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 Version

Genesis 44:1-34

A Silver Cup in a Sack

1Now Joseph gave these instructions to the steward of his house: “Fill the men’s sacks with as much food as they can carry, and put each man’s silver in the mouth of his sack. 2Then put my cup, the silver one, in the mouth of the youngest one’s sack, along with the silver for his grain.” And he did as Joseph said.

3As morning dawned, the men were sent on their way with their donkeys. 4They had not gone far from the city when Joseph said to his steward, “Go after those men at once, and when you catch up with them, say to them, ‘Why have you repaid good with evil? 5Isn’t this the cup my master drinks from and also uses for divination? This is a wicked thing you have done.’ ”

6When he caught up with them, he repeated these words to them. 7But they said to him, “Why does my lord say such things? Far be it from your servants to do anything like that! 8We even brought back to you from the land of Canaan the silver we found inside the mouths of our sacks. So why would we steal silver or gold from your master’s house? 9If any of your servants is found to have it, he will die; and the rest of us will become my lord’s slaves.”

10“Very well, then,” he said, “let it be as you say. Whoever is found to have it will become my slave; the rest of you will be free from blame.”

11Each of them quickly lowered his sack to the ground and opened it. 12Then the steward proceeded to search, beginning with the oldest and ending with the youngest. And the cup was found in Benjamin’s sack. 13At this, they tore their clothes. Then they all loaded their donkeys and returned to the city.

14Joseph was still in the house when Judah and his brothers came in, and they threw themselves to the ground before him. 15Joseph said to them, “What is this you have done? Don’t you know that a man like me can find things out by divination?”

16“What can we say to my lord?” Judah replied. “What can we say? How can we prove our innocence? God has uncovered your servants’ guilt. We are now my lord’s slaves—we ourselves and the one who was found to have the cup.”

17But Joseph said, “Far be it from me to do such a thing! Only the man who was found to have the cup will become my slave. The rest of you, go back to your father in peace.”

18Then Judah went up to him and said: “Pardon your servant, my lord, let me speak a word to my lord. Do not be angry with your servant, though you are equal to Pharaoh himself. 19My lord asked his servants, ‘Do you have a father or a brother?’ 20And we answered, ‘We have an aged father, and there is a young son born to him in his old age. His brother is dead, and he is the only one of his mother’s sons left, and his father loves him.’

21“Then you said to your servants, ‘Bring him down to me so I can see him for myself.’ 22And we said to my lord, ‘The boy cannot leave his father; if he leaves him, his father will die.’ 23But you told your servants, ‘Unless your youngest brother comes down with you, you will not see my face again.’ 24When we went back to your servant my father, we told him what my lord had said.

25“Then our father said, ‘Go back and buy a little more food.’ 26But we said, ‘We cannot go down. Only if our youngest brother is with us will we go. We cannot see the man’s face unless our youngest brother is with us.’

27“Your servant my father said to us, ‘You know that my wife bore me two sons. 28One of them went away from me, and I said, “He has surely been torn to pieces.” And I have not seen him since. 29If you take this one from me too and harm comes to him, you will bring my gray head down to the grave in misery.’

30“So now, if the boy is not with us when I go back to your servant my father, and if my father, whose life is closely bound up with the boy’s life, 31sees that the boy isn’t there, he will die. Your servants will bring the gray head of our father down to the grave in sorrow. 32Your servant guaranteed the boy’s safety to my father. I said, ‘If I do not bring him back to you, I will bear the blame before you, my father, all my life!’

33“Now then, please let your servant remain here as my lord’s slave in place of the boy, and let the boy return with his brothers. 34How can I go back to my father if the boy is not with me? No! Do not let me see the misery that would come on my father.”