Bereishis 42

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Bereishis (Book of Genesis), Chapter 42

'"`UNIQ--named-00000000-QINU`"'1 Now Jacob saw that there was corn in Egypt, and Jacob said unto his sons: 'Why do ye look one upon another?'

'"`UNIQ--named-00000001-QINU`"'2 And he said: 'Behold, I have heard that there is corn in Egypt. Get you down thither, and buy for us from thence; that we may live, and not die.'

'"`UNIQ--named-00000002-QINU`"'3 And Joseph's ten brethren went down to buy corn from Egypt.

'"`UNIQ--named-00000003-QINU`"'4 But Benjamin, Joseph's brother, Jacob sent not with his brethren; for he said: 'Lest peradventure harm befall him.'

'"`UNIQ--named-00000004-QINU`"'5 And the sons of Israel came to buy among those that came; for the famine was in the land of Caanan.

'"`UNIQ--named-00000005-QINU`"'6 And Joseph was the governor over the land; he it was that sold to all the people of the land. And Joseph's brethren came, and bowed down to him with their faces to the earth.

'"`UNIQ--named-00000006-QINU`"'7 And Joseph saw his brethren, and he knew them, but made himself strange unto them, and spoke roughly with them; and he said unto them: 'Whence come ye?' And they said: 'From the land of Canaan to buy food.'

'"`UNIQ--named-00000007-QINU`"'8 And Joseph knew his brethren, but they knew him not.

'"`UNIQ--named-00000008-QINU`"'9 And Joseph remembered the dreams which he dreamed of them, and said unto them: 'Ye are spies; to see the nakedness of the land ye are come.'

'"`UNIQ--named-00000009-QINU`"'10 And they said unto him: 'Nay, my lord, but to buy food are thy servants come.

'"`UNIQ--named-0000000A-QINU`"'11 We are all one man's sons; we are upright men, thy servants are no spies.'

'"`UNIQ--named-0000000B-QINU`"'12 And he said unto them: 'Nay, but to see the nakedness of the land ye are come.'

'"`UNIQ--named-0000000C-QINU`"'13 And they said: 'We thy servants are twelve brethren, the sons of one man in the land of Canaan; and, behold, the youngest is this day with our father, and one is not.'

'"`UNIQ--named-0000000D-QINU`"'14 And Joseph said unto them: 'That is it that I spoke unto you, saying: Ye are spies.

'"`UNIQ--named-0000000E-QINU`"'15 Hereby ye shall be proved, as Pharaoh liveth, ye shall not go forth hence, except your youngest brother come hither.

'"`UNIQ--named-0000000F-QINU`"'16 Send one of you, and let him fetch your brother, and ye shall be bound, that your words may be proved, whether there be truth in you; or else, as Pharaoh liveth, surely ye are spies.'

'"`UNIQ--named-00000010-QINU`"'17 And he put them all together into ward three days.

'"`UNIQ--named-00000011-QINU`"'18 And Joseph said unto them the third day. 'This do, and live; for I fear G-d:

'"`UNIQ--named-00000012-QINU`"'19 if ye be upright men, let one of your brethren be bound in your prison-house; but go ye, carry corn for the famine of your houses;

'"`UNIQ--named-00000013-QINU`"'20 and bring your youngest brother unto me; so shall your words be verified, and ye shall not die.' And they did so.

'"`UNIQ--named-00000014-QINU`"'21 And they said one to another: 'We are verily guilty concerning our brother, in that we saw the distress of his soul, when he besought us, and we would not hear; therefore is this distress come upon us.'

'"`UNIQ--named-00000015-QINU`"'22 And Reuben answered them, saying: 'Spoke I not unto you, saying: Do not sin against the child; and ye would not hear? therefore also, behold, his blood is required.'

'"`UNIQ--named-00000016-QINU`"'23 And they knew not that Joseph understood them; for the interpreter was between them.

'"`UNIQ--named-00000017-QINU`"'24 And he turned himself about from them, and wept; and he returned to them, and spoke to them, and took Simeon from among them, and bound him before their eyes.

'"`UNIQ--named-00000018-QINU`"'25 Then Joseph commanded to fill their vessels with corn, and to restore every man's money into his sack, and to give them provision for the way; and thus was it done unto them.

'"`UNIQ--named-00000019-QINU`"'26 And they laded their asses with their corn, and departed thence.

'"`UNIQ--named-0000001A-QINU`"'27 And as one of them opened his sack to give his ass provender in the lodging-place, he espied his money; and, behold, it was in the mouth of his sack.

'"`UNIQ--named-0000001B-QINU`"'28 And he said unto his brethren: 'My money is restored; and, lo, it is even in my sack.' And their heart failed them, and they turned trembling one to another, saying: 'What is this that G-d hath done unto us?'

'"`UNIQ--named-0000001C-QINU`"'29 And they came unto Jacob their father unto the land of Canaan, and told him all that had befallen them, saying:

'"`UNIQ--named-0000001D-QINU`"'30 'The man, the lord of the land, spoke roughly with us, and took us for spies of the country.

'"`UNIQ--named-0000001E-QINU`"'31 And we said unto him: We are upright men; we are no spies.

'"`UNIQ--named-0000001F-QINU`"'32 We are twelve brethren, sons of our father; one is not, and the youngest is this day with our father in the land of Canaan.

'"`UNIQ--named-00000020-QINU`"'33 And the man, the lord of the land, said unto us: Hereby shall I know that ye are upright men: leave one of your brethren with me, and take corn for the famine of your houses, and go your way.

'"`UNIQ--named-00000021-QINU`"'34 And bring your youngest brother unto me; then shall I know that ye are no spies, but that ye are upright men; so will I deliver you your brother, and ye shall traffic in the land.'

'"`UNIQ--named-00000022-QINU`"'35 And it came to pass as they emptied their sacks, that, behold, every man's bundle of money was in his sack; and when they and their father saw their bundles of money, they were afraid.

'"`UNIQ--named-00000023-QINU`"'36 And Jacob their father said unto them: 'Me have ye bereaved of my children: Joseph is not, and Simeon is not, and ye will take Benjamin away; upon me are all these things come.'

'"`UNIQ--named-00000024-QINU`"'37 And Reuben spoke unto his father, saying: 'Thou shalt slay my two sons, if I bring him not to thee; deliver him into my hand, and I will bring him back to thee.'

'"`UNIQ--named-00000025-QINU`"'38 And he said: 'My son shall not go down with you; for his brother is dead, and he only is left; if harm befall him by the way in which ye go, then will ye bring down my gray hairs with sorrow to the grave.

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Portions © 1997 by Benyamin Pilant. Portions © 1998 by Larry Nelson.