Chinese Contemporary Bible (Simplified)

创世记 43:1-34

约瑟的哥哥们再下埃及

1那地方的饥荒仍然非常严重, 2他们从埃及带回来的粮食吃完了,他们的父亲对他们说:“你们再去买些粮食吧。” 3犹大说:“那人严厉地警告我们,‘不把你们的弟弟带来,你们就不要再来见我。’ 4你若让便雅悯跟我们同去,我们就去给你买粮。 5你若不让便雅悯跟我们同去,我们就不去给你买粮。因为那人说,‘你们不把弟弟带来,就不要再来见我。’”

6以色列说:“你们为什么告诉他你们还有一个弟弟,给我惹麻烦呢?” 7他们回答说:“那人详细询问我们和我们家人的情况,问我们的父亲是否在世,还有没有弟兄。我们如实回答,怎会想到他非要我们把弟弟带去呢?”

8犹大对父亲以色列说:“你就让便雅悯跟我同去吧,我们好立刻动身,这样我们一家老小才能保住性命,不致饿死。 9我亲自保证便雅悯的安全,你可以向我要人。我若不把他带回来见你,情愿一生担罪。 10我们若是没有耽搁的话,现在已经往返两趟了。”

11他们的父亲以色列说:“事到如今,只好这样了。你们带一些上好的乳香、蜂蜜、香料、没药、榧子和杏仁等土产,去送给那人作礼物吧。 12你们还要带双倍的钱,好归还上次留在你们口袋中的钱,那可能是弄错了。 13带你们的弟弟去见那人吧! 14愿全能的上帝叫那人怜悯你们,让西缅便雅悯回来。我若丧子就丧子吧!”

15于是,他们就带着便雅悯、礼物和双倍的钱去埃及约瑟16约瑟看见便雅悯和他们同来,就对管家说:“你带他们到我家里去,宰杀牲畜,预备宴席,中午他们要跟我一起吃饭。” 17管家照约瑟的吩咐,带他们到约瑟家里。 18他们被带到约瑟家后非常害怕,说:“他把我们带到这里来,一定跟上次放在我们口袋中的钱有关。他想害我们,强迫我们做他的奴仆,抢我们的驴。”

19他们走到约瑟的管家跟前,在房门口对他说: 20“先生,我们上次曾来这里买粮。 21但在回家的途中住宿时,我们打开口袋,发现我们带来买粮的钱分毫不少地放在那里。我们把这些钱带回来了, 22又另外带了一些钱来买粮。我们不知道谁把买粮的钱放进了我们的口袋。”

23管家说:“你们放心,不要害怕,你们口袋里那些钱是你们的上帝,你们父亲的上帝赐给你们的。我已经收了你们买粮的钱。”说完就把西缅带出来和他们见面, 24接着带他们进约瑟的家,给他们水洗脚,给他们的驴喂草料。 25他们知道要在那里吃午餐,就预备好礼物,等约瑟中午回来。

26约瑟来了,他们就把带来的礼物献给他,向他俯伏下拜。 27约瑟向他们问好,然后说:“你们提起过你们的老父亲,他还健在、安康吗?” 28他们回答说:“你仆人——我们的父亲仍然健在、安康。”说完了,又向他下拜。 29约瑟抬头看见了自己的同胞弟弟便雅悯,就问道:“这就是你们所说那位最小的弟弟吗?”他又对便雅悯说:“孩子,愿上帝施恩给你。” 30约瑟爱弟之心油然而生,急忙出去找哭的地方。他到自己的房间里哭了一场。

31他洗过脸出来,控制着自己的感情,吩咐人摆饭。 32约瑟自己一桌,他的弟兄们一桌,那些和他们一起吃饭的埃及人一桌,因为埃及人厌恶和希伯来人同席。 33约瑟让他的弟兄们在他对面按照长幼次序坐,他们面面相觑,非常惊讶。 34约瑟吩咐人把自己面前的菜肴分给他们,便雅悯得的那份比其他弟兄多五倍。他们尽情地和约瑟一同吃喝。

King James Version

Genesis 43:1-34

1And the famine was sore in the land. 2And it came to pass, when they had eaten up the corn which they had brought out of Egypt, their father said unto them, Go again, buy us a little food. 3And Judah spake unto him, saying, The man did solemnly protest unto us, saying, Ye shall not see my face, except your brother be with you.43.3 did…: Heb. protesting protested 4If thou wilt send our brother with us, we will go down and buy thee food: 5But if thou wilt not send him, we will not go down: for the man said unto us, Ye shall not see my face, except your brother be with you. 6And Israel said, Wherefore dealt ye so ill with me, as to tell the man whether ye had yet a brother? 7And they said, The man asked us straitly of our state, and of our kindred, saying, Is your father yet alive? have ye another brother? and we told him according to the tenor of these words: could we certainly know that he would say, Bring your brother down?43.7 asked…: Heb. asking asked us43.7 tenor: Heb. mouth43.7 could…: Heb. knowing could we know 8And Judah said unto Israel his father, Send the lad with me, and we will arise and go; that we may live, and not die, both we, and thou, and also our little ones. 9I will be surety for him; of my hand shalt thou require him: if I bring him not unto thee, and set him before thee, then let me bear the blame for ever: 10For except we had lingered, surely now we had returned this second time.43.10 this: or, twice by this

11And their father Israel said unto them, If it must be so now, do this; take of the best fruits in the land in your vessels, and carry down the man a present, a little balm, and a little honey, spices, and myrrh, nuts, and almonds: 12And take double money in your hand; and the money that was brought again in the mouth of your sacks, carry it again in your hand; peradventure it was an oversight: 13Take also your brother, and arise, go again unto the man: 14And God Almighty give you mercy before the man, that he may send away your other brother, and Benjamin. If I be bereaved of my children, I am bereaved.43.14 If…: or, And I, as I have been, etc.

15¶ And the men took that present, and they took double money in their hand, and Benjamin; and rose up, and went down to Egypt, and stood before Joseph. 16And when Joseph saw Benjamin with them, he said to the ruler of his house, Bring these men home, and slay, and make ready; for these men shall dine with me at noon.43.16 slay: Heb. kill a killing43.16 dine: Heb. eat 17And the man did as Joseph bade; and the man brought the men into Joseph’s house. 18And the men were afraid, because they were brought into Joseph’s house; and they said, Because of the money that was returned in our sacks at the first time are we brought in; that he may seek occasion against us, and fall upon us, and take us for bondmen, and our asses.43.18 seek…: Heb. roll himself upon us 19And they came near to the steward of Joseph’s house, and they communed with him at the door of the house, 20And said, O sir, we came indeed down at the first time to buy food:43.20 we…: Heb. coming down we came down 21And it came to pass, when we came to the inn, that we opened our sacks, and, behold, every man’s money was in the mouth of his sack, our money in full weight: and we have brought it again in our hand. 22And other money have we brought down in our hands to buy food: we cannot tell who put our money in our sacks. 23And he said, Peace be to you, fear not: your God, and the God of your father, hath given you treasure in your sacks: I had your money. And he brought Simeon out unto them.43.23 I had…: Heb. your money came to me 24And the man brought the men into Joseph’s house, and gave them water, and they washed their feet; and he gave their asses provender. 25And they made ready the present against Joseph came at noon: for they heard that they should eat bread there.

26¶ And when Joseph came home, they brought him the present which was in their hand into the house, and bowed themselves to him to the earth. 27And he asked them of their welfare, and said, Is your father well, the old man of whom ye spake? Is he yet alive?43.27 welfare: Heb. peace43.27 Is your…: Heb. Is there peace to your father? 28And they answered, Thy servant our father is in good health, he is yet alive. And they bowed down their heads, and made obeisance. 29And he lifted up his eyes, and saw his brother Benjamin, his mother’s son, and said, Is this your younger brother, of whom ye spake unto me? And he said, God be gracious unto thee, my son. 30And Joseph made haste; for his bowels did yearn upon his brother: and he sought where to weep; and he entered into his chamber, and wept there. 31And he washed his face, and went out, and refrained himself, and said, Set on bread. 32And they set on for him by himself, and for them by themselves, and for the Egyptians, which did eat with him, by themselves: because the Egyptians might not eat bread with the Hebrews; for that is an abomination unto the Egyptians. 33And they sat before him, the firstborn according to his birthright, and the youngest according to his youth: and the men marvelled one at another. 34And he took and sent messes unto them from before him: but Benjamin’s mess was five times so much as any of theirs. And they drank, and were merry with him.43.34 were…: Heb. drank largely