King James Version

Genesis 42:1-38

1Now when Jacob saw that there was corn in Egypt, Jacob said unto his sons, Why do ye look one upon another? 2And he said, Behold, I have heard that there is corn in Egypt: get you down thither, and buy for us from thence; that we may live, and not die.

3¶ And Joseph’s ten brethren went down to buy corn in Egypt. 4But Benjamin, Joseph’s brother, Jacob sent not with his brethren; for he said, Lest peradventure mischief befall him. 5And the sons of Israel came to buy corn among those that came: for the famine was in the land of Canaan. 6And Joseph was the governor over the land, and he it was that sold to all the people of the land: and Joseph’s brethren came, and bowed down themselves before him with their faces to the earth.

7And Joseph saw his brethren, and he knew them, but made himself strange unto them, and spake roughly unto them; and he said unto them, Whence come ye? And they said, From the land of Canaan to buy food.42.7 roughly…: Heb. hard things with them 8And Joseph knew his brethren, but they knew not him. 9And Joseph remembered the dreams which he dreamed of them, and said unto them, Ye are spies; to see the nakedness of the land ye are come. 10And they said unto him, Nay, my lord, but to buy food are thy servants come. 11We are all one man’s sons; we are true men, thy servants are no spies. 12And he said unto them, Nay, but to see the nakedness of the land ye are come. 13And they said, Thy servants are twelve brethren, the sons of one man in the land of Canaan; and, behold, the youngest is this day with our father, and one is not. 14And Joseph said unto them, That is it that I spake unto you, saying, Ye are spies: 15Hereby ye shall be proved: By the life of Pharaoh ye shall not go forth hence, except your youngest brother come hither. 16Send one of you, and let him fetch your brother, and ye shall be kept in prison, that your words may be proved, whether there be any truth in you: or else by the life of Pharaoh surely ye are spies.42.16 kept…: Heb. bound 17And he put them all together into ward three days.42.17 put: Heb. gathered 18And Joseph said unto them the third day, This do, and live; for I fear God: 19If ye be true men, let one of your brethren be bound in the house of your prison: go ye, carry corn for the famine of your houses: 20But bring your youngest brother unto me; so shall your words be verified, and ye shall not die. And they did so.

21¶ And they said one to another, We are verily guilty concerning our brother, in that we saw the anguish of his soul, when he besought us, and we would not hear; therefore is this distress come upon us. 22And Reuben answered them, saying, Spake I not unto you, saying, Do not sin against the child; and ye would not hear? therefore, behold, also his blood is required. 23And they knew not that Joseph understood them; for he spake unto them by an interpreter.42.23 he spake…: Heb. an interpreter was between them 24And he turned himself about from them, and wept; and returned to them again, and communed with them, and took from them Simeon, and bound him before their eyes.

25¶ Then Joseph commanded to fill their sacks with corn, and to restore every man’s money into his sack, and to give them provision for the way: and thus did he unto them. 26And they laded their asses with the corn, and departed thence. 27And as one of them opened his sack to give his ass provender in the inn, he espied his money; for, behold, it was in his sack’s mouth. 28And he said unto his brethren, My money is restored; and, lo, it is even in my sack: and their heart failed them, and they were afraid, saying one to another, What is this that God hath done unto us?42.28 failed…: Heb. went forth

29¶ And they came unto Jacob their father unto the land of Canaan, and told him all that befell unto them; saying, 30The man, who is the lord of the land, spake roughly to us, and took us for spies of the country.42.30 roughly…: Heb. with us hard things 31And we said unto him, We are true men; we are no spies: 32We be twelve brethren, sons of our father; one is not, and the youngest is this day with our father in the land of Canaan. 33And the man, the lord of the country, said unto us, Hereby shall I know that ye are true men; leave one of your brethren here with me, and take food for the famine of your households, and be gone: 34And bring your youngest brother unto me: then shall I know that ye are no spies, but that ye are true men: so will I deliver you your brother, and ye shall traffick in the land.

35¶ And it came to pass as they emptied their sacks, that, behold, every man’s bundle of money was in his sack: and when both they and their father saw the bundles of money, they were afraid. 36And Jacob their father said unto them, Me have ye bereaved of my children: Joseph is not, and Simeon is not, and ye will take Benjamin away: all these things are against me. 37And Reuben spake unto his father, saying, Slay my two sons, if I bring him not to thee: deliver him into my hand, and I will bring him to thee again. 38And he said, My son shall not go down with you; for his brother is dead, and he is left alone: if mischief befall him by the way in the which ye go, then shall ye bring down my gray hairs with sorrow to the grave.

Akuapem Twi Contemporary Bible

1 Mose 42:1-38

Yosef Nuabarimanom Kɔ Misraim

1Bere a Yakob tee sɛ aburow wɔ Misraim no, ɔka kyerɛɛ ne mmabarima no se, “Adɛn nti na morehwehwɛhwehwɛ mo ho mo ho anim kɛkɛ yi?” 2Yakob toaa so se, “Mate sɛ aburow wɔ Misraim. Monkɔ hɔ, na monkɔtɔ bi mmra na ɔkɔm ankunkum yɛn.”

3Enti Yosef nuabarimanom mpanyimfo du no kɔɔ Misraim sɛ wɔrekɔtɔ aburow no bi. 4Nanso Yakob amma Benyamin a ɔyɛ Yosef nua kumaa no ankɔ bi, efisɛ na osuro sɛ biribi bɛyɛ no. 5Enti Israel mmabarima no de wɔn ho bɔɔ atɔfo a wofifi aman ahorow so kɔtɔ aburow wɔ Misraim no ho, efisɛ na ɔkɔm no atrɛw akodu Kanaan asase so mmaa nyinaa.

6Na Yosef yɛ amrado wɔ Misraim asase so. Ɔno na ɔtɔn aburow ma nnipa nyinaa wɔ ɔman no mu. Yosef nuabarimanom no koduu nʼanim no, wobuu no nkotodwe, de wɔn anim nso butubutuw fam. 7Bere a Yosef ani bɔɔ anuanom no so no, ohuu wɔn, nanso ɔyɛɛ ne ho sɛnea onnim wɔn ma ɔhaahaa nʼani kasa kyerɛɛ wɔn se, “Mufi he?”

Anuanom no buaa no se, “Yefi Kanaan asase so, na yɛaba sɛ yɛrebɛtɔ aduan.”

8Na Yosef ahu ne nuanom no de, nanso wɔn de, na wonhuu no ɛ. 9Yosef kaee dae a mmere bi ɔso faa wɔn ho no ma ɔka kyerɛɛ wɔn se, “Moyɛ akwansrafo! Morebɛhwɛ baabi a yɛn asase yi nni bammɔ.”

10Anuanom no buae se, “Dabi da yɛn wura, wo nkoa bae sɛ yɛrebɛtɔ aduan. 11Yɛn nyinaa fi agya baako. Wo nkoa yɛ anokwafo, na yɛnyɛ akwansrafo.”

12Nanso Yosef tii mu se, “Dabi da, morebɛhwɛ baabi a yɛn asase yi nni bammɔ.”

13Anuanom no buae se, “Na wo nkoa yɛ anuanom dumien, ɔpanyin bi a ɔte Kanaan asase so mma. Mprempren, yɛn kaakyiri no wɔ yɛn agya nkyɛn, na ɔbaako nso afi mu.”

14Yosef ka kyerɛɛ wɔn se, “Asɛm no ara na meka kyerɛɛ mo no: Moyɛ akwansrafo! 15Ɔkwan a mɛfa so de asɔ mo ahwɛ ni: Sɛ Farao te ase yi, moremfi ha nkɔ da, kosi sɛ mode mo kaakyiri no bɛba. 16Monsoma mo mu baako, na ɔnkɔfa mo kaakyiri no mmra. Mede mo a moaka no nyinaa begu afiase. Ɛno na ɛbɛma yɛahu sɛ mo asɛm a moreka no yɛ nokware. Sɛ ɛnte saa a na Farao te ase yi, na moyɛ akwansrafo!” 17Na ɔde wɔn nyinaa guu afiase nnansa.

18Nnansa so no, Yosef ka kyerɛɛ ne nuanom no se, “Meyɛ onyamesuroni. Ɛno nti, monyɛ eyi na moanya nkwa. 19Sɛ moyɛ nokwafo ampa ara a, momma mo nua baako nna afiase ha na mo a moaka no nso nkɔtɔ aburow no bi nkɔma mo fifo a ɔkɔm rekum wɔn no. 20Nanso nea ɛte biara no, momfa mo nua kumaa no mmɛkyerɛ me. Ɛno na ɛbɛma mahu mo nsɛm no mu nokware na moanwuwu.” Wɔyɛɛ nea ɔkaa no.

21Wɔkeka kyerɛkyerɛɛ wɔn ho wɔn ho se, “Nokware, yɛn nuabarima yi nti na wɔretwe yɛn aso. Yehuu sɛnea ɔpaa yɛn kyɛw sɛ yenyaa no nanso yɛantie no; ɛno nti na saa amanehunu yi aba yɛn so no.”

22Ruben buae se, “Manka ankyerɛ mo sɛ monnyɛ bɔne biara ntia abarimaa no? Nanso moantie! Afei na ɛsɛ sɛ yebu ne mogya ho akontaa” 23Esiane sɛ na obi kyerɛ nsɛm a Yosef ka no ase kyerɛ wɔn no nti, na wonnim sɛ Yosef te wɔn kasa no.

24Yosef sɔre fii wɔn nkyɛn kosui. Ɔsan bae ne wɔn bɛkasae bio. Oyii Simeon fii wɔn mu, maa wɔkyekyeree no wɔ wɔn anim.

25Yosef hyɛɛ sɛ, wɔnhyɛ wɔn nkotoku no aburow amaama, na wɔnsan mfa obiara sika a anka ɔde rebɛtɔ aburow no nhyɛ ne kotoku mu, na wɔmma wɔn akwansoduan nso nka ho. Wɔyɛɛ eyi maa wɔn. 26Wɔhyehyɛɛ wɔn aburow nkotoku no wɔ wɔn mfurum no so ma wofii hɔ.

27Wɔrekɔ no ara, wogyinaa kwan so anadwo homee. Ɛhɔ na wɔn mu baako san ne kotoku sɛ ɔrema nʼafurum aduan adi. Ɔsan ne kotoku no, ohuu sɛ ne sika a anka ɔde rekɔtɔ aburow no hyɛ kotoku no fa baabi. 28Ɔka kyerɛɛ ne nuanom no se, “Wɔde me sika no asan ahyɛ me kotoku no mu. Monhwɛ. Ɛno ni!”

Saa asɛm yi maa wɔn koma tutui. Enti wɔhwehwɛɛ wɔn ho wɔn ho anim kae se, “Dɛn na Onyankopɔn ayɛ yɛn yi?”

29Woduu wɔn agya Yakob nkyɛn wɔ Kanaan no, wɔbɔɔ no nsɛm a asisi no nyinaa ho amanneɛ. Wɔkae se, 30“Yeduu Misraim asase so no, ɔbarima a ɔhwɛ asase no so no poopoo nʼani, kyerɛɛ yɛn sɛ yɛyɛ akwansrafo. 31Nanso yebuaa no se, ‘Yɛyɛ nnipa pa, na yɛnyɛ akwansrafo. 32Yɛyɛ anuanom dumien a yefi agya baako. Ɔbaako afi mu. Mprempren, yɛn kaakyiri no wɔ yɛn agya nkyɛn wɔ Kanaan.’

33“Na ɔbarima a ɔhwɛ asase no so ka kyerɛɛ yɛn se, ‘Ɔkwan a mepɛ sɛ mefa so sɔ mo hwɛ ni: Munnyaw mo nuanom baako wɔ me nkyɛn ha, na monkɔtɔ aburow no bi nkɔma mo fifo a ɔkɔm rekum wɔn no. 34Nanso momfa mo nua kumaa no mmɛkyerɛ me. Ɛno na ɛbɛma mahu sɛ monyɛ akwansrafo na moyɛ nnipa pa. Na mede mo nua no bɛma mo, na mubetumi adi gua wɔ asase yi so.’ ”

35Bere a wɔrehwiehwie wɔn aburow no afi wɔn nkotoku no mu no, obiara huu ne sika a anka ɔde rekotua aburow no ka wɔ ne kotoku no ano. Wɔne wɔn agya huu sika no, wɔn koma tutui. 36Ɛyɛɛ saa maa wɔn agya Yakob ka kyerɛɛ wɔn se, “Moama mahwere me mma. Yosef nni hɔ; Simeon nso nni hɔ; afei mopɛ sɛ mofa Benyamin nso ka ho! Biribiara ko tia me.”

37Ruben ka kyerɛɛ nʼagya se, “Sɛ mamfa Benyamin ansan amma a, wowɔ ho kwan sɛ wukum me mmabarima baanu no si anan. Fa no hyɛ me nsa, na mɛsan de no abrɛ wo.”

38Nanso Yakob buae se, “Me babarima no ne morenkɔ hɔ, efisɛ ne nuabarima awu ama aka ɔno nko. Sɛ saa kwan a morebetu yi, asiane bi kosiane no a, mewu.”