Bible: Genesis 42:29-38

42:29 They returned to their father Jacob in the land of Canaan and told him all the things that had happened to them, saying, 42:30 The man, the lord of the land, spoke harshly to us and treated us 1  as if we were 2  spying on the land. 42:31 But we said to him, ‘We are honest men; we are not spies! 42:32 We are from a family of twelve brothers; we are the sons of one father. 3  One is no longer alive, 4  and the youngest is with our father at this time 5  in the land of Canaan.’

42:33Then the man, the lord of the land, said to us, ‘This is how I will find out if you are honest men. Leave one of your brothers with me, and take grain 6  for your hungry households and go. 42:34 But bring your youngest brother back to me so I will know 7  that you are honest men and not spies. 8  Then I will give your brother back to you and you may move about freely in the land.’ 9 

42:35 When they were emptying their sacks, there was each man’s bag of money in his sack! When they and their father saw the bags of money, they were afraid. 42:36 Their father Jacob said to them, “You are making me childless! Joseph is gone. 10  Simeon is gone. 11  And now you want to take 12  Benjamin! Everything is against me.”

42:37 Then Reuben said to his father, “You may 13  put my two sons to death if I do not bring him back to you. Put him in my care 14  and I will bring him back to you.” 42:38 But Jacob 15  replied, “My son will not go down there with you, for his brother is dead and he alone is left. 16  If an accident happens to him on the journey you have to make, then you will bring down my gray hair 17  in sorrow to the grave.” 18 

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