New Amharic Standard Version

ዘፍጥረት 44:1-34

የብር ዋንጫ በስልቻ

1ከዚህ በኋላ ዮሴፍ ለቤቱ አዛዥ እንዲህ ሲል መመሪያ ሰጠው፤ “የሰዎቹ ስልቻ የሚይዘውን ብር በየስልቻቸው አፍ ክተተው። 2ከዚያም የብር ዋንጫዬን በታናሹ ወንድማቸው ስልቻ አፍ ከእህሉ ዋጋ ጋር ጨምረው።” አዛዡም ዮሴፍ እንዳለው አደረገ።

3ጎሕ ሲቀድ ሰዎቹ ከነአህዮቻቸው ተሸኙ። 4ከከተማው ምንም ያህል ርቀው ሳይሄዱ፣ ዮሴፍ የቤቱን አዛዥ እንዲህ አለው፤ ‘እነዚያን ሰዎች ቶሎ ድረስባቸውና፣ “ለበጎ ነገር ስለ ምን ክፉ መለሳችሁ? 5ይህ ጌታዬ የሚጠጣበት፣ የተሰወረ ነገርም የሚያውቅበት ጽዋ አይደለምን? የፈጸማችሁት ድርጊት ክፉ ነው” በላቸው።

6የቤቱ አዛዥም እንደ ደረሰባቸው፣ ልክ እንደ ተባለው ተናገራቸው። 7እነርሱ ግን እንዲህ አሉት፤ “ጌታችን እንዲህ ያለ ነገር ለምን ይናገራል? እኛ አገልጋዮችህ እንዲህ ያለውን ነገር አናደርገውም። 8ከዚህ ቀደምም በየስልቾቻችን አፍ የተገኘውን ብር ከከነዓን እንኳ መልሰን አምጥተናል፤ ታዲያ አሁን ብር ወይም ወርቅ ከጌታህ ቤት እንዴት እንሰርቃለን? 9የጠፋው ዕቃ ከአገልጋዮችህ የተገኘበት ይሙት፤ የቀረነው የጌታችን ባሮች እንሁን።”

10እርሱም “መልካም ነው፤ እንዳላችሁት ይሁን፤ ጽዋው የተገኘበት ሰው ባሪያዬ ይሆናል፤ የቀራችሁት ግን ከበደሉ ነጻ ትሆናላችሁ” አላቸው።

11እያንዳንዱ ሰው ጭነቱን ወዲያውኑ አራግፎ ስልቻውን ፈታ። 12ከዚያም አዛዡ ፍተሻውን ከታላቁ ጀምሮ እስከ ታናሹ ድረስ ቀጠለ። በመጨረሻም፣ ጽዋው በብንያም ስልቻ ውስጥ ተገኘ። 13በዚህ ጊዜ ልብሳቸውን በሐዘን ቀደዱ፤ ሁሉም ስልቾቻቸውን በየአህዮቻቸው ጭነው ወደ ከተማዪቱ ተመለሱ።

14ይሁዳና ወንድሞቹ ወደ ዮሴፍ ቤት ሲገቡ፣ እርሱ ገና ከቤቱ አልወጣም ነበር። እነርሱም ከፊቱ መሬት ላይ ተደፉ። 15ዮሴፍም፣ “ለምን እንዲህ ያለ ነገር አደረጋችሁ? እንደ እኔ ያለ ሰው ስውር ነገርን የሚያውቅበት ልዩ ጥበብ እንዳለው አታውቁምን?” ሲል ጠየቃቸው።

16ይሁዳም፣ “ከእንግዲህ ለጌታችን ምን ማለት እንችላለን? ምንስ እንመልሳለን? እንዲህ ካለው በደል ንጹሕ መሆናችንን ማስረዳትስ እንዴት ይቻለናል? እግዚአብሔር (ኤሎሂም) የእኛን የአገልጋዮችህን በደል ገልጦአል፤ ከእንግዲህ ጽዋው የተገኘበት ብቻ ሳይሆን ሁላችንም ባሮችህ ነን” አለ።

17ዮሴፍም፣ “ይህንንስ ፈጽሞ አላደርገውም፤ ባሪያዬ የሚሆነው ጽዋው የተገኘበት ሰው ብቻ ነው፤ የቀራችሁት በሰላም ወደ አባታችሁ ተመለሱ” አላቸው።

18ይሁዳም ወደ ዮሴፍ ቀረብ ብሎ፣ “ጌታዬ ሆይ፤ እኔ አገልጋይህ አንዲት ቃል ብቻ ልናገር፤ አንተም የፈርዖን ያህል የተከበርህ ስለ ሆንህ፣ እባክህን እኔን አገልጋይህን አትቈጣኝ። 19ጌታዬ ‘አባት ወይም ወንድም አላችሁ?’ ብሎ አገልጋዮቹን ጠይቈ ነበር። 20እኛም፣ ‘አዎን፣ ሽማግሌ አባት አለን፤ አባታችንም በስተርጅና የወለደው ትንሽ ልጅ አለው፤ ወንድምየው ሞቶአል፤ ከአንድ እናት ከተወለዱት ልጆች መካከል የተረፈው እርሱ ብቻ ነው፤ አባቱም በጣም ይወደዋል’ ብለንህ ነበር።

21“ከዚያም አንተ አገልጋዮችህን፣ ‘እንዳየው ወደ እኔ አምጡት’ አልኸን። 22እኛም ለጌታዬ ‘ልጁ ከአባቱ ሊለይ አይችልም፤ ከተለየው ደግሞ አባትየው ይሞታል’ አልንህ። 23አንተ ግን እኛን አገልጋዮችህን፣ ‘ታናሽ ወንድማችሁ አብሮአችሁ ወደዚህ ካልመጣ ዳግመኛ ፊቴን አታዩም’ አልኸን። 24እኛም ወደ አገልጋይህ ወደ አባቴ በተመለስን ጊዜ አንተ ጌታዬ ያልኸንን ነገር ነው።

25“ከዚያም አባታችን ‘እስቲ ተመልሳችሁ ጥቂት እህል ሸምቱልን’ ሲለን፤ 26‘መሄድ አንችልም፤ መሄድ የምንችለው ታናሽ ወንድማችን አብሮን ሲሄድ ብቻ ነው። ታናሽ ወንድማችንን ይዘን ካልሄድን በስተቀር፣ የሰውየውን ፊት ማየት አንችልም’ አልነው።

27“አገልጋይህ አባቴም እንዲህ አለን፤ ‘ሚስቴ ሁለት ወንዶች ልጆች እንደ ወለደችልኝ ታውቃላችሁ፤ 28አንዱ በወጣበት በመቅረቱ፣ “በእርግጥ የአውሬ እራት ሆኖአል” አልሁ፤ ከዚያ ጊዜ ጀምሮ ይኸው የውሃ ሽታ ሆኖ ቀርቶአል። 29አሁን ደግሞ ይህን ልጅ ወስዳችሁ አንዳች ጒዳት ቢደርስበት ሽበቴን በመሪር ሐዘን ወደ መቃብር44፥29 ቍ 31 ላይ ያለውንም ጨምሮ ዕብራይስጡ ሲኦል ይለዋል ታወርዱታላችሁ።’

30“እንግዲህ አሁን ልጁን ሳንይዝ ወደ አገልጋይህ ወደ አባቴ ብመለስ፣ ሕይወቱ ከልጁ ሕይወት ጋር በጥብቅ የተሳሰረ ስለ ሆነ፣ 31የልጁን ከእኛ ጋር አለመኖር ሲያይ አባቴ ይሞታል። ከዚህም የተነሣ እኛ አገልጋዮችህ የአባታችንን ሽበት በመሪር ሐዘን ወደ መቃብር እናወርደዋለን። 32እኔ አገልጋይ፣ ‘ልጅህን መልሼ ሳላመጣ ብቀር፣ ለዘላለም በደለኛ አድርገህ ቍጠረኝ’ በማለት፣ ስለ ልጁ ደኅንነት በአባቴ ፊት ራሴን ዋስ አድርጌአለሁ።

33“ስለዚህ አሁን፣ አገልጋይህ በልጁ ፈንታ የአንተ የጌታዬ ባሪያ ሆኜ እዚሁ ልቅር፤ ልጁ ግን ከወንድሞቹ ጋር ይመለስ። 34ልጁን ሳልይዝ እንዴት ተመልሼ ወደ አባቴ እሄዳለሁ? ፈጽሞ አላደርገውም፤ እባክህ በአባቴ ላይ የሚደርሰውን መከራ እንዳይ አታድርገኝ።”

New International Reader’s Version

Genesis 44:1-34

A Silver Cup in a Sack

1Joseph told the manager of his house what to do. “Fill the men’s sacks with as much food as they can carry,” he said. “Put each man’s money in his sack. 2Then put my silver cup in the youngest one’s sack. Put it there along with the money he paid for his grain.” So the manager did what Joseph told him to do.

3When morning came, the men were sent on their way with their donkeys. 4They hadn’t gone very far from the city when Joseph spoke to his manager. “Go after those men right away,” he said. “Catch up with them. Say to them, ‘My master was good to you. Why have you paid him back by doing evil? 5Isn’t this the cup my master drinks from? Doesn’t he also use it to find things out? You have done an evil thing.’ ”

6When the manager caught up with them, he told them what Joseph had said. 7But they said to him, “Why do you say these things? We would never do anything like that! 8We even brought back to you from Canaan the money we found in our sacks. So why would we steal silver or gold from your master’s house? 9If you find out that any of us has the cup, he will die. And the rest of us will become your slaves.”

10“All right, then,” he said. “As you wish. The one found to have the cup will become my slave. But the rest of you will not be blamed.”

11Each of them quickly put his sack down on the ground and opened it. 12Then the manager started to search. He began with the oldest and ended with the youngest. The cup was found in Benjamin’s sack. 13When that happened, they were so upset they tore their clothes. Then all of them loaded their donkeys and went back to the city.

14Joseph was still in the house when Judah and his brothers came in. They threw themselves down on the ground in front of him. 15Joseph said to them, “What have you done? Don’t you know that a man like me has ways to find things out?”

16“What can we say to you?” Judah replied. “What can we say? How can we prove we haven’t done anything wrong? God has shown you that we are guilty. We are now your slaves. All of us are, including the one found to have the cup.”

17But Joseph said, “I would never do anything like that! Only the man found to have the cup will become my slave. The rest of you may go back to your father in peace.”

18Then Judah went up to him. He said, “Please, sir. Let me speak a word to you. Don’t be angry with me, even though you are equal to Pharaoh himself. 19You asked us, ‘Do you have a father or a brother?’ 20We answered, ‘We have an old father. A young son was born to him when he was old. His brother is dead. He’s the only one of his mother’s sons left. And his father loves him.’

21“Then you said to us, ‘Bring him down to me. I want to see him for myself.’ 22We said to you, ‘The boy can’t leave his father. If he does, his father will die.’ 23But you told us, ‘Your youngest brother must come down here with you. If he doesn’t, you won’t see my face again.’ 24So we went back to my father. We told him what you had said.

25“Then our father said, ‘Go back. Buy a little more food.’ 26But we said, ‘We can’t go down. We’ll only go if our youngest brother goes there with us. We can’t even see the man’s face unless our youngest brother goes with us.’

27“Your servant my father said to us, ‘You know that my wife had two sons by me. 28One of them went away from me. And I said, “He must have been torn to pieces.” I haven’t seen him since. 29What if you take this one from me too and he is harmed? Then you would cause me to die as a sad old man. I would go down into the grave full of pain and suffering.’

30“So now, what will happen if the boy isn’t with us when I go back to my father? His life depends on the boy’s life. 31When he sees that the boy isn’t with us, he’ll die. Because of us, he’ll go down into the grave as a sad old man. 32I promised my father I would keep the boy safe. I said, ‘Father, I’ll bring him back to you. If I don’t, you can put the blame on me for the rest of my life.’

33“Now then, please let me stay here. Let me be your slave in place of the boy. Let the boy return with his brothers. 34How can I go back to my father if the boy isn’t with me? No! Don’t let me see the pain and suffering that would come to my father.”