Jacob is hardly persuaded to send Benjamin.
Genesis 43:1 In the mean time the famine was heavy upon all the land. Genesis 43:2 And when they had eaten up all the corn, which they had brought out of Egypt, Jacob said to his sons: Go again, and buy us a little food. Genesis 43:3 Juda answered: The man declared unto us with the attestation of an oath, saying: You shall not see my face, unless you bring your youngest brother with you. Genesis 43:4 If therefore thou wilt send him with us, we will set out together, and will buy necessaries for thee. Genesis 43:5 But if thou wilt not, we will not go: for the man, as we have often said, declared unto us, saying: You shall not see my face without your youngest brother. Genesis 43:6 Israel said to them: You have done this for my misery, in that you told him you had also another brother. Genesis 43:7 But they answered: The man asked us in order concerning our kindred: if our father lived: if we had a brother: and we answered him regularly, according to what he demanded: could we know that he would say: Bring hither your brother with you? Genesis 43:8 And Juda said to his father: Send the boy with me, that we may set forward, and may live: lest both we and our children perish. Genesis 43:9 I take the boy upon me, require him at my hand: unless I bring him again, and restore him to thee, I will be guilty of sin against thee for ever. Genesis 43:10 If delay had not been made, we had been here again the second time. Genesis 43:11 Then Israel said to them: If it must needs be so, do what you will: take of the best fruits of the land in your vessels, and carry down presents to the man, a little balm, and honey, and storax, myrrh, turpentine, and almonds. Genesis 43:12 And take with you double money, and carry back what you found in your sacks, lest perhaps it was done by mistake. Genesis 43:13 And take also your brother, and go to the man. Genesis 43:14 And may my almighty God make him favourable to you: and send back with you your brother, whom he keepeth, and this Benjamin: and as for me I shall be desolate without children.
Joseph entertaineth his brethren.
Genesis 43:15 So the men took the presents, and double money, and Benjamin: and went down into Egypt, and stood before Joseph. Genesis 43:16 And when he had seen them, and Benjamin with them, he commanded the steward of his house, saying: Bring in the men into the house, and kill victims, and prepare a feast: because they shall eat with me at noon. Genesis 43:17 He did as he was commanded, and brought the men into the house. Genesis 43:18 And they being much afraid, said there one to another: Because of the money, which we carried back the first time in our sacks, we are brought in: that he may bring upon us a false accusation, and by violence make slaves of us and our asses. Genesis 43:19 Wherefore, going up to the steward of the house, at the door, Genesis 43:20 They said: Sir, we desire thee to hear us. We came down once before to buy food: Genesis 43:21 And when we had bought, and were come to the inn, we opened our sacks, and found our money in the mouths of the sacks: which we have now brought again in the same weight. Genesis 43:22 And we have brought other money besides, to buy what we want: we cannot tell who put it in our bags. Genesis 43:23 But he answered: Peace be with you, fear not: your God, and the God of your father, hath given you treasure in your sacks. For the money, which you gave me, I have for good. And he brought Simeon out to them. Genesis 43:24 And having brought them into the house, he fetched water, and they washed their feet, and he gave provender to their asses. Genesis 43:25 But they made ready the presents, against Joseph came at noon: for they had heard that they should eat bread there.
Genesis 43:26 Then Joseph came in to his house, and they offered him the presents, holding them in their hands; and they bowed down with their face to the ground. Genesis 43:27 But he courteously saluting them again, asked them, saying: Is the old man your father in health, of whom you told me? Is he yet living? Genesis 43:28 And they answered: Thy servant our father, is in health; he is yet living. And bowing themselves, they made obeisance to him. Genesis 43:29 And Joseph lifting up his eyes, saw Benjamin, his brother by the same mother, and said: Is this your young brother, of whom you told me? And he said: God be gracious to thee, my son. Genesis 43:30 And he made haste, because his heart was moved upon his brother, and tears gushed out: and going into his chamber, he wept.
He maketh them a feast.
Genesis 43:31 And when he had washed his face, coming out again, he refrained himself, and said: Set bread on the table. Genesis 43:32 And when it was set on, for Joseph apart, and for his brethren apart, for the Egyptians also that ate with him apart, (for it is unlawful for the Egyptians to eat with the Hebrews, and they think such a feast profane): Genesis 43:33 They sat before him, the firstborn according to his birthright, and the youngest according to his age. And they wondered very much; Genesis 43:34 Taking the messes which they received of him: and the greater mess came to Benjamin, so that it exceeded by five parts. And they drank, and were merry with him.