Jacob sendeth his ten sons to buy corn in Egypt.
Genesis 42:1 Then saw Jacob that there was corn, in Egypt,and Jacob said to his sons, Wherefore look ye one at another? Genesis 42:2 And he said, Lo! I have heard that there is, corn, in Egypt,Go down thither, and buy corn for us from thence, that we may live, and not die.
Genesis 42:3 So Joseph's ten brethren went down,to buy corn from the Egyptians; Genesis 42:4 but, Benjamin, Joseph's own brother, Jacob sent not with his brethren,for he said, Lest there befall him any mischief. Genesis 42:5 Thus came in the sons of Israel, to buy corn, in the midst of them that camefor the famine was in the land of Canaan. Genesis 42:6 Now, Josephhe, it was, that was in power over the land, he, it was, that was selling corn to all the people of the land,so Joseph's brethren came in, and bowed themselves down to him, with their faces to the earth. Genesis 42:7 And Joseph beheld his brethren, and recognised them,and made himself a stranger unto them, and spake with them harsh things, and said unto themWhence have ye come in? And they said, From the land of Canaan, to buy food. Genesis 42:8 And Joseph recognised his brethren,whereas, they, recognised him not. Genesis 42:9 And Joseph remembered the dreams which he had dreamed regarding them,so he said unto themSpies, are, ye! to see the nakedness of the land, have ye come in! Genesis 42:10 And they said unto him, Nay, my lord,but, thy servants, are come to buy food. Genesis 42:11 All of us, are, sons of one man,honest men, are, we: thy servants, are not, spies. Genesis 42:12 And he said unto him,Nay! but, the nakedness of the land, are ye come in to see. Genesis 42:13 And they said: We, thy twelve servants, are, brethren, sons of one man, in the and of Canaan,and lo! the youngest, is with our father, this day, and, the one, is not! Genesis 42:14 And Joseph said unto them,The very thing, that I spake unto you, sayingSpies, are, ye. Genesis 42:15 Hereby, shall ye be proved,By the life of Pharaoh, ye shall not go forth from hence, save only by the coming in of your youngest brother, hither.
They are imprisoned by Joseph for spies.
Genesis 42:16 Sendfrom among youone, that he may fetch your brother, but be, ye, held as prisoners, that your words may be proved, whether, truth, is with you,and, if not, by the life of Pharaoh, surely, spies, ye are. Genesis 42:17 So he drew them all together into ward, for three days.
They are set at liberty, on condition to bring Benjamin.
Genesis 42:18 And Joseph said unto them, on the third day, This, do, and live,God himself, do, I, revere. Genesis 42:19 If ye, are, honest men, one brother of you, shall be kept as a prisoner in your house of ward,but, ye, go, take in corn for the famine of your houses; Genesis 42:20 and, your youngest brother, shall ye bring in unto me, that your words may be confirmed, and ye die not. And they did so.
They have remorse for Joseph.
Genesis 42:21 And they said, each man unto his brotherVerily guilty, we are, respecting our brother, in that we saw the distress of his soul, when he appealed unto us for favour, and we hearkened not,therefore, hath come in unto us this distress. Genesis 42:22 And Reuben responded to them, sayingSpake I not unto you, saying, Do not sin against the child! And ye hearkened not? His very blood, therefore, lo! it is required. Genesis 42:23 But, they, knew not, that Joseph was hearkening,for, the interpreter, was between them.
Simeon is kept for a pledge.
Genesis 42:24 So he turned away from them, and wept,then came back unto them, and spake unto them, and took away from them, Simeon, and bound him prisoner before their eyes.
They return with corn, and their money.
Genesis 42:25 Then commanded Joseph that their bags should be filled with corn, and their silver be returned, each man's into his sack, and provision be given, for the journey,and it was done to them thus. Genesis 42:26 So they lifted up their corn on their asses,and went their way, from thence. Genesis 42:27 And the first opened his sack, to give fodder to his ass, at the inn,and beheld his silver, yea, there, it was, in the mouth of his sack! Genesis 42:28 So he said unto his brethren, My silver hath been returned, yea verily, there, it is, in my sack! Then went forth their heart, and they turned tremblingeach man unto his brother, saying, What, is this, that God hath done to us?
Their relation to Jacob.
Genesis 42:29 So they came in unto Jacob their father, to the land of Canaan,and told him all that had befallen them, saying: Genesis 42:30 The man that is lord of the land, spake unto us harsh things,and then delivered us up, as spies of the land. Genesis 42:31 And we said unto him, Honest men, are, we,we are not spies! Genesis 42:32 Twelve brethren, are, we, sons of our father,the one, is not, and, the youngest, is this day with our father, in the land of Canaan. Genesis 42:33 Then said the man, the lord of the land, unto us, Hereby, shall I get to know that, honest men, ye are,One brother of you, leave ye remaining with me, and, corn for the famine of your houses, take ye and go your way; Genesis 42:34 And bring ye in your youngest brother unto me, So must I get to know that ye, are, not spies, but are, honest men: Your brother, will I give up to you, and, with the land, shall ye traffic.
Genesis 42:35 And it came to pass, when, they, were emptying their sacks, then lo! each man's bundle of silver, was in his sack,and, when they beheld their bundles of silverthey and their father, they were afraid.
Jacob refuseth to send Benjamin.
Genesis 42:36 And Jacob their father said unto them, Me, have ye bereaved,Joseph, is not, and, Simeon, is not, and Benjamin, ye would take! Against me, have happened, all these things. Genesis 42:37 Then spake Reuben unto his father, saying, My two sons, shalt thou put to death, if I bring him not unto thee,Come, give him up upon my hand, and, I, will restore him unto thee. Genesis 42:38 And he said, My son shall not go down with you,For, his brother, is dead, and, he alone, is left, and, as surely as there befall him any mischief by the way wherein ye go, so surely shall ye bring down my grey hairs with sorrow unto hades.