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Genesis 44

Joseph's policy to stay his brethren.

Genesis 44:1 And Joseph commanded the steward of his house, saying: Fill their sacks with corn, as much as they can hold: and put the money of every one in the top of his sack. Genesis 44:2 And in the mouth of the younger's sack put my silver cup, and the price which he gave for the wheat. And it was so done. Genesis 44:3 And when the morning arose, they were sent away with their asses. Genesis 44:4 And when they were now departed out of the city, and had gone forward a little way: Joseph sending for the steward of his house, said: Arise, and pursue after the men: and when thou hast overtaken them, say to them: Why have you returned evil for good? Genesis 44:5 The cup which you have stolen, is that in which my lord drinketh, and in which he is wont to divine: you have done a very evil thing.

Genesis 44:6 He did as he had commanded him. And having overtaken them, he spoke to them the same words. Genesis 44:7 And they answered: Why doth our lord speak so, as though thy servants had committed so heinous a fact? Genesis 44:8 The money, that we found in the top of our sacks, we brought back to thee from the land of Chanaan: how then should it be that we should steal out of thy lord's house, gold or silver? Genesis 44:9 With whomsoever of thy servants shall be found that which thou seekest, let him die, and we will be the bondmen of my lord. Genesis 44:10 And he said to them: Let it be according to your sentence: with whomsoever it shall be found, let him be my servant, and you shall be blameless. Genesis 44:11 Then they speedily took down their sacks to the ground, and every man opened his sack. Genesis 44:12 Which when he had searched, beginning at the eldest, and ending at the youngest, he found the cup in Benjamin's sack. Genesis 44:13 Then they rent their garments, and loading their asses again, returned into the town.

Judah's humble supplication to Joseph.

Genesis 44:14 And Juda at the head of his brethren went in to Joseph (for he was not yet gone out of the place) and they all together fell down before him on the ground. Genesis 44:15 And he said to them: Why would you do so? know you not that there is no one like me in the science of divining. Genesis 44:16 And Juda said to him: What shall we answer my lord? or what shall we say, or be able justly to allege? God hath found out the iniquity of thy servants: behold, we are all bondmen to my lord, both we, and he with whom the cup was found. Genesis 44:17 Joseph answered: God forbid that I should do so: he that stole the cup, he shall be my bondman: and go you away free to your father.

Genesis 44:18 Then Juda coming nearer, said boldly: I beseech thee, my lord, let thy servant speak a word in thy ears, and be not angry with thy servant: for after Pharao thou art. Genesis 44:19 My lord. Thou didst ask thy servants the first time: Have you a father or a brother. Genesis 44:20 And we answered thee, my lord: We have a father an old man, and a young boy, that was born in his old age; whose brother by the mother is dead; and he alone is left of his mother, and his father loveth him tenderly. Genesis 44:21 And thou saidst to thy servants: Bring him hither to me, and I will set my eyes on him. Genesis 44:22 We suggested to my lord: The boy cannot leave his father: for if he leave him, he will die. Genesis 44:23 And thou saidst to thy servants: Except your youngest brother come with you, you shall see my face no more. Genesis 44:24 Therefore when we were gone up to thy servant our father, we told him all that my lord had said. Genesis 44:25 And our father said: Go again, and buy us a little wheat. Genesis 44:26 And we said to him: We cannot go: if our youngest brother go down with us, we will set out together: otherwise, without him we dare not see the man's face. Genesis 44:27 Whereunto he answered: You know that my wife bore me two. Genesis 44:28 One went out, and you said: A beast devoured him; and hitherto he appeareth not. Genesis 44:29 If you take this also, and any thing befall him in the way, you will bring down my grey hairs with sorrow unto hell. Genesis 44:30 Therefore, if I shall go to thy servant, our father, and the boy be wanting, (whereas his life dependeth upon the life of him,) Genesis 44:31 And he shall see that he is not with us, he will die, and thy servants shall bring down his grey hairs with sorrow unto hell. Genesis 44:32 Let me be thy proper servant, who took him into my trust, and promised, saying: If I bring him not again, I will be guilty of sin against my father for ever. Genesis 44:33 Therefore I, thy servant, will stay instead of the boy in the service of my lord, and let the boy go up with his brethren. Genesis 44:34 For I cannot return to my father without the boy, lest I be a witness of the calamity that will oppress my father.

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