King James Version

Genesis 42

1Now when Jacob saw that there was corn in Egypt, Jacob said unto his sons, Why do ye look one upon another?

And he said, Behold, I have heard that there is corn in Egypt: get you down thither, and buy for us from thence; that we may live, and not die.

And Joseph's ten brethren went down to buy corn in Egypt.

But Benjamin, Joseph's brother, Jacob sent not with his brethren; for he said, Lest peradventure mischief befall him.

And the sons of Israel came to buy corn among those that came: for the famine was in the land of Canaan.

And Joseph was the governor over the land, and he it was that sold to all the people of the land: and Joseph's brethren came, and bowed down themselves before him with their faces to the earth.

And Joseph saw his brethren, and he knew them, but made himself strange unto them, and spake roughly unto them; and he said unto them, Whence come ye? And they said, From the land of Canaan to buy food.

And Joseph knew his brethren, but they knew not him.

And Joseph remembered the dreams which he dreamed of them, and said unto them, Ye are spies; to see the nakedness of the land ye are come.

10 And they said unto him, Nay, my lord, but to buy food are thy servants come.

11 We are all one man's sons; we are true men, thy servants are no spies.

12 And he said unto them, Nay, but to see the nakedness of the land ye are come.

13 And they said, Thy servants are twelve brethren, the sons of one man in the land of Canaan; and, behold, the youngest is this day with our father, and one is not.

14 And Joseph said unto them, That is it that I spake unto you, saying, Ye are spies:

15 Hereby ye shall be proved: By the life of Pharaoh ye shall not go forth hence, except your youngest brother come hither.

16 Send one of you, and let him fetch your brother, and ye shall be kept in prison, that your words may be proved, whether there be any truth in you: or else by the life of Pharaoh surely ye are spies.

17 And he put them all together into ward three days.

18 And Joseph said unto them the third day, This do, and live; for I fear God:

19 If ye be true men, let one of your brethren be bound in the house of your prison: go ye, carry corn for the famine of your houses:

20 But bring your youngest brother unto me; so shall your words be verified, and ye shall not die. And they did so.

21 And they said one to another, We are verily guilty concerning our brother, in that we saw the anguish of his soul, when he besought us, and we would not hear; therefore is this distress come upon us.

22 And Reuben answered them, saying, Spake I not unto you, saying, Do not sin against the child; and ye would not hear? therefore, behold, also his blood is required.

23 And they knew not that Joseph understood them; for he spake unto them by an interpreter.

24 And he turned himself about from them, and wept; and returned to them again, and communed with them, and took from them Simeon, and bound him before their eyes.

25 Then Joseph commanded to fill their sacks with corn, and to restore every man's money into his sack, and to give them provision for the way: and thus did he unto them.

26 And they laded their asses with the corn, and departed thence.

27 And as one of them opened his sack to give his ass provender in the inn, he espied his money; for, behold, it was in his sack's mouth.

28 And he said unto his brethren, My money is restored; and, lo, it is even in my sack: and their heart failed them, and they were afraid, saying one to another, What is this that God hath done unto us?

29 And they came unto Jacob their father unto the land of Canaan, and told him all that befell unto them; saying,

30 The man, who is the lord of the land, spake roughly to us, and took us for spies of the country.

31 And we said unto him, We are true men; we are no spies:

32 We be twelve brethren, sons of our father; one is not, and the youngest is this day with our father in the land of Canaan.

33 And the man, the lord of the country, said unto us, Hereby shall I know that ye are true men; leave one of your brethren here with me, and take food for the famine of your households, and be gone:

34 And bring your youngest brother unto me: then shall I know that ye are no spies, but that ye are true men: so will I deliver you your brother, and ye shall traffick in the land.

35 And it came to pass as they emptied their sacks, that, behold, every man's bundle of money was in his sack: and when both they and their father saw the bundles of money, they were afraid.

36 And Jacob their father said unto them, Me have ye bereaved of my children: Joseph is not, and Simeon is not, and ye will take Benjamin away: all these things are against me.

37 And Reuben spake unto his father, saying, Slay my two sons, if I bring him not to thee: deliver him into my hand, and I will bring him to thee again.

38 And he said, My son shall not go down with you; for his brother is dead, and he is left alone: if mischief befall him by the way in the which ye go, then shall ye bring down my gray hairs with sorrow to the grave.

Chinese Contemporary Bible (Traditional)

創世記 42

約瑟的哥哥們到埃及買糧

1雅各知道埃及有糧食,就對兒子們說:「你們為什麼還在這兒互相觀望呢? 我聽說埃及有糧食,你們快到埃及去買些糧食回來吧,免得我們餓死。」 於是,約瑟的十個哥哥下到埃及買糧。 雅各不肯讓約瑟的弟弟便雅憫與他們同去,恐怕他會遭害。 以色列的兒子們加入了買糧的行列,因為迦南也鬧饑荒。

那時,約瑟治理埃及,負責賣糧。約瑟的哥哥們來到他面前,向他俯伏下拜。 約瑟一眼就認出了他們,卻不動聲色。他疾言厲色地問道:「你們從哪裡來?」他們回答說:「我們是從迦南來買糧食的。」 約瑟認得他哥哥們,但他哥哥們卻認不出他來。 約瑟想起了自己從前做的兩個夢,就對他們說:「你們是奸細,是來探聽我們虛實的!」 10 他們說:「我主啊,不是的!僕人們是來買糧的。 11 僕人們都是弟兄,是誠實人,不是奸細。」

12 約瑟說:「不對,你們是來探聽我們虛實的。」 13 他們說:「僕人們共有弟兄十二人,父親住在迦南,最年幼的弟弟留在父親身邊,還有一個已經去世。」 14 約瑟說:「我說你們是奸細一點不錯。 15 我以法老的性命起誓,你們最小的弟弟不來這裡,你們都不能走,這是對你們的驗證。 16 你們派一個人回去把你們的弟弟帶來,其他人都要被囚禁在這裡,我要看看你們說的是真還是假。要是你們說的是假話,我以法老的性命起誓,你們一定是奸細。」 17 於是,約瑟把他們囚禁了三天。

18 到了第三天,約瑟對他們說:「我是敬畏上帝的人,你們照我的話做就能活命。 19 如果你們是誠實人,就把一個人留在監裡,其他人帶糧食回去接濟你們的家人。 20 但你們一定要帶你們最小的弟弟回來,以證實你們說的是實話,這樣你們就不會被處死。」他們同意了, 21 彼此議論說:「我們一定是在遭報應。從前我們的弟弟苦苦地哀求我們,我們卻不理會,現在這場痛苦臨到我們了。」 22 呂便說:「我不是勸你們不要犯罪害那孩子嗎?你們不聽,現在我們必須償還血債了。」 23 他們不知道約瑟聽得懂他們的話,因為約瑟是通過翻譯跟他們談話。 24 約瑟聽後轉身出去哭了,然後又回來跟他們談話,從他們中間選了西緬,當著他們的面把西緬捆綁起來。

25 約瑟又吩咐人把他們的袋子裝滿糧食,把各人買糧的錢放在他們的口袋中,還為他們預備了路上的食物。僕人一一辦妥了。 26 約瑟的哥哥們把糧食馱在驢上,啟程回去了。 27 他們來到一處住宿的地方,其中一人打開口袋拿飼料餵驢,卻發現裡面有錢, 28 就對其他弟兄說:「你們看,我的錢又回來了,在我的口袋裡!」他們心驚膽戰地彼此議論說:「上帝這樣對待我們是什麼意思呢?」

29 他們回到迦南父親雅各那裡,把事情的經過告訴了他, 30 說:「埃及的宰相對我們說話很凶,還把我們當成奸細。 31 我們對他說,『我們是誠實人,不是奸細。 32 我們有十二個同胞弟兄,其中有一個已經去世,年紀最小的跟父親留在迦南。』 33 那人卻對我們說,『我要看看你們是不是誠實人,你們把一個弟兄留在我這裡,其他人帶糧食回去接濟家人吧。 34 但你們要把最小的弟弟帶來見我,這樣我便知道你們不是奸細,是誠實人。我就會釋放你們的弟兄,你們也可以在這裡自由地買賣。』」

35 後來他們倒口袋時,發現每個人買糧的錢袋都在自己的口袋裡,他們和父親見此情形,都害怕起來。 36 雅各說:「你們使我連連失去兒子,約瑟沒了,西緬沒了,你們還要帶走便雅憫!災禍都落在了我頭上!」 37 呂便對父親說:「要是我不把便雅憫帶回你身邊,你就殺了我的兩個兒子吧!請你把便雅憫放心地交給我,我一定會把他帶回你身邊。」 38 雅各說:「我的兒子不可跟你們去。他哥哥已經死了,現在只剩下他。要是他在路上遇到什麼意外,你們會使我這白髮蒼蒼的老人淒淒慘慘地進墳墓。」