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Genesis 43:1-34

The Second Journey to Egypt

1Now the famine was still severe in the land. 2So when they had eaten all the grain they had brought from Egypt, their father said to them, “Go back and buy us a little more food.”

3But Judah said to him, “The man warned us solemnly, ‘You will not see my face again unless your brother is with you.’ 4If you will send our brother along with us, we will go down and buy food for you. 5But if you will not send him, we will not go down, because the man said to us, ‘You will not see my face again unless your brother is with you.’ ”

6Israel asked, “Why did you bring this trouble on me by telling the man you had another brother?”

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

8Then Judah said to Israel his father, “Send the boy along with me and we will go at once, so that we and you and our children may live and not die. 9I myself will guarantee his safety; you can hold me personally responsible for him. If I do not bring him back to you and set him here before you, I will bear the blame before you all my life. 10As it is, if we had not delayed, we could have gone and returned twice.”

11Then their father Israel said to them, “If it must be, then do this: Put some of the best products of the land in your bags and take them down to the man as a gift—a little balm and a little honey, some spices and myrrh, some pistachio nuts and almonds. 12Take double the amount of silver with you, for you must return the silver that was put back into the mouths of your sacks. Perhaps it was a mistake. 13Take your brother also and go back to the man at once. 14And may God Almighty43:14 Hebrew El-Shaddai grant you mercy before the man so that he will let your other brother and Benjamin come back with you. As for me, if I am bereaved, I am bereaved.”

15So the men took the gifts and double the amount of silver, and Benjamin also. They hurried down to Egypt and presented themselves to Joseph. 16When Joseph saw Benjamin with them, he said to the steward of his house, “Take these men to my house, slaughter an animal and prepare a meal; they are to eat with me at noon.”

17The man did as Joseph told him and took the men to Joseph’s house. 18Now the men were frightened when they were taken to his house. They thought, “We were brought here because of the silver that was put back into our sacks the first time. He wants to attack us and overpower us and seize us as slaves and take our donkeys.”

19So they went up to Joseph’s steward and spoke to him at the entrance to the house. 20“We beg your pardon, our lord,” they said, “we came down here the first time to buy food. 21But at the place where we stopped for the night we opened our sacks and each of us found his silver—the exact weight—in the mouth of his sack. So we have brought it back with us. 22We have also brought additional silver with us to buy food. We don’t know who put our silver in our sacks.”

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

24The steward took the men into Joseph’s house, gave them water to wash their feet and provided fodder for their donkeys. 25They prepared their gifts for Joseph’s arrival at noon, because they had heard that they were to eat there.

26When Joseph came home, they presented to him the gifts they had brought into the house, and they bowed down before him to the ground. 27He asked them how they were, and then he said, “How is your aged father you told me about? Is he still living?”

28They replied, “Your servant our father is still alive and well.” And they bowed down, prostrating themselves before him.

29As he looked about and saw his brother Benjamin, his own mother’s son, he asked, “Is this your youngest brother, the one you told me about?” And he said, “God be gracious to you, my son.” 30Deeply moved at the sight of his brother, Joseph hurried out and looked for a place to weep. He went into his private room and wept there.

31After he had washed his face, he came out and, controlling himself, said, “Serve the food.”

32They served him by himself, the brothers by themselves, and the Egyptians who ate with him by themselves, because Egyptians could not eat with Hebrews, for that is detestable to Egyptians. 33The men had been seated before him in the order of their ages, from the firstborn to the youngest; and they looked at each other in astonishment. 34When portions were served to them from Joseph’s table, Benjamin’s portion was five times as much as anyone else’s. So they feasted and drank freely with him.

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Génesis 43:1-34

A segunda viagem ao Egito

1A fome era gravíssima naquela terra. 2Quando o alimento que tinham trazido do Egito se acabou, o pai disse-lhes: “Vão lá outra vez e tornem a comprar mais algum trigo.”

3Judá respondeu-lhe: “Aquele homem claramente nos disse que não voltássemos lá sem o nosso irmão. 4Portanto, se estás preparado para deixar nosso irmão partir connosco, desceremos e compraremos comida para ti; 5mas se não deixares, também não iremos, porque aquele homem nos avisou: ‘Não me vereis o rosto, se o vosso irmão não vier convosco!’ ”

6“E porque haviam vocês de lhe ter dito que tinham mais um irmão?”, perguntou Israel. “Fizeram-me com isso um mal que vocês nem sabem!”

7“É que o homem perguntou-nos exatamente sobre a nossa família”, explicaram. “E quis saber se o nosso pai ainda vivia, se tínhamos mais algum irmão, e tivemos que lhe dizer tudo. Não podíamos adivinhar que nos ia exigir que lhe levássemos o mais novo!”

8Judá retomou a palavra: “Manda o moço comigo para podermos partir e não morrer à fome, nós, tu e os nossos filhos. 9Eu serei responsável por ele. Se não o trouxer então tornar-me-ei culpado de crime para contigo para sempre. 10Já tinha tido tempo de ter ido e regressado se nos tivesses deixado levá-lo connosco.”

11O pai por fim concordou: “Pois então, se não puder ser doutra forma, levem-no lá. Mas façam o seguinte: carreguem os animais com o que de melhor houver aqui da terra e levem a esse homem; bálsamo, mel, especiarias, mirra, pistachos e amêndoas. 12Tomem também o dinheiro a dobrar, para pagarem o primeiro fornecimento; pode muito bem ter havido um engano. 13Levem-lhe lá o vosso irmão e vão-se embora. 14Que Deus Todo-Poderoso vos conceda que esse homem revele misericórdia para convosco, liberte Simeão e deixe regressar Benjamim. Se tiver de os perder que os perca!”

15Assim fizeram. Prepararam os presentes, dinheiro a dobrar, desceram ao Egito e apresentaram-se perante José. 16Quando José viu que Benjamim estava entre eles disse ao mordomo da sua casa: “Estes homens hoje almoçam comigo; leva-os para casa e prepara-lhes um banquete.”

17Ele assim fez. Levou-os para o palácio de José. 18Eles ficaram paralisados de medo quando viram para onde iam. “É por causa do dinheiro que vinha nos sacos, com certeza”, diziam entre si. “Vai pretender que o roubámos e fica connosco como escravos, com os animais e tudo!”

19Ao chegar à entrada do palácio foram ter com o mordomo; 20disseram-lhe: “Senhor, quando da nossa primeira viagem ao Egito para comprar alimento, 21ao regressar a casa, parando de noite abrimos os sacos e deparámo-nos ao de cima com o dinheiro da paga do trigo. 22Aqui está ele. Trazemo-lo de volta com o necessário para comprar novas provisões. Aliás, não fazemos a menor ideia de como o dinheiro foi parar aos sacos.”

23“Não se preocupem com isso. O vosso Deus, o Deus dos vossos pais, foi certamente ele mesmo que pôs o dinheiro lá. De qualquer maneira o vosso pagamento foi feito e está em ordem.” Depois trouxe-lhes Simeão. 24Fê-los entrar no palácio, deu-lhes água para que se refrescassem e lavassem os pés. Mandou também dar alimento aos animais.

25Eles, por sua vez, prepararam os presentes para quando José chegasse ao meio-dia, porque já lhes tinham dito que haviam de almoçar ali. 26Quando José chegou apresentaram-lhe o que traziam, inclinando-se profundamente na sua frente. 27Ele perguntou-lhes como é que tinham passado e como estava o pai: “Esse homem idoso de quem me falaram ainda está vivo?”

28“Sim, está vivo e de boa saúde.” E tornaram a inclinar-se respeitosamente na frente dele. 29Atentando então melhor para o seu irmão Benjamim, filho da sua própria mãe, perguntou: “É esse o vosso irmão mais novo, aquele de quem me falaram?” E dirigindo-se a ele diretamente: “Que Deus te abençoe, meu filho.” 30E teve de se retirar por um momento, porque estava profundamente comovido com a presença do irmão, e teve de ir chorar para o seu quarto. 31Depois passou água pela cara e tornou a ir ter com eles, procurando conter-se e dizendo: “Vamos comer.”

32José pôs-se à parte numa mesa só para si. Os irmãos foram servidos noutra e os egípcios ainda numa outra separada; porque estes consideram indignos os hebreus e nunca comem com eles. 33José disse-lhes onde deviam sentar-se e colocou-os segundo as suas idades, do mais novo ao mais velho, para grande admiração deles! 34O alimento que lhes era servido vinha da sua própria mesa. Mas a Benjamim dava sempre cinco vezes mais do que aos outros. Assim, comeram e beberam, regalando-se todos juntos.