1 Audiens autem Iacob quod alimenta venderentur in Ae gypto, dixit filiis suis: "Quare aspicitis vos invicem?
2 Audivi quod triticum venumdetur in Aegypto; descendite et emite nobis necessaria, ut possimus vivere et non consumamur inopia"
3 Descenderunt igitur fratres Ioseph decem, ut emerent frumenta in Aegypto,
4 Beniamin fratre Ioseph domi retento a Iacob, qui dixerat fratribus eius: "Ne forte in itinere quidquam patiatur mali"
5 Et ingressi sunt filii Israel terram Aegypti cum aliis, qui pergebant ad emendum. Erat autem fames in terra Chanaan.
6 Et Ioseph erat princeps in terra Aegypti, atque ad eius nutum frumenta populis vendebantur. Cumque venissent et adorassent eum fratres sui proni in terram,
7 et agnovisset eos, quasi ad alienos durius loquebatur interrogans eos: "Unde venistis?" Qui responderunt: "De terra Chanaan, ut emamus victui necessaria"
8 Et tamen fratres ipse cognoscens non est cognitus ab eis.
9 Recordatusque somniorum, quae aliquando viderat, ait ad eos: "Exploratores estis; ut videatis infirmiora terrae, venistis!"
10 Qui dixerunt: "Non est ita, domine; sed servi tui venerunt, ut emerent cibos.
11 Omnes filii unius viri sumus; sinceri sumus, nec quidquam famuli tui machinantur mali"
12 Quibus ille respondit: "Aliter est; immunita terrae huius considerare venistis!"
13 At illi: "Duodecim, inquiunt, servi tui fratres sumus filii viri unius in terra Chanaan; minimus cum patre nostro est, alius non est super"
14 "Hoc est, ait, quod locutus sum: exploratores estis!
15 Iam nunc experimentum vestri capiam: per salutem pharaonis, non egrediemini hinc, donec veniat frater vester minimus!
16 Mittite ex vobis unum, et adducat eum; vos autem eritis in vinculis, donec probentur, quae dixistis, utrum vera an falsa sint. Alioquin, per salutem pharaonis, exploratores estis!"
17 Tradidit ergo illos custodiae tribus diebus.
18 Die autem tertio eductis de carcere, ait: "Facite, quae dixi, et vivetis; Deum enim timeo.
19 Si sinceri estis, frater vester unus ligetur in carcere; vos autem abite et ferte frumenta, quae emistis, in domos vestras,
20 et fratrem vestrum minimum ad me adducite, ut possim vestros probare sermones, et non moriamini" Fecerunt, ut dixerat,
21 et locuti sunt ad invicem: "Merito haec patimur, quia peccavimus in fratrem nostrum videntes angustiam animae illius, cum deprecaretur nos, et non audivimus. Idcirco venit super nos ista tribulatio"
22 Et Ruben ait: "Numquid non dixi vobis: Nolite peccare in puerum? Et non audistis me. En sanguis eius exquiritur"
23 Nesciebant autem quod intellegeret Ioseph, eo quod per interpretem loquebatur ad eos.
24 Avertitque se parumper et flevit; et reversus locutus est ad eos.
25 Tollensque Simeon et ligans, illis praesentibus, iussit ministris, ut implerent eorum saccos tritico et reponerent pecunias singulorum in sacculis suis, datis supra cibariis in viam. Qui fecerunt ita.
26 At illi portantes frumenta in asinis suis profecti sunt.
27 Apertoque unus sacco, ut daret iumento pabulum in deversorio, contemplatus pecuniam in ore sacculi
28 dixit fratribus suis: "Reddita est mihi pecunia: en habetur in sacco!" Et obstupefacti turbatique mutuo dixerunt: "Quidnam est hoc, quod fecit nobis Deus?"
29 Veneruntque ad Iacob patrem suum in terram Chanaan; et narraverunt ei omnia, quae accidissent sibi, dicentes:
30 "Locutus est nobis dominus terrae dure et putavit nos exploratores esse provinciae"
31 Cui respondimus: "Sinceri sumus, nec ullas molimur insidias;
32 duodecim fratres uno patre geniti sumus, unus non est super, minimus cum patre nostro est in terra Chanaan.
33 Et dixit nobis vir, dominus terrae: "Sic probabo quod sinceri sitis: fratrem vestrum unum dimittite apud me et cibaria domibus vestris necessaria sumite et abite;
34 fratremque vestrum minimum adducite ad me, ut sciam quod non sitis exploratores et istum, qui tenetur in vinculis, recipere possitis ac deinceps peragrandi terram habeatis licentiam""
35 His dictis, cum frumenta effunderent, singuli reppererunt in ore saccorum ligatas pecunias; exterritisque simul omnibus,
36 dixit pater Iacob: "Absque liberis me esse fecistis: Ioseph non est super, Simeon tenetur in vinculis, et Beniamin auferetis. In me haec omnia mala reciderunt"
37 Cui respondit Ruben: "Duos filios meos interfice, si non reduxero illum tibi; trade illum in manu mea, et ego eum tibi restituam"
38 At ille: "Non descendet, inquit, filius meus vobiscum. Frater mortuus est, et ipse solus remansit; si quid ei adversi acciderit in via, deducetis canos meos cum dolore ad inferos"
King James Version
1 Now when Jacob saw that there was corn in Egypt, Jacob said unto his sons, Why do ye look one upon another?
2 And he said, Behold, I have heard that there is corn in Egypt: get you down thither, and buy for us from thence; that we may live, and not die.
3 ¶ And Joseph's ten brethren went down to buy corn in Egypt.
4 But Benjamin, Joseph's brother, Jacob sent not with his brethren; for he said, Lest peradventure mischief befall him.
5 And the sons of Israel came to buy corn among those that came: for the famine was in the land of Canaan.
6 And Joseph was the governor over the land, and he it was that sold to all the people of the land: and Joseph's brethren came, and bowed down themselves before him with their faces to the earth.
7 And Joseph saw his brethren, and he knew them, but made himself strange unto them, and spake roughly unto them; and he said unto them, Whence come ye? And they said, From the land of Canaan to buy food.
8 And Joseph knew his brethren, but they knew not him.
9 And Joseph remembered the dreams which he dreamed of them, and said unto them, Ye are spies; to see the nakedness of the land ye are come.
10 And they said unto him, Nay, my lord, but to buy food are thy servants come.
11 We are all one man's sons; we are true men, thy servants are no spies.
12 And he said unto them, Nay, but to see the nakedness of the land ye are come.
13 And they said, Thy servants are twelve 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.
14 And Joseph said unto them, That is it that I spake unto you, saying, Ye are spies:
15 Hereby ye shall be proved: By the life of Pharaoh ye shall not go forth hence, except your youngest brother come hither.
16 Send one of you, and let him fetch your brother, and ye shall be kept in prison, that your words may be proved, whether there be any truth in you: or else by the life of Pharaoh surely ye are spies.
17 And he put them all together into ward three days.
18 And Joseph said unto them the third day, This do, and live; for I fear God:
19 If ye be true men, let one of your brethren be bound in the house of your prison: go ye, carry corn for the famine of your houses:
20 But bring your youngest brother unto me; so shall your words be verified, and ye shall not die. And they did so.
21 ¶ And they said one to another, We are verily guilty concerning our brother, in that we saw the anguish of his soul, when he besought us, and we would not hear; therefore is this distress come upon us.
22 And Reuben answered them, saying, Spake I not unto you, saying, Do not sin against the child; and ye would not hear? therefore, behold, also his blood is required.
23 And they knew not that Joseph understood them; for he spake unto them by an interpreter.
24 And he turned himself about from them, and wept; and returned to them again, and communed with them, and took from them Simeon, and bound him before their eyes.
25 ¶ Then Joseph commanded to fill their sacks with corn, and to restore every man's money into his sack, and to give them provision for the way: and thus did he unto them.
26 And they laded their asses with the corn, and departed thence.
27 And as one of them opened his sack to give his ass provender in the inn, he espied his money; for, behold, it was in his sack's mouth.
28 And he said unto his brethren, My money is restored; and, lo, it is even in my sack: and their heart failed them, and they were afraid, saying one to another, What is this that God hath done unto us?
29 ¶ And they came unto Jacob their father unto the land of Canaan, and told him all that befell unto them; saying,
30 The man, who is the lord of the land, spake roughly to us, and took us for spies of the country.
31 And we said unto him, We are true men; we are no spies:
32 We be twelve brethren, sons of our father; one is not, and the youngest is this day with our father in the land of Canaan.
33 And the man, the lord of the country, said unto us, Hereby shall I know that ye are true men; leave one of your brethren here with me, and take food for the famine of your households, and be gone:
34 And bring your youngest brother unto me: then shall I know that ye are no spies, but that ye are true men: so will I deliver you your brother, and ye shall traffick in the land.
35 ¶ And it came to pass as they emptied their sacks, that, behold, every man's bundle of money was in his sack: and when both they and their father saw the bundles of money, they were afraid.
36 And Jacob their father said unto them, Me have ye bereaved of my children: Joseph is not, and Simeon is not, and ye will take Benjamin away: all these things are against me.
37 And Reuben spake unto his father, saying, Slay my two sons, if I bring him not to thee: deliver him into my hand, and I will bring him to thee again.
38 And he said, My son shall not go down with you; for his brother is dead, and he is left alone: if mischief befall him by the way in the which ye go, then shall ye bring down my gray hairs with sorrow to the grave.