Genesis 43 ©
Jacob is hardly persuaded to send Benjamin. Joseph's brethren are brought into Joseph's house. They discover their fears to the steward, who pacifieth them. Joseph maketh them a feast.
If thou wilt send our brother with us, we will go down and buy thee food:
But if thou wilt not send him, ewe 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 2asked 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 3tenor of these words: 4could we certainly know that he would say, Bring your brother down?
And Judah said unto Israel his father, Send the flad with me, and we will arise and go; that we may live, and not die, both we, and thou, and also our little ones.
For except we had lingered, surely now we had returned 5this second time.
And their father Israel said unto them, If it must be so now, do this; htake 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 almonds:
kTake also your brother, and arise, go again unto the man:
¶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 the man did as Joseph *bade; and the man brought the men into Joseph's house.
And the men were nafraid, 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 9seek 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, 10we came indeed down at the first time to buy food:
And other money have we brought down in our hands to buy food: we cannot tell who put our money in our sacks.
And they made ready sthe present against Joseph came at noon: for they heard that they should eat bread there.
And he asked them of their 12welfare, and said, 13Is 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 washed his face, and went out, and zrefrained himself, and said, Set on bread.
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.