- Now Jacob saw that there was corn in Egypt, and Jacob said unto his sons: "Why do ye look one upon another?"
- And he said: "Behold, I have heard that there is corn in Egypt.
Get you down thither, and buy for us from thence;
that we may live, and not die."
- And Joseph"s ten brethren went down to buy corn from Egypt.
- But Benjamin, Joseph"s brother, Jacob sent not with his brethren;
for he said: "Lest peradventure harm befall him."
- And the sons of Israel came to buy among those that came;
for the famine was in the land of Caanan.
- And Joseph was the governor over the land;
he it was that sold to all the people of the land.
And Joseph"s brethren came, and bowed down to him with their faces to the earth.
- And Joseph saw his brethren, and he knew them, but made himself strange unto them, and spoke roughly with them;
and he said unto them: "Whence come ye?" And they said: "From the land of Canaan to buy food."
- And Joseph knew his brethren, but they knew him not.
- And Joseph remembered the dreams which he dreamed of them, and said unto them: "Ye are spies;
to see the nakedness of the land ye are come."
- And they said unto him: "Nay, my lord, but to buy food are thy servants come.
- We are all one man"s sons;
we are upright men, thy servants are no spies."
- And he said unto them: "Nay, but to see the nakedness of the land ye are come."
- And they said: "We thy servants are twelve brethren, the sons of one man in the land of Canaan;
and, behold, the youngest is this day with our father, and one is not."
- And Joseph said unto them: "That is it that I spoke unto you, saying: Ye are spies.
- Hereby ye shall be proved, as Pharaoh liveth, ye shall not go forth hence, except your youngest brother come hither.
- Send one of you, and let him fetch your brother, and ye shall be bound, that your words may be proved, whether there be truth in you;
or else, as Pharaoh liveth, surely ye are spies."
- And he put them all together into ward three days.
- And Joseph said unto them the third day.
"This do, and live;
for I fear God:
- if ye be upright men, let one of your brethren be bound in your prison-house;
but go ye, carry corn for the famine of your houses;
- and bring your youngest brother unto me;
so shall your words be verified, and ye shall not die." And they did so.
- And they said one to another: "We are verily guilty concerning our brother, in that we saw the distress of his soul, when he besought us, and we would not hear;
therefore is this distress come upon us."
- And Reuben answered them, saying: "Spoke I not unto you, saying: Do not sin against the child;
and ye would not hear?
therefore also, behold, his blood is required."
- And they knew not that Joseph understood them;
for the interpreter was between them.
- And he turned himself about from them, and wept;
and he returned to them, and spoke to them, and took Simeon from among them, and bound him before their eyes.
- Then Joseph commanded to fill their vessels with corn, and to restore every man"s money into his sack, and to give them provision for the way;
and thus was it done unto them.
- And they laded their asses with their corn, and departed thence.
- And as one of them opened his sack to give his ass provender in the lodging-place, he espied his money;
and, behold, it was in the mouth of his sack.
- And he said unto his brethren: "My money is restored;
and, lo, it is even in my sack." And their heart failed them, and they turned trembling one to another, saying: "What is this that God hath done unto us?"
- And they came unto Jacob their father unto the land of Canaan, and told him all that had befallen them, saying:
- "The man, the lord of the land, spoke roughly with us, and took us for spies of the country.
- And we said unto him: We are upright men;
we are no spies.
- We are twelve brethren, sons of our father;
one is not, and the youngest is this day with our father in the land of Canaan.
- And the man, the lord of the land, said unto us: Hereby shall I know that ye are upright men: leave one of your brethren with me, and take corn for the famine of your houses, and go your way.
- And bring your youngest brother unto me;
then shall I know that ye are no spies, but that ye are upright men;
so will I deliver you your brother, and ye shall traffic in the land."
- And it came to pass as they emptied their sacks, that, behold, every man"s bundle of money was in his sack;
and when they and their father saw their bundles of money, they were afraid.
- And Jacob their father said unto them: "Me have ye bereaved of my children: Joseph is not, and Simeon is not, and ye will take Benjamin away;
upon me are all these things come."
- And Reuben spoke unto his father, saying: "Thou shalt slay my two sons, if I bring him not to thee;
deliver him into my hand, and I will bring him back to thee."
- And he said: "My son shall not go down with you;
for his brother is dead, and he only is left;
if harm befall him by the way in which ye go, then will ye bring down my gray hairs with sorrow to the grave.