42:1 Now when Jacob saw that there was corn in Egypt, Jacob said
to his sons, Why do ye look one upon another?
42:2 And he said, Behold, I have heard that there is corn in
Egypt: go down thither, and buy for us from thence; that we may
live, and not die.
42:3 And Joseph's ten brethren went down to buy corn in Egypt.
42:4 But Benjamin, Joseph's brother, Jacob sent not with his
brethren: for he said, Lest perhaps mischief shall befall him.
42:5 And the sons of Israel came to buy [corn] among those that
came: for the famine was in the land of Canaan.
42:6 And Joseph [was] the governor over the land, [and] he [it
was] that sold to all the people of the land: and Joseph's
brethren came, and bowed themselves before him [with] their
faces to the earth.
42:7 And Joseph saw his brethren, and he knew them, but made
himself strange to them, and spoke roughly to them; and he said
to them, Whence come ye? And they said, From the land of Canaan
to buy food.
42:8 And Joseph knew his brethren, but they knew not him.
42:9 And Joseph remembered the dreams which he dreamed of them,
and said to them, Ye [are] spies; to see the nakedness of the
land have ye come.
42:10 And they said to him, No, my lord, but to buy food have
thy servants come.
42:11 We [are] all one man's sons; we [are] true [men]; thy
servants are no spies.
42:12 And he said to them, No, but to see the nakedness of the
land have ye come.
42:13 And they said, 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.
42:14 And Joseph said to them, That [is] what I spoke to you,
saying, Ye [are] spies:
42:15 By this ye shall be proved: By the life of Pharaoh ye
shall not go forth hence, except your youngest brother shall
42:16 Send one of you, and let him bring your brother, and ye
shall be kept in prison, that your words may be proved, whether
[there is any] truth in you: or else by the life of Pharaoh
surely ye [are] spies.
42:17 And he put them all together into custody three days.
42:18 And Joseph said to them the third day, This do, and live;
[for] I fear God:
42:19 If ye [are] true [men], let one of your brethren be bound
in the house of your prison: go ye, carry corn for the famine
of your houses:
42:20 But bring your youngest brother to me; so shall your words
be verified, and ye shall not die. And they did so.
42:21 And they said one to another, We [are] verily guilty
concerning our brother, in that we saw the anguish of his soul,
when he besought us, and we would not hear; therefore is this
distress come upon us.
42:22 And Reuben answered them, saying, Did I not speak to you,
saying, Do not sin against the young man; and ye would not
hear? therefore behold also his blood is required.
42:23 And they knew not that Joseph understood [them]; for he
spoke to them by an interpreter.
42:24 And he turned himself away from them, and wept; and
returned to them again, and communed with them, and took from
them Simeon, and bound him before their eyes.
42:25 Then Joseph commanded to fill their sacks with corn, and
to restore every man's money into his sack, and to give them
provision for the way: and thus did he to them.
42:26 And they loaded their asses with the corn, and departed
42:27 And as one of them opened his sack to give his ass
provender in the inn, he espied his money: for behold, it [was]
in his sack's mouth.
42:28 And he said to his brethren, My money is restored; and see
[it is] even in my sack: and their heart failed [them], and
they were afraid, saying one to another, What [is] this [that]
God hath done to us?
42:29 And they came to Jacob their father to the land of Canaan,
and told him all that befell them, saying,
42:30 The man [who is] the lord of the land, spoke roughly to
us, and took us for spies of the country.
42:31 And we said to him, We [are] true [men]; we are no spies:
42:32 We [are] twelve brethren, sons of our father: one [is]
not, and the youngest [is] this day with our father in the land
42:33 And the man, the lord of the country, said to us, By this
shall I know that ye [are] true [men]: leave one of your
brethren [here] with me, and take [food for] the famine of your
households, and depart:
42:34 And bring your youngest brother to me: then shall I know
that ye [are] no spies, but [that] ye [are] true [men]: then
will I deliver to you your brother, and ye shall traffick in
42:35 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 the bundles of money, they were
42:36 And Jacob their father said to them, Me have ye bereaved:
Joseph [is] not, and Simeon [is] not, and ye will take Benjamin
[away]: all these things are against me.
42:37 And Reuben spoke to his father, saying, Slay my two sons,
if I bring him not to thee: deliver him into my hand, and I
will bring him to thee again.
42:38 And he said, My son shall not go down with you; for his
brother is dead, and he is left alone: if mischief shall befall
him by the way in which ye go, then will ye bring down my gray
hairs with sorrow to the grave.