Jacob is hardly persuaded to send Benjamin.
Genesis 43:1 And the famine was sore in the land. Genesis 43:2 And it came to passe when they had eaten vp the corne, which they had brought out of Egypt, their father said vnto them, Goe againe, buy vs a little foode. Genesis 43:3 And Iudah spake vnto him, saying, The man did solemnly protest vnto vs, saying, Ye shall not see my face, except your brother [be] with you. Genesis 43:4 If thou wilt send our brother with vs, we will goe downe and buy thee food. Genesis 43:5 But if thou wilt not send [him], we will not goe downe: for the man saide vnto vs, Ye shall not see my face, except your brother [be] with you. Genesis 43:6 And Israel said, Wherefore dealt ye so ill with me, as to tell the man whether ye had yet a brother? Genesis 43:7 And they said, The man asked vs straitly of our state, and of our kindred, saying, Is your father yet aliue? haue yee [another] brother? and we tolde him according to the tenour of these words: Could we certainely knowe that he would say, Bring your brother downe? Genesis 43:8 And Iudah said vnto Israel his father, Send the lad with me, and wee will arise and go, that we may liue, and not die, both we, and thou, and also our little ones. Genesis 43:9 I will be surety for him; of my hand shalt thou require him: if I bring him not vnto thee, and set him before thee, then let me beare the blame for euer. Genesis 43:10 For except we had lingred, surely now wee had returned this second time. Genesis 43:11 And their father Israel said vnto them, If it must [bee] so now, doe this: take of the best fruits in the land in your vessels, and carie downe the man a Present, a litle balme, and a litle honie, spices, and myrrhe, nuts, and almonds. Genesis 43:12 And take double money in your hand, and the money that was brought againe in the mouth of your sackes: carie [it] againe in your hand, peraduenture it was an ouersight. Genesis 43:13 Take also your brother, and arise, goe againe vnto the man. Genesis 43:14 And God Almightie giue you mercie before the man, that he may send away your other brother, and Beniamin: If I be bereaued of my children, I am bereaued.
Joseph entertaineth his brethren.
Genesis 43:15 And the men tooke that Present, and they tooke double money in their hand, and Beniamin, and rose vp, and went downe to Egypt, and stood before Ioseph. Genesis 43:16 And when Ioseph sawe Beniamin with them, hee said to the ruler of his house, Bring these men home, and slay, and make ready: for these men shall dine with me at noone. Genesis 43:17 And the man did as Ioseph hade: and the man brought the men into Iosephs house. Genesis 43:18 And the men were afraid, because they were brought into Iosephs house, and they said, Because of the money that was returned in our sackes at the first time are we brought in, that hee may seeke occasion against vs, and fall vpon vs, and take vs for bondmen, and our asses. Genesis 43:19 And they came neere to the steward of Iosephs house, and they communed with him at the doore of the house, Genesis 43:20 And said, O Sir, we came indeed downe at the first time to buy food. Genesis 43:21 And it came to passe when wee came to the Inne, that wee opened our sackes, and behold, euery mans money [was] in the mouth of his sacke, our money in ful weight: and we haue brought it againe in our hand. Genesis 43:22 And other money haue wee brought downe in our handes to buy food: we cannot tell who put our money in our sackes. Genesis 43:23 And he said, Peace [be] to you, feare not: your God, and the God of your father, hath giuen you treasure in your sackes: I had your money. And hee brought Simeon out vnto them. Genesis 43:24 And the man brought the men into Iosephs house, and gaue [them] water, and they washed their feete, and he gaue their asses prouender. Genesis 43:25 And they made ready the Present against Ioseph came at noone: for they heard that they should eate bread there.
Genesis 43:26 And when Ioseph came home, they brought him the Present which was in their hand, into the house, and bowed themselues to him to the earth. Genesis 43:27 And he asked them of their welfare, and said, Is your father well, the old man of whom ye spake? Is he yet aliue? Genesis 43:28 And they answered, Thy seruant our father [is] in good health, hee [is] yet aliue: & they bowed downe their heads, and made obeisance. Genesis 43:29 And he lift vp his eyes, and sawe his brother Beniamin, his mothers sonne, and said, Is this your yonger brother, of whom yee spake vnto mee? and he said, God be gracious vnto thee, my sonne. Genesis 43:30 And Ioseph made haste: for his bowels did yerne vpon his brother: and he sought where to weepe, and hee entred into his chamber, & wept there.
He maketh them a feast.
Genesis 43:31 And he washed his face, and went out, and refrained himselfe, and saide, Set on bread. Genesis 43:32 And they set on for him by himselfe, and for them by themselues, and for the Egyptians which did eate with him, by themselues: because the Egyptians might not eate bread with the Hebrewes: for that [is] an abomination vnto the Egyptians. Genesis 43:33 And they sate before him, the first borne according to his birthright, and the yongest according to his youth: and the men marueiled one at another. Genesis 43:34 And hee tooke and [sent] measses vnto them from before him: but Beniamins measse [was] fiue times so much as any of theirs: and they drunke, and were merry with him.