Jacob Sends Sons to Egypt for Food
(1) Now when Jacob saw that there was corn in Egypt, Jacob said to his sons, "Why do YOU look at one another?"
(2) Then he said, "Behold, I have heard that there is corn in Egypt. You go down there, and buy some for us, so that we may live, and not die."
(3) So Joseph’s ten brothers went down to buy corn in Egypt.
(4) But Jacob did not send Benjamin, Joseph’s brother, with his brothers, for he said, "Lest perhaps harm happen to him."
(5) And the sons of Israel were among those that came to buy corn, for the famine was in the land of Canaan.
(6) Now Joseph was the governor over the land, and he was the one who sold to all the people of the land, and Joseph’s brothers came, and bowed themselves down before him with their faces to the earth.
(7) When Joseph saw his brothers, he recognized them, but acted as a stranger to them, and spoke roughly to them, saying, "Where did YOU come from?" And they said, "From the land of Canaan to buy food."
Joseph’s Brothers Don’t Recognize Him
(8) And Joseph recognized his brothers, but they did not recognize him.
(9) Joseph remembered the dreams which he dreamed of them, and said to them, "YOU are spies. YOU have come to see the nakedness of the land."
(10) Then they said to him, "No, my lord, your servants have come to buy food.
(11) We are all one man’s sons. We are honest men, your servants are not spies."
(12) And he said to them, "No, but YOU have come to see the nakedness of the land."
(13) Then they said, "Your servants are twelve brothers, the sons of one man in the land of Canaan, and, behold, the youngest is with our father today, and one is not alive."
(14) Joseph said to them, "It is as I spoke to you, saying, 'YOU are spies.'
Joseph Demands They Bring Their Youngest Brother
(15) By this YOU shall be proved: By the life of Pharaoh YOU shall not go forth from this place, unless your youngest brother comes here.
(16) Send one of you, and let him bring your brother, and YOU shall be kept in prison, that your words may be proved, whether there is any truth in you, or else by the life of Pharaoh surely YOU are spies."
(17) And he put them all together in prison for three days.
(18) Then on the third day Joseph said to them "Do this and live, for I fear God:
(19) If YOU are honest men, let one of your brothers be bound in your prison house while YOU go carry corn for the famine of your houses.
(20) But bring your youngest brother to me, so your words will be verified, and YOU shall not die." And they did so.
(21) They said one to another, "We are truly guilty concerning our brother, in that we saw the anguish of his soul, when he sought mercy from us, and we would not hear. Therefore this distress has come upon us."
(22) And Reuben answered them, saying, "Did I not say to you, 'Do not sin against the child,' but YOU would not listen? Therefore, behold, now his blood is required from us."
(23) They did not know that Joseph understood them, for he spoke to them using an interpreter.
Joseph Keeps Simeon and Releases the Others
(24) He turned himself around from them, and wept, and returned to them again, and spoke with them. Then he took Simeon from them, and bound him before their eyes.
(25) Then Joseph commanded that their sacks be filled with corn, and to return every man’s money in his sack, and to give them food for the journey, and thus he did to them.
(26) Then they loaded their donkeys with the corn, and departed from there.
Brothers Find the Money in with the Food
(27) And as one of them opened his sack to give his donkey food in the inn, he saw his money. Behold, it was in the mouth of his sack.
(28) Then he said to his brothers, "My money has been returned, and behold, it is in my sack." And their hearts failed them, and they were afraid, saying one to another, "What is this that God has done to us?"
(29) When they returned to Jacob their father in the land of Canaan, they told him all that had happened to them, saying,
(30) "The man, who is the lord of the land, spoke roughly to us, and took us for spies of the country.
(31) And we said to him, 'We are honest men, we are not spies.
(32) We are twelve brothers, sons of our father, one is not alive, and the youngest is with our father today in the land of Canaan.'
(33) Then the man, the lord of the country, said to us, 'By this I shall know that YOU are honest men: leave one of your brothers here with me, and take food for the famine of your households, and go.
(34) And bring your youngest brother to me, then I shall know that YOU are not spies, but that YOU are honest men, and I will deliver your brother to you, and YOU may travel in the land.'"
(35) It came to pass as they emptied their sacks, that, behold, every man’s bundle of money was in his sack, and when they and their father saw the bundles of money, they were afraid.
Jacob Does Not Want to Send Benjamin
(36) And Jacob their father said to them, "YOU have bereaved me of my children: Joseph is not alive, and Simeon is not with us, and YOU will take Benjamin away. All these things are against me.
(37) Reuben spoke to his father, saying, "Kill my two sons, if I do not bring him back to you. Deliver him into my hand, and I will return him to you."
(38) Jacob said, "My son shall not go down with you, for his brother is dead, and he is left alone. If harm should happen to him along the way in the which YOU go, then YOU will bring down my gray hairs with sorrow to the grave."