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1. Mosebog 44:1-34

Josefs sølvbæger

1Senere gav Josef sin husholder befaling om at fylde brødrenes sække med alt det korn, som æslerne kunne bære. „Sørg for at lægge de penge, de har betalt for kornet, tilbage i hver sæk!” beordrede han. 2„Og i den yngste brors sæk skal du desuden lægge mit sølvbæger.” Husholderen gjorde, som Josef havde sagt. 3Ved daggry næste morgen fik brødrene lov at tage af sted med deres æsler.

4Men de var kun lige kommet ud af byen, da Josef sagde til sin husholder: „Sæt efter dem og stands dem. Sig så til dem: ‚Hvorfor har I gengældt godt med ondt? 5Hvorfor har I taget min herres personlige sølvbæger, som han bruger til at tage varsler af? Hvordan kunne I gøre noget så usselt?’ ” 6Husholderen indhentede hurtigt brødrene og sagde det, Josef havde givet ham besked på.

7„Hvad mener du?” svarede brødrene. „Sådan noget kunne vi da aldrig finde på at gøre! 8Bragte vi måske ikke de penge tilbage, som lå oven i vores sække sidste gang? Hvorfor i alverden skulle vi stjæle guld eller sølv fra din herres hus? 9Hvis du finder bægeret hos en af os, skal vedkommende dø! Og resten af os skal være din herres slaver!”

10„Nej,” svarede husholderen. „Det er kun den, bægeret findes hos, der skal være min herres slave, I andre kan godt rejse hjem.”

11Brødrene løftede hurtigt sækkene af æslerne og åbnede dem. 12Husholderen begyndte at gennemsøge den ældste brors sæk, og sådan fortsatte han hele rækken ned til den yngste. Bægeret blev fundet i Benjamins sæk. 13Da flængede brødrene i fortvivlelse deres tøj, læssede igen deres æsler og vendte tilbage til byen. 14Josef var stadig hjemme i sit hus, da Juda og hans brødre ankom. De faldt på knæ for ham med ansigtet mod jorden.

15„Hvad er I ude på?” spurgte Josef. „Er I ikke klar over, at en mand som jeg har spåmænd, der kunne fortælle mig, hvem der stjal det?”

16Da sagde Juda: „Oh, herre, hvad skal vi sige til vores forsvar? Hvordan kan vi bevise, at vi er uskyldige? Gud har bragt vores skyld for dagens lys. Vi er nu Deres slaver—både vi og vores bror, som bægeret blev fundet hos.”

17„Nej,” svarede Josef. „Kun den, som stjal bægeret, skal være min slave. Resten af jer kan frit rejse hjem til jeres far.”

Juda tilbyder at blive slave for at redde Benjamin

18Da trådte Juda et skridt frem mod Josef og sagde: „Herre, tillad mig at tale til Dem. Hav tålmodighed med mig et øjeblik. Jeg ved, at De har magt til at dræbe mig på stedet, for De er jo som Farao selv. 19De spurgte os, herre, om vi havde en far eller en bror. 20Dertil svarede vi: ‚Ja, vores far er gammel, og han har endnu en søn derhjemme, som han fik i sin alderdom. Denne søns bror er død, så nu er han den eneste, hans mor efterlod sig. Derfor holder hans far så meget af ham.’ 21Så sagde De, herre: ‚Bring ham til mig, så jeg kan se ham!’ 22Men vi svarede: ‚Det er umuligt, herre! Drengen kan ikke forlade sin far, for hans far vil dø af sorg, hvis der sker ham noget.’ 23Men De insisterede: ‚Kom ikke tilbage, medmindre jeres yngste bror er med!’ 24Derefter rejste vi hjem til vores far og fortalte ham, hvad De havde sagt. 25Og da han senere bad os om at tage til Egypten igen og købe mere korn, 26sagde vi til ham: ‚Det kan ikke lade sig gøre, medmindre du lader vores yngste bror rejse med os. Uden ham vil vores rejse være forgæves.’

27Så sagde vores far: ‚I ved jo, at min elskede kone fødte mig to sønner. 28Den ene forsvandt. Han blev nok flået ihjel af et rovdyr, for jeg så ham aldrig igen. 29Hvis der nu også sker noget med den anden søn, dør jeg af sorg.’ 30Derfor kan De nok forstå, herre, at hvis jeg kommer hjem uden den dreng, som min far er så stærkt knyttet til, 31så dør han af sorg, og det er vi skyld i. 32Herre, jeg har personligt lovet min far at tage mig af drengen på denne rejse—ja, jeg sagde ligefrem: ‚Hvis jeg ikke bringer ham tilbage i god behold, tager jeg selv hele skylden!’ 33Herre, tillad mig derfor at blive Deres slave i stedet for drengen. Lad ham få lov at tage hjem sammen med sine brødre. 34Hvordan kan jeg tage hjem til min far uden drengen? Jeg vil ikke kunne holde ud at se min fars sorg.”

King James Version

Genesis 44:1-34

1And he commanded the steward of his house, saying, Fill the men’s sacks with food, as much as they can carry, and put every man’s money in his sack’s mouth.44.1 the steward…: Heb. him that was over his house 2And put my cup, the silver cup, in the sack’s mouth of the youngest, and his corn money. And he did according to the word that Joseph had spoken. 3As soon as the morning was light, the men were sent away, they and their asses. 4And when they were gone out of the city, and not yet far off, Joseph said unto his steward, Up, follow after the men; and when thou dost overtake them, say unto them, Wherefore have ye rewarded evil for good? 5Is not this it in which my lord drinketh, and whereby indeed he divineth? ye have done evil in so doing.44.5 divineth: or, maketh trial?

6¶ And he overtook them, and he spake unto them these same words. 7And they said unto him, Wherefore saith my lord these words? God forbid that thy servants should do according to this thing: 8Behold, the money, which we found in our sacks’ mouths, we brought again unto thee out of the land of Canaan: how then should we steal out of thy lord’s house silver or gold? 9With whomsoever of thy servants it be found, both let him die, and we also will be my lord’s bondmen. 10And he said, Now also let it be according unto your words: he with whom it is found shall be my servant; and ye shall be blameless. 11Then they speedily took down every man his sack to the ground, and opened every man his sack. 12And he searched, and began at the eldest, and left at the youngest: and the cup was found in Benjamin’s sack. 13Then they rent their clothes, and laded every man his ass, and returned to the city.

14¶ And Judah and his brethren came to Joseph’s house; for he was yet there: and they fell before him on the ground. 15And Joseph said unto them, What deed is this that ye have done? wot ye not that such a man as I can certainly divine?44.15 divine: or, make trial? 16And Judah said, What shall we say unto my lord? what shall we speak? or how shall we clear ourselves? God hath found out the iniquity of thy servants: behold, we are my lord’s servants, both we, and he also with whom the cup is found. 17And he said, God forbid that I should do so: but the man in whose hand the cup is found, he shall be my servant; and as for you, get you up in peace unto your father.

18¶ Then Judah came near unto him, and said, Oh my lord, let thy servant, I pray thee, speak a word in my lord’s ears, and let not thine anger burn against thy servant: for thou art even as Pharaoh. 19My lord asked his servants, saying, Have ye a father, or a brother? 20And we said unto my lord, We have a father, an old man, and a child of his old age, a little one; and his brother is dead, and he alone is left of his mother, and his father loveth him. 21And thou saidst unto thy servants, Bring him down unto me, that I may set mine eyes upon him. 22And we said unto my lord, The lad cannot leave his father: for if he should leave his father, his father would die. 23And thou saidst unto thy servants, Except your youngest brother come down with you, ye shall see my face no more. 24And it came to pass when we came up unto thy servant my father, we told him the words of my lord. 25And our father said, Go again, and buy us a little food. 26And we said, We cannot go down: if our youngest brother be with us, then will we go down: for we may not see the man’s face, except our youngest brother be with us. 27And thy servant my father said unto us, Ye know that my wife bare me two sons: 28And the one went out from me, and I said, Surely he is torn in pieces; and I saw him not since: 29And if ye take this also from me, and mischief befall him, ye shall bring down my gray hairs with sorrow to the grave. 30Now therefore when I come to thy servant my father, and the lad be not with us; seeing that his life is bound up in the lad’s life; 31It shall come to pass, when he seeth that the lad is not with us, that he will die: and thy servants shall bring down the gray hairs of thy servant our father with sorrow to the grave. 32For thy servant became surety for the lad unto my father, saying, If I bring him not unto thee, then I shall bear the blame to my father for ever. 33Now therefore, I pray thee, let thy servant abide instead of the lad a bondman to my lord; and let the lad go up with his brethren. 34For how shall I go up to my father, and the lad be not with me? lest peradventure I see the evil that shall come on my father.44.34 come…: Heb. find my father