1 aThen he commanded his house steward, saying, “Fill the men’s sacks with food, as much as they can carry, and put each man’s money in the mouth of his sack.
2 “Put my cup, the silver cup, in the mouth of the sack of the youngest, and his money for the grain.” And he did 1as Joseph had told him.
3 1As soon as it was light, the men were sent away, they with their donkeys.
4 They had just gone out of athe city, and were not far off, when Joseph said to his house steward, “Up, follow the men; and when you overtake them, say to them, ‘Why have you repaid evil for good?
5 ‘Is not this the one from which my lord drinks and which he indeed uses for adivination? You have done wrong in doing this.’ ”
8 “Behold, athe money which we found in the mouth of our sacks we have brought back to you from the land of Canaan. How then could we steal silver or gold from your lord’s house?
12 He searched, beginning with the oldest and ending with the youngest, and athe cup was found in Benjamin’s sack.
14 When Judah and his brothers came to Joseph’s house, he was still there, and athey fell to the ground before him.
15 Joseph said to them, “What is this deed that you have done? Do you not know that such a man as I can indeed practice adivination?”
16 So Judah said, “What can we say to my lord? What can we speak? And how can we justify ourselves? God has found out the iniquity of your servants; behold, we are my lord’s aslaves, both we and the one in whose 1possession the cup has been found.”
17 But he said, “Far be it from me to do this. The man in whose 1possession the cup has been found, he shall be my slave; but as for you, go up in peace to your father.”
19 “aMy lord asked his servants, saying, ‘Have you a father or a brother?’
21 “Then you said to your servants, ‘aBring him down to me that I may set my eyes on him.’
22 “But we said to my lord, ‘The lad cannot leave his father, for if he should leave his father, 1his father would die.’
23 “You said to your servants, however, ‘aUnless your youngest brother comes down with you, you will not see my face again.’
25 “aOur father said, ‘Go back, buy us a little food.’
27 “Your servant my father said to us, ‘You know that amy wife bore me two sons;
28 and the one went out from me, and aI said, “Surely he is torn in pieces,” and I have not seen him since.
31 when he sees that the lad is not with us, he will die. Thus your servants will abring the gray hair of your servant our father down to Sheol in sorrow.
34 “For how shall I go up to my father if the lad is not with me—for fear that I see the evil that would 1overtake my father?”
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