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Genesis 41

The First Book of Moses, called Genesis

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Chapter 42

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And Jacob seeth that there is corn in Egypt, and Jacob saith to his sons, `Why do you look at each other?`

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he saith also, `Lo, I have heard that there is corn in Egypt, go down thither, and buy for us from thence, and we live and do not die;`

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and the ten brethren of Joseph go down to buy corn in Egypt,

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and Benjamin, Joseph`s brother, Jacob hath not sent with his brethren, for he said, `Lest mischief meet him.`

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And the sons of Israel come to buy in the midst of those coming, for the famine hath been in the land of Canaan,

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and Joseph is the ruler over the land, he who is selling to all the people of the land, and Joseph`s brethren come and bow themselves to him -- face to the earth.

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And Joseph seeth his brethren, and discerneth them, and maketh himself strange unto them, and speaketh with them sharp things, and saith unto them, `From whence have ye come?` and they say, `From the land of Canaan -- to buy food.`

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And Joseph discerneth his brethren, but they have not discerned him,

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and Joseph remembereth the dreams which he dreamed of them, and saith unto them, `Ye are spies; to see the nakedness of the land ye have come.`

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And they say unto him, `No, my lord, but thy servants have come to buy food;

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we are all of us sons of one man, we are right men; thy servants have not been spies;`

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and he saith unto them, `No, but the nakedness of the land ye have come to see;`

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and they say, `Thy servants are twelve brethren; we are sons of one man in the land of Canaan, and lo, the young one is with our father to-day, and the one is not.`

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And Joseph saith unto them, `This is that which I have spoken unto you, saying, Ye are spies,

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by this ye are proved: Pharaoh liveth! if ye go out from this -- except by your young brother coming hither;

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send one of you, and let him bring your brother, and ye, remain ye bound, and let your words be proved, whether truth be with you: and if not -- Pharaoh liveth! surely ye are spies;`

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and he removeth them unto charge three days.

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And Joseph saith unto them on the third day, `This do and live; God I fear!

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if ye are right men, let one of your brethren be bound in the house of your ward, and ye, go, carry in corn for the famine of your houses,

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and your young brother ye bring unto me, and your words are established, and ye die not;` and they do so.

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And they say one unto another, `Verily we are guilty concerning our brother, because we saw the distress of his soul, in his making supplication unto us, and we did not hearken: therefore hath this distress come upon us.`

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And Reuben answereth them, saying, `Spake I not unto you, saying, Sin not against the lad? and ye hearkened not; and his blood also, lo, it is required.`

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And they have not known that Joseph understandeth, for the interpreter is between them;

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and he turneth round from them, and weepeth, and turneth back unto them, and speaketh unto them, and taketh from them Simeon, and bindeth him before their eyes.

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And Joseph commandeth, and they fill their vessels with corn, also to put back the money of each unto his sack, and to give to them provision for the way; and one doth to them so.

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And they lift up their corn upon their asses, and go from thence,

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and the one openeth his sack to give provender to his ass at a lodging-place, and he seeth his money, and lo, it is in the mouth of his bag,

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and he saith unto his brethren, `My money hath been put back, and also, lo, in my bag:` and their heart goeth out, and they tremble, one to another saying, `What is this God hath done to us!`

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And they come in unto Jacob their father, to the land of Canaan, and they declare to him all the things meeting them, saying,

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`The man, the lord of the land, hath spoken with us sharp things, and maketh us as spies of the land;

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and we say unto him, We are right men, we have not been spies,

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we are twelve brethren, sons of our father, the one is not, and the young one is to-day with our father in the land of Canaan.

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`And the man, the lord of the land, saith unto us, By this I know that ye are right men -- one of your brethren leave with me, and for the famine of your houses take ye and go,

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and bring your young brother unto me, and I know that ye are not spies, but ye are right men; your brother I give to you, and ye trade with the land.`

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And it cometh to pass, they are emptying their sacks, and lo, the bundle of each man`s silver is in his sack, and they see their bundles of silver, they and their father, and are afraid;

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and Jacob their father saith unto them, `Me ye have bereaved; Joseph is not, and Simeon is not, and Benjamin ye take -- against me have been all these.`

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And Reuben speaketh unto his father, saying, `My two sons thou dost put to death, if I bring him not in unto thee; give him into my hand, and I -- I bring him back unto thee;`

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and he saith, `My son doth not go down with you, for his brother is dead, and he by himself is left; when mischief hath met him in the way in which ye go, then ye have brought down my grey hairs in sorrow to sheol.`

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