Genesis 41

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The First Book of Moses, called Genesis

Chapter 42

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Now when Jacob saw4 that there was corn in Egypt, Jacob said4 unto his sons, Why do ye look101 one upon another?

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And he said,4 Behold, I have heard1 that there is corn in Egypt: get you down3 thither, and buy3 for us from thence; that we may live,4 and not die.4

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And Joseph's ten brethren went down4 to buy2 corn in Egypt.

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But Benjamin, Joseph's brother, Jacob sent1 not with his brethren; for he said,1 Lest peradventure mischief befall4 him.

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And the sons of Israel came4 to buy2 [corn] among those that came:6 for the famine was in the land of Canaan.

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And Joseph [was] the governor over the land, [and] he [it was] that sold56 to all the people of the land: and Joseph's brethren came,4 and bowed down101 themselves before him [with] their faces to the earth.

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And Joseph saw4 his brethren, and he knew55 them, but made himself strange101 unto them, and spake17 roughly unto them; and he said4 unto them, Whence come1 ye? And they said,4 From the land of Canaan to buy2 food.

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And Joseph knew55 his brethren, but they knew52 not him.

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And Joseph remembered4 the dreams which he dreamed1 of them, and said4 unto them, Ye [are] spies;18 to see2 the nakedness of the land ye are come.1

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And they said4 unto him, Nay, my lord, but to buy2 food are thy servants come.1

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We [are] all one man's sons; we [are] true [men], thy servants are no spies.18

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And he said4 unto them, Nay, but to see2 the nakedness of the land ye are come.1

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And they said,4 Thy servants [are] twelve 6240 brethren, the sons of one man in the land of Canaan; and, behold, the youngest [is] this day with our father, and one [is] not.

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And Joseph said4 unto them, That [is it] that I spake14 unto you, saying,2 Ye [are] spies:18

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Hereby ye shall be proved:11 By the life of Pharaoh ye shall not go forth4 hence, except your youngest brother come2 hither.

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Send3 one of you, and let him fetch4 your brother, and ye shall be kept10 in prison, that your words may be proved,11 whether [there be any] truth in you: or else by the life of Pharaoh surely ye [are] spies.18

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And he put them all together4 into ward three days.

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And Joseph said4 unto them the third day, This do,3 and live;3 [for] I fear God:

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If ye [be] true [men], let one of your brethren be bound11 in the house of your prison: go3 ye, carry54 corn for the famine of your houses:

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But bring55 your youngest brother unto me; so shall your words be verified,11 and ye shall not die.4 And they did4 so.

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And they said4 one to another, We [are] verily guilty concerning our brother, in that we saw1 the anguish of his soul, when he besought99 us, and we would not hear;1 therefore is this distress come1 upon us.

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And Reuben answered4 them, saying,2 Spake1 I not unto you, saying,2 Do not sin4 against the child; and ye would not hear?1 therefore, behold, also his blood is required.8

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And they knew1 not that Joseph understood6 [them]; for he spake unto them by an interpreter.56

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And he turned himself about11 from them, and wept;4 and returned4 to them again, and communed17 with them, and took4 from them Simeon, and bound4 him before their eyes.

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Then Joseph commanded17 to fill17 their sacks with corn, and to restore53 every man's money into his sack, and to give2 them provision for the way: and thus did4 he unto them.

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And they laded4 their asses with the corn, and departed4 thence.

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And as one of them opened4 his sack to give2 his ass provender in the inn, he espied4 his money; for, behold, it [was] in his sack's mouth.

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And he said4 unto his brethren, My money is restored;90 and, lo, [it is] even in my sack: and their heart failed4 [them], and they were afraid,4 saying2 one to another, What [is] this [that] God hath done1 unto us?

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And they came4 unto Jacob their father unto the land of Canaan, and told55 him all that befell6 unto them; saying,2

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The man, [who is] the lord of the land, spake14 roughly to us, and took4 us for spies18 of the country.

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And we said4 unto him, We [are] true [men]; we are no spies:18

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We [be] twelve 8147 brethren, sons of our father; one [is] not, and the youngest [is] this day with our father in the land of Canaan.

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And the man, the lord of the country, said4 unto us, Hereby shall I know4 that ye [are] true [men]; leave54 one of your brethren [here] with me, and take3 [food for] the famine of your households, and be gone:3

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And bring54 your youngest brother unto me: then shall I know4 that ye [are] no spies,18 but [that] ye [are] true [men: so] will I deliver4 you your brother, and ye shall traffick4 in the land.

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And it came to pass as they emptied56 their sacks, that, behold, every man's bundle of money [was] in his sack: and when [both] they and their father saw4 the bundles of money, they were afraid.4

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And Jacob their father said4 unto them, Me have ye bereaved14 [of my children]: Joseph [is] not, and Simeon [is] not, and ye will take4 Benjamin [away]: all these things are against me.

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And Reuben spake4 unto his father, saying,2 Slay55 my two sons, if I bring55 him not to thee: deliver3 him into my hand, and I will bring him to thee again.55

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And he said,4 My son shall not go down4 with you; for his brother is dead,1 and he is left8 alone: if mischief befall1 him by the way in the which ye go,4 then shall ye bring down52 my gray hairs with sorrow to the grave.

Genesis 43