Genesis Chapter 44 (Review)

  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.

And he ordered the keeper of his house to fill the sacks of the men with food, as much as they can carry and to return the money into their sacks.

  1. 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.

And put my cup. Not just any one, that silver one, into the sac of the youngest. Return his money as well. And the keeper of his house obeyed the order.

  1. As soon as the morning was light, the men were sent away, they and their asses.

Early in the morning, all 11 men were sent on their journey

  1. And when they were gone out of the city, and not yet far off, Joseph said unto his steward, Up, follow after the men; and when thou dost overtake them, say unto them, Wherefore have ye rewarded evil for good?

When they hadn’t gone too far yet, Joseph told his steward to pursue, overtake them and ask why would reward good with evil.

  1. Is not this it in which my lord drinketh, and whereby indeed he divineth? ye have done evil in so doing.

Is it not What my lord drinks from and uses for divination?…you have done evil.

  1. And he overtook them, and he spake unto them these same words.

And the steward did as he was told.

  1. And they said unto him, Wherefore saith my lord these words? God forbid that thy servants should do according to this thing:

And the men said. God forbid that any of us does this thing

  1. behold, the money, which we found in our sacks’ mouths, we brought again unto thee out of the land of Canaan : how then should we steal out of thy lord’s house silver or gold?

Even the money which we found in our sacks, we brought back. Why then should we steal anything from there?

  1. With whomsoever of thy servants it be found, both let him die, and we also will be my lord’s bondmen.

Search us all, and whomever you find this thing with, let him die and let the rest of us be your slaves.

  1. And he said, Now also let it be according unto your words: he with whom it is found shall be my servant; and ye shall be blameless.

And the steward said. Let it be according to your words. That you may be free.

  1. Then they speedily took down every man his sack to the ground, and opened every man his sack.
  2. And he searched, and began at the eldest, and left at the youngest: and the cup was found in Benjamin’s sack.

And the search began, and Joseph’s cup was found in Benjamin’s sac.

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  1. Then they rent their clothes, and laded every man his ass, and returned to the city.

Then they tore their clothes and all returned to the city (of Egypt)

  1. And Judah and his brethren came to Joseph’s house; for he was yet there: and they fell before him on the ground.

Judah and his brothers came to the house of Joseph (as he was still there) and bowed before him.

  1. And Joseph said unto them, What deed is this that ye have done? wot ye not that such a man as I can certainly divine?

And Joseph asked…what kind of action have you carried out?. ……Don’t you know I can find things out through the divine? A man in my position (having wise men and magicians around) can find this out.

  1. And Judah said, What shall we say unto 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.

Judah then said…what will we say…what to do? How do we clear ourselves? The odds are against us. We are your slaves. Even he whom the cup was found in his sac.

  1. And he said, God forbid that I should do so: but the man in whose hand the cup is found, he shall be my servant ; and as for you, get you up in peace unto your father.

And Joseph said…God forbid that I do such thing. The rest of you can go unto your father. But the one whom the cup was found will stay here and remain as my slave.

  1. Then Judah came near unto him, and said, O my lord, let thy servant, I pray thee, speak a word in my lord’s ears, and let not thine anger burn against thy servant: for thou art even as Pharaoh.

And Judah said…lord, let me speak a word to your ears, do not be angry, as you are just as much as pharaoh in rank.

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  1. My lord asked his servants, saying, Have ye a father, or a brother?

You -my lord asked if we have a father or a brother.

  1. And we said unto 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.

And indeed we responded. We have a father, and he has a little one whose brother is dead, his mother is dead, and his father loves him.

  1. And thou saidst unto thy servants, Bring him down unto me, that I may set mine eyes upon him.

As you said to us -your servants bring him (the boy) here that I may see him.

  1. And we said unto my lord, The lad cannot leave his father: for if he should leave his father, his father would die.

And we said, the boy cannot leave his father because if he does, the father will die.

  1. And thou saidst unto thy servants, Except your youngest brother come down with you, ye shall see my face no more.

And you told us-your servants that if we don’t bring this brother, we will not see your face anymore.

  1. And it came to pass when we came up unto thy servant my father, we told him the words of my lord.
  2. And our father said, Go again, and buy us a little food.

And we told our father. And he said we should go buy a little food.

  1. And we said, We cannot go down: if our youngest brother be with us, then will we go down: for we may not see the man’s face, except our youngest brother be with us.

And we said…we cannot go unless our youngest brother is with us, for without him, the man would not see our face.

  1. And thy servant my father said unto us, Ye know that my wife bare me two sons:
  2. and the one went out from me, and I said, Surely he is torn in pieces ; and I saw him not since:
  3. and if ye take this also from me, and mischief befall him, ye shall bring down my gray hairs with sorrow to the grave.

And our father-your servant said,,.you know my wife bare me two sons, one was not found and we concluded that he is torn to pieces and now if you take this one from me, I will die of sorrow and sadness.

  1. Now therefore when I come to thy servant my father, and the lad be not with us; seeing that his life is bound up in the lad’s life;
  2. it shall come to pass, when he seeth that the lad is not with us, that he will die: and thy servants shall bring down the gray hairs of thy servant our father with sorrow to the grave.

Now, me knowing fully well that my father’s life is tied up to the life of this child, if I show up at home the child is not with me, our father-your servant will die of sorrow.

  1. For thy servant became surety for the lad unto my father, saying, If I bring him not unto thee, then I shall bear the blame to my father for ever.

For I -your servant then made myself as a collateral, that if the child is not brought back, I should be blamed forever for the child.

  1. Now therefore, I pray thee, let thy servant abide instead of the lad a bondman to my lord; and let the lad go up with his brethren.

So please, let I -your servant, be your slave, and let the child go to his father.

  1. For how shall I go up to my father, and the lad be not with me? lest peradventure I see the evil that shall come on my father.

How will I go to my father without the child being with me? Unless I’m just going to see the evil that will befall him.

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