Jacob is hardly persuaded to send Benjamin.
Genesis 43:1 But, the famine, was severe in the land. Genesis 43:2 So it came to pass, when they had made an end of eating the corn which they had brought in out of Egypt, that their father said unto them,Return, buy for us a little food. Genesis 43:3 Then spake Judah unto him, saying,The man, did protest, to us, sayingYe shall not see my face, except, your brother, is with you. Genesis 43:4 If thou art sending our brother with us, we will certainly go down, and buy for thee food; Genesis 43:5 but, if thou art not sending him, we will not go down, for, the man, said unto us, Ye shall not see my face, except, your brother, is with you. Genesis 43:6 And Israel said, Wherefore did ye ill to me,to tell the man, there yet remained to you, a brother? Genesis 43:7 And they said, The man, did ask, concerning ourselves and concerning our kindred, sayingIs your father yet, alive? Have, ye a brother? So we told him according to the tenor of these words. Could we, at all know, that he would say, Bring down your brother? Genesis 43:8 Then said Judah unto Israel his fatherCome! send thou down the young man with me, that we may arise and go our way,and live and not die, both, we and thou, and our little ones. Genesis 43:9 I, will be surety for him, at my hand, shalt thou require him,as surely as I bring him not in unto thee, and set him down before thee, so surely will I be counted a sinner against thee, all the days, Genesis 43:10 For, if we had not lingered, surely, now, had we come back here a second time. Genesis 43:11 Then Israel their father said unto themIf so, then, do, this,Take of the song of the land in your vessels, and carry down to the man, a present,A little balsam, and a little honey, tragacanth gum and cistus gum, pistachio nuts, and almonds. Genesis 43:12 And, double silver, take in your hand,also, the silver that was put back in the mouth of your sacks, carry ye back in your hand, peradventure it was, an error, Genesis 43:13 Your brother also, take ye,and arise, go again unto the man. Genesis 43:14 And, GOD Almighty, give you compassion before the man, so shall he send with you, your other brother, and Benjamin. But, as for me, when I am bereaved, I am bereaved!
Joseph entertaineth his brethren.
Genesis 43:15 So the men took this present, double silver also, took they in their hand, and Benjamin,and arose, and went down into Egypt, and stood before Joseph. Genesis 43:16 And Joseph sawwith themBenjamin, so he said to him that was over his house, Bring the men into the house,and slay meat, and make ready, for, with me, shall the men eat, at noon. Genesis 43:17 So the men did, as Joseph had said, and the man brought the men into Joseph's house. Genesis 43:18 Then were the men afraid, because they had been brought into the house of Joseph, and they saidFor the matter of the silver that came back in our sacks at the beginning, have, we, been brought in,that he may turn round upon us and fall upon us, and take us for servants, and our asses. Genesis 43:19 So they drew near unto the man that was over Joseph's house,and spake unto him, at the entrance of the house; Genesis 43:20 and said, May it please my lord! We, did indeed come down, at the beginning to buy food. Genesis 43:21 And it came to pass, when we had entered into the inn, that we opened our sacks, and lo! the silver of each man, in the mouth of his sack,our silver in its full weight,so we have bought it back in our hand! Genesis 43:22 And, more silver, have we brought down in our hand, to buy food,we know not who put our silver in our sacks. Genesis 43:23 And he saidPeace to you, do not fear! Your God, and the God of your father, hath given you secret treasure, in your sacks, as for your silver, it came in unto me. And he brought forth unto them, Simeon. Genesis 43:24 So the man brought the men into Joseph's house,and gave them water, and they bathed their feet, and he gave them provender for their asses. Genesis 43:25 And they made ready the present, against the coming in of Joseph, at noon,for they heard that it was, there, they should eat bread.
Genesis 43:26 So, when Joseph came into the house, they brought in to him the present which was in their hand, into the house,and bowed themselves down to him to the earth. Genesis 43:27 Then asked he after their welfare, and saidIs it well with your aged father, of whom ye spake? Is he yet, alive? Genesis 43:28 And they saidIt is well with thy servant our father, he is yet, alive. And they bent their heads, and bowed themselves down. Genesis 43:29 Then lifted he up his eyes, and saw Benjamin his brother, son of his mother, and saidIs, this, your youngest brother, of whom ye spake unto me? And he said, God, grant thee favour, my son! Genesis 43:30 And Joseph made haste, for his compassions towards his brother, were pent up, and he sought to weep,so he went into the inner chamber, and wept there.
He maketh them a feast.
Genesis 43:31 Then bathed he his face, and came forth,and restrained himself, and said, Set on bread! Genesis 43:32 So they set on, for himby himself, and for themby themselves,and for the Egyptians that were eating with himby themselves, for the Egyptians might not eat, bread, with the Hebrews, for, an abomination, had that been to Egyptians. Genesis 43:33 So they took their seats before him, the firstborn, according to his birthright, and, the youngest, according to his youth,and the men looked with amazement, each one at his companion. Genesis 43:34 And he sent portions, from before him, unto them, and the portion of Benjamin exceeded the portions of them all, five-fold. And they drank and made merry with him.