Genesis 42 ©
Jacob sendeth ten of his sons to buy corn in Egypt. They are imprisoned by Joseph for spies, but set at liberty on condition to bring Benjamin. Their remorse for Joseph, who commandeth his tenderness, and detaineth Simeon for a pledge. They return with corn and their money. Their relation to Jacob. He is afraid, and refuseth to send Benjamin.
¶And Joseph's ten brethren went down to buy corn in Egypt.
And Joseph saw his brethren, and he knew them, but made himself *strange unto them, and spake 1roughly unto them; and he said unto them, Whence come ye? And they said, From the land of Canaan to buy food.
And Joseph knew his brethren, but they knew not him.
And they said unto him, Nay, my lord, but to buy food are thy servants come.
We are all one man's sons; we are true men, thy servants are no spies.
And he said unto them, Nay, but to see the lnakedness of the land ye are come.
Send one of you, and let him fetch your brother, and ye shall be 2kept in prison, that your words may be proved, whether there be any truth in you: or else by the life of Pharaoh surely ye are spies.
If ye be true men, let one of your brethren be bound in the house of your prison: go ye, carry corn for the famine of your houses:
¶And tthey said one to another, uWe are *verily guilty concerning our brother, in that we saw the anguish of his soul, when he besought us, and we would not hear; vtherefore is this distress come upon us.
And they knew not that Joseph understood them; for 4he spake unto them by an interpreter.
And they *laded their asses with the corn, and departed thence.
¶And they came unto Jacob their father unto the land of Canaan, and told him all that befell unto them; saying,
The eman, who is the lord of the land, spake 6roughly to us, and took us for spies of the country.
And we said unto him, We are true men; we are no spies:
We be twelve brethren, sons of our father; one fis not, and the youngest is this day with our father in the land of Canaan.
And the man, the lord of the country, said unto us, Hereby shall I know that ye are true men; leave one of your brethren here with me, and take gfood for the famine of your households, and be gone:
And bring your youngest brother unto me: then shall I know that ye are no spies, but that ye are true men: so will I deliver you your brother, and ye hshall *traffick in the land.
¶And it came to pass as they emptied their sacks, that, behold, every man's bundle of money was in his sack: and when both they and their father saw the bundles of money, they were afraid.
And he said, My son shall not go down with you; for khis brother is dead, and he is left alone: if mischief befall him by the way in the which ye go, then shall ye bring down my gray hairs lwith sorrow to the grave.