Jacob sendeth his ten sons to buy corn in Egypt.
Genesis 42:1 And Jacob hearing that food was sold in Egypt, said to his sons: Why are ye careless? Genesis 42:2 I have heard that wheat is sold in Egypt: Go ye down, and buy us necessaries, that we may live, and not be consumed with want.
Genesis 42:3 So the ten brethren of Joseph went down, to buy corn in Egypt: Genesis 42:4 Whilst Benjamin was kept at home by Jacob, who said to his brethren: Lest perhaps he take any harm in the journey. Genesis 42:5 And they entered into the land of Egypt with others that went to buy. For the famine was in the land of Chanaan. Genesis 42:6 And Joseph was governor in the land of Egypt, and corn was sold by his direction to the people. And when his brethren had bowed down to him, Genesis 42:7 And he knew them, he spoke as it were to strangers, somewhat roughly, asking them: Whence came you? They answered: From the land of Chanaan, to buy necessaries of life. Genesis 42:8 And though he knew his brethren, he was not known by them. Genesis 42:9 And remembering the dreams, which formerly he had dreamed, he said to them: You are spies. You are come to view the weaker parts of the land. Genesis 42:10 But they said: It is not so, my lord; but thy servants are come to buy food. Genesis 42:11 We are all the sons of one man: we are come as peaceable men, neither do thy servants go about any evil. Genesis 42:12 And he answered them: It is otherwise: you are come to consider the unfenced parts of this land. Genesis 42:13 But they said: We thy servants are twelve brethren, the sons of one man in the land of Chanaan: the youngest is with our father, the other is not living. Genesis 42:14 He saith, This is it that I said: You are spies. Genesis 42:15 I shall now presently try what you are: by the health of Pharao, you shall not depart hence, until your youngest brother come.
They are imprisoned by Joseph for spies.
Genesis 42:16 Send one of you to fetch him: and you shall be in prison, till what you have said be proved, whether it be true or false: or else by the health of Pharao you are spies. Genesis 42:17 So he put them in prison three days.
They are set at liberty, on condition to bring Benjamin.
Genesis 42:18 And the third day he brought them out of prison, and said: Do as I have said, and you shall live: for I fear God. Genesis 42:19 If you be peaceable men, let one of your brethren be bound in prison: and go ye your ways, and carry the corn that you have bought, unto your houses. Genesis 42:20 And bring your youngest brother to me, that I may find your words to be true, and you may not die. They did as he had said.
They have remorse for Joseph.
Genesis 42:21 And they talked one to another: We deserve to suffer these things, because we have sinned against our brother, seeing the anguish of his soul, when he besought us, and we would not hear: therefore is this affliction come upon us. Genesis 42:22 And Ruben, one of them, said: Did not I say to you: Do not sin against the boy; and you would not hear me? Behold his blood is required. Genesis 42:23 And they knew not that Joseph understood, because he spoke to them by an interpreter.
Simeon is kept for a pledge.
Genesis 42:24 And he turned himself away a little while, and wept: and returning, he spoke to them.
They return with corn, and their money.
Genesis 42:25 And taking Simeon, and binding him in their presence, he commanded his servants to fill their sacks with wheat, and to put every man's money again in their sacks, and to give them besides provisions for the way: and they did so. Genesis 42:26 But they having loaded their asses with the corn went their way. Genesis 42:27 And one of them opening his sack, to give his beast provender in the inn, saw the money in the sack's mouth, Genesis 42:28 And said to his brethren: My money is given me again; behold it is in the sack. And they were astonished, and troubled, and said to one another: What is this that God hath done unto us?
Their relation to Jacob.
Genesis 42:29 And they came to Jacob their father in the land of Chanaan, and they told him all things that had befallen them, saying: Genesis 42:30 The lord of the land spoke roughly to us, and took us to be spies of the country. Genesis 42:31 And we answered him: We are peaceable men, and we mean no plot. Genesis 42:32 We are twelve brethren born of one father: one is not living, the youngest is with our father in the land of Chanaan. Genesis 42:33 And he said to us: Hereby shall I know that you are peaceable men: Leave one of your brethren with me, and take ye necessary provision for your houses, and go your ways, Genesis 42:34 And bring your youngest brother to me, that I may know you are not spies: and you may receive this man again, that is kept in prison: and afterwards may have leave to buy what you will.
Genesis 42:35 When they had told this, they poured out their corn, and every man found his money tied in the mouth of his sack: and all being astonished together,
Jacob refuseth to send Benjamin.
Genesis 42:36 Their father Jacob said: You have made me to be without children: Joseph is not living, Simeon is kept in bonds, and Benjamin you will take away: all these evils are fallen upon me. Genesis 42:37 And Ruben answered him: Kill my two sons, if I bring him not again to thee: deliver him into my hand, and I will restore him to thee. Genesis 42:38 But he said: My son shall not go down with you: his brother is dead, and he is left alone: if any mischief befall him in the land to which you go, you will bring down my grey hairs with sorrow to hell.