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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.

King James Version

Genesis 43:1-34

1And the famine was sore in the land. 2And it came to pass, when they had eaten up the corn which they had brought out of Egypt, their father said unto them, Go again, buy us a little food. 3And Judah spake unto him, saying, The man did solemnly protest unto us, saying, Ye shall not see my face, except your brother be with you.43.3 did…: Heb. protesting protested 4If thou wilt send our brother with us, we will go down and buy thee food: 5But if thou wilt not send him, we will not go down: for the man said unto us, Ye shall not see my face, except your brother be with you. 6And Israel said, Wherefore dealt ye so ill with me, as to tell the man whether ye had yet a brother? 7And they said, The man asked us straitly of our state, and of our kindred, saying, Is your father yet alive? have ye another brother? and we told him according to the tenor of these words: could we certainly know that he would say, Bring your brother down?43.7 asked…: Heb. asking asked us43.7 tenor: Heb. mouth43.7 could…: Heb. knowing could we know 8And Judah said unto Israel his father, Send the lad with me, and we will arise and go; that we may live, and not die, both we, and thou, and also our little ones. 9I will be surety for him; of my hand shalt thou require him: if I bring him not unto thee, and set him before thee, then let me bear the blame for ever: 10For except we had lingered, surely now we had returned this second time.43.10 this: or, twice by this

11And their father Israel said unto them, If it must be so now, do this; take of the best fruits in the land in your vessels, and carry down the man a present, a little balm, and a little honey, spices, and myrrh, nuts, and almonds: 12And take double money in your hand; and the money that was brought again in the mouth of your sacks, carry it again in your hand; peradventure it was an oversight: 13Take also your brother, and arise, go again unto the man: 14And God Almighty give you mercy before the man, that he may send away your other brother, and Benjamin. If I be bereaved of my children, I am bereaved.43.14 If…: or, And I, as I have been, etc.

15¶ And the men took that present, and they took double money in their hand, and Benjamin; and rose up, and went down to Egypt, and stood before Joseph. 16And when Joseph saw Benjamin with them, he said to the ruler of his house, Bring these men home, and slay, and make ready; for these men shall dine with me at noon.43.16 slay: Heb. kill a killing43.16 dine: Heb. eat 17And the man did as Joseph bade; and the man brought the men into Joseph’s house. 18And the men were afraid, because they were brought into Joseph’s house; and they said, Because of the money that was returned in our sacks at the first time are we brought in; that he may seek occasion against us, and fall upon us, and take us for bondmen, and our asses.43.18 seek…: Heb. roll himself upon us 19And they came near to the steward of Joseph’s house, and they communed with him at the door of the house, 20And said, O sir, we came indeed down at the first time to buy food:43.20 we…: Heb. coming down we came down 21And it came to pass, when we came to the inn, that we opened our sacks, and, behold, every man’s money was in the mouth of his sack, our money in full weight: and we have brought it again in our hand. 22And other money have we brought down in our hands to buy food: we cannot tell who put our money in our sacks. 23And he said, Peace be to you, fear not: your God, and the God of your father, hath given you treasure in your sacks: I had your money. And he brought Simeon out unto them.43.23 I had…: Heb. your money came to me 24And the man brought the men into Joseph’s house, and gave them water, and they washed their feet; and he gave their asses provender. 25And they made ready the present against Joseph came at noon: for they heard that they should eat bread there.

26¶ And when Joseph came home, they brought him the present which was in their hand into the house, and bowed themselves to him to the earth. 27And he asked them of their welfare, and said, Is your father well, the old man of whom ye spake? Is he yet alive?43.27 welfare: Heb. peace43.27 Is your…: Heb. Is there peace to your father? 28And they answered, Thy servant our father is in good health, he is yet alive. And they bowed down their heads, and made obeisance. 29And he lifted up his eyes, and saw his brother Benjamin, his mother’s son, and said, Is this your younger brother, of whom ye spake unto me? And he said, God be gracious unto thee, my son. 30And Joseph made haste; for his bowels did yearn upon his brother: and he sought where to weep; and he entered into his chamber, and wept there. 31And he washed his face, and went out, and refrained himself, and said, Set on bread. 32And they set on for him by himself, and for them by themselves, and for the Egyptians, which did eat with him, by themselves: because the Egyptians might not eat bread with the Hebrews; for that is an abomination unto the Egyptians. 33And they sat before him, the firstborn according to his birthright, and the youngest according to his youth: and the men marvelled one at another. 34And he took and sent messes unto them from before him: but Benjamin’s mess was five times so much as any of theirs. And they drank, and were merry with him.43.34 were…: Heb. drank largely