New International Reader’s Version

Genesis 42:1-38

Joseph’s Brothers Go Down to Egypt

1Jacob found out that there was grain in Egypt. So he said to his sons, “Why do you just keep looking at one another?” 2He continued, “I’ve heard there’s grain in Egypt. Go down there. Buy some for us. Then we’ll live and not die.”

3So ten of Joseph’s brothers went down to Egypt to buy grain there. 4But Jacob didn’t send Joseph’s brother Benjamin with them. He was afraid Benjamin might be harmed. 5Israel’s sons were among the people who went to buy grain. There wasn’t enough food in the land of Canaan.

6Joseph was the governor of the land. He was the one who sold grain to all its people. When Joseph’s brothers arrived, they bowed down to him with their faces to the ground. 7As soon as Joseph saw his brothers, he recognized them. But he pretended to be a stranger. He spoke to them in a mean way. “Where do you come from?” he asked.

“From the land of Canaan,” they replied. “We’ve come to buy food.”

8Joseph recognized his brothers, but they didn’t recognize him. 9Then Joseph remembered his dreams about them. So he said to them, “You are spies! You have come to see the places where our land isn’t guarded very well.”

10“No, sir,” they answered. “We’ve come to buy food. 11All of us are the sons of one man. We’re honest men. We aren’t spies.”

12“No!” he said to them. “You have come to see the places where our land isn’t guarded very well.”

13But they replied, “We were 12 brothers. All of us were the sons of one man. He lives in the land of Canaan. Our youngest brother is now with our father. And one brother is gone.”

14Joseph said to them, “I still say you are spies! 15So I’m going to test you. And here’s the test. You can be sure that you won’t leave this place unless your youngest brother comes here. You can be just as sure of this as you are sure that Pharaoh lives. I give you my word that you won’t leave here unless your brother comes. 16Send one of you back to get your brother. The rest of you will be kept in prison. I’ll test your words. Then we’ll find out whether you are telling the truth. You can be sure that Pharaoh lives. And you can be just as sure that if you aren’t telling the truth, we’ll know that you are spies!” 17So Joseph kept all of them under guard for three days.

18On the third day, Joseph spoke to them again. He said, “Do what I say. Then you will live, because I have respect for God. 19If you are honest men, let one of your brothers stay here in prison. The rest of you may go and take grain back to your hungry families. 20But you must bring your youngest brother to me. That will prove that your words are true. Then you won’t die.” So they did what he said.

21They said to one another, “God is surely punishing us because of our brother. We saw how upset he was when he begged us to let him live. But we wouldn’t listen. That’s why all this trouble has come to us.”

22Reuben replied, “Didn’t I tell you not to sin against the boy? But you wouldn’t listen! Now we’re being paid back for killing him.” 23They didn’t realize that Joseph could understand what they were saying. He was using someone else to explain their words to him in the Egyptian language.

24Joseph turned away from his brothers and began to weep. Then he came back and spoke to them again. He had Simeon taken and tied up right there in front of them.

25Joseph gave orders to have their bags filled with grain. He had each man’s money put back into his sack. He also made sure they were given food for their journey. 26Then the brothers loaded their grain on their donkeys and left.

27When night came, they stopped. One of them opened his sack to get feed for his donkey. He saw his money in the top of his sack. 28“My money has been given back,” he said to his brothers. “Here it is in my sack.”

They had a sinking feeling in their hearts. They began to tremble. They turned to one another and said, “What has God done to us?”

29They came to their father Jacob in the land of Canaan. They told him everything that had happened to them. They said, 30“The man who is the governor of the land spoke to us in a mean way. He treated us as if we were spying on the land. 31But we said to him, ‘We’re honest men. We aren’t spies. 32We were 12 brothers. All of us were the sons of one father. But now one brother is gone. And our youngest brother is with our father in Canaan.’

33“Then the man who is the governor of the land spoke to us. He said, ‘Here’s how I will know whether you are honest men. Leave one of your brothers here with me. Take food for your hungry families and go. 34But bring your youngest brother to me. Then I’ll know that you are honest men and not spies. I’ll give your brother back to you. And you will be free to trade in the land.’ ”

35They began emptying their sacks. There in each man’s sack was his bag of money! When they and their father saw the money bags, they were scared to death. 36Their father Jacob said to them, “You have taken my children away from me. Joseph is gone. Simeon is gone. Now you want to take Benjamin. Everything is going against me!”

37Then Reuben spoke to his father. He said, “You can put both of my sons to death if I don’t bring Benjamin back to you. Trust me to take care of him. I’ll bring him back.”

38But Jacob said, “My son will not go down there with you. His brother is dead. He’s the only one left here with me. Suppose he’s harmed on the journey you are taking. Then I would die as a sad old man.”

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.”