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Unchecked Copy BoxGen 44:1 - He instructed the servant who was over his household, "Fill the sacks of the men with as much food as they can carry and put each man's money in the mouth of his sack.

Unchecked Copy BoxGen 44:2 - Then put my cup - the silver cup - in the mouth of the youngest one's sack, along with the money for his grain." He did as Joseph instructed.

Unchecked Copy BoxGen 44:3 - When morning came, the men and their donkeys were sent off.

Unchecked Copy BoxGen 44:4 - They had not gone very far from the city when Joseph said to the servant who was over his household, "Pursue the men at once! When you overtake them, say to them, 'Why have you repaid good with evil?

Unchecked Copy BoxGen 44:5 - Doesn't my master drink from this cup and use it for divination? You have done wrong!'"

Unchecked Copy BoxGen 44:6 - When the man overtook them, he spoke these words to them.

Unchecked Copy BoxGen 44:7 - They answered him, "Why does my lord say such things? Far be it from your servants to do such a thing!

Unchecked Copy BoxGen 44:8 - Look, the money that we found in the mouths of our sacks we brought back to you from the land of Canaan. Why then would we steal silver or gold from your master's house?

Unchecked Copy BoxGen 44:9 - If one of us has it, he will die, and the rest of us will become my lord's slaves!"

Unchecked Copy BoxGen 44:10 - He replied, "You have suggested your own punishment! The one who has it will become my slave, but the rest of you will go free."

Unchecked Copy BoxGen 44:11 - So each man quickly lowered his sack to the ground and opened it.

Unchecked Copy BoxGen 44:12 - Then the man searched. He began with the oldest and finished with the youngest. The cup was found in Benjamin's sack!

Unchecked Copy BoxGen 44:13 - They all tore their clothes! Then each man loaded his donkey, and they returned to the city.

Unchecked Copy BoxGen 44:14 - So Judah and his brothers came back to Joseph's house. He was still there, and they threw themselves to the ground before him.

Unchecked Copy BoxGen 44:15 - Joseph said to them, "What did you think you were doing? Don't you know that a man like me can find out things like this by divination?"

Unchecked Copy BoxGen 44:16 - Judah replied, "What can we say to my lord? What can we speak? How can we clear ourselves? God has exposed the sin of your servants! We are now my lord's slaves, we and the one in whose possession the cup was found."

Unchecked Copy BoxGen 44:17 - But Joseph said, "Far be it from me to do this! The man in whose hand the cup was found will become my slave, but the rest of you may go back to your father in peace."

Unchecked Copy BoxGen 44:18 - Then Judah approached him and said, "My lord, please allow your servant to speak a word with you. Please do not get angry with your servant, for you are just like Pharaoh.

Unchecked Copy BoxGen 44:19 - My lord asked his servants, 'Do you have a father or a brother?'

Unchecked Copy BoxGen 44:20 - We said to my lord, 'We have an aged father, and there is a young boy who was born when our father was old. The boy's brother is dead. He is the only one of his mother's sons left, and his father loves him.'

Unchecked Copy BoxGen 44:21 - "Then you told your servants, 'Bring him down to me so I can see him.'

Unchecked Copy BoxGen 44:22 - We said to my lord, 'The boy cannot leave his father. If he leaves his father, his father will die.'

Unchecked Copy BoxGen 44:23 - But you said to your servants, 'If your youngest brother does not come down with you, you will not see my face again.'

Unchecked Copy BoxGen 44:24 - When we returned to your servant my father, we told him the words of my lord.

Unchecked Copy BoxGen 44:25 - "Then our father said, 'Go back and buy us a little food.'

Unchecked Copy BoxGen 44:26 - But we replied, 'We cannot go down there. If our youngest brother is with us, then we will go, for we won't be permitted to see the man's face if our youngest brother is not with us.'

Unchecked Copy BoxGen 44:27 - "Then your servant my father said to us, 'You know that my wife gave me two sons.

Unchecked Copy BoxGen 44:28 - The first disappeared and I said, "He has surely been torn to pieces." I have not seen him since.

Unchecked Copy BoxGen 44:29 - If you take this one from me too and an accident happens to him, then you will bring down my gray hair in tragedy to the grave.'

Unchecked Copy BoxGen 44:30 - "So now, when I return to your servant my father, and the boy is not with us - his very life is bound up in his son's life.

Unchecked Copy BoxGen 44:31 - When he sees the boy is not with us, he will die, and your servants will bring down the gray hair of your servant our father in sorrow to the grave.

Unchecked Copy BoxGen 44:32 - Indeed, your servant pledged security for the boy with my father, saying, 'If I do not bring him back to you, then I will bear the blame before my father all my life.'

Unchecked Copy BoxGen 44:33 - "So now, please let your servant remain as my lord's slave instead of the boy. As for the boy, let him go back with his brothers.

Unchecked Copy BoxGen 44:34 - For how can I go back to my father if the boy is not with me? I couldn't bear to see my father's pain."

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