1And Joseph charged the steward of his house, saying, Fill the men’s sacks with food, as much as they can carry, and put the money of each in the mouth of his sack.
2And put my silver cup into the sack of the youngest, and the price of his corn. And it was done according to the word of Joseph, as he said.
3The morning dawned, and the men were sent away, they and their asses.
4And when they had gone out of the city, and were not far off, then Joseph said to his steward, Arise, and pursue after the men; and thou shalt overtake them, and say to them, Why have ye returned evil for good?
5Why have ye stolen my silver cup? is it not this out of which my lord drinks? and he divines augury with it; ye have accomplished evil in that which ye have done.
6And he found them, and spoke to them according to these words.
7And they said to him, Why does our lord speak according to these words? far be it from thy servants to do according to this word.
8If we brought back to thee out of the land of Canaan the money which we found in our sacks, how should we steal silver or gold out of the house of thy lord?
9With whomsoever of thy servants thou shalt find the cup, let him die; and, moreover, we will be servants to our lord.
10And he said, Now then it shall be as ye say; with whomsoever the cup shall be found, he shall be my servant, and ye shall be clear.
11And they hastened, and took down every man his sack on the ground, and they opened every man his sack.
12And he searched, beginning from the eldest, until he came to the youngest; and he found the cup in Benjamin’s sack.
13And they rent their garments, and laid each man his sack on his ass, and returned to the city.
14And Judah and his brethren came in to Joseph, while he was yet there, and fell on the ground before him.
15And Joseph said to them, What is this thing that ye have done? know ye not that a man such as I can surely divine?
16And Judah said, What shall we answer to our lord, or what shall we say, or wherein should we be justified? whereas God has discovered the unrighteousness of thy servants; behold, we are slaves to our lord, both we and he with whom the cup has been found.
17And Joseph said, Far be it from me to do this thing; the man with whom the cup has been found, he shall be my servant; but do ye go up with safety to your father.
18And Judah drew near him, and said, I pray, Sir, let thy servant speak a word before thee, and be not angry with thy servant, for thou art next to Pharaoh.
19Sir, thou askedst thy servants, saying, Have ye a father or a brother?
20And we said to my lord, We have a father, an old man, and he has a son of his old age, a young one, and his brother is dead, and he alone has been left behind to his mother, and his father loves him.
21And thou saidst to thy servants, Bring him down to me, and I will take care of him.
22And we said to my lord, The child will not be able to leave his father; but if he should leave his father, he will die.
23But thou saidst to thy servants, Except your younger brother come down with you, ye shall not see my face again.
24And it came to pass, when we went up to thy servant our father, we reported to him the words of our lord.
25And our father said, Go again, and buy us a little food.
26And we said, We shall not be able to go down; but if our younger brother go down with us, we will go down; for we shall not be able to see the man’s face, our younger brother not being with us.
27And thy servant our father said to us, Ye know that my wife bore me two sons;
28and one is departed from me; and ye said that he was devoured of wild beasts, and I have not seen him until now.
29If then ye take this one also from my presence, and an affliction happen to him by the way, then shall ye bring down my old age with sorrow to the grave.
30Now then, if I should go in to thy servant, and our father, and the boy should not be with us (and his life depends on this lad’s life)—
31it shall even come to pass, when he sees the boy is not with us, that he will die, and thy servants will bring down the old age of thy servant, and our father, with sorrow to the grave.
32For thy servant has received the boy in charge from his father, saying, If I bring him not to thee, and place him before thee, I shall be guilty toward my father forever.
33Now then I will remain a servant with thee instead of the lad, a domestic of my lord; but let the lad go up with his brethren.
34For how shall I go up to my father, the lad not being with us? lest I behold the evils which will befall my father.