Jacob is hardly persuaded to send Benjamin.
Genesis 43:1 And the derth waxed sore in the lande. Genesis 43:2 And when they had eaten vp þe corne which they brought out of the lande of Egypt, their father sayde vnto them: go agayn and by vs a lytle food. Genesis 43:3 Than sayd Iuda vnto him: the man dyd testifye vnto vs sayinge loke that ye sea not my face excepte your brother be wyth you. Genesis 43:4 Therfore yf thou wylt sende oure brother wyth vs, we wyl go and bye the food. Genesis 43:5 But yf thou wylt not sende hym, we wyl not goo: for the man sayde vnto vs: loke that ye see not my face, excepte your brother be wyth you. Genesis 43:6 And Israel sayd: wherfore delt ye so cruelly with me, as to tel the man þt ye had yet another brother? Genesis 43:7 And they sayde: The man asked vs of our kynred sayinge: is youre father yet alyue? haue ye not another brother? And we tolde him acording to these wordes. How could we knowe þt he wold byd vs bryng oure brother doune wyth vs? Genesis 43:8 Than sayd Iuda vnto Israel his father: Send the lad with me, and we wyll ryse and go, that we maye lyue and not dye: both we, thou and also oure chyldren. Genesis 43:9 I wylbe suerty for him, & of my handes requyre him. If I bryng him not to the and set hym before thyne eyes, than let me bere the blame for euer. Genesis 43:10 For except we had made thys taryeng: by thys, we had bene there twyse, and come agayne. Genesis 43:11 Than their father Israel sayd vnto them: Yf it must nedes be so now: than do thus, take of the best frutes of the lande in your vesselles, and brynge the man a present, a curtesye of bawlme, and a curtesy of hony, spices and myrre, dates & almondes. Genesis 43:12 And take as moch money more wyth you. And the money that was brought agayne in youre sackes, take it agayn with you, peraduenture it was som ouersyghte. Genesis 43:13 Take also your brother wyth you, & aryse & go agayn to the man. Genesis 43:14 And God almightye geue you mercy in the syghte of the man and send you youre other brother and also BenIamin, and I wylbe as a man robbed of his chyldren.
Joseph entertaineth his brethren.
Genesis 43:15 Thus toke they the present and twyse so moche more money with them, and BenIamin. And rose vp, went doune to Egipte, and presented them selfes to Ioseph. Genesis 43:16 When Ioseph sawe BenIamin with them, he sayde to the ruelar of his house: brynge these men home & sley and make redy: for they shal dyne with me at none. Genesis 43:17 And the man dyd as Ioseph bad, and brought them in to Iosephes house. Genesis 43:18 When they were brought to Iosephs house, they were afrayde and sayde: because of the money that came in oure sackes mouthes at the fyrst tyme, are we brought, to pyke a quarell with vs and to laye some thynge to oure charge to bryng vs in bondage and our asses also. Genesis 43:19 Therfore came they to the man þt was the ruelar ouer Iosephes house, & comened with him at the doore Genesis 43:20 & sayde. Syr, we came hyther at the fyrste tyme to bye food, Genesis 43:21 & as we came to an inne and opened oure sackes: beholde, euery mannes money was in his sacke with full weyghte: But we haue brought it agayne with vs, Genesis 43:22 and other mony haue we brought also in oure handes, to bye foode, but we can not tel who put our money in oure sackes. Genesis 43:23 And he sayde: be of good chere, feare not: your God and the god of youre fathers, hath put you that treasure in youre sackes, for I had youre money. And he brought Simeon out to them Genesis 43:24 & led them into Iosephes house, and gaue them water to washe their fete, and gaue their asses prouender: Genesis 43:25 And they made redy their present against Ioseph came at none, for they herde say that they shuld dyne there.
Genesis 43:26 When Ioseph came home, they brought the present into the house to him, which they had in their handes, and fel flat on the ground befor him. Genesis 43:27 And he welcomed them courteously saying: is youre father that olde man whych ye tolde me of, in good health? and is he yet alyue? Genesis 43:28 they answered: thy seruaunt our father is in good health and is yet aliue. And they bowed them selues and fel to the ground. Genesis 43:29 And he lyfte vp his eyes & behelde his brother BenIamin his mothers sonne, & sayde: is thys your yongest brother of whome ye sayde vnto me? And sayde: God be mercyful vnto þe my sonne. Genesis 43:30 And Ioseph made hast (for his hert did melt vpon his brother) & sought where to wepe, & entred in to his chambre, for to wepe there.
He maketh them a feast.
Genesis 43:31 And he wasshed hys face & came out and reframed him self, and bad, set bread on the table. Genesis 43:32 And they prepared for hym by hym selfe, & for them by them selues, & for the Egipcians the Egypcians may not eate bread wyth the Hebrues, for that is an abhominacion vnto the Egypcians. Genesis 43:33 And they sat before hym: the eldest acordynge vnto hys age, and the yongest accordyng vnto his youth. And the men marueled among them selues. Genesis 43:34 And thei brought rewardes vnto them from before hym: but Beniamins parte was fyue tymes so moche as any of theyrs. And they eate and dronke, and were dronke with hym.