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Genesis 44

Joseph's policy to stay his brethren.

Genesis 44:1 And Ioseph commaunded the ruler of his house, and sayde: Fyll the mens sackes with foode, as moch as they maye carye, Genesis 44:2 and put euery mans money in his sacke mouth, & put my syluer cuppe in the sack mouth of the yongest with the money for ye vytayles. He dyd as Ioseph had sayde. Genesis 44:3 And on the morow whan it was daye, they let ye men go with their Asses. Genesis 44:4 But whan they were out of the cite, and not come farre, Ioseph sayde to the ruler of his house: Vp, and folowe after the me, and whan thou ouertakest them, saie vnto them: Wherfore haue ye rewarded euell for good? Genesis 44:5 Is not that it, that my lorde drynketh out of? and that he prophecieth withall? It is euell done of you, that ye haue done.

Genesis 44:6 And whan he had ouertaken them, he sayde the same wordes vnto them. Genesis 44:7 They answered him: Wherfore saieth my lorde soch wordes? God forbyd, that thy seruauntes shulde do eny soch thinge? Genesis 44:8 Beholde, the money that we foude in oure sackes mouthes, that brought we vnto the agayne, out of the lande of Canaan: how shulde we then haue stollen either syluer or golde out of thy lordes house? Genesis 44:9 Loke by whom it shall be founde amonge thy seruauntes, let him dye: yee and we also wyll be my lordes bondmen. Genesis 44:10 He sayde: let it so be, as ye haue spoken. Loke by whom it shall be founde, let him be my seruaunt, but ye shalbe harmlesse. Genesis 44:11 And they made haist, and toke downe euery man his sack to the grounde, and euery man opened his sack: Genesis 44:12 And he searched & beganne at the greatest vnto the yongest, and the cuppe was founde in Ben Iamins sacke. Genesis 44:13 Then rente they their clothes, and euery man lade the burthen vpon his Asse, & wente agayne vnto the cite.

Judah's humble supplication to Joseph.

Genesis 44:14 And Iuda wente with his brethren vnto Iosephs house (for he was there yet) and they fell before him on the groude. Genesis 44:15 Ioseph sayde vnto them: What maner of dede is this, that ye haue done? Knewe ye not, that soch a man as I am, can prophecy? Genesis 44:16 Iuda sayde: What shall we saye vnto my lorde? or how shal we speake? and what excuse shal we make? God hath founde out ye wickednesse of thy seruauntes. Beholde, we and he, by whom the cuppe is founde, are my lordes seruauntes. Genesis 44:17 But he sayde: God forbyd that I shulde do so. The man by whom the cuppe is founde, shall by my seruaunt, but go ye vp in peace vnto youre father.

Genesis 44:18 The stepte Iuda vnto him, and sayde: My lorde, let thy seruaunt speake one worde in thine eares my lorde, be not displesed at yi seruaunt also, for thou art eue as Pharao. Genesis 44:19 My lorde axed his seruauntes, and sayde: Haue ye yet a father or brother? Genesis 44:20 Then answered we: We haue a father, which is olde, and a yonge lad begotten in his age, and his brother is deed, & he is left alone of his mother, and his father loueth him. Genesis 44:21 Then saydest thou: Brynge him downe vnto me, and I wil se him. Genesis 44:22 But we answered my lorde: The lad can not come from his father, yf he shulde come from him, he were but a deed man. Genesis 44:23 Then saydest thou vnto thy seruauntes: Yf youre yongest brother come not hither with you, ye shall se my face nomore. Genesis 44:24 Then wente we vp vnto thy seruaunt my father, and tolde him my lordes wordes. Genesis 44:25 Then sayde oure father: Go youre waye agayne, and bye vs a litle foode. Genesis 44:26 But we sayde: We can not go downe, excepte oure yongest brother be with vs, then wyll we go downe: for we darre not loke the man in the face, yf oure yongest brother be not with vs. Genesis 44:27 Then sayde thy seruaunt my father vnto vs: Ye knowe that my wife bare me two sonnes, Genesis 44:28 one wente out fro me, and I sayde: he is torne in peces. Genesis 44:29 Yf ye take this fro me also, and eny mysfortune happe him, then shal ye brynge my gray heer with sorowe downe vnto the graue. Genesis 44:30 Yf I now come home vnto my father, & the lad be not with me (seynge his soule hangeth by the soule of this) Genesis 44:31 then shall it come to passe, that yf he se not the lad there, he shal dye. So shal we thy seruauntes brynge the gray heer of thy seruaunt oure father with sorowe downe to the graue. Genesis 44:32 For I thy seruaunt became suertye for the lad vnto my father, and sayde: yf I brynge him not agayne, I will beare the blame all my lyfe longe. Genesis 44:33 Therfore let thy seruaunt byde here in steade of ye lad, to be my lordes bonde man, and let the lad go vp with his brethren. Genesis 44:34 For how can I go vp vnto my father, yf the lad be not with me? Then shulde I se the mysery that shulde happen vnto my father.

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