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.
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.