GEN 44:1 And he commanded the steward of his house, saying, Fill the men's sacks with food, as much as they can carry, and put every man's money in his sack's mouth.
GEN 44:2 And put my cup, the silver cup, in the sack's mouth of the youngest, and his corn money: and he did according to the word that Joseph had spoken.
GEN 44:3 As soon as the morning was light, the men were sent away, they, and their asses.
GEN 44:4 And when they had gone out of the city, and were not yet far off, Joseph said to his steward, Arise, follow after the men; and when thou dost overtake them, say to them, Why have ye rewarded evil for good?
GEN 44:5 Is not this the cup in which my lord drinketh, and by which indeed he divineth? ye have done evil in so doing.
GEN 44:6 And he overtook them, and he spoke to them these same words.
GEN 44:7 And they said to him, Why saith my lord these words? Far be it from us that thy servants should do according to this thing:
GEN 44:8 Behold, the money which we found in our sacks' mouths, we brought again to thee from the land of Canaan: how then should we steal from thy lord's house silver or gold?
GEN 44:9 With whom soever of thy servants it shall be found, both let him die, and we also will be my lord's bond-men.
GEN 44:10 And he said, Now also let it be according to your words: he with whom it shall be found, shall be my servant; and ye shall be blameless.
GEN 44:11 Then they speedily took down every man his sack to the ground, and opened every man his sack.
GEN 44:12 And he searched, and began at the eldest, and left at the youngest: and the cup was found in Benjamin's sack.
GEN 44:13 Then they rent their clothes, and loaded every man his ass, and returned to the city.
GEN 44:14 And Judah and his brethren came to Joseph's house, (for he was yet there:) and they fell before him on the ground.
GEN 44:15 And Joseph said to them, What deed is this that ye have done? knew ye not that such a man as I can certainly divine?
GEN 44:16 And Judah said, What shall we say to my lord? what shall we speak? or how shall we clear ourselves? God hath found out the iniquity of thy servants: behold we are my lord's servants, both we, and he also with whom the cup is found.
GEN 44:17 And he said, Far be it from me that I should do so: the man in whose hand the cup is found, he shall be my servant; and as for you, go in peace to your father.
GEN 44:18 Then Judah came near to him, and said, Oh my lord, let thy servant, I pray thee, speak a word in my lord's ears, and let not thy anger burn against thy servant; for thou art even as Pharaoh.
GEN 44:19 My lord asked his servants, saying, Have ye a father, or a brother?
GEN 44:20 And we said to my lord, We have a father, an old man, and a child of his old age, a little one: and his brother is dead, and he alone is left of his mother, and his father loveth him.
GEN 44:21 And thou saidst to thy servants, Bring him down to me, that I may set my eyes upon him.
GEN 44:22 And we said to my lord, The lad cannot leave his father; for if he should leave his father, his father would die.
GEN 44:23 And thou saidst to thy servants, Except your youngest brother shall come down with you, ye shall see my face no more.
GEN 44:24 And it came to pass, when we came to thy servant, my father, we told him the words of my lord.
GEN 44:25 And our father said, Go again; buy us a little food.
GEN 44:26 And we said, We cannot go down: if our youngest brother shall be with us, then will we go down; for we may not see the man's face, except our youngest brother shall be with us.
GEN 44:27 And thy servant my father, said to us, Ye know that my wife bore me two sons:
GEN 44:28 And the one went out from me, and I said, Surely he is torn in pieces; and I have not seen him since:
GEN 44:29 And if ye take this also from me, and mischief shall befall him, ye will bring down my gray hairs with sorrow to the grave.
GEN 44:30 Now therefore, when I come to thy servant my father, and the lad is not with us; (seeing that his life is bound up in the lad's life)
GEN 44:31 It shall come to pass, when he seeth that the lad is not with us, that he will die: and thy servants will bring down the gray hairs of thy servant our father, with sorrow to the grave.
GEN 44:32 For thy servant became surety for the lad to my father, saying, If I bring him not to thee, then I will bear the blame to my father for ever.
GEN 44:33 Now therefore, I pray thee, let thy servant abide instead of the lad, a bond-man to my lord; and let the lad return with his brethren.
GEN 44:34 For how shall I return to my father, and the lad be not with me? lest perhaps I see the evil that shall come on my father.