1 Now Joseph gave this order to his steward, Fill the mens sacks with as much food as they can carry and put back each mans silver in the mouth of his sack, 2 and put my cup, the silver cup with the money for the grain in the sack of the youngest. The steward did as Joseph had directed.
3 As soon as it was light next morning the men were sent away with their donkeys. 4 When they had gone but were still not far from the city, Joseph said to his steward, Go quickly after those men and when you have caught up with them, say this: Why have you re paid good with evil? 5 Isnt this the cup my master drinks from and uses for divi nation? You have done a wicked thing.
6 When he caught up with them he repeated these words. 7 They said to him, Why does my lord speak like that? Far be it from your servants to do such a thing. 8 The money we found in the mouths of our sacks, we brought back to you from the land of Canaan! How then could we have stolen silver or gold from your lords house? 9 If one of your servants is found with the object, he will die and we too will become my lords slaves. 10 Very well then, he said, it will be as you say. The one who is found to have the cup will become my masters slave
14 Joseph was still in the house when Judah and his brothers re turned and they threw themselves on the ground be fore him. 15 Joseph said to them, What have you done? Didnt you know that a man such as I am is able to practice divination?
16 Then Judah said, What shall we say to my lord? How can we prove our innocence? God has uncovered your servants guilt
18 Judah then went forward and said, My lord, allow your servant to speak. Do not be angry with your servant, al though you are equal to Pharaoh him self. 19 The last time you questioned your servants saying: Have you a father or a brother? 20 We said to my lord: We have an aged father who had a child in his old age. His brother is dead and he is the only one left of his mothers children. And his father loves him. 21 Then you said to us: Bring him down so that I can see him for myself. 22 We told my lord that the boy could not leave his father, for if he did, his father would die.
23 You then told us that if our youngest brother did not come with us, we would not be admitted to your presence. 24 All this we said to our father on returning there. 25 So when he told us to come back and buy a little food, 26 we said: We cannot go down again unless our youngest brother is with us. We shall not be admitted to the lords presence unless our brother is with us. 27 Then my father said: You know that my wife had two children. 28 One went away from me and has surely been torn to pieces since I have not seen him anymore. 29 If you take this one from me and something happens to him you will bring my gray hair in sorrow to the grave. 30 Now I cant return to my father without the boy, for my father loves him very much. If he sees that the boy is not there, 31 he will die and we will have sent the gray hairs of our father in sorrow to the grave.
32 Now I, your servant, guaranteed the boys safety and said to my father: If I do not bring him back, I will bear the blame before you all my life. 33 So now let me take the place of the boy and stay here as slave and let the boy go with his brothers, 34 for I cant return to my father without the boy. Do not let me see the misery that would be too much for my father.