Bibelen på hverdagsdansk

1. Mosebog 43:1-34

Benjamin kommer med til Egypten

1Imidlertid fortsatte hungersnøden i Kana’ans land, 2så da kornet, som Josefs brødre havde hentet i Egypten, var ved at slippe op, sagde Jakob til sine sønner: „Tag af sted igen og køb os noget mere korn.”

3„Manden mente det alvorligt, da han advarede os imod at komme tilbage uden Benjamin!” indvendte Juda. 4„Hvis du vil lade drengen komme med os, rejser vi gerne derned og køber korn, 5men hvis du ikke vil det, er der ikke noget at gøre. Manden sagde udtrykkeligt, at vi ikke måtte komme uden Benjamin!”

6„Hvorfor i alverden fortalte I ham, at I havde en bror til?” jamrede Jakob. „Hvordan kunne I være så onde imod mig?”

7„Manden forhørte os jo indgående om vores familie!” svarede de. „Han ville vide, om vores far stadig levede, og om vi havde flere brødre. Vi var da nødt til at svare ham! Hvordan kunne vi vide, at han ville sige: ‚Hent jeres bror herned?’ ”

8Juda var ved at miste tålmodigheden: „Far, giv os nu lov til at tage drengen med, så vi kan komme af sted, inden vi alle sammen dør af sult—både vi, du og vores børn! 9Jeg garanterer dig for, at han vil være i sikre hænder! Jeg vil personligt tage den fulde skyld, hvis han ikke vender tilbage i god behold. 10Hvis vi ikke havde spildt tiden med snak frem og tilbage, kunne vi have været i Egypten og tilbage igen to gange allerede!”

11Endelig gav Jakob sig. „Hvis der ikke er nogen anden udvej, så lov mig i hvert fald at fylde jeres sække op med de bedste varer, vores land kan tilbyde, og aflever dem som gave til denne mand. Tag balsam, honning, krydderier, myrra, pistacienødder og mandler. 12Tag dobbelt så mange penge med, som kornet koster, så I kan betale det tilbage, som lå oven i jeres sække. Det var nok en fejltagelse, at I fik dem med hjem. 13Tag så jeres bror og rejs tilbage til manden. 14Må Gud den almægtige være jer nådig, når I står over for ham, så han løslader Simeon og lader Benjamin vende tilbage i god behold. Hvis jeg skal opleve den smerte at miste mine børn, så lad mig da gøre det!”

15Brødrene tog så Benjamin og gaverne og dobbelt så mange penge med og skyndte sig af sted til Egypten, hvor deres ankomst blev meldt til Josef. 16Da Josef så, at Benjamin var med, sagde han til sin husholder: „Før de der mænd hen til mit hus og lav et festmåltid. De skal spise hos mig i dag ved middagstid.” 17Husholderen gjorde, som han havde fået besked på, og førte brødrene til Josefs hus, 18men de blev bange, da de så, hvor de blev ført hen.

„Han vil nok anholde os og gøre os til slaver og tage vores æsler på grund af det med pengene oven i sækkene!” sagde de til hinanden. „Han tror sikkert, vi stjal dem!”

19Derfor gik de hen til husholderen, som stod ved indgangen 20og sagde: „Undskyld, men der er noget, vi må fortælle dig: Da vi var på vej hjem fra Egypten sidste gang, 21standsede vi undervejs for at overnatte, og da vi åbnede vores sække, lå de penge, som vi havde betalt for kornet, oven i sækkene! Se, her er de! Vi har taget dem med tilbage! 22Og vi har taget ekstra med, så vi kan købe mere korn! Men vi aner ikke, hvem der lagde pengene i vores sække.”

23„Det skal I ikke være bekymrede over,” svarede husholderen. „Det må være jeres fædres Gud, som har lagt dem oven i jeres sække. Vi har i alt fald fået betaling for det korn, I købte.” Så hentede han Simeon, 24hvorefter de alle blev lukket ind i Josefs hus og fik vand, så de kunne vaske støvet af deres fødder, mens æslerne blev fodret udenfor. 25Da de fik at vide, at de skulle spise der i huset, fik de travlt med at gøre deres gaver til Josef parat. 26Da Josef kom ind, gav de ham deres gaver og bøjede sig dybt med ansigtet til jorden.

27Josef spurgte dem, hvordan de havde haft det. „Og hvordan går det med jeres far—ham, I fortalte mig om? Han må være gammel! Lever han endnu?”

28„Ja,” svarede de, „han lever og har det godt.” Så bøjede de sig endnu en gang for Josef.

29Josef så på sin bror Benjamin og spurgte: „Er det så jeres yngste bror, som I fortalte mig om? Må Gud være med dig, min dreng.” 30Mere fik han ikke sagt, før han måtte skynde sig ud og ind i sit soveværelse for at give tårerne frit løb. Følelserne over for hans egen lillebror overvældede ham. 31Så beherskede han sig, vaskede sit ansigt og gik tilbage til brødrene. „Bring maden ind!” beordrede han.

32Josef spiste for sig selv, mens brødrene blev opvartet ved et andet bord, og de tilstedeværende egyptere sad ved et tredje bord. Egypterne bryder sig nemlig ikke om at spise sammen med hebræere. 33Josef havde placeret brødrene umiddelbart foran sig, efter alder, så den ældste sad først og den yngste sidst, hvilket fik dem til at sende hinanden undrende blikke. 34Maden blev bragt dem fra Josefs eget bord, og Benjamin fik den største portion—fem gange så meget som de andre! Der var rigeligt med mad og drikke, og snakken gik lystigt imellem dem.

New International Version

Genesis 43:1-34

The Second Journey to Egypt

1Now the famine was still severe in the land. 2So when they had eaten all the grain they had brought from Egypt, their father said to them, “Go back and buy us a little more food.”

3But Judah said to him, “The man warned us solemnly, ‘You will not see my face again unless your brother is with you.’ 4If you will send our brother along with us, we will go down and buy food for you. 5But if you will not send him, we will not go down, because the man said to us, ‘You will not see my face again unless your brother is with you.’ ”

6Israel asked, “Why did you bring this trouble on me by telling the man you had another brother?”

7They replied, “The man questioned us closely about ourselves and our family. ‘Is your father still living?’ he asked us. ‘Do you have another brother?’ We simply answered his questions. How were we to know he would say, ‘Bring your brother down here’?”

8Then Judah said to Israel his father, “Send the boy along with me and we will go at once, so that we and you and our children may live and not die. 9I myself will guarantee his safety; you can hold me personally responsible for him. If I do not bring him back to you and set him here before you, I will bear the blame before you all my life. 10As it is, if we had not delayed, we could have gone and returned twice.”

11Then their father Israel said to them, “If it must be, then do this: Put some of the best products of the land in your bags and take them down to the man as a gift—a little balm and a little honey, some spices and myrrh, some pistachio nuts and almonds. 12Take double the amount of silver with you, for you must return the silver that was put back into the mouths of your sacks. Perhaps it was a mistake. 13Take your brother also and go back to the man at once. 14And may God Almighty43:14 Hebrew El-Shaddai grant you mercy before the man so that he will let your other brother and Benjamin come back with you. As for me, if I am bereaved, I am bereaved.”

15So the men took the gifts and double the amount of silver, and Benjamin also. They hurried down to Egypt and presented themselves to Joseph. 16When Joseph saw Benjamin with them, he said to the steward of his house, “Take these men to my house, slaughter an animal and prepare a meal; they are to eat with me at noon.”

17The man did as Joseph told him and took the men to Joseph’s house. 18Now the men were frightened when they were taken to his house. They thought, “We were brought here because of the silver that was put back into our sacks the first time. He wants to attack us and overpower us and seize us as slaves and take our donkeys.”

19So they went up to Joseph’s steward and spoke to him at the entrance to the house. 20“We beg your pardon, our lord,” they said, “we came down here the first time to buy food. 21But at the place where we stopped for the night we opened our sacks and each of us found his silver—the exact weight—in the mouth of his sack. So we have brought it back with us. 22We have also brought additional silver with us to buy food. We don’t know who put our silver in our sacks.”

23“It’s all right,” he said. “Don’t be afraid. Your God, the God of your father, has given you treasure in your sacks; I received your silver.” Then he brought Simeon out to them.

24The steward took the men into Joseph’s house, gave them water to wash their feet and provided fodder for their donkeys. 25They prepared their gifts for Joseph’s arrival at noon, because they had heard that they were to eat there.

26When Joseph came home, they presented to him the gifts they had brought into the house, and they bowed down before him to the ground. 27He asked them how they were, and then he said, “How is your aged father you told me about? Is he still living?”

28They replied, “Your servant our father is still alive and well.” And they bowed down, prostrating themselves before him.

29As he looked about and saw his brother Benjamin, his own mother’s son, he asked, “Is this your youngest brother, the one you told me about?” And he said, “God be gracious to you, my son.” 30Deeply moved at the sight of his brother, Joseph hurried out and looked for a place to weep. He went into his private room and wept there.

31After he had washed his face, he came out and, controlling himself, said, “Serve the food.”

32They served him by himself, the brothers by themselves, and the Egyptians who ate with him by themselves, because Egyptians could not eat with Hebrews, for that is detestable to Egyptians. 33The men had been seated before him in the order of their ages, from the firstborn to the youngest; and they looked at each other in astonishment. 34When portions were served to them from Joseph’s table, Benjamin’s portion was five times as much as anyone else’s. So they feasted and drank freely with him.