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Genesis 43

The Return to Egypt

1Now the famine was very severe in the land [of Canaan]. And it happened that when the families of Jacob’s sons had finished eating [all of] the grain which they had brought from Egypt, their father said to them, “Go again, buy us a little food.” But Judah said to him, “The man [representing Pharaoh] solemnly and sternly warned us, saying, ‘You will not see my face [again] unless your brother is with you.’ If you will send our brother with us, we will go down [to Egypt] and buy you food. But if you will not send him, we will not go down there; for the man said to us, ‘You will not see my face unless your brother is with you.’” And Israel (Jacob) said, “Why did you treat me so badly by telling the man that you had another brother?” And they said, “The man asked us straightforward questions about ourselves and our relatives. He said, ‘Is your father still alive? Have you another brother?’ And we [a]answered him accordingly. How could we possibly know that he would say, ‘Bring your brother down [here to Egypt]’?” Judah said to Israel his father, “Send the young man with me and we will get up and go [buy food], so that we may live and not die [of starvation], we as well as you and our little ones. I will be security (a guarantee) for him; [b]you may hold me [personally] responsible for him. If I do not bring him [back] to you and place him [safely] before you, then let me bear the blame before you forever. 10 For if we had not delayed like this, surely by now we would have returned the second time.”

11 Then their father Israel said to them, “If it must be so, then do this; take some of the choicest products of the land in your sacks, and carry it as a present [of tribute] to the man [representing Pharaoh], a little balm and a little honey, aromatic spices or gum, resin, pistachio nuts, and almonds. 12 Take double the [amount of] money with you, and take back the money that was returned in the opening of your sacks; perhaps it was an oversight. 13 Take your brother [Benjamin] also, and get up, and go to the man; 14 and may [c]God Almighty grant you compassion and favor before the man, so that he will release to you your other brother [Simeon] and Benjamin. And as for me, if I am bereaved of my children [Joseph, Simeon, and Benjamin], I am bereaved.” 15 Then the men took the present, and they took double the [amount of] money with them, and Benjamin; then they left and went down to Egypt and stood before Joseph.

Joseph Sees Benjamin

16 When Joseph saw Benjamin with them, he said to the steward of his house, “Bring the men into the house, and kill an animal and make [a meal] ready; for the men will dine with me at noon.” 17 So the man did as Joseph said, and brought the men to Joseph’s house. 18 The men were afraid, because they were brought to Joseph’s house; and [expecting the worst] they said, “It is because of the money that was returned in our sacks the first time [we came] that we are being brought in, so that he may find a reason to accuse us and assail us, and take us as slaves, and seize our donkeys.” 19 So they approached the steward of Joseph’s house, and talked with him at the entrance of the house, 20 and said, “Oh, my lord, we indeed came down here the first time to buy food; 21 and when we arrived at the inn [after leaving here], we opened our sacks and there was each man’s money [with which he had paid for grain], in full, returned in the mouth of his sack. So we have brought it back [this time]. 22 We have also brought down with us additional money to buy food; we do not know who put our money [back] in our sacks [last time].” 23 But the steward [encouraged them and] said, “Peace be to you, do not be afraid; your God and the God of your father has [miraculously] given you treasure in your sacks. I [already] had your money [which you paid to us].” Then he brought Simeon out to them. 24 Then the steward brought the men into Joseph’s house and gave them water, and they washed [the dust off] their feet; and he gave their donkeys feed. 25 So they prepared the present [of tribute] for Joseph before his arrival at noon; for they had heard that they were to eat a meal there.

26 When Joseph came home, they brought into the house to him the present [of tribute] which they had with them and bowed to the ground before him. 27 He asked them about their well-being, and said, “Is your old father well, of whom you spoke? Is he still alive?” 28 And they answered, “Your servant our father is in good health; he is still alive.” And they bowed down [their heads before Joseph] in respect. 29 And he looked up and saw his brother Benjamin, his mother’s [only other] son, and said, “Is this your youngest brother, of whom you spoke to me?” And Joseph said, “God be gracious to you and show you favor, my son.” 30 Then Joseph hurried out [of the room] because his heart was deeply touched over his brother, and he sought privacy to weep; so he entered his chamber and wept there. 31 Then he washed his face and came out, and, restraining himself, said, “Let the meal be served.” 32 So the servants served Joseph by himself [in honor of his rank], and his brothers by themselves, and the Egyptians who ate with him by themselves, because [according to custom] the Egyptians could not eat food with the Hebrews, for that is [d]loathsome to the Egyptians. 33 Now Joseph’s brothers were seated [by the steward] before him [in the order of their birth]—the firstborn according to his birthright and the youngest according to his youth; and the men looked at one another in astonishment [because so much was known about them]. 34 Joseph selected and sent portions to them from his own table, but Benjamin’s portion was five times as much as any of theirs. So they feasted and drank freely and celebrated with him.

Notas al pie

  1. Genesis 43:7 Lit told him upon the mouth of these words.
  2. Genesis 43:9 Lit from my hand you shall require him.
  3. Genesis 43:14 Heb El Shaddai.
  4. Genesis 43:32 I.e. an abomination, a violation of holiness or distinction.

Ang Pulong Sang Dios

Genesis 43

Nagbalik sa Egipto ang mga Utod ni Jose

1Naggrabe pa gid ang gutom sa Canaan. Naubos na sang pamilya ni Jacob ang pagkaon nga gindala nila halin sa Egipto. Gani naghambal si Jacob sa iya mga anak, “Balik kamo didto sa Egipto kag magbakal sing bisan diutay lang nga pagkaon.” Pero nagsabat si Juda sa iya, “Ginpaandaman kami sang gobernador nga indi kami magpakita sa iya kon indi namon kaupod ang amon utod nga si Benjamin. Kon paupdon mo siya sa amon mabalik kami didto kag magbakal sang pagkaon. Pero kon indi gani, indi man kami magbalik didto, kay nagsiling ang gobernador nga indi kami magpakita sa iya kon indi namon kaupod ang amon utod.”

Nagsiling si Jacob,[a] “Ngaa ginhatagan ninyo ako sang dako nga problema? Ngaa abi ginsugiran pa ninyo ang gobernador nga may isa pa kamo ka utod?” Nagsabat sila, “Ano abi kay sagi gid niya kami pamangkot parte sa aton pamilya. Nagpamangkot siya kon buhi pa bala ang amon amay kag kon may utod pa bala kami nga iban. Siyempre ginsabat namon siya. Sin-o abi ang maghunahuna nga silingon niya kami nga dal-on namon didto sa iya ang amon utod?”

Gani nagsiling si Juda sa ila amay, “Tay, paupda na lang sa amon si Benjamin agod makalakat na kami dayon kag makabakal sang pagkaon agod indi kita tanan mapatay sa gutom. Igarantiya ko ang akon kabuhi para kay Benjamin. Sukton mo ako kon ano ang matabo sa iya. Kon indi gani siya makabalik sa imo nga buhi, basulon mo ako hasta san-o. 10 Kon wala tani kita nag-usik sang tiyempo, siguro duha ka beses na kami nga nakabalik.”

11 Nagsiling ang ila amay, “Ti, kon amo sina, maglakat kamo. Magdala kamo sa inyo mga suludlan sang pinakamaayo nga mga produkto diri sa aton lugar agod iregalo sa gobernador sang Egipto: mga bulong, dugos, panakot, pahamot, kag mga bunga sang pistasyo kag almendro. 12 Dobleha ninyo ang dala ninyo nga kuwarta kay dapat ninyo ibalik ang kuwarta nga gin-uli sa inyo mga sako. Basi kon nagsala lang sila sadto. 13 Dal-a ninyo ang inyo utod nga si Benjamin kag magbalik kamo gilayon sa gobernador sang Egipto. 14 Kabay pa nga tandugon sang Makagagahom nga Dios ang tagipusuon sang gobernador agod maluoy siya sa inyo kag ibalik niya sa inyo si Simeon kag si Benjamin. Pero kon indi gani sila makabalik, batunon ko na lang sing hugot sa akon tagipusuon.”

15 Gani nagdala ang mag-ulutod sang mga regalo kag gindoble man nila ang ila kuwarta. Dayon naglakat sila pa-Egipto kaupod si Benjamin, kag nagpakigkita sila kay Jose. 16 Pagkakita ni Jose nga kaupod nila si Benjamin, ginsugo niya ang iya mayordomo, “Dal-a ining mga tawo sa balay. Mag-ihaw ka sang sapat kag magluto, kay manyaga sila upod sa akon.” 17 Gintuman sang mayordomo ang sugo sa iya. Gani gindala niya ang mag-ulutod sa balay ni Jose.

18 Hinadlukan ang mag-ulutod sang gindala sila sa balay ni Jose kay naghunahuna sila, “Basi gindala kita diri tungod sang kuwarta nga ginbalik sa aton mga sako sang nahauna naton nga pagkadto diri. Basi kon dakpon nila kita, kag kuhaon ang aton mga asno kag himuon kita nga mga ulipon.” 19 Gani nagpakighambal sila sa mayordomo sang sa may puwertahan pa lang sila sang balay. 20 Siling nila, “Sir, dali lang anay, may isiling kami sa imo. Nagkadto kami diri anay sa pagbakal sang pagkaon. 21 Sang nagapauli na kami nagpalipas kami sang kagab-ihon sa isa ka lugar. Kag didto ginbuksan namon ang amon mga sako kag nakita namon sa sulod ang amo gid nga kantidad sang kuwarta nga ginbayad namon para sa pagkaon. Ari gani, gindala namon agod iuli. 22 Nagdala pa gid kami sang dugang nga kuwarta agod ibakal sang pagkaon. Wala kami kahibalo kon sin-o ang nagbutang sang amon kuwarta sa amon mga sako.” 23 Nagsabat ang mayordomo, “Wala ato sing kaso, kag indi kamo magkahadlok. Ang inyo Dios, nga Dios man sang inyo amay, amo siguro ang nagbutang sang sadto nga kuwarta sa inyo mga sako. Nabaton ko ang inyo bayad sadto.” Dayon gindala niya si Simeon sa ila.

24 Ginpasulod sang mayordomo ang mag-ulutod sa balay ni Jose kag ginhatagan sang tubig agod makapanghinaw sila sang ila mga tiil. Ginhatagan man niya sang pagkaon ang ila mga asno. 25 Ginpreparar sang mag-ulutod ang ila mga regalo kay Jose samtang ginahulat nila siya nga magpauli sa udto. Kay ginsilingan sila nga didto sila manyaga sa balay ni Jose.

26 Pag-abot ni Jose, ginhatag nila ang ila mga regalo kag nagluhod sila sa iya atubangan bilang pagtahod. 27 Nagpamangkot si Jose sa ila kon kamusta sila. Dayon nagpamangkot man siya, “Kamusta man ang inyo amay nga tigulang na, nga inyo ginsugid anay sa akon? Buhi pa bala siya?” 28 Nagsabat sila, “Buhi pa si tatay kag maayo pa man siya.” Dayon nagluhod sila liwat sa iya bilang pagtahod.

29 Pagkakita ni Jose kay Benjamin nga iya utod sa iya iloy nga si Raquel, nagsiling siya, “Amo bala ini ang inyo kamanghuran nga inyo ginsugid anay sa akon?” Ginsilingan niya dayon si Benjamin, “Kabay pa nga pakamaayuhon ka sang Dios, toto.” 30 Dayon nagdali-dali guwa si Jose kay daw mahibi na gid siya sa iya kahidlaw sa iya manghod. Nagsulod siya sa iya kuwarto kag didto naghibi. 31 Pagkatapos nagpanghilam-os siya kag nagbalik didto sa ila nga may pagpugong sang iya balatyagon. Dayon nagsugo siya nga ihanda na ang pagkaon.

32 Lain ang ginkan-an ni Jose, lain man ang ginkan-an sang iya mga utod, kag lain man ang iya sang mga Egiptohanon nga didto man nagpanyaga. Kay wala nagakaon ang mga Egiptohanon nga kaupod ang mga Hebreo, kay makangilil-ad ina para sa ila. 33 Dira sa atubangan ni Jose ginpapungko ang iya mga utod. Nagtinulukay ang iya mga utod kay natingala sila nga pasunod halin sa magulang hasta sa kamanghuran ang pagpapungko sa ila. 34 Ginserbihan sila sang pagkaon nga halin sa atubangan ni Jose pero ang ginhatag kay Benjamin nga pagkaon lima gid ka pilo ang kadamuon sang sa iban. Nagkinaon sila kag nag-ininom kaupod si Jose.

Notas al pie

  1. 43:6 Jacob: sa Hebreo, Israel.