Joseph Sees Benjamin

16 When Joseph saw Benjamin with them, he said to his (A)house steward, “Bring the men into the house, and slaughter an animal and make preparations; for the men are to dine with me at noon.” 17 So the man did as Joseph said, and [a]brought the men to Joseph’s house. 18 Now the men were afraid, because they were brought to Joseph’s house; and they said, “It is because of the money that was returned in our sacks the first time that we are being brought in, so that he may [b]attack us and [c]overpower us, and take us as slaves with our donkeys.” 19 So they approached Joseph’s house steward, and spoke to him at the entrance of the house, 20 and said, “Oh, my lord, we indeed came down the first time to buy food, 21 and it happened when we came to the campsite, that we opened our sacks, and behold, (B)each man’s money was in the opening of his sack, our money in [d]full. So (C)we have brought it back in our hand. 22 We have also brought down other money in our hand to buy food; we do not know who put our money in our sacks.” 23 But he said, “Peace be to you, do not be afraid. (D)Your God and the God of your father has given you treasure in your sacks; your [e]money was in my possession.” Then (E)he brought Simeon out to them. 24 Then the man brought the men into Joseph’s house and (F)gave them water, and they (G)washed their feet; and he gave their donkeys feed. 25 So they prepared (H)the gift [f]for Joseph’s arrival at noon; for they had heard that they were to eat [g]a meal there.

26 When Joseph came home, they brought into the house to him the gift which was in their hand, and they (I)bowed down to the ground before him. 27 Then he asked them about their welfare, and said, “(J)Is your old father well, of whom you spoke? Is he still alive?” 28 And they said, “Your servant our father is well; he is still alive.” Then (K)they bowed down again [h]in homage. 29 And as he raised his eyes and saw his brother Benjamin, his mother’s son, he said, “Is this (L)your youngest brother, of whom you spoke to me?” Then he said, “(M)May God be gracious to you, my son.” 30 Joseph then hurried out, for [i](N)he was deeply stirred over his brother, and he looked for a place to weep; so he entered his chamber and (O)wept there. 31 Then he washed his face and came out; and he (P)controlled himself and said, “[j]Serve the meal.” 32 Then they served him by himself, and [k]Joseph’s brothers by themselves, and the Egyptians who ate with him by themselves; because the Egyptians could not eat bread with the Hebrews, for that is an (Q)abomination to the Egyptians. 33 Now they [l]were seated before him, from (R)the firstborn according to his birthright to the youngest according to his youth, and the men looked at one another in astonishment. 34 Then he took portions to them from [m]his own table, (S)but Benjamin’s portion was five times as much as any of theirs. So they drank freely with him.

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  1. Genesis 43:17 Lit the man brought
  2. Genesis 43:18 Lit roll himself upon us
  3. Genesis 43:18 Lit fall upon
  4. Genesis 43:21 Lit its weight
  5. Genesis 43:23 Lit your money had come to me
  6. Genesis 43:25 Lit until
  7. Genesis 43:25 Lit bread
  8. Genesis 43:28 I.e., great respect and honor to a superior
  9. Genesis 43:30 Lit his compassion grew warm
  10. Genesis 43:31 Lit Set on bread
  11. Genesis 43:32 Lit them
  12. Genesis 43:33 Lit sat
  13. Genesis 43:34 Lit his face

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