Joseph's policy to stay his brethren.
Genesis 44:1 And hee commaunded the steward of his house, saying, Fill the mens sackes [with] food, as much as they can carie, and put euery mans money in his sacks mouth. Genesis 44:2 And put my cup, the siluer cup, in the sackes mouth of the youngest, and his corne money: and he did according to the word that Ioseph had spoken. Genesis 44:3 Assoone as the morning was light, the men were sent away, they, and their asses. Genesis 44:4 And when they were gone out of the citie, and [not] yet farre off, Ioseph said vnto his steward, Up, follow after the men; and when thou doest ouertake them, say vnto them, Wherefore haue ye rewarded euill for good? Genesis 44:5 Is not this it, in which my lord drinketh? and whereby indeed he diuineth? ye haue done euill in so doing.
Genesis 44:6 And he ouertooke them, and he spake vnto them these same words. Genesis 44:7 And they said vnto him, Wherefore saith my lord these words? God forbid that thy seruants should doe according to this thing. Genesis 44:8 Behold, the money which wee found in our sackes mouthes, wee brought againe vnto thee, out of the land of Canaan: how then should wee steale out of thy lords house, siluer or golde? Genesis 44:9 With whom [soeuer] of thy seruants it be found, both let him die, and we also will be my lords bondmen. Genesis 44:10 And he said, Now also let it be according vnto your wordes: hee with whom it is found, shall be my seruant: and ye shall be blamelesse. Genesis 44:11 Then they speedily tooke downe euery man his sacke to the ground, and opened euery man his sacke. Genesis 44:12 And he searched, and began at the eldest, and left at the yongest: and the cup was found in Beniamins sacke. Genesis 44:13 Then they rent their clothes, and laded euery man his asse, and returned to the citie.
Judah's humble supplication to Joseph.
Genesis 44:14 And Iudah and his brethren came to Iosephs house: (for he was yet there) and they fell before him on the ground. Genesis 44:15 And Ioseph said vnto them, What deed is this that ye haue done? wote ye not, that such a man as I can certainely diuine? Genesis 44:16 And Iudah said, What shall wee say vnto my lord? what shal we speake? or how shall we cleare our selues? God hath found out the iniquitie of thy seruants: beholde, wee are my lords seruants, both we, and he also with whom the cup is found. Genesis 44:17 And he said, God forbid that I should doe so: [but] the man in whose hand the cup is found, he shal be my seruant; and as for you, get you vp in peace vnto your father.
Genesis 44:18 Then Iudah came neere vnto him, and said, Oh my lord, let thy seruant, I pray thee, speake a word in my lords eares, & let not thine anger burne against thy seruant: for thou art euen as Pharaoh. Genesis 44:19 My lord asked his seruants, saying; Haue ye a father, or a brother? Genesis 44:20 And we said vnto my lord, Wee haue a father, an olde man, and a childe of his old age, a little one: and his brother is dead, and he alone is left of his mother, and his father loueth him. Genesis 44:21 And thou saidst vnto thy seruants, Bring him downe vnto mee, that I may set mine eyes vpon him. Genesis 44:22 And we said vnto my lord, The lad cannot leaue his father: for [if] hee should leaue his father, [his father] would die. Genesis 44:23 And thou saidst vnto thy seruants, Except your yongest brother come downe with you, you shall see my face no more. Genesis 44:24 And it came to passe when wee came vp vnto thy seruant my father, we told him the words of my lord. Genesis 44:25 And our father said, Goe againe, and buy vs a little food. Genesis 44:26 And we saide, Wee cannot goe downe: if our yongest brother be with vs, then will we goe downe: for wee may not see the mans face, except our yongest brother be with vs. Genesis 44:27 And thy seruant my father said vnto vs, Ye know that my wife bare me two [sonnes]. Genesis 44:28 And the one went out from me, and I said, Surely he is torne in pieces: and I saw him not since. Genesis 44:29 And if ye take this also from me, and mischiefe befall him, ye shall bring downe my gray haires with sorrow to the graue. Genesis 44:30 Now therefore when I come to thy seruant my father, and the lad [bee] not with vs; (seeing that his life is bound vp in the lads life.) Genesis 44:31 It shall come to passe, when he seeth that the lad [is] not with vs, that he will die, and thy seruants shall bring downe the gray haires of thy seruant our father with sorrow to the graue. Genesis 44:32 For thy seruant became surety for the lad vnto my father, saying, If I bring him not vnto thee, then I shall beare the blame to my father, for euer. Genesis 44:33 Now therefore, I pray thee, let thy seruant abide in stead of the lad, a bondman to my lord, and let the lad goe vp with his brethren. Genesis 44:34 For how shall I goe vp to my father, and the lad be not with mee, lest peraduenture I see the euill that shall come on my father?