Joseph’s Brothers Go To Egypt
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21They said to one another, “Surely we are being punished
because of our brother. We saw how distressed he was when
he pleaded with us for his life, but we would not listen; that’s
why this distress has come on us.”
22Reuben replied, “Didn’t I tell you not to sin against the boy?But you wouldn’t listen! Now we must give an accounting for
23They did not realize that Joseph could understand them, since he was using an interpreter.
24He turned away from them and began to weep,
but then came back and spoke to them again. He had Simeon
taken from them and bound before their eyes.
25Joseph gave orders to fill their bags with grain, to put each
man’s silver back in his sack, and to give them provisions for
their journey. After this was done for them,
26they loaded their grain on their donkeys and left.
27At the place where they stopped for the night one of them
opened his sack to get feed for his donkey, and he saw his
silver in the mouth of his sack.
28“My silver has been returned,” he said to his brothers. “Here
it is in my sack.”
Their hearts sank and they turned to each other trembling and
said, “What is this that God has done to us?”
29When they came to their father Jacob in the land of Canaan,
they told him all that had happened to them. They said,
30“The man who is lord over the land spoke harshly to us and
treated us as though we were spying on the land.
31But we said to him, ‘We are honest men; we are not spies. 32We were twelve brothers, sons of one father. One is no
more, and the youngest is now with our father in Canaan.’
33“Then the man who is lord over the land said to us, ‘This is
how I will know whether you are honest men: Leave one of
your brothers here with me, and take food for your starving
households and go.
34But bring your youngest brother to me so I will know that
you are not spies but honest men. Then I will give your brother
back to you, and you can trade in the land.’ ”
35As they were emptying their sacks, there in each man’s sack
was his pouch of silver! When they and their father saw the
money pouches, they were frightened.
36Their father Jacob said to them, “You have deprived me of
my children. Joseph is no more and Simeon is no more, and
now you want to take Benjamin. Everything is against me!”
37Then Reuben said to his father, “You may put both of my
sons to death if I do not bring him back to you. Entrust him to
my care, and I will bring him back.”
38But Jacob said, “My son will not go down there with you;
his brother is dead and he is the only one left. If harm comes to
him on the journey you are taking, you will bring my gray
head down to the grave in sorrow.”
God works in mysterious ways, at times it might seems
strange, but it is indeed the mighty hand of God.