Jacob's sons return to Egypt
And the famine was sore in the land.
And it came to pass, when they had eaten up the corn which they had
brought out of Egypt, their father said unto them, Go again, buy us a little
And Judah spake unto him, saying, The man did solemnly protest unto us,
saying, Ye shall not see my face, except your brother be with you.
If thou wilt send our brother with us, we will go down and buy thee food:
But if thou wilt not send him, we will not go down: for the man said unto
us, Ye shall not see my face, except your brother be with you.
And Israel said, Wherefore dealt ye so ill with me, as to tell the man
whether ye had yet a brother?
And they said, The man asked us straitly of our state, and of our kindred,
saying, Is your father yet alive? have ye another brother? and we told him
according to the tenor of these words: could we certainly know that he would
say, Bring your brother down?
And Judah said unto Israel his father, Send the lad with me, and we will
arise and go; that we may live, and not die, both we, and thou, and also our
I will be surety for him; of my hand shalt thou require him: if I bring
him not unto thee, and set him before thee, then let me bear the blame for
For except we had lingered, surely now we had returned this second time.
(43:1-10) Jacob and his sons ran out of corn, so he tells his sons to go back and get some more. (And this time bring
Benjamin with you.)
And their father Israel said unto them, If it must be so now, do this;
take of the best fruits in the land in your vessels, and carry down the man
a present, a little balm, and a little honey, spices, and myrrh, nuts, and
And take double money in your hand; and the money that was brought again
in the mouth of your sacks, carry it again in your hand; peradventure it was
Take also your brother, and arise, go again unto the man:
And God Almighty give you mercy before the man, that he may send away your
other brother, and Benjamin. If I be bereaved of my children, I am bereaved.
And the men took that present, and they took double money in their hand
and Benjamin; and rose up, and went down to Egypt, and stood before Joseph.
And when Joseph saw Benjamin with them, he said to the ruler of his house,
Bring these men home, and slay, and make ready; for these men shall dine
with me at noon.
And the man did as Joseph bade; and the man brought the men into Joseph's
And the men were afraid, because they were brought into Joseph'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
upon us, and take us for bondmen, and our asses.
And they came near to the steward of Joseph's house, and they communed
with him at the door of the house,
And said, O sir, we came indeed down at the first time to buy food:
(43:16-34) When they arrived in Egypt, Joseph released Simeon and ate dinner with his brothers.
And it came to pass, when we came to the inn, that we opened our sacks, and, behold, every man's
money was in the mouth of his sack, our money in full weight: and we
have brought it again in our hand.
And other money have we brought down in our hands to buy food: we cannot
tell who put our money in our sacks.
And he said, Peace be to you, fear not: your God, and the God of your
father, hath given you treasure in your sacks: I had your money. And he
brought Simeon out unto them.
And the man brought the men into Joseph's house, and gave them water, and
they washed their feet; and he gave their asses provender.
And they made ready the present against Joseph came at noon: for they
heard that they should eat bread there.
And when Joseph came home, they brought him the present which was in their
hand into the house, and bowed themselves to him to the earth.
And he asked them of their welfare, and said, Is your father well, the old
man of whom ye spake? Is he yet alive?
And they answered, Thy servant our father is in good health, he is yet
alive. And they bowed down their heads, and made obeisance.
And he lifted up his eyes, and saw his brother Benjamin, his mother's son,
and said, Is this your younger brother, of whom ye spake unto me? And he
said, God be gracious unto thee, my son.
And Joseph made haste; for his bowels did yearn upon his brother: and he
sought where to weep; and he entered into his chamber, and wept there.
And he washed his face, and went out, and refrained himself, and said, Set
And they set on for him by himself, and for them by themselves, and for
the Egyptians, which did eat with him, by themselves: because the Egyptians
might not eat bread with the Hebrews; for that is an abomination unto the
And they sat before him, the firstborn according to his birthright, and
the youngest according to his youth: and the men marvelled one at another.
And he took and sent messes unto them from before him: but Benjamin's mess
was five times so much as any of their's. And they drank, and were merry