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Genesis 44 :: American Standard Version (ASV)

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And he commanded the steward of his house, saying, Fill the men’s sacks with food, as much as they can carry, and put every man’s money in his sack’s mouth.

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And put my cup, the silver cup, in the sack’s mouth of the youngest, and his grain money. And he did according to the word that Joseph had spoken.

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As soon as the morning was light, the men were sent away, they and their asses.

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And when they were gone out of the city, and were 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?

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Is not this that in which my lord drinketh, and whereby he indeed divineth? ye have done evil in so doing.

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And he overtook them, and he spake unto them these words.

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And they said unto him, Wherefore speaketh my lord such words as these? Far be it from thy servants that they should do such a thing.

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Behold, the 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?

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With whomsoever of thy servants it be found, let him die, and we also will be my lord’s bondmen.

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And he said, Now also let it be according unto your words: he with whom it is found shall be my bondman; and ye shall be blameless.

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Then they hasted, and took down every man his sack to the ground, and opened every man his sack.

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And he searched, and began at the eldest, and left off at the youngest: and the cup was found in Benjamin’s sack.

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Then they rent their clothes, and laded every man his ass, and returned to the city.

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And Judah and his brethren came to Joseph’s house; and he was yet there: and they fell before him on the ground.

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And Joseph said unto them, What deed is this that ye have done? know ye not that such a man as I can indeed divine?

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And Judah said, What 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, we are my lord’s bondmen, both we, and he also in whose hand the cup is found.

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And he said, Far be it from me that I should do so: the man in whose hand the cup is found, he shall be my bondman; but as for you, get you up in peace unto your father.

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Then Judah came near unto him, and said, Oh, my lord, let thy servant, I pray thee, speak a word in my lord’s ears, and let not thine anger burn against thy servant; for thou art even as Pharaoh.

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My lord asked his servants, saying, Have ye a father, or a brother?

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And we said unto my lord, We have a father, an old man, and a child of his old age, a little one; and his brother is dead, and he alone is left of his mother; and his father loveth him.

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And thou saidst unto thy servants, Bring him down unto me, that I may set mine eyes upon him.

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And we said unto my lord, The lad cannot leave his father: for if he should leave his father, his father would die.

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And thou saidst unto thy servants, Except your youngest brother come down with you, ye shall see my face no more.

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And it came to pass when we came up unto thy servant my father, we told him the words of my lord.

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And our father said, Go again, buy us a little food.

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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.

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And thy servant my father said unto us, Ye know that my wife bare me two sons:

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and the one went out from me, and I said, Surely he is torn in pieces; and I have not seen him since:

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and if ye take this one also from me, and harm befall him, ye will bring down my gray hairs with sorrow to Sheol.

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Now therefore when I come to thy servant my father, and the lad is not with us; seeing that his life is bound up in the lad’s life;

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it will come to pass, when he seeth that the lad is not with us, that he will die: and thy servants will bring down the gray hairs of thy servant our father with sorrow to Sheol.

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For thy servant became surety for the lad unto my father, saying, If I bring him not unto thee, then shall I bear the blame to my father for ever.

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Now therefore, let thy servant, I pray thee, abide instead of the lad a bondman to my lord; and let the lad go up with his brethren.

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For how shall I go up to my father, if the lad be not with me? lest I see the evil that shall come on my father.
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