Bishops' Bible

Genesis 44

Joseph's policy to stay his brethren.

Genesis 44:1 And he commaunded the ruler of his house, saying: fill the mens sackes with foode, as much as they can cary, & put euery mans mony in his sackesmouth: Genesis 44:2 And put my cup, my siluer cup in the sackes mouth of the youngest, and his corne money also. And he did according to the worde that Ioseph had saide. Genesis 44:3 And in the morning assoone as it was lyght, the men were let go, they, and their asses. Genesis 44:4 And when they were out of the citie, and not yet farre away, Ioseph sayde vnto the ruler of his house: vp, and folowe after the men, & when thou doest ouertake them, thou shalt say vnto them: wherfore haue ye rewarded euyl for good? Genesis 44:5 Is not that the cuppe in the whiche my Lord drinketh? and for the which he consulteth with the propheciers? Ye haue euill done that ye haue done.

Genesis 44:6 And when he ouertoke them, he sayd the same wordes vnto them. Genesis 44:7 And they aunswered him: wherfore sayeth my Lorde suche wordes? God forbid that thy seruauntes should do so. Genesis 44:8 Beholde the money which we founde in our sackes mouthes, we brought agayne vnto thee, out of the land of Chanaan: howe then shoulde we steale out of thy Lordes house eyther siluer or golde? Genesis 44:9 With whomsoeuer of thy seruauntes it be founde, let him dye, and we also wyll be my Lordes bondmen. Genesis 44:10 And he said, Nowe also let it be according vnto your wordes: he with whom it is founde, shalbe my seruaunt, and ye shalbe blamelesse. Genesis 44:11 And at once euery man toke downe his sacke to the ground, and euery man opened his sacke. Genesis 44:12 And he searched, and began at the eldest, and left at the youngest: and the cuppe was founde in Beniamins sacke. Genesis 44:13 Then they rent theyr clothes, and laded euery ma his asse, and went againe vnto the citie.

Judah's humble supplication to Joseph.

Genesis 44:14 And Iuda and his brethren came to Iosephes house (for he [was] yet there) and they fell before him on the ground. Genesis 44:15 And Ioseph sayde vnto them: what deede is this that ye haue done? Wote ye not that suche a man as I do consult with propheciers? Genesis 44:16 Then saide Iuda: what shall we say vnto my lorde? What shall we speake? or howe shall we cleare our selues? God hath founde out the wickednes of thy seruauntes: beholde, we are my lordes seruauntes, both we, yea, and he also with whom the cup is founde. Genesis 44:17 And he aunswered, God forbid that I shoulde do so: but the man with who the cup is found, he shalbe my seruaunt, and get ye hence vp in peace vnto your father.

Genesis 44:18 Then Iuda went vnto him, and said: Oh my lorde, let thy seruaunt [I pray thee] speake a worde in my lordes eares, and be not inflamed with wrath agaynst thy seruaunt, for thou art euen as Pharao. Genesis 44:19 My lorde asked his seruauntes, saying: haue ye a father, or a brother? Genesis 44:20 And we aunswered my lorde: we haue a father that is olde, and a young lad, which he begat in his age: and the brother of the sayd lad is dead, and he is all that is left of his mother, and his father loueth him. Genesis 44:21 And thou saidest vnto thy seruauntes: bryng him vnto me, that I may set my eyes vpon him. Genesis 44:22 And we aunswered my Lorde, that the lad could not go from his father, for if he shoulde leaue his father, he were but dead. Genesis 44:23 Then saydest thou vnto thy seruauntes: except your youngest brother come with you, loke that ye see my face no more. Genesis 44:24 And when we came vnto thy seruaunt our father, we shewed hym the wordes of my Lorde. Genesis 44:25 And our father sayde vnto vs: go agayne, and bye vs a litle foode. Genesis 44:26 And we aunswered, we can not go downe: neuerthelesse, if our youngest brother be with vs, then wyll we go downe, for we may not see the mans face, except our youngest brother be with vs. Genesis 44:27 And thy seruaunt our father sayd vnto vs: ye knowe that my wyfe bare me two sonnes. Genesis 44:28 And the one went out from me, and I sayd, of a suretie he is torne in peeces, and I sawe him not since. Genesis 44:29 And if ye take this also away from me, and destruction come vnto him, ye shall bryng my gray head with sorowe vnto the graue. Genesis 44:30 Nowe therefore when I come to thy seruaunt my father, and the lad be not with vs (seing that his life hangeth by the laddes life.) Genesis 44:31 Then shall it come to passe, that assoone as he seeth that the lad is not come, he wyll dye: so shall we thy seruauntes bryng the gray head of thy seruaunt our father with sorowe vnto the graue. Genesis 44:32 For I thy seruaunt became suretie for the lad before my father, and saide: If I bryng hym not vnto thee agayne, I shal beare the blame vnto my father all my lyfe long. Genesis 44:33 Nowe therefore I pray thee, let me thy seruaunt byde here for the lad, and be my lordes bondman, and let the lad go vp with his brethren. Genesis 44:34 For howe can I go vp to my father, if the ladde be not with me? vnlesse I woulde see the wretchednesse that shall come on my father.

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