Jacob is hardly persuaded to send Benjamin.
Genesis 43:1 And the famine [was] severe in the land. Genesis 43:2 And it came to pass, when they had consumed the corn which they had brought from Egypt, their father said to them, Go again, buy us a little food. Genesis 43:3 And Judah spoke to him, saying, The man did solemnly protest to us, saying, Ye shall not see my face, except your brother [be] with you. Genesis 43:4 If thou wilt send our brother with us, we will go down and buy thee food: Genesis 43:5 But if thou wilt not send [him], we will not go down, for the man said to us, Ye shall not see my face, except your brother [be] with you. Genesis 43:6 And Israel said, Why dealt ye [so] ill with me, [as] to tell the man whether ye had yet a brother? Genesis 43:7 And they said, The man asked us strictly concerning our state, and our kindred, saying, [Is] your father yet alive? have ye [another] brother? and we told him according to the tenor of these words: Could we certainly know that he would say, Bring your brother down? Genesis 43:8 And Judah said to Israel, his father, Send the lad with me, and we will arise and go; that we may live, and not die, both we, and thou, [and] also our little ones. Genesis 43:9 I will be surety for him; of my hand shalt thou require him: if I bring him not to thee, and set him before thee, then let me bear the blame for ever: Genesis 43:10 For except we had delayed, surely now we had returned this second time. Genesis 43:11 And their father Israel said to them, If [it must be] so now, do this; take of the best fruits in the land in your vessels, and carry to the man a present, a little balm, and a little honey, spices, and myrrh, nuts, and almonds: Genesis 43:12 And take double money in your hand; and the money that was returned in the mouth of your sacks, carry [it] again in your hand; it may be it [was] an oversight: Genesis 43:13 Take also your brother, and arise, go again to the man: Genesis 43:14 And God Almighty give you mercy before the man, that he may send away your other brother, and Benjamin: If I be bereaved, I am bereaved.
Joseph entertaineth his brethren.
Genesis 43:15 And the men took that present, and they took double money in their hand, and Benjamin; and arose, and went down to Egypt, and stood before Joseph. Genesis 43:16 And when Joseph saw Benjamin with them, he said to the ruler of his house, Bring [these] men home, and slay, and make ready: for [these] men shall dine with me at noon. Genesis 43:17 And the man did as Joseph commanded: and the man brought the men into Joseph's house. Genesis 43:18 And the men were afraid, 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 seek occasion against us, and fall upon us, and take us for bond-men, and our asses. Genesis 43:19 And they came near to the steward of Joseph's house, and they communed with him at the door of the house, Genesis 43:20 And said, O sir, we came down indeed at the first time to buy food: Genesis 43:21 And it came to pass, when we came to the inn, that we opened our sacks, and behold, [every] man's money [was] in the mouth of his sack, our money in full weight: and we have brought it again in our hand. Genesis 43:22 And other money have we brought down in our hands to buy food: we cannot tell who put our money in our sacks. Genesis 43:23 And he said, Peace [be] to you, fear not: your God, and the God of your father, hath given you treasure in your sacks: I had your money. And he brought Simeon out to them. Genesis 43:24 And the man brought the men into Joseph's house, and gave [them] water, and they washed their feet; and he gave their asses provender. Genesis 43:25 And they made ready the present against Joseph should come at noon: for they heard that they should eat bread there.
Genesis 43:26 And when Joseph came home, they brought him the present which [was] in their hand into the house, and bowed themselves to him to the earth. Genesis 43:27 And he asked them of [their] welfare, and said, [Is] your father well, the old man of whom ye spoke? [Is] he yet alive? Genesis 43:28 And they answered, Thy servant, our father, [is] in good health, he [is] yet alive: and they bowed their heads and made obeisance. Genesis 43:29 And he lifted up his eyes, and saw his brother Benjamin, his mother's son, and said, [Is] this your younger brother, of whom ye spoke to me? And he said, God be gracious to thee, my son. Genesis 43:30 And Joseph made haste; for his bowels yearned towards his brother: and he sought [where] to weep; and he entered into [his] chamber, and wept there.
He maketh them a feast.
Genesis 43:31 And he washed his face, and went out, and refrained himself, and said, Set on bread. Genesis 43:32 And they set on for him by himself, and for them by themselves, and for the Egyptians who ate with him, by themselves; because the Egyptians might not eat bread with the Hebrews; for that [is] an abomination to the Egyptians. Genesis 43:33 And they sat before him, the first-born according to his birth-right, and the youngest according to his youth: and the men wondered one at another. Genesis 43:34 And he took [and sent] messes to them from before him: but Benjamin's mess was five times so much as any of theirs. And they drank, and were merry with him.