The Return to Egypt
1 aNow the famine° was severe° in the land°. 2 So it came° about when° they had finished° eating° the grain° which° they had brought° from Egypt°, that their father° said° to them, “Go° back°, buy° us a little° food°.” 3 Judah° spoke° to him, however, saying°, “aThe man° solemnly° warned° Ius, ‘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° you food°. 5 But if° you do not send° [him], we will not go° down°; for the man° said° to us, ‘You will not see° my face° unless° your brother° is with you.’” 6 Then Israel° said°, “Why° did you treat° me so badly° Iby telling° the man° whether you still° had [another] brother°?” 7 But they said°, “The man° questioned° particularly° about us and our relatives°, saying°, ‘aIs your father° still° alive°? Have° you [another] brother°?’ So we Ianswered° his questions°. Could we possibly° know° that he would say°, ‘Bring° your brother° down°’?” 8 Judah° said° to his father° Israel°, “Send° the lad° with me and we will arise° and go°, athat we may live° and not die°, we as well° as you and our little° ones°. 9 aI myself° will be surety° for him; Iyou may hold°° me responsible°° for him. If° I do not bring° him [back] to you and set° him before° you, then IIlet me bear° the blame° before you forever°°. 10 For if° we had not delayed°, surely° by now° we could have returned° twice°.”
 aGn 12:10; 26:1; 41:56, 57
 ILit us, saying aGn 43:5; 44:23
 ILit to tell
 ILit told him according to these words aGn 42:13; 43:27
 aGn 42:2
 ILit from my hand you may require him IILit I shall have sinned before you all the days aGn 42:37; 44:32; Phm 18, 19
11 ¶ Then their father° Israel° said° to them, “If° [it must be] so°, then° do° this°: take° some° of the best° products° of the land° in your Ibags°, and carry° down° to the man° aas a present°, a little° IIbbalm° and a little° honey°, IIIaromatic° gum° and IVmyrrh°, pistachio° nuts° and almonds°. 12 Take° double° [the] money° in your hand°, and take° back° in your hand° athe money° that was returned° in the mouth° of your sacks°; perhaps° it was a mistake°. 13 Take° your brother° also, and arise°, return° to the man°; 14 and may IaGod° Almighty° bgrant° you compassion° in the sight° of the man°, so that he will release° to you cyour other° brother° and Benjamin°. And as for me, dif° I am bereaved° of my children°, I am bereaved°.” 15 So the men° took° athis° present°, and they took° double° [the] money° in their hand°, and Benjamin°; then they arose° and went° down° to Egypt° and stood° before° Joseph°.
 IOr vessels IIOr mastic IIIOr ladanum spice IVOr resinous bark aGn 32:20; 43:25, 26 bGn 37:25; Jr 8:22; Ezk 27:17
 aGn 42:25, 35; 43:21, 22
 IHeb El Shaddai aGn 17:1; 28:3; 35:11 bPs 106:46 cGn 42:24 dGn 42:36
 aGn 43:11
Joseph Sees Benjamin
16 ¶ When Joseph° saw° Benjamin° with them, he said° to his ahouse° steward°°, “Bring° the men° into the house°, and slay° an animal° and make° ready°; for the men° are to dine° with me at noon°.” 17 So the man° did° as Joseph° said°, and Ibrought° the men° to Joseph’s° house°. 18 Now the men° were afraid°, because° they were brought° to Joseph’s° house°; and they said°, “[It is] because°° of the money° that was returned° in our sacks° the first° time° that we are being brought° in, that he may Iseek° occasion° against° us and fall° upon us, and take° us for slaves° with our donkeys°.” 19 So they came° near° to Joseph’s° house° steward°°°, and spoke° to him at the entrance° of the house°, 20 and said°, “Oh°, my lord°, we indeed° came° down° the first° time° to buy° food°, 21 and it came° about when° we came° to the lodging° place°, that we opened° our sacks°, and behold°, aeach° man’s° money° was in the mouth° of his sack°, our money° in Ifull°. So bwe have brought° it back° in our hand°. 22 We have also brought° down° other° money° in our hand° to buy° food°; we do not know° who° put° our money° in our sacks°.” 23 He said°, “IBe at ease°, do not be afraid°. aYour God° and the God° of your father° has given° you treasure° in your sacks°; III had° your money°.” Then bhe brought° Simeon° out to them. 24 Then the man° brought° the men° into Joseph’s° house° and agave° them water°, and they bwashed° their feet°; and he gave° their donkeys° fodder°. 25 So they prepared° athe present° Ifor Joseph’s° coming° at noon°; for they had heard° that they were to eat° IIa meal° there°.
 aGn 44:1
 ILit the man brought
 ILit roll himself upon us
 ILit its weight aGn 42:27, 35 bGn 43:12, 15
 ILit Peace be to you IILit your money had come to me aGn 42:28 bGn 42:24
 aGn 18:4; 19:2; 24:32 bLk 7:44; Jn 13:5; 1Ti 5:10
 ILit until IILit bread aGn 43:11, 15
26 ¶ When Joseph° came° home°, they brought° into the house° to him the present° which° was in their hand° and abowed° to the ground° before him. 27 Then he asked° them about their welfare°, and said°, “aIs your old° father° well°, of whom° you spoke°? Is he still° alive°?” 28 They said°, “Your servant° our father° is well°; he is still° alive°.” aThey bowed° down° Iin homage°. 29 As he lifted° his eyes° and saw° his brother° Benjamin°, his mother’s° son°, he said°, “Is this° ayour youngest° brother°, of whom° you spoke° to me?” And he said°, “bMay God° be gracious° to you, my son°.” 30 Joseph° hurried° [out] for Iahe was deeply° stirred° over° his brother°, and he sought° [a place] to weep°; and he entered° his chamber° and bwept° there°. 31 Then he washed° his face° and came° out; and he acontrolled° himself and said°, “IServe° the meal°.” 32 So they served° him by himself°, and them by themselves°, and the Egyptians° who ate° with him by themselves°, because° the Egyptians° could° not eat° bread° with the Hebrews°, for that is Ialoathsome° to the Egyptians°. 33 Now they Iwere seated° before° him, athe firstborn° according to his birthright° and the youngest° according to his youth°, and the men° looked° at one° another° in astonishment°. 34 He took° portions° to them from Ihis own table°, abut Benjamin’s° portion° was five° times° as much° as any° of theirs. So they feasted° and drank° freely° with him.
 aGn 37:7, 10
 aGn 43:7; 45:3
 ILit and prostrated themselves aGn 37:7, 10
 aGn 42:13 bNu 6:25; Ps 67:1
 ILit his compassion grew warm a1K 3:26 bGn 42:24; 45:2, 14, 15; 46:29
 ILit Set on bread aGn 45:1
 ILit an abomination aGn 46:34; Ex 8:26
 ILit sat aGn 42:7
 ILit his face aGn 35:24; 45:22
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Jacob is hardly persuaded to send Benjamin.
1 ¶ And the famineº [was] soreº in the land.º 2 And it came to pass,² when² they had eaten upººªª² the cornº which² they had brought² out¹ª of Egypt,º² their fatherº saidºª unto² them, Go again,ºª buyºª us a littleº food.º 3 And Judahº spakeºª unto² him, saying,ºª The manº did solemnly¹ª protestºª unto us, saying,ºª Ye shall not² seeºª my face,º exceptº your brotherº [be] with² you. 4 If² thou wiltº sendºª² our brotherº with² us, we will go downºª and buyºª thee food:º 5 But if² thou wilt not² sendºª [him], we will not² go down:ºª for² the manº saidºª unto² us, Ye shall not² seeºª my face,º except² your brotherº [be] with² you. 6 And Israelº said,ºª Wherefore² dealt ye [so] illºª with me, [as] to tellºª the manº whether ye had yet² a brother?º 7 And they said,ºª The manº asked¹ª us straitlyºª of our state, and of our kindred,º saying,ºª [Is] your fatherº yet² alive?º have² ye¹ [another] brother?º and we toldºª him according¹ to² the tenorº of these² words:º could we certainly¹ª knowºª that² he would say,ºª Bring¹ª your brother¹ down?ºª²² 8 And Judahº saidºª unto² Israelº his father,º Sendºª the ladº with² me, and we will ariseºª and go;¹ª² that we may live,ºª and not² die,ºª both² we,² and² thou,² [and] also² our little ones.º 9 I² will be suretyºª for him; of my handº² shalt thou requireºª him: ifºª I bringºª him not¹² unto² thee, and setºª him before² thee,¹ then let me bear the blameºª for ever:º² 10 For² exceptº we had lingered,ºª surely² now² we had returnedºª this² second time.º 11 And their fatherº Israelº saidºª unto² them, If² [it must be] so² now,º doºª this;² takeºª of the best fruitsº² in the landº in your vessels,º and carry downºª the manº a present,º a littleº balm,º and a littleº honey,º spices,º and myrrh,º nuts,º and almonds:º 12 And takeºª doubleº moneyº in your hand;º and the moneyº that was brought againºª in the mouthº of your sacks,º carry [it] againºª in your hand;º peradventure² it² [was] an oversight:º 13 Takeºª also your brother,º and arise,ºª go againºª unto² the man:º 14 And Godº Almightyº giveºª you mercyº beforeº the man,º that he may send awayºª² your otherº brother,º and Benjamin.º Ifº I² be bereavedºª [of my children], I am bereaved.ºª
 Gn 18:13; 41:54; 42:5; Ec 9:1; Lm 5:10; Ac 7:11.
 Gn 42:1; 43:4, 20; Pv 15:16; 16:18; 31:16; 1Ti 5:8; 6:6.
 Gn 42:15, 33; 43:5; 44:23; 2S 3:13; 14:24, 28, 32; Ac 7:34; 20:25, 38.
 Gn 42:38; 44:26; Ex 20:12.
 Gn 43:3.
 Gn 42:2, 38; 44:26; 45:19; 50:8, 21; Ex 20:12; Nu 14:31; Dt 33:6; 2K 7:4, 13; Ezr 8:21; Ps 118:17.
 Gn 9:5; 31:39; 42:37; 44:32; 1K 1:21; Jb 17:3; Ps 119:122; Ezk 3:18, 20; 33:6, 8; Lk 11:50; Phm 1:18; He 7:22.
 Gn 19:16.
 Gn 32:13; 33:10; 37:25; 43:14; Lv 20:24; Dt 33:14; 1S 9:7; 25:27; 1K 4:21; 10:15, 25; 15:19; 2K 8:8; 16:8; 20:12; 2Ch 31:5; Es 4:16; Ps 68:29; 72:10; 76:11; Pv 17:18; 18:16; 19:6; 21:14; So 4:10, 14; 5:1; 8:14; Jr 8:22; Ezk 27:15, 17; Ac 21:14.
 Gn 42:25, 35; Ro 12:17; 13:8; 2Co 8:21; Php 4:8; 1Th 4:6; 5:21; He 13:8.
 Gn 42:38.
 Gn 17:1; 22:14; 32:11; 39:21; 43:11; Ezr 7:27; Ne 1:11; Es 4:16; Ps 37:5; 85:7; 100:5; 119:41; Pv 1:1; 16:7; 21:1; Is 49:13; Lk 1:50; Ac 7:10; 21:14; 1Ti 1:2, 16; Tit 1:4; 2Jn 1:3.
Joseph entertaineth his brethren.
15 ¶ And the men¹² tookºª² thatº present,º and they tookºª doubleº moneyº in their hand,º and Benjamin;º and rose up,ºª and went downºª to Egypt,º and stoodºª beforeº Joseph.º 16 And when Josephº sawºª² Benjaminº withº them, he saidºª to the ruler of²² his house,º Bringºª² [these] men¹² home,º and slay,ººª and make ready;ºª for² [these] men¹² shall dineºª with² me at noon.º 17 And the manº didºª as² Josephº bade;ºª and the manº broughtºª² the men¹² into Joseph'sº house.º 18 And the men¹² were afraid,ºª because² they were broughtºª into Joseph'sº house;º and they said,ºª Because¹ of²² the moneyº that was returnedºª in our sacksº at the first timeº are we² brought in;ºª that he may seek occasionºª against² us, and fallºª upon² us, and takeºª us for bondmen,º and our asses.º 19 And they came nearºª to² the stewardº²² of Joseph'sº house,º and they communedºª with² him at the doorº of the house,º 20 And said,ºª Oº sir,º we came indeed¹ª downºª at the first timeº to buyºª food:º 21 And it came to pass,² when² we cameºª to² the inn,º that we openedºª² our sacks,º and, behold,² [every] man'sº moneyº [was] in the mouthº of his sack,º our moneyº in full weight:º and we have brought it againºª² in our hand.º 22 And otherº moneyº have we brought downºª in our handsº to buyºª food:º we cannot² tellºª who² putºª our moneyº in our sacks.º 23 And he said,ºª Peaceº [be] to you, fearºª not:² your God,º and the Godº of your father,º hath givenºª you treasureº in your sacks:º I hadºª your money.º And he brought¹ª Simeon¹ out²²² unto² them. 24 And the manº broughtºª² the men¹² into Joseph'sº house,º and gaveºª [them] water,º and they washedºª their feet;º and he gaveºª their assesº provender.º 25 And they made readyºª² the presentº againstº Josephº cameºª at noon:º for² they heardºª that² they should eatºª breadº there.²
 Gn 15:2; 21:8; 24:2; 26:30; 31:54; 39:4; 43:19; 44:1; 1S 25:11; Pv 9:2.
 Gn 42:21, 28, 35; Dt 22:14, 17; Jg 13:22; 14:4; Jb 15:21; 30:14; Ps 53:5; 73:16; Is 7:2; Mt 14:26; Mk 6:16; Ro 7:8.
 Gn 42:3, 10, 27, 35; 43:3, 7.
 Gn 42:27; 43:12; Ro 12:17; 13:8; He 13:5, 18; 1P 2:12; 3:16.
 Gn 42:24, 36; 43:14; Jg 6:23; 19:20; 1S 25:6; 1Ch 12:18; Ezr 4:17; Lk 10:5; 24:36; Jn 14:27; 20:19, 21, 26.
 Gn 18:4; 19:2; 24:32; Lk 7:44; Jn 13:4.
 Gn 43:11, 16.
26 ¶ And when Josephº cameºª home,º they broughtºª him² the presentº which² [was] in their handº into the house,º and bowed¹ª themselves² to him to the earth.º 27 And he askedºª them of [their] welfare,º and said,ºª [Is] your fatherº well,º the old manº of whom² ye spake?ºª [Is] he yet² alive?º 28 And they answered,ºª Thy servantº our fatherº [is] in good health,º he [is] yet² alive.º And they bowed down their heads,ºª and made obeisance.ºª 29 And he lifted upºª his eyes,º and sawºª his brotherº² Benjamin,º his mother'sº son,º and said,ºª [Is] this² your youngerº brother,º of whom² ye spakeºª unto² me? And he said,ºª Godº be graciousºª unto thee, my son.º 30 And Josephº made haste;ºª for² his bowelsº did yearnºª upon² his brother:º and he soughtºª [where] to weep;ºª and he entered¹ª into² [his] chamber,º and weptºª there.²
 Gn 27:29; 37:7, 19; 42:6; 43:28; Ps 72:9; Ro 14:11; Php 2:10.
 Gn 37:14; 41:16; 42:11, 13; Ex 18:7; Jg 18:15; 1S 17:22; 25:5; 1Ch 18:10.
 Gn 37:7, 9; 43:26; Ex 18:7; 2S 1:2; 14:4; 1K 1:16; 2Ch 24:17.
 Gn 30:22; 35:17; 42:11, 13; 45:8; Nu 6:25; Jsh 7:19; 2Ch 29:11; Ps 111:4; 112:4; 133:1; Is 30:19; 33:2; Mal 1:9; Mt 9:2, 22; Mk 10:24; 1Ti 1:2; He 13:1.
 Gn 42:24; 1K 3:26; Jr 31:20; Ho 11:8; Jn 11:33; Ac 20:19, 31, 37; Php 1:8; 2:1; Col 3:12; 2Ti 1:4; 1Jn 3:17.
He maketh them a feast.
31 And he washedºª his face,º and went out,ºª and refrained¹ª himself,² and said,ºª Set onºª bread.º 32 And they set onºª for him by himself,² and for them by themselves,² and for the Egyptians,º which did eatºª with² him, by themselves:² because² the Egyptiansº mightºª not² eatºª breadº with² the Hebrews;º for² that² [is] an abominationº unto the Egyptians.º 33 And they satºª before² him,¹ the firstbornº according to his birthright,º and the youngestº according to his youth:º and the men¹² marvelledºª oneº at² another.º 34 And he tookºª [and sent] messesº unto² them from²² before² him:¹ but Benjamin'sº messº was five¹ times¹ so much asºª²²²² any² of theirs. And they drank,ºª and were merryºª with² him.
 Gn 43:25; 45:1; Is 42:14; Jr 31:16; 1P 3:10.
 Gn 31:54; 43:16; 46:34; Ex 8:26.
 Gn 43:1; 44:12.
 Gn 45:22; 1S 1:5; 9:22; 2S 11:8; Pv 31:6; Ec 9:7; 10:19; So 5:1; Hab 1:6; Mt 11:19; Jn 2:10.
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