have brought down other money in our hand to buy food. We do not know who put our money in our sacks.

23He said, “As-Salam-u Alaikum. Do not be afraid. Your God, and the God of your father, has given you treasure in your sacks. I received your money. He brought Simeon out to them. 24The man brought the men into Yusuf’s house, and gave them water, and they washed their feet. He gave their donkeys fodder. 25They made ready the present for Yusuf’s coming at noon, for they heard that they should eat bread there.

26When Yusuf came home, they brought him the present which was in their hand into the house, and bowed down themselves to him to the earth. 27He asked them of their welfare, and said, Is your father well, the old man of whom you spoke? Is he yet alive?

28They said, Your servant, our father, is well. He is still alive. They bowed the head, and did homage. 29He lifted up his eyes, and saw Binyamin, his brother, his mother’s son, and said, Is this your youngest brother, of whom you spoke to me? He said, God be gracious to you, my son. 30Yusuf made haste; for his heart yearned over his brother: and he sought a place to weep; and he entered into his room, and wept there. 31He washed his face, and came out. He controlled himself, and said, Serve the meal.

32They served him by himself, and them by themselves, and the Egyptians, that ate with him, by themselves, because the Egyptians do not eat bread with the Hebrews, for that is an abomination to the Egyptians. 33They sat before him, the firstborn according to his birthright, and the youngest according to his youth, and the men marveled one with another. 34He sent portions to them from before him, but Binyamin’s portion was five times as much as any of theirs. They drank, and were merry with him.


Next Page