Joseph And His Brothers
24The steward took the men into Joseph’s house, gave them
water to wash their feet and provided fodder for their donkeys.
25They prepared their gifts for Joseph’s arrival at noon, because they had heard that they were to eat there.
26When Joseph came home, they presented to him the gifts they had brought into the house, and they bowed down before
him to the ground.
27He asked them how they were, and then he said, “How is
your aged father you told me about? Is he still living?”
28They replied, “Your servant our father is still alive and
well.” And they bowed down, prostrating themselves before him.
29As he looked about and saw his brother Benjamin, his own
mother’s son, he asked, “Is this your youngest brother, the one
you told me about?” And he said, “God be gracious to you, my
30Deeply moved at the sight of his brother, Joseph hurried out
and looked for a place to weep. He went into his private room
and wept there.
31After he had washed his face, he came out and, controlling
himself, said, “Serve the food.”
32They served him by himself, the brothers by themselves,
and the Egyptians who ate with him by themselves, because
Egyptians could not eat with Hebrews, for that is detestable to
33The men had been seated before him in the order of their
ages, from the firstborn to the youngest; and they looked at
each other in astonishment.
34When portions were served to them from Joseph’s table,
Benjamin’s portion was five times as much as anyone else’s.
So they feasted and drank freely with him.