- And the famine was sore in the land.
- And it came to pass, when they had eaten up the corn which they had brought out of Egypt, that their father said unto them: "Go again, buy us a little food."
- And Judah spoke unto him, saying: "The man did earnestly forewarn us, saying: Ye shall not see my face, except your brother be with you.
- If thou wilt send our brother with us, we will go down and buy thee food;
- but if thou wilt not send him, we will not go down, for the man said unto us: Ye shall not see my face, except your brother be with you."
- And Israel said: "Wherefore dealt ye so ill with me, as to tell the man whether ye had yet a brother?"
- And they said: "The man asked straitly concerning ourselves, and concerning 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 in any wise know that he would say: Bring your brother down?"
- And Judah said unto 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.
- I will be surety for him;
of my hand shalt thou require him;
if I bring him not unto thee, and set him before thee, then let me bear the blame for ever.
- For except we had lingered, surely we had now returned a second time."
- And their father Israel said unto them: "If it be so now, do this: take of the choice fruits of the land in your vessels, and carry down the man a present, a little balm, and a little honey, spicery and ladanum, nuts, and almonds;
- and take double money in your hand;
and the money that was returned in the mouth of your sacks carry back in your hand;
peradventure it was an oversight;
- take also your brother, and arise, go again unto the man;
- and God Almighty give you mercy before the man, that he may release unto you your other brother and Benjamin.
And as for me, if I be bereaved of my children, I am bereaved."
- And the men took that present, and they took double money in their hand, and Benjamin;
and rose up, and went down to Egypt, and stood before Joseph.
- And when Joseph saw Benjamin with them, he said to the steward of his house: "Bring the men into the house, and kill the beasts, and prepare the meat;
for the men shall dine with me at noon."
- And the man did as Joseph bade;
and the man brought the men into Joseph"s house.
- 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 bondmen, and our asses."
- And they came near to the steward of Joseph"s house, and they spoke unto him at the door of the house,
- and said: "Oh my lord, we came indeed down at the first time to buy food.
- And it came to pass, when we came to the lodging-place, 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 back in our hand.
- And other money have we brought down in our hand to buy food.
We know not who put our money in our sacks."
- 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 unto them.
- 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.
- And they made ready the present against Joseph"s coming at noon;
for they heard that they should eat bread there.
- And when Joseph came home, they brought him the present which was in their hand into the house, and bowed down to him to the earth.
- And he asked them of their welfare, and said: "Is your father well, the old man of whom ye spoke?
Is he yet alive?"
- And they said: "Thy servant our father is well, he is yet alive." And they bowed the head, and made obeisance.
- And he lifted up his eyes, and saw Benjamin his brother, his mother"s son, and said: "Is this your youngest brother of whom ye spoke unto me?" And he said: "God be gracious unto thee, my son."
- And Joseph made haste;
for his heart yearned toward his brother;
and he sought where to weep;
and he entered into his chamber, and wept there.
- And he washed his face, and came out;
and he refrained himself, and said: "Set on bread."
- And they set on for him by himself, and for them by themselves, and for the Egyptians, that did eat with him, by themselves;
because the Egyptians might not eat bread with the Hebrews;
for that is an abomination unto the Egyptians.
- And they sat before him, the firstborn according to his birthright, and the youngest according to his youth;
and the men marvelled one with another.
- And portions were taken unto them from before him;
but Benjamin"s portion was five times so much as any of theirs.
And they drank, and were merry with him.