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。」

New International Reader's Version

Genesis 44:1-34

A Silver Cup in a Sack

1Joseph told the manager of his house what to do. “Fill the men’s sacks with as much food as they can carry,” he said. “Put each man’s money in his sack. 2Then put my silver cup in the youngest one’s sack. Put it there along with the money he paid for his grain.” So the manager did what Joseph told him to do.

3When morning came, the men were sent on their way with their donkeys. 4They hadn’t gone very far from the city when Joseph spoke to his manager. “Go after those men right away,” he said. “Catch up with them. Say to them, ‘My master was good to you. Why have you paid him back by doing evil? 5Isn’t this the cup my master drinks from? Doesn’t he also use it to find things out? You have done an evil thing.’ ”

6When the manager caught up with them, he told them what Joseph had said. 7But they said to him, “Why do you say these things? We would never do anything like that! 8We even brought back to you from Canaan the money we found in our sacks. So why would we steal silver or gold from your master’s house? 9If you find out that any of us has the cup, he will die. And the rest of us will become your slaves.”

10“All right, then,” he said. “As you wish. The one found to have the cup will become my slave. But the rest of you will not be blamed.”

11Each of them quickly put his sack down on the ground and opened it. 12Then the manager started to search. He began with the oldest and ended with the youngest. The cup was found in Benjamin’s sack. 13When that happened, they were so upset they tore their clothes. Then all of them loaded their donkeys and went back to the city.

14Joseph was still in the house when Judah and his brothers came in. They threw themselves down on the ground in front of him. 15Joseph said to them, “What have you done? Don’t you know that a man like me has ways to find things out?”

16“What can we say to you?” Judah replied. “What can we say? How can we prove we haven’t done anything wrong? God has shown you that we are guilty. We are now your slaves. All of us are, including the one found to have the cup.”

17But Joseph said, “I would never do anything like that! Only the man found to have the cup will become my slave. The rest of you may go back to your father in peace.”

18Then Judah went up to him. He said, “Please, sir. Let me speak a word to you. Don’t be angry with me, even though you are equal to Pharaoh himself. 19You asked us, ‘Do you have a father or a brother?’ 20We answered, ‘We have an old father. A young son was born to him when he was old. His brother is dead. He’s the only one of his mother’s sons left. And his father loves him.’

21“Then you said to us, ‘Bring him down to me. I want to see him for myself.’ 22We said to you, ‘The boy can’t leave his father. If he does, his father will die.’ 23But you told us, ‘Your youngest brother must come down here with you. If he doesn’t, you won’t see my face again.’ 24So we went back to my father. We told him what you had said.

25“Then our father said, ‘Go back. Buy a little more food.’ 26But we said, ‘We can’t go down. We’ll only go if our youngest brother goes there with us. We can’t even see the man’s face unless our youngest brother goes with us.’

27“Your servant my father said to us, ‘You know that my wife had two sons by me. 28One of them went away from me. And I said, “He must have been torn to pieces.” I haven’t seen him since. 29What if you take this one from me too and he is harmed? Then you would cause me to die as a sad old man. I would go down into the grave full of pain and suffering.’

30“So now, what will happen if the boy isn’t with us when I go back to my father? His life depends on the boy’s life. 31When he sees that the boy isn’t with us, he’ll die. Because of us, he’ll go down into the grave as a sad old man. 32I promised my father I would keep the boy safe. I said, ‘Father, I’ll bring him back to you. If I don’t, you can put the blame on me for the rest of my life.’

33“Now then, please let me stay here. Let me be your slave in place of the boy. Let the boy return with his brothers. 34How can I go back to my father if the boy isn’t with me? No! Don’t let me see the pain and suffering that would come to my father.”