Genesis 42
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Joseph’s Brothers Sent to Egypt

1Now Jacob saw that there was grain in Egypt, and Jacob said to his sons, “Why are you staring at one another?” 2Then he said, “Behold, I have heard that there is grain in Egypt; go down there and buy some for us from there, so that we may live and not die.” 3So ten brothers of Joseph went down to buy grain from Egypt. 4But Jacob did not send Joseph’s brother Benjamin with his brothers, for he said, “Lest any harm befall him.” 5So the sons of Israel came to buy grain among those who were coming, for the famine was in the land of Canaan also.

6Now Joseph was the one in power over the land; he was the one who sold to all the people of the land. And Joseph’s brothers came and bowed down to him with their [†]faces to the ground. 7And Joseph saw his brothers and recognized them, but he disguised himself to them and spoke to them harshly. And he said to them, “Where have you come from?” And they said, “From the land of Canaan, to buy food.”

8But Joseph recognized his brothers, although they did not recognize him. 9And Joseph remembered the dreams which he [†]had about them and said to them, “You are spies; you have come to look at the [†]nakedness of the land.” 10Then they said to him, “No, my lord, but your servants have come to buy food. 11We are all sons of one man; we are honest men; your servants are not spies.” 12And he said to them, “No, but you have come to look at the [†]nakedness of our land!” 13So they said, “Your servants are twelve brothers in all, the sons of one man in the land of Canaan; and behold, the youngest is with our father today, and one is no more.” 14And Joseph said to them, “It is as I said [†]to you, you are spies; 15by this you will be tested: by the life of Pharaoh, you shall not go from this place unless your youngest brother comes here! 16Send one of you that he may get your brother, while you remain confined, that your words may be tested, whether there is truth in you. But if not, by the life of Pharaoh, surely you are spies.” 17Then he put them all together in prison for three days.

18And Joseph said to them on the third day, “Do this and live, for I fear God: 19if you are honest men, let one of your brothers be confined in [†]your prison; but as for the rest of you, go, bring grain for the famine of your households, 20and bring your youngest brother to me, so your words may be proven true, and you will not die.” And they did so. 21Then they said to one another, “Surely we are guilty concerning our brother because we saw the distress of his soul when he begged us, yet we would not listen; therefore this distress has come upon us.” 22And Reuben answered them, saying, “Did I not tell you, saying, ‘Do not sin against the boy’; yet you would not listen? So also his blood, behold, it is required of us.” 23Now they did not know that Joseph was listening, for there was an interpreter between them. 24And he turned away from them and wept. Then he returned to them and spoke to them. And he took Simeon from them and bound him before their eyes. 25Then Joseph gave a command to fill their bags with grain and to restore every man’s money in his sack and to give them provisions for the journey. And thus it was done for them.

26So they loaded their donkeys with their grain and went from there. 27Then one of them opened his sack to give his donkey fodder at the lodging place. And he saw his money; and behold, it was in the mouth of his sack. 28So he said to his brothers, “My money has been returned, and behold, it is even in my sack.” And their hearts [†]sank, and they turned [†]trembling to one another, saying, “What is this that God has done to us?”

Jacob Is Bereaved

29Then they came to their father Jacob in the land of Canaan and told him all that had happened to them, saying, 30“The man, the lord of the land, spoke harshly with us and took us for spies of the country. 31So we said to him, ‘We are honest men; we are not spies. 32We are twelve brothers, sons of our father; one is no more, and the youngest is with our father today in the land of Canaan.’ 33Then the man, the lord of the land, said to us, ‘By this I will know that you are honest men: leave one of your brothers with me and take grain for the famine of your households, and go. 34But bring your youngest brother to me that I may know that you are not spies, but [†]honest men. I will give your brother to you, and you may trade in the land.’”

35Now it happened that they were emptying their sacks, and behold, every man’s bundle of money was in his sack; and they and their father saw their bundles of money, and they feared. 36And their father Jacob said to them, “You have bereaved me of my children: Joseph is no more, and Simeon is no more, and you would take Benjamin; all these things are against me.” 37Then Reuben spoke to his father, saying, “You may put my two sons to death if I do not bring him back to you; put him in my hand, and I will return him to you.” 38But [†]Jacob said, “My son shall not go down with you; for his brother is dead, and he alone remains. If harm should befall him on the journey on which you are going, then you will bring my gray hair down to Sheol in sorrow.”

6 Lit noses
9 Lit had dreamed
9 Or undefended parts
12 Or undefended parts
14 Lit to you, saying
19 Lit the house of your prison
28 Lit went out
28 Lit trembled
34 Lit you are honest
38 Lit he

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