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42 1 WHEN JACOB SAW that there was com in Egypt, he said to his sons, 'Why do you stand staring at each other? 42 2 I have heard that there is corn in Egypt. Go down and buy some so that we may keep ourselves alive and not starve.' 42 3 So Joseph's brothers, ten of them, went down to buy grain from Egypt, 42 4 but Jacob did not let Joseph's brother Benjamin go with them, for fear that he might come to harm. 42 5 So the sons of Israel came down with everyone else to buy corn, because of the famine in Canaan.

42 6 Now Joseph was governor of all Egypt, and it was he who sold the corn to all the people of the land. Joseph's brothers came and bowed to the ground before him, 42 7 and when he saw his brothers, he recognized them but pretended not to know them and spoke harshly to them. 'Where do you come from?' he asked. 'From Canaan,' they answered, 'to buy food.' 42 8 Although Joseph had recognized his brothers, they did not recognize him. 42 9 He remembered also the dreams he had had about them; so he said to them, 'You are spies; you have come to spy out the weak points in our defences.' 42 10 They answered, 'No, sir: your servants have come to buy food. 42 11 We are all sons of one man. Your humble servants are honest men, we are not spies.' 42 12 'No,' he insisted, 'it is to spy out our weaknesses that you have come.' 42 13 They answered him, 'Sir, there are twelve of us, all brothers, sons of one man in Canaan. The youngest is still with our father, and one has disappeared.' 42 14 But Joseph said again to them, 'No, as I said before, you are spies. 42 15 This is how you shall be put to the proof: unless your youngest brother comes here, by the life of Pharaoh, you shall not leave this place. 42 16 Send one of your number to bring your brother; the rest will be kept in prison. Thus your story will be tested, and we shall see whether you are telling the truth. If not, then, by the life of Pharaoh, you must be spies.' 42 17 So he kept them in prison for three days.

42 18 On the third day Joseph said to the brothers, 'Do what I say and your lives will be spared; for I am a God-fearing man: 42 19 if you are honest men, your brother there shall be kept in prison, and the rest of you shall take corn for your hungry households 42 20 and bring your youngest brother to me; thus your words will be proved true, and you will not die prob. rdg, Heb adds and they did so.' 42 21 They said to one another, 'No doubt we deserve to be punished because of our brother, whose suffering we saw; for when he pleaded with us we refused to listen. That is why these sufferings have come upon us.' 42 22 But Reuben said, 'Did I not tell you not to do the boy a wrong? But you would not Iisten, and his blood is on our heads, and we must pay.' 42 23 They did not know that Joseph understood, because he had used an interpreter. 42 24 Joseph turned away from them and wept. Then, turning back, he played a trick on them. First he took Simeon and bound him before their eyes;

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