Joseph's policy to stay his brethren.
Genesis 44:1 Then commanded he him who was over his house, sayingFill the sacks of the men, with food, as much as they can carry, and put each man's silver in the mouth of his sack; Genesis 44:2 and, my cupthe cup of silver, shalt thou put in the mouth of the sack of the youngest, with his corn-silver. So he did, according to the word of Joseph, which he had spoken. Genesis 44:3 By the time, the morning, was light, the men, had been sent away, they, and their asses. Genesis 44:4 They themselves, had gone out of the citythey had not gone far, when, Joseph, said to him who was over his house, Rise, chase after the men,so shalt thou overtake them, and shalt say unto them, Wherefore, have ye requited evil for good? Genesis 44:5 Is not, this, that in which my lord drinketh, and whereby, he himself, doth, divine? Ye have done evil, in what ye have done.
Genesis 44:6 So he overtook them,and spake unto them these words. Genesis 44:7 And they said unto him, Wherefore, should my lord speak such words as these? Far be thy servants, from doing such a thing as this! Genesis 44:8 Lo! the silver that we found in the mouth of our sacks, we brought back unto thee, out of the land of Canaan,how then could we steal, out of the house of thy lord, silver or gold? Genesis 44:9 With whomsoever of thy servants it can be found, he shall die,and, we also, will become my lord's servants. Genesis 44:10 And he said, Yea, now, according to your words, so, let it be,he with whom it is found, shall be my servant, Ye, however, shall be clear. Genesis 44:11 So they hastened and took down, each man his sack to the ground,and opened, each man his sack. Genesis 44:12 Then made he thorough search, with the eldest, he began, and, with the youngest, he ended,and the cup was found in the sack of Benjamin! Genesis 44:13 And they rent their mantles,and laded each man his ass, and returned to the city.
Judah's humble supplication to Joseph.
Genesis 44:14 And Judah and his brethren came into the house of Joseph, he, yet being there,and fell down before him, to the earth. Genesis 44:15 And Joseph said to them, What is this deed which ye have done? Know ye not that such a man as I, can even divine? Genesis 44:16 Then said JudahWhat shall we say to my lord, how shall we speak, and how shall we justify ourselves,when, God himself, hath found out the iniquity of thy servants? Behold us! my lord's servants, both we, and he in whose hand the cup hath been found. Genesis 44:17 And he said, Far be it from me, to do this thing! The man in whose hand the cup hath been found, he, shall be my servant, but, as for you, go ye up in peace, unto your father.
Genesis 44:18 Then Judah drew near unto him, and saidPardon, my lord! Pray let thy servant speak a word in the ears of my lord, and do not let thine anger be kindled against thy servant,for, thus, art, thou, as Pharaoh! Genesis 44:19 It was, my lord, who asked his servants, saying,Have, ye a father, or a brother? Genesis 44:20 So we said unto my lord, We have, an aged father, and the child of his old age, a youth,his brother, being dead, he alone, is left of his mother, and, his father, loveth him. Genesis 44:21 So then thou saidst unto thy servants, Bring him down unto me,that I may set mine eyes upon him. Genesis 44:22 And we said unto my lord, The lad cannot leave his father,as surely as he leaveth his father, so surely will he, die. Genesis 44:23 And thou saidst unto thy servants, Except your youngest brother do come down with you, ye shall not again behold my face. Genesis 44:24 So it came to pass, when we had gone up unto thy servant, my father, that we told him the words of my lord. Genesis 44:25 Then said our father,Go again, buy us a little food. Genesis 44:26 And we said, We cannot go down,If our youngest brother be, with us, then, will we go down, for we cannot see the face of the man, if, our youngest brother, is not, with us. Genesis 44:27 Then said thy servant my father, unto us,Ye yourselves, know, that, two, did my wife bear to me, Genesis 44:28 and the one went forth from me, and I saidCertainly he hath been, torn in pieces,And I have never seen him since. Genesis 44:29 As surely as ye take, this one also, away from before my face, and there befall him any mischief, so surely shall ye bring down my grey hairs, with misfortune, to hades. Genesis 44:30 Now, therefore, as surely as I go in unto thy servant my father, and, the lad, is not, with us,seeing that his soul is bound up with [the lad's] soul, Genesis 44:31 so surely shall it come to pass that, when he seeth that the lad is not, with us, then will he die. So shall thy servants bring down the grey hairs of thy servant our father, with sorrow, to hades. Genesis 44:32 For, thy servant, became surety for the lad, while away from my father, saying,If I bring him not unto thee, then will I count myself a sinner against my father all the days. Genesis 44:33 Now, therefore, I pray thee, let thy servant remain instead of the lad, as servant to my lord,but, as for the lad, let him go up with his brethren. Genesis 44:34 For how can I go up unto my father, should, the lad, not, be with me? lest I look on the calamity, that shall find out my father.