Genesis 44 ©
Joseph's policy to stay his brethren. His cup is found in Benjamin's sack. They are brought before Joseph. Judah's humble supplication to him.
As soon as the morning was light, the men were sent away, they and their asses.
And when they were gone out of the city, and not yet far off, Joseph said unto his steward, Up, follow after the men; and when thou dost overtake them, say unto them, Wherefore have ye rewarded evil for good?
Is not this it in which my lord drinketh, and whereby indeed he 2divineth? ye have done evil in so doing.
¶And he overtook them, and he spake unto them these same words.
Behold, dthe money, which we found in our sacks' mouths, we brought again unto thee out of the land of Canaan: how then should we steal out of thy lord's house silver or gold?
With ewhomsoever of thy servants it be found, both let him die, and we also will be my lord's bondmen.
And he said, Now also let it be according unto your words: he with whom it is found shall be my servant; and ye shall be blameless.
Then they speedily took down every man his sack to the ground, and opened every man his sack.
And he searched, and began at the eldest, and left at the youngest: and the cup was found in Benjamin's sack.
And jJudah said, kWhat shall we say unto my lord? what shall we speak? or how shall we clear ourselves? God hath found out the iniquity of thy servants: behold, lwe are my lord's servants, both we, and he also with whom the cup is found.
My lord asked his servants, saying, Have ye a father, or a brother?
And we said unto my lord, The lad cannot leave uhis father: for if he should leave his father, his father would die.
And it came to pass when we came up unto thy servant my father, we told him the words of my lord.
And our father said, wGo again, and buy us a little food.
And we said, We cannot go down: if our youngest brother be with us, then will we go down: for we may not see the man's face, except our youngest brother be with us.
And if ye take this also from me, and mischief befall him, ye shall bring down my gray hairs with 4sorrow to the grave.
It shall come to pass, when he seeth that the lad is not with us, that he will die: and thy servants shall bring down the gray hairs of thy servant our father with sorrow to the grave.
For thy servant became surety for the lad unto my father, saying, aIf I bring him not unto thee, then I shall bear the blame to my father for ever.
Now therefore, I pray thee, let thy servant abide instead of the lad a bondman to my lord; and let the lad go up with his brethren.
For how shall I go up to my father, and the lad be not with me? lest *peradventure I see the evil that shall 5come on my father.