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Unchecked Copy BoxGen 43:1 - Now the famine was severe in the land.

Unchecked Copy BoxGen 43:2 - When they finished eating the grain they had brought from Egypt, their father said to them, "Return, buy us a little more food."

Unchecked Copy BoxGen 43:3 - But Judah said to him, "The man solemnly warned us, 'You will not see my face unless your brother is with you.'

Unchecked Copy BoxGen 43:4 - If you send our brother with us, we'll go down and buy food for you.

Unchecked Copy BoxGen 43:5 - But if you will not send him, we won't go down there because the man said to us, 'You will not see my face unless your brother is with you.'"

Unchecked Copy BoxGen 43:6 - Israel said, "Why did you bring this trouble on me by telling the man you had one more brother?"

Unchecked Copy BoxGen 43:7 - They replied, "The man questioned us thoroughly about ourselves and our family, saying, 'Is your father still alive? Do you have another brother?' So we answered him in this way. How could we possibly know that he would say, 'Bring your brother down'?"

Unchecked Copy BoxGen 43:8 - Then Judah said to his father Israel, "Send the boy with me and we will go immediately. Then we will live and not die - we and you and our little ones.

Unchecked Copy BoxGen 43:9 - I myself pledge security for him; you may hold me liable. If I do not bring him back to you and place him here before you, I will bear the blame before you all my life.

Unchecked Copy BoxGen 43:10 - But if we had not delayed, we could have traveled there and back twice by now!"

Unchecked Copy BoxGen 43:11 - Then their father Israel said to them, "If it must be so, then do this: Take some of the best products of the land in your bags, and take a gift down to the man - a little balm and a little honey, spices and myrrh, pistachios and almonds.

Unchecked Copy BoxGen 43:12 - Take double the money with you; you must take back the money that was returned in the mouths of your sacks - perhaps it was an oversight.

Unchecked Copy BoxGen 43:13 - Take your brother too, and go right away to the man.

Unchecked Copy BoxGen 43:14 - May the sovereign God grant you mercy before the man so that he may release your other brother and Benjamin! As for me, if I lose my children I lose them."

Unchecked Copy BoxGen 43:15 - So the men took these gifts, and they took double the money with them, along with Benjamin. Then they hurried down to Egypt and stood before Joseph.

Unchecked Copy BoxGen 43:16 - When Joseph saw Benjamin with them, he said to the servant who was over his household, "Bring the men to the house. Slaughter an animal and prepare it, for the men will eat with me at noon."

Unchecked Copy BoxGen 43:17 - The man did just as Joseph said; he brought the men into Joseph's house.

Unchecked Copy BoxGen 43:18 - But the men were afraid when they were brought to Joseph's house. They said, "We are being brought in because of the money that was returned in our sacks last time. He wants to capture us, make us slaves, and take our donkeys!"

Unchecked Copy BoxGen 43:19 - So they approached the man who was in charge of Joseph's household and spoke to him at the entrance to the house.

Unchecked Copy BoxGen 43:20 - They said, "My lord, we did indeed come down the first time to buy food.

Unchecked Copy BoxGen 43:21 - But when we came to the place where we spent the night, we opened our sacks and each of us found his money - the full amount - in the mouth of his sack. So we have returned it.

Unchecked Copy BoxGen 43:22 - We have brought additional money with us to buy food. We do not know who put the money in our sacks!"

Unchecked Copy BoxGen 43:23 - "Everything is fine," the man in charge of Joseph's household told them. "Don't be afraid. Your God and the God of your father has given you treasure in your sacks. I had your money." Then he brought Simeon out to them.

Unchecked Copy BoxGen 43:24 - The servant in charge brought the men into Joseph's house. He gave them water, and they washed their feet. Then he gave food to their donkeys.

Unchecked Copy BoxGen 43:25 - They got their gifts ready for Joseph's arrival at noon, for they had heard that they were to have a meal there.

Unchecked Copy BoxGen 43:26 - When Joseph came home, they presented him with the gifts they had brought inside, and they bowed down to the ground before him.

Unchecked Copy BoxGen 43:27 - He asked them how they were doing. Then he said, "Is your aging father well, the one you spoke about? Is he still alive?"

Unchecked Copy BoxGen 43:28 - "Your servant our father is well," they replied. "He is still alive." They bowed down in humility.

Unchecked Copy BoxGen 43:29 - When Joseph looked up and saw his brother Benjamin, his mother's son, he said, "Is this your youngest brother, whom you told me about?" Then he said, "May God be gracious to you, my son."

Unchecked Copy BoxGen 43:30 - Joseph hurried out, for he was overcome by affection for his brother and was at the point of tears. So he went to his room and wept there.

Unchecked Copy BoxGen 43:31 - Then he washed his face and came out. With composure he said, "Set out the food."

Unchecked Copy BoxGen 43:32 - They set a place for him, a separate place for his brothers, and another for the Egyptians who were eating with him. (The Egyptians are not able to eat with Hebrews, for the Egyptians think it is disgusting to do so.)

Unchecked Copy BoxGen 43:33 - They sat before him, arranged by order of birth, beginning with the firstborn and ending with the youngest. The men looked at each other in astonishment.

Unchecked Copy BoxGen 43:34 - He gave them portions of the food set before him, but the portion for Benjamin was five times greater than the portions for any of the others. They drank with Joseph until they all became drunk.

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