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
Chikho Chasiliva Mʼthumba la Benjamini
1Pambuyo pake Yosefe analamulira wantchito wa mʼnyumba mwake kuti, “Adzazire chakudya anthuwa mʼmatumba mwawo monga mmene anganyamulire, ndipo uwayikire ndalama zawo pakamwa pa matumba awowo. 2Tsono uyike chikho changa cha siliva chija, pakamwa pa thumba la wamngʼono kwambiriyu pamodzi ndi ndalama zake za chakudya” Ndipo iye anachita monga Yosefe ananenera.
3Mmawa kutacha anthu aja analoledwa kuti apite ndi abulu awo. 4Atangotuluka mu mzinda muja, koma asanapite patali, Yosefe anati kwa wantchito wake, “Nyamuka atsatire anthu aja msanga. Ndipo ukawapeza, uwafunse kuti, ‘Bwanji mwabwezera zoyipa ndi zabwino? 5Mwaberanji chikho chimene mbuye wanga amamweramo ndi kugwiritsa ntchito akafuna kuwombeza? Chimene mwachitachi ndi chinthu choyipa.’ ”
6Wantchito uja atawapeza ananena mawu anawuzidwa aja. 7Koma iwo anati kwa iye, “Kodi mbuye wanga mukuneneranji zimenezi? Sizingatheke ndi pangʼono pomwe kuti antchito anufe nʼkuchita zoterozo ayi! 8Paja ife pobwera kuchokera ku Kanaani tinatenga ndalama kubwezera zimene tinazipeza mʼmatumba mwathu. Ndiye pali chifukwa chanji kuti tikabe siliva kapena golide mʼnyumba mwa mbuye wanu? 9Ngati wantchito wanu wina pano atapezeka nacho chikhocho, ameneyo aphedwe ndipo ena tonsefe tidzakhala akapolo anu, mbuye wathu.”
10Iye anati, “Chabwino, tsono zikhale monga mwaneneramu. Komatu aliyense amene angapezeke nacho chikhocho adzakhala kapolo wanga, ndipo ena nonsenu muzipita mwaufulu.”
11Tsono onse anafulumira kutsitsa pansi aliyense thumba lake ndi kulitsekula. 12Kenaka anayamba kufufuza, kuyambira pa wamkulu mpaka pa wamngʼono. Ndipo chikhocho chinapezeka mʼthumba mwa Benjamini. 13Apo onse anangʼamba zovala zawo ndi chisoni. Ndipo anasenzetsa abulu katundu wawo nabwerera ku mzinda konkuja.
14Pamene Yuda ndi abale ake ankafika ku nyumba kwa Yosefe nʼkuti Yosefe akanali komweko. Ndipo anadzigwetsa pansi pamaso pake. 15Yosefe anafunsa kuti, “Nʼchiyani mwachitachi? Kodi simudziwa kuti munthu ngati ine ndikhoza kuona zinthu mwakuwombeza?”
16Yuda anayankha, “Kodi tinganenenji kwa mbuye wanga? Tinena chiyani? Tingadzilungamitse bwanji? Mulungu waulula kulakwa kwa antchito anu. Ndipo tsopano ndife akapolo a mbuye wanga, ife tonse pamodzi ndi amene wapezeka ndi chikhocho.”
17Koma Yosefe anati, “Sindingachite choncho ayi! Yekhayo amene wapezeka ndi chikhocho ndi amene akhale kapolo wanga. Ena nonsenu, bwererani kwa abambo anu mu mtendere.”
18Ndipo Yuda anamuyandikira iye nati, “Chonde mbuye wanga mulole kapolo wanune ndinene mawu pangʼono kwa mbuye wanga. Musandipsere mtima, kapolo wanune, popeza inu muli ngati Farao yemwe. 19Mbuye wanga munafunsa akapolo anufe kuti, ‘Kodi muli ndi abambo anu kapena mʼbale wanu?’ 20Ndipo ife tinayankha, ‘Inde mbuye wathu, ife tili ndi abambo athu wokalamba, ndipo pali mwana wamwamuna wamngʼono amene anabadwa abambo athu atakalamba kale. Mʼbale wake anafa ndipo ndi yekhayo mʼmimba mwa amayi ake amene watsala ndipo abambo ake amamukonda.’
21“Ndipo inu munatiwuza kuti, ‘Mubwere naye kwa ine kuti ndidzamuone ndekha.’ 22Ife tinati, ‘Mbuye wathu, mnyamatayo sangasiye abambo ake, akawasiya ndiye kuti abambo akewo adzafa.’ 23Koma inu munatichenjeza kuti, ‘Pokhapokha mutabwera naye mʼbale wanu wamngʼono kwambiri, simudzandionanso.’ 24Ndiye pamene tinafika kwa kapolo wanu, abambo athu tinawawuza zonse zimene munanena.
25“Abambo athu anatiwuza kuti, ‘Pitaninso mukagule kachakudya pangʼono.’ 26Koma tinati, ‘Sitingathe kupitanso. Sitingapite pokhapokha mngʼono wathuyu apite nafe chifukwa munthu uja anati sitingaonane naye ngati mngʼono wathuyu sakhala nafe.’
27“Koma kapolo wanu, abambo athu anatiwuza kuti, ‘Inu mukudziwa kuti mkazi wanga anandiberekera ana aamuna awiri. 28Mmodzi wa iwo anandisiya. Ine ndimati anadyedwa ndi chirombo popeza sindinamuonenso mpaka lero. 29Tsopano mukanditengeranso uyu, nakaphedwa mu njira ndiye kuti mudzandikankhira ku manda ndi chisoni.’
30“Tsono ngati tizibwerera kwa mtumiki wanu, abambo athu popanda mnyamatayu, amene moyo wa abambo ake uli pa iyeyu, 31ndipo akakaona kuti mnyamatayu palibe, basi akafa. Ife tidzakhala ngati takankhira abambo athu ku manda ndi chisoni. 32Ndiponsotu ine ndinadzipereka kwa abambo anga kukhala chikole chotsimikiza kuti mnyamatayu ndidzamuteteza, ndipo ndinati, ‘Ngati sindibwerera naye mnyamatayu kwa inu, ndiye kuti ndidzakhala wochimwira inu abambo anga moyo wanga wonse.’
33“Tsono, chonde mulole kuti ine kapolo wanu nditsalire kuno kukhala kapolo wa mbuye wathu mʼmalo mwa mnyamatayu. Koma iye apite pamodzi ndi abale akewa. 34Ndingabwerere bwanji kwa abambo anga ngati sindingapite ndi mnyamatayu? Ayi! Sindifuna kukaona tsoka limene lingakagwere abambo anga.”