Jacob sendeth his ten sons to buy corn in Egypt.
Genesis 42:1 Now when Iacob saw that there was corne in Egypt, Iacob said vnto his sonnes, Why doe ye looke one vpon an other? Genesis 42:2 And hee said, Beholde, I haue heard that there is corne in Egypt: get you downe thither and buy for vs from thence, that we may liue, and not die.
Genesis 42:3 And Iosephs ten brethren went downe to buy corne in Egypt. Genesis 42:4 But Beniamin Iosephs brother, Iacob sent not with his brethren: for he said, Lest peraduenture mischiefe befall him. Genesis 42:5 And the sonnes of Israel came to buy corne among those that came: for the famine was in the land of Canaan. Genesis 42:6 And Ioseph was the gouernour ouer the land, [and] hee [it was] that sold to all the people of the land: and Iosephs brethren came, & bowed downe themselues before him, [with] their faces to the earth. Genesis 42:7 And Ioseph saw his brethren, and he knew them, but made himselfe strange vnto them, and spake roughly vnto them; and hee saide vnto them, Whence come ye? And they said, From the land of Canaan, to buy food. Genesis 42:8 And Ioseph knew his brethren, but they knew not him. Genesis 42:9 And Ioseph remembred the dreames which hee dreamed of them, and said vnto them, Ye are spies: to see the nakednes of the land you are come. Genesis 42:10 And they said vnto him, Nay, my lord, but to buy food [are] thy seruants come. Genesis 42:11 We are all one mans sonnes, we are true men: thy seruants are no spies. Genesis 42:12 And he said vnto them, Nay: but to see the nakednesse of the land, you are come. Genesis 42:13 And they said, Thy seruants are twelue brethren, the sonnes of one man in the land of Canaan: and behold, the yongest [is] this day with our father, and one is not. Genesis 42:14 And Ioseph said vnto them, That is it that I spake vnto you, saying, Ye [are] spies. Genesis 42:15 Hereby ye shall be proued: by the life of Pharaoh ye shall not goe foorth hence, except your yongest brother come hither.
They are imprisoned by Joseph for spies.
Genesis 42:16 Send one of you, and let him fetch your brother, and ye shalbe kept in prison, that your wordes may be proued, whether there be any trueth in you: or els by the life of Pharaoh surely ye are spies. Genesis 42:17 And he put them all together into warde, three dayes.
They are set at liberty, on condition to bring Benjamin.
Genesis 42:18 And Ioseph said vnto them the third day, This doe, and liue: [for] I feare God. Genesis 42:19 If ye be true men, let one of your brethren be bound in the house of your prison: goe ye, carry corne for the famine of your houses. Genesis 42:20 But bring your yongest brother vnto mee, so shall your wordes be verified, and yee shall not die: and they did so.
They have remorse for Joseph.
Genesis 42:21 And they said one to another, We are verily guiltie concerning our brother, in that we saw the anguish of his soule, when he besought vs, and we would not heare: therefore is this distresse come vpon vs. Genesis 42:22 And Reuben answered them, saying, Spake I not vnto you, saying, Doe not sinne against the childe, and ye would not heare? therefore behold also, his blood is required. Genesis 42:23 And they knew not that Ioseph vnderstood them: for hee spake vnto them by an interpreter.
Simeon is kept for a pledge.
Genesis 42:24 And hee turned himselfe about from them and wept, and returned to them againe, and communed with them, and tooke from them Simeon, and bound him before their eyes.
They return with corn, and their money.
Genesis 42:25 Then Ioseph commanded to fill their sackes with corne, and to restore euery mans money into his sacke, and to giue them prouision for the way: and thus did he vnto them. Genesis 42:26 And they laded their asses with the corne, and departed thence. Genesis 42:27 And as one of them opened his sacke, to giue his asse prouender in the Inne, he espied his money: for behold, it [was] in his sackes mouth. Genesis 42:28 And he said vnto his brethren, My money is restored, and loe, [it is] euen in my sacke: and their heart failed them, and they were afraid, saying one to an other, What is this that God hath done vnto vs?
Their relation to Jacob.
Genesis 42:29 And they came vnto Iacob their father, vnto the land of Canaan, and told him all that befell vnto them, saying; Genesis 42:30 The man [who is] the lord of the land, spake roughly to vs, and tooke vs for spies of the countrey. Genesis 42:31 And we said vnto him, We are true men; we are no spies. Genesis 42:32 We be twelue brethren, sonnes of our father: one [is] not, and the yongest [is] this day with our father, in the land of Canaan. Genesis 42:33 And the man the lord of the countrey said vnto vs, Hereby shall I know that ye are true men: leaue one of your brethren here with me, and take [foode] for the famine of your housholds, and be gone. Genesis 42:34 And bring your yongest brother vnto me: then shall I know that you [are] no spies, but [that] you [are] true men: [so] will I deliuer you your brother, and ye shall traffique in the land.
Genesis 42:35 And it came to passe as they emptied their sacks, that behold, euery mans bundle of money [was] in his sacke: and when both they and their father saw the bundels of money, they were afraid.
Jacob refuseth to send Benjamin.
Genesis 42:36 And Iacob their father said vnto them, We haue ye bereaued of my children: Ioseph is not, and Simeon is not, and ye wil take Beniamin [away]: all these things are against me. Genesis 42:37 And Reuben spake vnto his father, saying; Slay my two sonnes, if I bring him not to thee: deliuer him into my hand, and I will bring him to thee againe. Genesis 42:38 And he said, My sonne shall not goe downe with you, for his brother is dead, and he is left alone: if mischiefe befall him by the way in the which yee goe, then shall ye bring downe my gray haires with sorrow to the graue.