Bible: Genesis 42:9-24

42:9 Then Joseph remembered 1  the dreams he had dreamed about them, and he said to them, “You are spies; you have come to see if our land is vulnerable! 2 

42:10 But they exclaimed, 3  “No, my lord! Your servants have come to buy grain for food! 42:11 We are all the sons of one man; we are honest men! Your servants are not spies.”

42:12No,” he insisted, “but you have come to see if our land is vulnerable.” 4  42:13 They replied, “Your servants are from a family of twelve brothers. 5  We are the sons of one man in the land of Canaan. The youngest is with our father at this time, 6  and one is no longer alive.” 7 

42:14 But Joseph told them, “It is just as I said to you: 8  You are spies! 42:15 You will be tested in this way: As surely as Pharaoh lives, 9  you will not depart from this place unless your youngest brother comes here. 42:16 One of you must go and get 10  your brother, while 11  the rest of you remain in prison. 12  In this way your words may be tested to see if 13  you are telling the truth. 14  If not, then, as surely as Pharaoh lives, you are spies! 42:17 He imprisoned 15  them all for three days. 42:18 On the third day Joseph said to them, “Do as I say 16  and you will live, 17  for I fear God. 18  42:19 If you are honest men, leave one of your brothers confined here in prison 19  while the rest of you go 20  and take grain back for your hungry families. 21  42:20 But you must bring 22  your youngest brother to me. Then 23  your words will be verified 24  and you will not die.” They did as he said. 25 

42:21 They said to one other, 26 Surely we’re being punished 27  because of our brother, because we saw how distressed he was 28  when he cried to us for mercy, but we refused to listen. That is why this distress 29  has come on us! 42:22 Reuben said to them, “Didn’t I say to you, ‘Don’t sin against the boy,’ but you wouldn’t listen? So now we must pay for shedding his blood! 30  42:23 (Now 31  they did not know that Joseph could understand them, 32  for he was speaking through an interpreter.) 33  42:24 He turned away from them and wept. When he turned around and spoke to them again, 34  he had Simeon taken 35  from them and tied up 36  before their eyes.

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