Bible: Gen 44:1-13

The Final Test

44:1 He instructed the servant who was over his household, “Fill the sacks of the men with as much food as they can carry and put each man’s money in the mouth of his sack. 44:2 Then put 1  my cup – the silver cup – in the mouth of the youngest one’s sack, along with the money for his grain.” He did as Joseph instructed. 2 

44:3 When morning came, 3  the men and their donkeys were sent off. 4  44:4 They had not gone very far from the city 5  when Joseph said 6  to the servant who was over his household, “Pursue the men at once! 7  When you overtake 8  them, say to them, ‘Why have you repaid good with evil? 44:5 Doesn’t my master drink from this cup 9  and use it for divination? 10  You have done wrong!’ 11 

44:6 When the man 12  overtook them, he spoke these words to them. 44:7 They answered him, “Why does my lord say such things? 13  Far be it from your servants to do such a thing! 14  44:8 Look, the money that we found in the mouths of our sacks we brought back to you from the land of Canaan. Why then would we steal silver or gold from your master’s house? 44:9 If one of us has it, 15  he will die, and the rest of us will become my lord’s slaves!

44:10 He replied, “You have suggested your own punishment! 16  The one who has it will become my slave, 17  but the rest of 18  you will go free.” 19  44:11 So each man quickly lowered 20  his sack to the ground and opened it. 44:12 Then the man 21  searched. He began with the oldest and finished with the youngest. The cup was found in Benjamin’s sack! 44:13 They all tore their clothes! Then each man loaded his donkey, and they returned to the city.

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