Chinese Contemporary Bible (Simplified)

创世记 43

约瑟的哥哥们再下埃及

1那地方的饥荒仍然非常严重, 他们从埃及带回来的粮食吃完了,他们的父亲对他们说:“你们再去买些粮食吧。” 犹大说:“那人严厉地警告我们,‘不把你们的弟弟带来,你们就不要再来见我。’ 你若让便雅悯跟我们同去,我们就去给你买粮。 你若不让便雅悯跟我们同去,我们就不去给你买粮。因为那人说,‘你们不把弟弟带来,就不要再来见我。’”

以色列说:“你们为什么告诉他你们还有一个弟弟,给我惹麻烦呢?” 他们回答说:“那人详细询问我们和我们家人的情况,问我们的父亲是否在世,还有没有弟兄。我们如实回答,怎会想到他非要我们把弟弟带去呢?”

犹大对父亲以色列说:“你就让便雅悯跟我同去吧,我们好立刻动身,这样我们一家老小才能保住性命,不致饿死。 我亲自保证便雅悯的安全,你可以向我要人。我若不把他带回来见你,情愿一生担罪。 10 我们若是没有耽搁的话,现在已经往返两趟了。”

11 他们的父亲以色列说:“事到如今,只好这样了。你们带一些上好的乳香、蜂蜜、香料、没药、榧子和杏仁等土产,去送给那人作礼物吧。 12 你们还要带双倍的钱,好归还上次留在你们口袋中的钱,那可能是弄错了。 13 带你们的弟弟去见那人吧! 14 愿全能的上帝叫那人怜悯你们,让西缅和便雅悯回来。我若丧子就丧子吧!”

15 于是,他们就带着便雅悯、礼物和双倍的钱去埃及见约瑟。 16 约瑟看见便雅悯和他们同来,就对管家说:“你带他们到我家里去,宰杀牲畜,预备宴席,中午他们要跟我一起吃饭。” 17 管家照约瑟的吩咐,带他们到约瑟家里。 18 他们被带到约瑟家后非常害怕,说:“他把我们带到这里来,一定跟上次放在我们口袋中的钱有关。他想害我们,强迫我们做他的奴仆,抢我们的驴。”

19 他们走到约瑟的管家跟前,在房门口对他说: 20 “先生,我们上次曾来这里买粮。 21 但在回家的途中住宿时,我们打开口袋,发现我们带来买粮的钱分毫不少地放在那里。我们把这些钱带回来了, 22 又另外带了一些钱来买粮。我们不知道谁把买粮的钱放进了我们的口袋。”

23 管家说:“你们放心,不要害怕,你们口袋里那些钱是你们的上帝,你们父亲的上帝赐给你们的。我已经收了你们买粮的钱。”说完就把西缅带出来和他们见面, 24 接着带他们进约瑟的家,给他们水洗脚,给他们的驴喂草料。 25 他们知道要在那里吃午餐,就预备好礼物,等约瑟中午回来。

26 约瑟来了,他们就把带来的礼物献给他,向他俯伏下拜。 27 约瑟向他们问好,然后说:“你们提起过你们的老父亲,他还健在、安康吗?” 28 他们回答说:“你仆人——我们的父亲仍然健在、安康。”说完了,又向他下拜。 29 约瑟抬头看见了自己的同胞弟弟便雅悯,就问道:“这就是你们所说那位最小的弟弟吗?”他又对便雅悯说:“孩子,愿上帝施恩给你。” 30 约瑟爱弟之心油然而生,急忙出去找哭的地方。他到自己的房间里哭了一场。

31 他洗过脸出来,控制着自己的感情,吩咐人摆饭。 32 约瑟自己一桌,他的弟兄们一桌,那些和他们一起吃饭的埃及人一桌,因为埃及人厌恶和希伯来人同席。 33 约瑟让他的弟兄们在他对面按照长幼次序坐,他们面面相觑,非常惊讶。 34 约瑟吩咐人把自己面前的菜肴分给他们,便雅悯得的那份比其他弟兄多五倍。他们尽情地和约瑟一同吃喝。

Amplified Bible

Genesis 43

The Return to Egypt

1Now the famine was very severe in the land [of Canaan]. And it happened that when the families of Jacob’s sons had finished eating [all of] the grain which they had brought from Egypt, their father said to them, “Go again, buy us a little food.” But Judah said to him, “The man [representing Pharaoh] solemnly and sternly warned us, saying, ‘You will not see my face [again] unless your brother is with you.’ If you will send our brother with us, we will go down [to Egypt] and buy you food. But if you will not send him, we will not go down there; for the man said to us, ‘You will not see my face unless your brother is with you.’” And Israel (Jacob) said, “Why did you treat me so badly by telling the man that you had another brother?” And they said, “The man asked us straightforward questions about ourselves and our relatives. He said, ‘Is your father still alive? Have you another brother?’ And we [a]answered him accordingly. How could we possibly know that he would say, ‘Bring your brother down [here to Egypt]’?” Judah said to Israel his father, “Send the young man with me and we will get up and go [buy food], so that we may live and not die [of starvation], we as well as you and our little ones. I will be security (a guarantee) for him; [b]you may hold me [personally] responsible for him. If I do not bring him [back] to you and place him [safely] before you, then let me bear the blame before you forever. 10 For if we had not delayed like this, surely by now we would have returned the second time.”

11 Then their father Israel said to them, “If it must be so, then do this; take some of the choicest products of the land in your sacks, and carry it as a present [of tribute] to the man [representing Pharaoh], a little balm and a little honey, aromatic spices or gum, resin, pistachio nuts, and almonds. 12 Take double the [amount of] money with you, and take back the money that was returned in the opening of your sacks; perhaps it was an oversight. 13 Take your brother [Benjamin] also, and get up, and go to the man; 14 and may [c]God Almighty grant you compassion and favor before the man, so that he will release to you your other brother [Simeon] and Benjamin. And as for me, if I am bereaved of my children [Joseph, Simeon, and Benjamin], I am bereaved.” 15 Then the men took the present, and they took double the [amount of] money with them, and Benjamin; then they left and went down to Egypt and stood before Joseph.

Joseph Sees Benjamin

16 When Joseph saw Benjamin with them, he said to the steward of his house, “Bring the men into the house, and kill an animal and make [a meal] ready; for the men will dine with me at noon.” 17 So the man did as Joseph said, and brought the men to Joseph’s house. 18 The men were afraid, because they were brought to Joseph’s house; and [expecting the worst] they said, “It is because of the money that was returned in our sacks the first time [we came] that we are being brought in, so that he may find a reason to accuse us and assail us, and take us as slaves, and seize our donkeys.” 19 So they approached the steward of Joseph’s house, and talked with him at the entrance of the house, 20 and said, “Oh, my lord, we indeed came down here the first time to buy food; 21 and when we arrived at the inn [after leaving here], we opened our sacks and there was each man’s money [with which he had paid for grain], in full, returned in the mouth of his sack. So we have brought it back [this time]. 22 We have also brought down with us additional money to buy food; we do not know who put our money [back] in our sacks [last time].” 23 But the steward [encouraged them and] said, “Peace be to you, do not be afraid; your God and the God of your father has [miraculously] given you treasure in your sacks. I [already] had your money [which you paid to us].” Then he brought Simeon out to them. 24 Then the steward brought the men into Joseph’s house and gave them water, and they washed [the dust off] their feet; and he gave their donkeys feed. 25 So they prepared the present [of tribute] for Joseph before his arrival at noon; for they had heard that they were to eat a meal there.

26 When Joseph came home, they brought into the house to him the present [of tribute] which they had with them and bowed to the ground before him. 27 He asked them about their well-being, and said, “Is your old father well, of whom you spoke? Is he still alive?” 28 And they answered, “Your servant our father is in good health; he is still alive.” And they bowed down [their heads before Joseph] in respect. 29 And he looked up and saw his brother Benjamin, his mother’s [only other] son, and said, “Is this your youngest brother, of whom you spoke to me?” And Joseph said, “God be gracious to you and show you favor, my son.” 30 Then Joseph hurried out [of the room] because his heart was deeply touched over his brother, and he sought privacy to weep; so he entered his chamber and wept there. 31 Then he washed his face and came out, and, restraining himself, said, “Let the meal be served.” 32 So the servants served Joseph by himself [in honor of his rank], and his brothers by themselves, and the Egyptians who ate with him by themselves, because [according to custom] the Egyptians could not eat food with the Hebrews, for that is [d]loathsome to the Egyptians. 33 Now Joseph’s brothers were seated [by the steward] before him [in the order of their birth]—the firstborn according to his birthright and the youngest according to his youth; and the men looked at one another in astonishment [because so much was known about them]. 34 Joseph selected and sent portions to them from his own table, but Benjamin’s portion was five times as much as any of theirs. So they feasted and drank freely and celebrated with him.

Footnotes

  1. Genesis 43:7 Lit told him upon the mouth of these words.
  2. Genesis 43:9 Lit from my hand you shall require him.
  3. Genesis 43:14 Heb El Shaddai.
  4. Genesis 43:32 I.e. an abomination, a violation of holiness or distinction.