Second Journey to Egypt
1 And the famine was sore in the land.
2 And it came to pass, when they had eaten up the corn
which they had brought out of Egypt, their father said unto
them, Go again, buy us a little food.
3 And Judah spake unto him, saying, The man did solemnly
protest unto us, saying, Ye shall not see my face, except
your brother be with you.
4 If thou wilt send our brother with us, we will go down
and buy thee food:
5 But if thou wilt not send him, we will not go down:
for the man said unto us, Ye shall not see my face, except
your brother be with you.
6 And Israel said, Wherefore dealt ye so ill with me, as
to tell the man whether ye had yet a brother?
7 And they said, The man asked us straitly of our state,
and of our kindred, saying, Is your father yet alive? have
ye another brother? and we told him according to the tenor
of these words: could we certainly know that he would say,
Bring your brother down?
8 And Judah said unto Israel his father, Send the lad
with me, and we will arise and go; that we may live, and not
die, both we, and thou, and also our little ones.
9 I will be surety for him; of my hand shalt thou
require him: if I bring him not unto thee, and set him
before thee, then let me bear the blame for ever:
10 For except we had lingered, surely now we had
returned this second time.
11 And their father Israel said unto them, If it must be
so now, do this; take of the best fruits in the land in your
vessels, and carry down the man a present, a little balm,
and a little honey, spices, and myrrh, nuts, and almonds:
12 And take double money in your hand; and the money
that was brought again in the mouth of your sacks, carry it
again in your hand; peradventure it was an oversight:
13 Take also your brother, and arise, go again unto the
14 And God Almighty give you mercy before the man, that
he may send away your other brother, and Benjamin. If I be
bereaved of my children, I am bereaved.
15 And the men took that present, and they took double
money in their hand and Benjamin; and rose up, and went down
to Egypt, and stood before Joseph.
16 And when Joseph saw Benjamin with them, he said to
the ruler of his house, Bring these men home, and slay, and
make ready; for these men shall dine with me at noon.
17 And the man did as Joseph bade; and the man brought
the men into Joseph's house.
18 And the men were afraid, because they were brought
into Joseph's house; and they said, Because of the money
that was returned in our sacks at the first time are we
brought in; that he may seek occasion against us, and fall
upon us, and take us for bondmen, and our asses.
19 And they came near to the steward of Joseph's house,
and they communed with him at the door of the house,
20 And said, O sir, we came indeed down at the first
time to buy food:
21 And it came to pass, when we came to the inn, that we
opened our sacks, and, behold, every man's money was in the
mouth of his sack, our money in full weight: and we have
brought it again in our hand.
22 And other money have we brought down in our hands to
buy food: we cannot tell who put our money in our sacks.
23 And he said, Peace be to you, fear not: your God, and
the God of your father, hath given you treasure in your
sacks: I had your money. And he brought Simeon out unto
24 And the man brought the men into Joseph's house, and
gave them water, and they washed their feet; and he gave
their asses provender.
25 And they made ready the present against Joseph came
at noon: for they heard that they should eat bread there.
26 And when Joseph came home, they brought him the
present which was in their hand into the house, and bowed
themselves to him to the earth.
27 And he asked them of their welfare, and said, Is your
father well, the old man of whom ye spake? Is he yet alive?
28 And they answered, Thy servant our father is in good
health, he is yet alive. And they bowed down their heads,
and made obeisance.
29 And he lifted up his eyes, and saw his brother
Benjamin, his mother's son, and said, Is this your younger
brother, of whom ye spake unto me? And he said, God be
gracious unto thee, my son.
30 And Joseph made haste; for his bowels did yearn upon
his brother: and he sought where to weep; and he entered
into his chamber, and wept there.
31 And he washed his face, and went out, and refrained
himself, and said, Set on bread.
32 And they set on for him by himself, and for them by
themselves, and for the Egyptians, which did eat with him,
by themselves: because the Egyptians might not eat bread
with the Hebrews; for that is an abomination unto the
33 And they sat before him, the firstborn according to
his birthright, and the youngest according to his youth: and
the men marveled one at another.
34 And he took and sent messes unto them from before
him: but Benjamin's mess was five times so much as any of
theirs. And they drank, and were merry with him.