1And he commandeth him who [is] over his house, saying, `Fill the bags of the men [with] food, as they are able to bear,
and put the money of each in the mouth of his bag;
2and my cup, the silver cup, thou dost put in the mouth of the bag of the young one, and his corn-money;` and he doth according
to the word of Joseph which he hath spoken.
3The morning is bright, and the men have been sent away, they and their asses --
4they have gone out of the city -- they have not gone far off -- and Joseph hath said to him who [is] over his house, `Rise,
pursue after the men; and thou hast overtaken them, and thou hast said unto them, Why have ye recompensed evil for good?
5Is not this that with which my lord drinketh? and he observeth diligently with it; ye have done evil [in] that which ye
6And he overtaketh them, and speaketh unto them these words,
7and they say unto him, `Why doth my lord speak according to these words? far be it from thy servants to do according to
8lo, the money which we found in the mouth of our bags we brought back unto thee from the land of Canaan, and how do we steal
from the house of thy lord silver or gold?
9with whomsoever of thy servants it is found, he hath died, and we also are to my lord for servants.`
10And he saith, `Now, also, according to your words, so it [is]; he with whom it is found becometh my servant, and ye are
11and they hasten and take down each his bag to the earth, and each openeth his bag;
12and he searcheth -- at the eldest he hath begun, and at the youngest he hath completed -- and the cup is found in the bag
13and they rend their garments, and each ladeth his ass, and they turn back to the city.
14And Judah -- his brethren also -- cometh in unto the house of Joseph, and he is yet there, and they fall before him to the
15and Joseph saith to them, `What [is] this deed that ye have done? have ye not known that a man like me doth diligently observe?`
16And Judah saith, `What do we say to my lord? what do we speak? and what -- do we justify ourselves? God hath found out the
iniquity of thy servants; lo, we [are] servants to my lord, both we, and he in whose hand the cup hath been found;`
17and he saith, `Far be it from me to do this; the man in whose hand the cup hath been found, he becometh my servant; and
ye, go ye up in peace unto your father.`
18And Judah cometh nigh unto him, and saith, `O, my lord, let thy servant speak, I pray thee, a word in the ears of my lord,
and let not thine anger burn against thy servant -- for thou art as Pharaoh.
19My lord hath asked his servants, saying, Have ye a father or brother?
20and we say unto my lord, We have a father, an aged one, and a child of old age, a little one; and his brother died, and
he is left alone of his mother, and his father hath loved him.
21`And thou sayest unto thy servants, Bring him down unto me, and I set mine eye upon him;
22and we say unto my lord, The youth is not able to leave his father, when he hath left his father, then he hath died;
23and thou sayest unto thy servants, If your young brother come not down with you, ye add not to see my face.
24`And it cometh to pass, that we have come up unto thy servant my father, that we declare to him the words of my lord;
25and our father saith, Turn back, buy for us a little food,
26and we say, We are not able to go down; if our young brother is with us, then we have gone down; for we are not able to
see the man`s face, and our young brother not with us.
27`And thy servant my father saith unto us, Ye -- ye have known that two did my wife bare to me,
28and the one goeth out from me, and I say, Surely he is torn -- torn! and I have not seen him since;
29when ye have taken also this from my presence, and mischief hath met him, then ye have brought down my grey hairs with evil
30`And now, at my coming in unto thy servant my father, and the youth not with us (and his soul is bound up in his soul),
31then it hath come to pass when he seeth that the youth is not, that he hath died, and thy servants have brought down the
grey hairs of thy servant our father with sorrow to sheol;
32for thy servant obtained the youth by surety from my father, saying, If I bring him not in unto thee -- then I have sinned
against my father all the days.
33`And now, let thy servant, I pray thee, abide instead of the youth a servant to my lord, and the youth goeth up with his
34for how do I go up unto my father, and the youth not with me? lest I look on the evil which doth find my father.`