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1. Mosebog 42:1-38

Josefs brødre kommer til Egypten

1Da Jakob hørte, at det var muligt at købe korn i Egypten, sagde han til sine sønner: „Hvad venter I på? 2Det siges, at der kan købes korn i Egypten. Se at komme af sted og køb noget, inden vi sulter ihjel.”

3Så tog Josefs ti ældre brødre af sted for at købe korn i Egypten, 4men Jakob ville ikke lade Josefs yngre bror, Benjamin, rejse med af frygt for, at der skulle ske ham noget undervejs. 5Således kom Jakobs sønner til Egypten sammen med mange andre, for hungersnøden havde ramt hele Kana’ans land. 6Siden Josef var guvernør i landet og havde ansvar for kornsalget, var det ham, brødrene opsøgte. De bøjede sig for Josef med ansigtet mod jorden. 7Øjeblikkelig genkendte Josef sine brødre, men han lod som ingenting, og de genkendte ikke ham.

„Hvor kommer I fra?” spurgte han barsk.

„Fra Kana’ans land,” svarede de. „Vi er kommet for at købe korn.”

8-9Da Josef nu stod ansigt til ansigt med sine brødre, huskede han de drømme, han havde haft for mange år siden. „I er spioner, der er kommet for at se, hvor landets forsvar er svagest,” sagde han skarpt.

10„Nej, nej, herre,” bedyrede de. „Vi er bare kommet for at købe korn! 11Vi er brødre, og vi er ærlige folk. Vi er aldeles ikke spioner.”

12„Jo, I er!” blev Josef ved. „I er kun ude på at finde hullerne i vores forsvar.”

13„Herre,” forsikrede de, „vi er 12 brødre, og vores far bor i Kana’ans land. De ti af os står her foran Dem. Vores yngste bror er hjemme hos sin far, og en af vores brødre lever ikke mere.”

14Men Josef holdt på sit. „Som jeg allerede har sagt, er jeg sikker på, at I er spioner. 15Men det skal jeg nok få opklaret. Så sandt Farao lever, får I ikke lov at forlade Egypten, før jeres yngste bror står her lyslevende foran mig. 16En af jer kan tage hjem og hente ham, men resten af jer beholder jeg som gidsler i fængslet. Så vil det vise sig, om I har talt sandt eller ej. Hvis det viser sig, at I slet ikke har nogen yngre bror, ved jeg, at I er spioner.” 17Så lod han dem alle sætte i fængsel i tre dage.

18På tredjedagen sagde Josef til dem: „Jeg er en gudfrygtig mand. Hvis I vil beholde livet, så gør, hvad jeg siger. 19Jeg vil nøjes med at beholde én af jer her i fængslet. Resten af jer kan tage hjem med korn til jeres familier. 20Men I skal hente jeres yngre bror, så jeg har bevis for, at I har talt sandt. Så ved jeg, at I ikke er spioner, som fortjener døden.” Det forslag gik brødrene ind på.

21Mens de nu diskuterede sagen indbyrdes, sagde en af brødrene: „Det her kan vi takke os selv for! Det er straffen for det, vi i sin tid gjorde imod Josef. Vi så hans fortvivlelse og angst, mens han bønfaldt os, men vi ville ikke høre efter.”

22„Sagde jeg ikke dengang, at I ikke måtte gøre ham fortræd?” indvendte Ruben. „Men I ville jo ikke høre på mig. Nu skal vi dø, fordi vi var skyld i hans død.”

23Brødrene havde ingen anelse om, at Josef forstod alt, hvad de sagde, for han havde talt med dem ved hjælp af tolk. 24Nu forlod han dem et øjeblik, fordi han blev så bevæget, at han var begyndt at græde. Da han senere kom tilbage, udpegede han Simeon til gidsel og lod ham binde for øjnene af dem.

25Josef befalede nu sine tjenere at fylde mændenes sække med korn og i al hemmelighed at lægge hver enkelt mands betaling tilbage øverst i sækken. Han sørgede også for, at brødrene fik rejseproviant. 26Så læssede de kornsækkene på æslerne og begyndte hjemturen. 27Da de standsede for at overnatte, og en af brødrene åbnede sin sæk for at tage foder til æslerne, så han, at pengene lå oven i sækken!

28„Se!” råbte han til brødrene. „Mine penge ligger oven i sækken!” De blev rædselsslagne. „Hvad har Gud dog gjort imod os?” spurgte de hinanden.

29Da de kom tilbage til deres far i Kana’ans land fortalte de ham hele historien.

30„Manden, som administrerer landet, talte hårde ord til os,” forklarede de. „Han anså os for at være spioner og smed os i fængsel. 31Men vi sagde til ham: ‚Vi er ærlige folk og ikke spioner. 32I alt var vi 12 brødre med samme far, men en bror lever ikke mere, og den yngste er hjemme hos sin far i Kana’ans land.’ 33Manden svarede os: ‚Jeg skal nok finde ud af, om I taler sandt: En af jer skal blive her hos mig, mens I andre tager jeres korn og rejser hjem til jeres familier. 34Hent så jeres yngste bror og kom tilbage til mig, så jeg kan afgøre, om I er spioner eller ærlige folk. Hvis I kan bevise, at I taler sandt, skal I få jeres bror tilbage, og I skal få lov til at komme og købe så meget korn, I vil.’ ”

35Brødrene tømte nu deres sække. Men da de så, at oven i hver sæk lå posen med pengene, de havde betalt for kornet, blev både de og deres far grebet af rædsel.

36„I har berøvet mig mine børn!” klagede Jakob. „Josef er død! Simeon er væk! Og nu vil I også tage Benjamin fra mig! Jeg kan ikke klare mere modgang!”

37Men Ruben svarede: „Du må dræbe begge mine sønner, hvis Benjamin ikke kommer hjem igen. Jeg påtager mig det fulde ansvar for ham.”

38„Nej,” indvendte Jakob, „min yngste søn får ikke lov til at rejse med jer. Hans bror Josef er allerede død, og Benjamin er den eneste, der er tilbage efter sin mor. Sker der noget med ham, dør jeg af sorg.”

King James Version

Genesis 42:1-38

1Now when Jacob saw that there was corn in Egypt, Jacob said unto his sons, Why do ye look one upon another? 2And he said, Behold, I have heard that there is corn in Egypt: get you down thither, and buy for us from thence; that we may live, and not die.

3¶ And Joseph’s ten brethren went down to buy corn in Egypt. 4But Benjamin, Joseph’s brother, Jacob sent not with his brethren; for he said, Lest peradventure mischief befall him. 5And the sons of Israel came to buy corn among those that came: for the famine was in the land of Canaan. 6And Joseph was the governor over the land, and he it was that sold to all the people of the land: and Joseph’s brethren came, and bowed down themselves before him with their faces to the earth.

7And Joseph saw his brethren, and he knew them, but made himself strange unto them, and spake roughly unto them; and he said unto them, Whence come ye? And they said, From the land of Canaan to buy food.42.7 roughly…: Heb. hard things with them 8And Joseph knew his brethren, but they knew not him. 9And Joseph remembered the dreams which he dreamed of them, and said unto them, Ye are spies; to see the nakedness of the land ye are come. 10And they said unto him, Nay, my lord, but to buy food are thy servants come. 11We are all one man’s sons; we are true men, thy servants are no spies. 12And he said unto them, Nay, but to see the nakedness of the land ye are come. 13And they said, Thy servants are twelve brethren, the sons of one man in the land of Canaan; and, behold, the youngest is this day with our father, and one is not. 14And Joseph said unto them, That is it that I spake unto you, saying, Ye are spies: 15Hereby ye shall be proved: By the life of Pharaoh ye shall not go forth hence, except your youngest brother come hither. 16Send one of you, and let him fetch your brother, and ye shall be kept in prison, that your words may be proved, whether there be any truth in you: or else by the life of Pharaoh surely ye are spies.42.16 kept…: Heb. bound 17And he put them all together into ward three days.42.17 put: Heb. gathered 18And Joseph said unto them the third day, This do, and live; for I fear God: 19If ye be true men, let one of your brethren be bound in the house of your prison: go ye, carry corn for the famine of your houses: 20But bring your youngest brother unto me; so shall your words be verified, and ye shall not die. And they did so.

21¶ And they said one to another, We are verily guilty concerning our brother, in that we saw the anguish of his soul, when he besought us, and we would not hear; therefore is this distress come upon us. 22And Reuben answered them, saying, Spake I not unto you, saying, Do not sin against the child; and ye would not hear? therefore, behold, also his blood is required. 23And they knew not that Joseph understood them; for he spake unto them by an interpreter.42.23 he spake…: Heb. an interpreter was between them 24And he turned himself about from them, and wept; and returned to them again, and communed with them, and took from them Simeon, and bound him before their eyes.

25¶ Then Joseph commanded to fill their sacks with corn, and to restore every man’s money into his sack, and to give them provision for the way: and thus did he unto them. 26And they laded their asses with the corn, and departed thence. 27And as one of them opened his sack to give his ass provender in the inn, he espied his money; for, behold, it was in his sack’s mouth. 28And he said unto his brethren, My money is restored; and, lo, it is even in my sack: and their heart failed them, and they were afraid, saying one to another, What is this that God hath done unto us?42.28 failed…: Heb. went forth

29¶ And they came unto Jacob their father unto the land of Canaan, and told him all that befell unto them; saying, 30The man, who is the lord of the land, spake roughly to us, and took us for spies of the country.42.30 roughly…: Heb. with us hard things 31And we said unto him, We are true men; we are no spies: 32We be twelve brethren, sons of our father; one is not, and the youngest is this day with our father in the land of Canaan. 33And the man, the lord of the country, said unto us, Hereby shall I know that ye are true men; leave one of your brethren here with me, and take food for the famine of your households, and be gone: 34And bring your youngest brother unto me: then shall I know that ye are no spies, but that ye are true men: so will I deliver you your brother, and ye shall traffick in the land.

35¶ And it came to pass as they emptied their sacks, that, behold, every man’s bundle of money was in his sack: and when both they and their father saw the bundles of money, they were afraid. 36And Jacob their father said unto them, Me have ye bereaved of my children: Joseph is not, and Simeon is not, and ye will take Benjamin away: all these things are against me. 37And Reuben spake unto his father, saying, Slay my two sons, if I bring him not to thee: deliver him into my hand, and I will bring him to thee again. 38And he said, My son shall not go down with you; for his brother is dead, and he is left alone: if mischief befall him by the way in the which ye go, then shall ye bring down my gray hairs with sorrow to the grave.