New International Reader's Version

Genesis 43:1-34

Joseph’s Brothers Go Down to Egypt Again

1There still wasn’t enough food anywhere in the land. 2After a while Jacob’s family had eaten all the grain the brothers had brought from Egypt. So their father said to them, “Go back. Buy us a little more food.”

3But Judah said to him, “The man gave us a strong warning. He said, ‘You won’t see my face again unless your brother Benjamin is with you.’ 4So send our brother along with us. Then we’ll go down and buy food for you. 5If you won’t send him, we won’t go down. The man said to us, ‘You won’t see my face again unless your brother is with you.’ ”

6Israel asked, “Why did you bring this trouble to me? Why did you tell the man you had another brother?”

7They replied, “The man questioned us closely about ourselves and our family. He asked us, ‘Is your father still living? Do you have another brother?’ We just answered his questions. How could we possibly know he would say, ‘Bring your brother down here’?”

8Judah spoke to Israel his father. “Send the boy along with me,” he said. “We’ll go right away. Then we and you and our children will live and not die. 9I myself promise to keep Benjamin safe. You can blame me if I don’t bring him back to you. I’ll set him right here in front of you. If I don’t, you can put the blame on me for the rest of my life. 10As it is, we’ve already waited too long. We could have made the trip to Egypt and back twice by now.”

11Then their father Israel spoke to them. He said, “If that’s the way it has to be, then do what I tell you. Put some of the best things from our land in your bags. Take them down to the man as a gift. Take some lotion and a little honey. Take some spices and myrrh. Take some pistachio nuts and almonds. 12Take twice the amount of money with you. You have to give back the money that was put in your sacks. Maybe it was a mistake. 13Also take your brother. Go back to the man at once. 14May the Mighty God cause him to show you mercy. May the man let your other brother and Benjamin come back with you. And if I lose my sons, I lose them.”

15So the men took the gifts. They took twice the amount of money. They also took Benjamin. They hurried down to Egypt and went to Joseph. 16When Joseph saw Benjamin with them, he spoke to the manager of his house. “Take these men to my house,” he said. “Kill an animal and prepare a meal. I want them to eat with me at noon.”

17The manager did what Joseph told him to do. He took the men to Joseph’s house. 18They were frightened when they were taken to Joseph’s house. They thought, “We were brought here because of the money that was put back in our sacks the first time. He wants to attack us and overpower us. Then he can hold us as slaves and take our donkeys.”

19So they went up to Joseph’s manager. They spoke to him at the entrance to the house. 20“Please, sir,” they said. “We came down here the first time to buy food. 21We opened our sacks at the place where we stopped for the night. Each of us found in our sacks the exact amount of the money we had paid. So we’ve brought it back with us. 22We’ve also brought more money with us to buy food. We don’t know who put our money in our sacks.”

23“It’s all right,” the manager said. “Don’t be afraid. Your God, the God of your father, has given you riches in your sacks. I received your money.” Then he brought Simeon out to them.

24The manager took the men into Joseph’s house. He gave them water to wash their feet. He provided feed for their donkeys. 25The brothers prepared their gifts for Joseph. He was planning to arrive at noon. They had heard that they were going to eat there.

26When Joseph came home, they gave him the gifts they had brought into the house. They bowed down low in front of him. 27He asked them how they were. Then he said, “How is your old father you told me about? Is he still living?”

28They replied, “Your servant our father is still alive and well.” And they bowed down to show him honor.

29Joseph looked around. Then he saw his brother Benjamin, his own mother’s son. He asked, “Is this your youngest brother? Is he the one you told me about?” He continued, “May God be gracious to you, my son.” 30It moved him deeply to see his brother. So Joseph hurried out and looked for a place to cry. He went into his own room and cried there.

31Then he washed his face and came out. He calmed down and said, “Serve the food.”

32They served Joseph by himself. They served the brothers by themselves. They also served the Egyptians who ate with Joseph by themselves. Because of their beliefs, Egyptians couldn’t eat with Hebrews. 33The brothers had been given places in front of Joseph. They had been seated in the order of their ages, from the oldest to the youngest. That made them look at each other in great surprise. 34While they were eating, some food was brought to them from Joseph’s table. Benjamin was given five times as much as anyone else. So all Joseph’s brothers ate and drank a lot with him.

Holy Bible in Gĩkũyũ

Kĩambĩrĩria 43:1-34

Rũgendo rwa Keerĩ rwa Gũthiĩ Misiri

143:1 Kĩam 12:10Na rĩrĩ, ngʼaragu ĩyo ĩkĩneneha mũno bũrũri-inĩ wa Kaanani. 2Nĩ ũndũ ũcio rĩrĩa maarĩire ngano yothe ĩrĩa maagũrĩte Misiri ĩgĩthira-rĩ, ithe wao akĩmeera atĩrĩ, “Cookai Misiri rĩngĩ mũgatũgũrĩre irio ingĩ nini.”

343:3 Kĩam 42:15No Juda akĩmwĩra atĩrĩ, “Mũndũ ũcio aatwĩhĩtĩire agĩtwĩra atĩrĩ, ‘Mũtikoona ũthiũ wakwa rĩngĩ tiga mũrũ wa thoguo ũcio ũngĩ akorirwo arĩ hamwe na inyuĩ.’ 4Akorwo nĩũgũtũtũma hamwe na mũrũ wa ithe witũ Benjamini, nĩtũgũikũrũka tũthiĩ tũkũgũrĩre irio. 543:5 2Sam 3:13No akorwo ndũkũmũtũma na ithuĩ, tũtigũikũrũka, tondũ mũndũ ũcio aatwĩrire atĩrĩ, ‘Mũtikoona ũthiũ wakwa rĩngĩ tiga no mũrũ wa thoguo akorirwo arĩ hamwe na inyuĩ.’ ”

643:6 Kĩam 34:30Nake Isiraeli akĩmooria atĩrĩ, Mwandehereire thĩĩna ũyũ nĩkĩ, na ũndũ wa kwĩra mũndũ ũcio atĩ nĩ mũrĩ na mũrũ wa ithe wanyu ũngĩ?

743:7 Kĩam 42:13Makĩmũcookeria atĩrĩ, “Mũndũ ũcio aatũũragia ciũria itũkoniĩ ithuĩ ene o na cia nyũmba ciitũ abarĩrĩire mũno. Agĩtũũria atĩrĩ, ‘Ithe wanyu arĩ o muoyo? Nĩ mũrĩ na mũrũ wa thoguo ũngĩ?’ Ithuĩ no gũcookia twacookagia ciũria ciake. Tũngĩamenyire atĩa atĩ no oige, ‘Thiĩi mũrehe mũrũ wa thoguo gũkũ?’ ”

8Ningĩ Juda akĩĩra Isiraeli ithe atĩrĩ, “Njĩtĩkĩria thiĩ na kamwana gaka, na nĩtũgũthiĩ o ro rĩmwe, nĩgeetha wee na ithuĩ na ciana ciitũ tũtũũre muoyo, na tũtigakue. 943:9 Kĩam 42:37; Filem 1:18-19Niĩ mwene nĩngũmũrũgamĩrĩra wega; na nĩ niĩ ũkooria ũhoro wake. Ingĩkaaga kũmũcookia kũrĩ wee, na ndĩmũrũgamie mbere yaku-rĩ, nĩ ngaacookererwo nĩ ihĩtia rĩu matukũ ma muoyo wakwa wothe. 1043:10 Kĩam 45:9Ũrĩa kũrĩ nĩ atĩ, korwo tũtinatindĩrĩra ũhoro ũyũ tũngĩthiĩte rĩa keerĩ na tũgacooka.”

1143:11 Kĩam 37:25Nake Isiraeli, ithe wao akĩmeera atĩrĩ, “Kũngĩkorwo no nginya athiĩ-rĩ, ĩkai ũũ: Ĩkĩrai maciaro marĩa mega mũno ma bũrũri ũyũ mondo-inĩ cianyu, mũikũrũkĩrie mũndũ ũcio marĩ kĩheo, na mahuti manini marĩa manungi wega na kaũũkĩ kanini, na ũbani na ũũkĩ-wa-ngoma ũrĩa wĩtagwo manemane, na njothi na rothi. 1243:12 Kĩam 42:25Na mũkuue betha maita meerĩ, tondũ no nginya mũcookie betha iria ciacooketio mĩromo-inĩ ya makũnia manyu. No gũkorwo ũndũ ũcio wekirwo na mahĩtia. 13Oyai mũrũ wa thoguo o nake, mũcooke kũrĩ mũndũ ũcio o narua. 1443:14 Gũcook 13:17Nake Ngai Mwene-Hinya-Wothe arotũma mũiguĩrwo tha nĩ mũndũ ũcio, nĩgeetha etĩkĩre mũcooke na mũrũ wa thoguo wanyu ũcio ũngĩ o na Benjamini. Hakwa-rĩ, akorwo nĩ ngũkuĩrwo-rĩ, nĩ nguĩrwo.”

15Nĩ ũndũ ũcio andũ acio makĩoya iheo icio na betha maita meerĩ, na magĩthiĩ na Benjamini. Magĩikũrũka na ihenya Misiri na makĩĩneana kũrĩ Jusufu. 1643:16 Kĩam 44:1, 4, 12Rĩrĩa Jusufu onire Benjamini arĩ hamwe nao-rĩ, akĩĩra mũnene wa nyũmba yake atĩrĩ, “Twara andũ aya gwakwa mũciĩ, ũthĩnje na ũthondeke irio cia mĩaraho; tondũ nĩ mekũrĩanĩra na niĩ mĩaraho.”

1743:17 Kĩam 43:16Nake mũndũ ũcio agĩĩka o ta ũrĩa Jusufu aamwĩrĩte, na akĩmatwara kwa Jusufu mũciĩ. 1843:18 Kĩam 44:14Nao andũ acio nĩmamakire maatwarwo gwake mũciĩ. Magĩĩciiria atĩrĩ, “Twarehwo gũkũ nĩ ũndũ wa betha iria ciacookirio makũnia-inĩ maitũ hĩndĩ ya mbere. Arenda gũtũtharĩkĩra atũtoorie na atũtue ngombo ciake, na oe ndigiri ciitũ.”

19Tondũ ũcio makĩambata magĩthiĩ kũrĩ mũnene wa nyũmba ya Jusufu, makĩmwarĩria marĩ hau mũromo-inĩ wa nyũmba. 2043:20 Kĩam 42:3Makĩmwĩra atĩrĩ, “Twagũthaitha mwathi witũ, nĩ tuokire gũkũ hĩndĩ ya mbere kũgũra irio. 2143:21 Kĩam 43:15No harĩa twarũgamire tũrarĩrĩre-rĩ, twatumũra makũnia maitũ o mũndũ agĩkora betha yake, o ũrĩa yoheetwo ĩrĩ mũromo-inĩ wa ikũnia. Nĩ ũndũ ũcio nĩ twacooka nacio. 22Na ningĩ nĩtuoka na betha ingĩ cia kũgũra irio. Tũtiũĩ nũũ wekĩrire betha ciitũ makũnia-inĩ maitũ.”

23Nake akĩmeera atĩrĩ, “Gũtirĩ na thĩĩna, tigai gwĩtigĩra. Ngai wanyu, o we Ngai wa ithe wanyu, nĩwe wamũheire kĩgĩĩna makũnia-inĩ manyu; betha cianyu nĩndacĩamũkĩire.” Agĩcooka akĩmarehera Simeoni.

2443:24 Kĩam 43:16; Kĩam 18:4Ningĩ mũnene ũcio wa nyũmba ya Jusufu akĩmatwara mũciĩ kwa Jusufu, akĩmahe maaĩ ma gwĩthamba magũrũ, na akĩhe ndigiri ciao gĩa kũrĩa. 2543:25 Kĩam 32:13Nao makĩhaarĩria iheo ciao cia kũhe Jusufu ooka mĩaraho, tondũ nĩmaiguĩte atĩ nĩmekũrĩa irio kuo.

2643:26 Math 2:11Rĩrĩa Jusufu ookire mũciĩ-rĩ, makĩmũhe iheo iria maarehete kũu nyũmba-inĩ, na makĩinamĩrĩra, magĩturumithia mothiũ mao thĩ mbere yake. 2743:27 Kĩam 37:3Nake akĩmahooya ũhoro, akĩmooria, “Mũkũrũ ũrĩa mwaheire ũhoro wake-rĩ, nĩ mũhoro? Arĩ o muoyo?”

2843:28 Kĩam 37:7Makĩmũcookeria atĩrĩ, “Ndungata yaku ũcio ithe witũ arĩ o muoyo na ndarĩ na ũũru.” Nao makĩinamĩrĩra mamũhe gĩtĩĩo.

2943:29 Kĩam 42:13Na aaroranga akĩona mũrũ wa nyina Benjamini, ũrĩa maaciaranĩirwo nake; akĩmooria atĩrĩ, “Ũyũ nĩwe mũrũ wa thoguo ũrĩa mũnini biũ, ũrĩa mwaheire ũhoro wake?” Agĩcooka akĩmwĩra atĩrĩ, “Mũrũ wakwa, Ngai arogũtuga.” 30Na rĩrĩ, aigua ta ekumwo nĩ ngoro nĩ kuona mũrũ wa nyina Benjamini-rĩ, Jusufu agĩkiuma na ihenya agĩthiĩ gũcaria handũ angĩrĩrĩra. Nake agĩthiĩ kanyũmba gake ga thĩinĩ akĩrĩrĩra kuo.

31Na aarĩkia gwĩthamba ũthiũ akiuma, akĩĩyũmĩrĩria, akiuga atĩrĩ, “Igai irio metha-inĩ.”

3243:32 Kĩam 46:34Makĩigĩra Jusufu irio ciake arĩ wiki, na ariũ a ithe marĩ oiki, nao andũ a Misiri marĩ oiki, tondũ andũ a Misiri matingĩarĩanĩire na Ahibirania tondũ warĩ thaahu harĩo. 33Andũ acio maaikarĩtio mbere yake kũringana na ũkũrũ wao, kuuma irigithathi nginya ũrĩa warĩ mũnini biũ; nao makĩrorana o mũndũ na mũndũ nĩ kũgega. 3443:34 Kĩam 37:3Rĩrĩa maihũrĩirwo irio kuuma metha-inĩ ya Jusufu-rĩ, rwĩga rwa Benjamini rwarĩ maita matano gũkĩra rwa arĩa angĩ. Nao makĩrĩa na makĩnyuuanĩra nake mategwĩtigĩra.