Joseph's policy to stay his brethren.
Genesis 44:1 Afterward he commanded his steward, saying, Fill the mens sackes with foode, as much as they can carry, and put euery mans money in his sackes mouth. Genesis 44:2 And put my cup, I meane the siluer cup, in the sackes mouth of the yongest, and his corne money; he did according to the commandement that Ioseph gaue him. Genesis 44:3 And in the morning the men were sent away, they, and their asses. Genesis 44:4 And when they went out of the citie not farre off, Ioseph sayd to his stewarde, Vp, followe after the men: and when thou doest ouertake them, say vnto them, Wherefore haue ye rewarded euill for good? Genesis 44:5 Is that not the cuppe, wherein my Lorde drinketh? and in the which he doeth deuine and prophecie? ye haue done euill in so doing.
Genesis 44:6 And when he ouertooke them, he sayde those wordes vnto them. Genesis 44:7 And they answered him, Wherefore sayeth my lorde such wordes? God forbid that thy seruants should do such a thing. Genesis 44:8 Behold, the money which we found in our sackes mouthes, wee brought againe to thee out of the land of Canaan: how then should we steale out of thy lordes house siluer or golde? Genesis 44:9 With whomesoeuer of thy seruants it bee found, let him dye, and we also will be my lordes bondmen. Genesis 44:10 And he said, Now then let it be according vnto your wordes: he with whome it is found, shal be my seruant, and ye shalbe blamelesse. Genesis 44:11 Then at once euery man tooke downe his sacke to the grounde, and euery one opened his sacke. Genesis 44:12 And he searched, and began at the eldest and left at the yongest: and the cuppe was found in Beniamins sacke. Genesis 44:13 Then they rent their clothes, and laded euery man his asse, & went againe into the citie.
Judah's humble supplication to Joseph.
Genesis 44:14 So Iudah and his brethren came to Iosephs house (for he was yet there) and they fel before him on the ground. Genesis 44:15 Then Ioseph sayd vnto them, What acte is this, which ye haue done? know ye not that such a man as I, can deuine and prophecie? Genesis 44:16 Then sayd Iudah, What shall we say vnto my lord? what shall we speake? and howe can we iustifie our selues? God hath found out the wickednesse of thy seruants: beholde, we are seruants to my Lorde, both wee, and he, with whome the cuppe is founde. Genesis 44:17 But he answered, God forbid, that I should doe so, but the man, with whome the cuppe is founde, he shalbe my seruant, and go ye in peace vnto your father.
Genesis 44:18 Then Iudah drewe neere vnto him, and sayde, O my Lord, let thy seruant nowe speake a worde in my lordes eares, and let not thy wrath be kindled 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 answered my Lorde, We haue a father that is olde, and a young childe, which he begate in his age: and his brother is dead, and he alone is left of his mother, and his father loueth him. Genesis 44:21 Now thou saidest vnto thy seruants, Bring him vnto me, that I may set mine eye vpo him. Genesis 44:22 And we answered my lord, The childe can not depart from his father: for if he leaue his father, his father would die. Genesis 44:23 Then saydest thou vnto thy seruants, Except your yonger brother come downe with you, looke in my face no more. Genesis 44:24 So when we came vnto thy seruant our father, and shewed him what my lord had sayd, Genesis 44:25 And our father sayde vnto vs, Goe againe, bye vs a litle foode, Genesis 44:26 Then we answered, We can not go downe: but if our yongest brother go with vs, then will we go downe: for we may not see the mans face, except our yongest brother be with vs. Genesis 44:27 Then thy seruant my father sayde vnto vs, Ye knowe that my wife bare me two sonnes, Genesis 44:28 And the one went out from me, and I said, Of a suretie he is torne in pieces, and I sawe him not since. Genesis 44:29 Nowe yee take this also away from me: if death take him, then yee shall bring my graye head in sorowe to the graue. Genesis 44:30 Nowe therefore, when I come to thy seruant my father, & the childe be not with vs (seeing that his life dependeth on the childes life) Genesis 44:31 Then when hee shall see that the childe is not come, he will die: so shall thy seruants bring the graye head of thy seruant our father with sorowe to the graue. Genesis 44:32 Doubtlesse thy seruant became suertie for the childe to my father, and said, If I bring him not vnto thee againe, then I will beare the blame vnto my father for euer. Genesis 44:33 Nowe therefore, I pray thee, let me thy seruant bide for the childe, as a seruant to my Lord, and let the childe go vp with his brethren. Genesis 44:34 For howe can I go vp to my father, if the childe be not with me, vnlesse I woulde see the euil that shall come on my father?