Jacob sendeth his ten sons to buy corn in Egypt.
Genesis 42:1 Then Iaakob saw that there was foode in Egypt, and Iaakob said vnto his sonnes, Why gaze ye one vpon an other? Genesis 42:2 And he said, Behold, I haue heard that there is foode in Egypt, Get you downe thither, & bie vs foode thence, that we may liue and not die.
Genesis 42:3 So went Iosephs ten brethren downe to bye corne of the Egyptians. Genesis 42:4 But Beniamin Iosephs brother woulde not Iaakob send with his brethren: for he saide, Least death should befall him. Genesis 42:5 And the sonnes of Israel came to bye foode among them that came: for there was famine in the land of Canaan. Genesis 42:6 Now Ioseph was gouerner of the land, who solde to all the people of the lande: then Iosephs brethren came, & bowed their face to the groud before him. Genesis 42:7 And when Ioseph sawe his brethren, hee knewe them, and made himselfe straunge toward them, and spake to them roughly, and saide vnto them, Whence come yee? Who answered, Out of the land of Canaan, to bye vitaile. Genesis 42:8 (Now Ioseph knewe his brethren, but they knew not him. Genesis 42:9 And Ioseph remembred the dreames, which he dreamed of them) and he sayde vnto them, Ye are spies, and are come to see the weaknesse of the land. Genesis 42:10 But they sayde vnto him, Nay, my lorde, but to bye vitayle thy seruants are come. Genesis 42:11 Wee are all one mans sonnes: wee meane truely, and thy seruants are no spies. Genesis 42:12 But he saide vnto them, Nay, but yee are come to see the weakenes of the land. Genesis 42:13 And they said, We thy seruants are twelue brethren, the sonnes of one man in the lande of Canaan: and beholde, the yongest is this day with our father, and one is not. Genesis 42:14 Againe Ioseph sayde vnto them, This 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 shal not goe hence, except your yongest brother come hither.
They are imprisoned by Joseph for spies.
Genesis 42:16 Send one of you which may fet your brother, & ye shall be kept in prison, that your words may be proued, whether there bee trueth in you: or els by the life of Pharaoh ye are but spies. Genesis 42:17 So he put them in warde three dayes.
They are set at liberty, on condition to bring Benjamin.
Genesis 42:18 Then Ioseph said vnto them the third day, This do, and liue: for I feare God. Genesis 42:19 If ye be true men, let one of your brethren be bounde in your prison house, and goe ye, carie foode for the famine of your houses: Genesis 42:20 But bring your yonger brother vnto me, that your wordes may be tried, and that ye dye not: and they did so.
They have remorse for Joseph.
Genesis 42:21 And they said one to another, We haue verily sinned against our brother, in that we sawe the anguish of his soule, when he besought vs, and we would not heare him: therefore is this trouble come vpon vs. Genesis 42:22 And Reuben answered them, saying, Warned I not you, saying, Sinne not against the childe, and ye would not heare? and lo, his blood is now required. Genesis 42:23 (And they were not aware that Ioseph vnderstoode them: for he spake vnto them by an interpreter.)
Simeon is kept for a pledge.
Genesis 42:24 Then he turned from them, and wept, & turned to them againe, & communed with them, and tooke Simeon from among them, & bounde him before their eyes.
They return with corn, and their money.
Genesis 42:25 So Ioseph commanded that they should fill their sackes with wheate, and put euery mans money againe in his sacke, and giue them vitaile for the iourney: and thus did he vnto them. Genesis 42:26 And they layed their vitaile vpon their asses, and departed thence. Genesis 42:27 And as one of them opened his sacke for to giue his asse prouender in the ynne, he espyed his money: for lo, it was in his sackes mouth. Genesis 42:28 Then he sayde vnto his brethren, My money is restored: for loe, it is euen in my sacke; their heart fayled them, and they were astonished, and sayde one to another, What is this, that God hath done vnto vs?
Their relation to Jacob.
Genesis 42:29 And they came vnto Iaakob their father vnto the lande of Canaan, and tolde him all that had befallen them, saying, Genesis 42:30 The man, who is Lorde of the lande, spake roughly to vs, and put vs in prison as spyes of the countrey. Genesis 42:31 And we sayd vnto him, We are true men, and 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 Then the Lord of the countrey sayde vnto vs, Hereby shal I knowe if ye be true men: Leaue one of your brethren with me, and take foode for the famine of your houses and depart, Genesis 42:34 And bring your yongest brother vnto me, that I may knowe that ye are no spies, but true men: so will I deliuer you your brother, and yee shall occupie in the land.
Genesis 42:35 And as they emptied their sacks, behold, euery mans bundel of money was in his sacke: and when they and their father sawe the bundels of their money, they were afrayde.
Jacob refuseth to send Benjamin.
Genesis 42:36 Then Iaakob their father said to them, Ye haue robbed me of my children: Ioseph is not, & Simeon is not, and ye will take Beniamin: all these things are against me. Genesis 42:37 Then Reuben answered his father, saying, Slay my two sonnes, if I bring him not to thee againe: deliuer him to mine hand, and I will bring him to thee againe. Genesis 42:38 But he sayd, My sonne shall not go downe with you: for his brother is dead, and he is left alone: if death come vnto him by the way which ye goe, then ye shall bring my gray head with sorow vnto the graue.