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 eate vp that corne which they brought out of the lande of Egipte their father sayde vnto them: goo agayne and by vs a litle food. Genesis 43:3 Than sayde Iuda vnto him: the man dyd testifie vnto vs saynge: loke that ye see not my face excepte youre brother be with you. Genesis 43:4 Therfore yf thou wilt sende oure brother with vs we wyll goo and bye the food. Genesis 43:5 But yf thou wylt not sende him we wyll not goo: for the man sayde vnto vs: loke that ye see not my face excepte youre brother be with you. Genesis 43:6 And Israell sayde: wherfore delt ye so cruelly with me as to tell the man that ye had yet another brother? Genesis 43:7 And they sayde: The man asked vs of oure kynred saynge: is youre father yet alyue? haue ye not another brother? And we tolde him acordynge to these wordes. How cowd we knowe that he wolde byd vs brynge oure brother downe with vs? Genesis 43:8 Than sayde Iuda vnto Israell his father: Send the lad with me and we wyll ryse and goo that we maye lyue and not dye: both we thou and also oure childern. Genesis 43:9 I wilbe suertie for him and of my handes requyre him. Yf I brynge him not to the and sett him before thine eyes than let me bere the blame for euer. Genesis 43:10 For except we had made this tarieg: by this we had bene there twyse and come agayne. Genesis 43:11 Than their father Israel sayde vnto the Yf it must nedes be so now: than do thus take of the best frutes of the lande in youre vesselles and brynge the man a present a curtesie bawlme and a curtesie of hony spyces and myrre dates and almondes. Genesis 43:12 And take as moch money more with you. And the money that was brought agayne in youre sackes take it agayne with you in youre handes peraduenture it was some ouersyghte. Genesis 43:13 Take also youre brother with you and aryse and goo agayne to the man. Genesis 43:14 And God almightie geue you mercie in the sighte of the man and send you youre other brother and also Be Iamin and I wilbe as a ma robbed of his childern.
Joseph entertaineth his brethren.
Genesis 43:15 Thus toke they the present and twise so moch more money with them and Ben Iamin. And rose vp went downe to Egipte and presented them selfe to Ioseph. Genesis 43:16 When Ioseph sawe Ben Iamin with them he sayde to the ruelar of his house: brynge these men home and sley and make redie: for they shall dyne with me at none. Genesis 43:17 And the man dyd as Ioseph bad and brought them in to Iosephs house. Genesis 43:18 When they were brought to Iosephs house they were afrayde ad sayde: be cause of the money yt came in oure sackes mouthes at the first tyme are we brought to pyke a quarell with vs and to laye some thinge to oure charge: to brynge us in bondage and oure asses also. Genesis 43:19 Therfore came they to the man that was the ruelar ouer Iosephs house and comened with him at the doore Genesis 43:20 and sayde: Sir we came hither at the first tyme to bye foode Genesis 43:21 and as we came to an Inne and opened oure sackes: beholde euery mannes money was in his sacke with full weghte: But we haue broght it agene with us Genesis 43:22 and other mony haue we brought also in oure handes to bye foode but we can not tell who put oure money in oure sackes. Genesis 43:23 And he sayde: be of good chere feare not: Youre 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 ad led the into Iosephs house and gaue the water to washe their fete and gaue their asses prauender: Genesis 43:25 And they made redie their present agaynst Ioseph came at none for they herde saye that they shulde dyne there.
Genesis 43:26 When Ioseph came home they brought the present in to the house to him which they had in their handes ad fell flat on the grounde befor him. Genesis 43:27 And he welcomed the curteously sainge: is youre father that old man which ye tolde me of in good health? and is he yet alyue? Genesis 43:28 they answered: thy servaunte oure father is in good health ad is yet alyue. And they bowed them selues and fell to the grounde. Genesis 43:29 And he lyfte vp his eyes and behelde his brother Ben Iamin his mothers sonne and sayde: is this youre yongest brother of whome ye sayde vnto me? And sayde: God be mercyfull vnto ye my sonne. Genesis 43:30 And Ioseph made hast (for his hert dyd melt apon his brother) and soughte for to wepe and entred in to his chambre for to wepe there.
He maketh them a feast.
Genesis 43:31 And he wasshed his face and came out and refrayned himselfe and bad sett bread on the table Genesis 43:32 And they prepared for him by himselfe and for them by them selues and for the Egiptians which ate with him by them selues because the Egyptians may not eate bread with the Hebrues for that is an abhomynacyon vnto the Egiptians. Genesis 43:33 And they satt before him: the eldest acordynge vnto his age and the yongest acordyng vnto his youth. And the men marveled amonge them selves. Genesis 43:34 And they broughte rewardes vnto them from before him: but Ben Iamins parte was fyue tymes so moch as any of theirs. And they ate and they dronke and were dronke wyth him.