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(Gen 43:1) And the famine {was} sore in the land.
(Gen 43:2) And it came to pass, when they had eaten up the corn which they had brought out of Egypt, their father said unto them, Go again, buy us a little food.
(Gen 43:3) And Judah spake unto him, saying, The man did solemnly protest unto us, saying, Ye shall not see my face, except your brother {be} with you.
(Gen 43:4) If thou wilt send our brother with us, we will go down and buy thee food:
(Gen 43:5) But if thou wilt not send {him}, we will not go down: for the man said unto us, Ye shall not see my face, except your brother {be} with you.
(Gen 43:6) And Israel said, Wherefore dealt ye {so} ill with me, {as} to tell the man whether ye had yet a brother?
(Gen 43:7) And they said, The man asked us straitly of our state, and of our kindred, saying, {Is} your father yet alive? have ye {another} brother? and we told him according to the Tenor of these words: could we certainly know that he would say, Bring your brother down?
(Gen 43:8) And Judah said unto Israel his father, Send the lad with me, and we will arise and go; that we may live, and not die, both we, and thou, {and} also our little ones.
(Gen 43:9) I will be surety for him; of my hand shalt thou require him: if I bring him not unto thee, and set him before thee, then let me bear the blame for ever:
(Gen 43:10) For except we had lingered, surely now we had returned this second time.
(Gen 43:11) And their father Israel said unto them, If {it must be} so now, do this; take of the best fruits in the land in your vessels, and carry down the man a present, a little balm, and a little honey, spices, and myrrh, nuts, and almonds:
(Gen 43:12) And take double money in your hand; and the money that was brought again in the mouth of your sacks, carry {it} again in your hand; peradventure it {was} an oversight:
(Gen 43:13) Take also your brother, and arise, go again unto the man:
(Gen 43:14) And God Almighty give you mercy before the man, that he may send away your other brother, and Benjamin. If I be bereaved {of my children}, I am bereaved.
(Gen 43:15) And the men took that present, and they took double money in their hand and Benjamin; and rose up, and went down to Egypt, and stood before Joseph.
(Gen 43:16) And when Joseph saw Benjamin with them, he said to the ruler of his house, Bring {these} men home, and slay, and make ready; for {these} men shall dine with me at noon.
(Gen 43:17) And the man did as Joseph bade; and the man brought the men into Joseph's house.
(Gen 43:18) And the men were afraid, because they were brought into Joseph's house; and they said, Because of the money that was returned in our sacks at the first time are we brought in; that he may seek occasion against us, and fall upon us, and take us for bondmen, and our asses.
(Gen 43:19) And they came near to the steward of Joseph's house, and they communed with him at the door of the house,
(Gen 43:20) And said, O sir, we came indeed down at the first time to buy food:
(Gen 43:21) And it came to pass, when we came to the inn, that we opened our sacks, and, behold, {every} man's money {was} in the mouth of his sack, our money in full weight: and we have brought it again in our hand.
(Gen 43:22) And other money have we brought down in our hands to buy food: we cannot tell who put our money in our sacks.
(Gen 43:23) And he said, Peace {be} to you, fear not: your God, and the God of your father, hath given you treasure in your sacks: I had your money. And he brought Simeon out unto them.
(Gen 43:24) And the man brought the men into Joseph's house, and gave {them} water, and they washed their feet; and he gave their asses provender.
(Gen 43:25) And they made ready the present against Joseph came at noon: for they heard that they should eat bread there.
(Gen 43:26) And when Joseph came home, they brought him the present which {was} in their hand into the house, and bowed themselves to him to the earth.
(Gen 43:27) And he asked them of {their} welfare, and said, {Is} your father well, the old man of whom ye spake? {Is} he yet alive?
(Gen 43:28) And they answered, Thy servant our father {is} in good health, he {is} yet alive. And they bowed down their heads, and made obeisance.
(Gen 43:29) And he lifted up his eyes, and saw his brother Benjamin, his mother's son, and said, {Is} this your younger brother, of whom ye spake unto me? And he said, God be gracious unto thee, my son.
(Gen 43:30) And Joseph made haste; for his bowels did yearn upon his brother: and he sought {where} to weep; and he entered into {his} chamber, and wept there.
(Gen 43:31) And he washed his face, and went out, and refrained himself, and said, Set on bread.
(Gen 43:32) And they set on for him by himself, and for them by themselves, and for the Egyptians, which did eat with him, by themselves: because the Egyptians might not eat bread with the Hebrews; for that {is} an abomination unto the Egyptians.
(Gen 43:33) And they sat before him, the firstborn according to his birthright, and the youngest according to his youth: and the men marvelled one at another.
(Gen 43:34) And he took {and sent} messes unto them from before him: but Benjamin's mess was five times so much as any of theirs. And they drank, and were merry with him.
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