Chinese Contemporary Bible (Traditional)

創世記 44:1-34

約瑟試驗弟兄

1約瑟吩咐管家說:「給他們的口袋裝滿糧食,他們能帶多少就裝多少,把各人的錢放回他們的口袋中, 2再把我的銀杯和買糧的錢一起放在最小的兄弟的口袋中。」管家一一辦妥了。

3第二天清早,他們就牽著驢離開了。 4他們出城不久,約瑟對管家說:「你快去追他們,追上了就對他們說,『你們為什麼以惡報善? 5為什麼偷我主人用來喝酒和占卜的銀杯?你們這是作惡!』」

6於是,管家追上他們,按約瑟的話問他們。 7他們回答說:「我主為什麼這樣說?我們絕不會做這種事。 8你看,我們把上次在口袋裡發現的錢都從迦南帶回來還你了,又怎麼會偷你主人家的金銀呢? 9你若在僕人中任何人身上搜到銀杯,他就要死!我們也要做我主的奴僕。」

10管家說:「好,就照你們的話做吧!銀杯從誰那裡搜出來,誰就做我的奴僕,其他人都沒有罪。」 11於是,他們急忙把口袋卸到地上打開。 12管家就從最年長的開始搜查,最後在便雅憫的口袋裡搜出了銀杯。 13他們傷心地撕裂衣服,把東西放回驢背上,返回城裡。

14猶大和他兄弟們回到約瑟家時,約瑟還在那裡,他們就俯伏在他面前。 15約瑟對他們說:「你們做的是什麼事?難道你們不知道像我這樣的人是懂得占卜的嗎?」 16猶大說:「我們能對我主說什麼呢?我們還有什麼話可說呢?我們如何洗脫罪名呢?上帝既然查出你僕人們的罪,我們跟那個被發現有銀杯的弟弟一起做我主的奴僕吧!」 17約瑟回答說:「不!我決不會這樣做。從誰那裡搜出了銀杯,誰就做我的奴僕,其他人平安地回去見你們的父親吧。」

猶大求情

18猶大近前來對他說:「我主啊,你就像法老一樣,求你容僕人說一句話,不要向僕人發怒。 19我主曾經問僕人們是否有父親和弟兄, 20我們對我主說,『我們有年邁的老父,他在晚年得了一個兒子,這孩子的哥哥已經死了,他母親只剩下他這一個兒子,他父親很疼愛他。』 21你吩咐僕人們把弟弟帶來給你親眼看看, 22我們對我主說,『這孩子不能離開他父親,他若離開,他父親一定會死。』 23可是,你說如果僕人們不把弟弟帶來,就不得再見你。 24我們回到你僕人——我們的父親那裡,把我主的話告訴了他。

25「後來,他又吩咐僕人們回來買糧, 26我們告訴他,我們不能來,只有我們的弟弟同來,我們才能來。否則,我們不能見你的面。 27我父親就對我們說,『你們應該知道,我妻子給我生了兩個兒子。 28其中一個離開了我,我想他一定被野獸撕碎了,我再沒有見過他。 29要是你們把他的弟弟也帶走,遇上什麼意外的話,你們會使我這白髮蒼蒼的老人淒淒慘慘地進墳墓。』

30「我們父親的命與這孩子的命緊密相連,倘若我沒有把這孩子帶回到你僕人——我父親身邊, 31他一看這孩子不在,一定會死。僕人們會使自己白髮蒼蒼的父親淒淒慘慘地進墳墓。 32僕人曾經向父親保證這孩子的安全,說我若不把這孩子帶回他身邊,情願一生擔罪。 33現在求你准許僕人代替這孩子做你的奴僕,讓他跟他哥哥們回去吧。 34這孩子不和我一同回去,我如何見我父親呢?我不願看到災難臨到我父親。」

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