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Joseph advanced. CHAP.

26 The seven good kine are seven years; and the seven good ears arc seven .years: the dream is one.

27 And the seven thin and ill-favoured kine, that came up after them, are seven years: and the seven empty ears, blasted with the east wind, shall oe seven years of famine.

28 This is the tiling which I have epoken unto Pharaoh: What God is about to do he showeth unto Pharaoh.

29 Behold, there come seven years of great plenty throughout all the land of Egypt:

30 And there shall arise after them seven years of famine; and aJl th plenty shaJl be forgotten in the land of Egypt; and the famine shall consume the land;

31 And the plenty shall not be known I in the land by reason of that famine] following; for it shall be very grievous.

32 And for that the dream was doubled unto Pharaoh twice; it is because the thing is established by God, and God will shortly bring it to pass.

33 Now therefore let Pharaoh look out a man discreet and wise, and set Dim over the land of Egypt.

31 Let Pharaoh do this, and let bim appoint officers over the land, and take up the fifth part of the land of Egypt m the seven plenteous years.

35 And let them gather all the food of those good years that, come, and lay up corn under the hand of Pharaoh; and let them keep food in the cities.

36 And that food shall be for store to the land against the seven years of famine, which shall be in the land of Egypt; that the land perish not through the famine.

37 And the thing was good in the eyes of Pharaoh, and in the eyes of all his servants.

38 IT And Pharaoh 6aid unto his servants, Can we find sttch a nne as this| is, a man in whom the spirit of God

39 And Pharaoh said unto Joseph, Forasmuch as God hath showed thee all tins, there is none so discreet and wise as thou arc:

40 Thou shalt be over my house, and according unto thy word shall all my people be ruled: only in the throne, will I be greater limn'thou. ]

<li And Pharaoh said untc Joseph J

XLI. 'Hit famine bcginnctli. See, I have set thee over all the land of Egypt.

■12 And Pharaoh took oil his ring from his hand, and put it upon Joseph's hand, and arrayed him in ves tures of fine linen, and put a gold chain about his neck. 43 And he made him to ride in the second chariot which lie had; and they cried before him, Bow the knee: and" he made him ruler over all the land of Egypt

4-1 And Pharaoh said unto Joseph, I \m Pharaoh, and without thee shall Io man lift up his hand or foot in all the land of Egypt. -15 And Pharaoh called Joseph's name Zaphnath-paaneah; and he gave 'him to wife Asenath, the daughter of Potipher-ah priest of On. And Joseph went out over all the land of Egypt.

46 IT And" Joseph teas thirty years ild when he stood before Pharaoh king of Egypt And Joseph went out from the presence of Pharaoh, and went throughout all the land of Egypt

47 And in the seven plenteous years the earth brought forth by handful?.

43 And he gathered up'all the food if the seven years, which were in the land of Egypt, and laid up ihe food in the cities: the food of the field, widen md about every city, laid he up in the same.

49 And Joseph gathered corn as the sand of the sea, very much, until he ';ft numbering; for it was without

umber.

50 IT And unto Joseph were born two ons before the .years of famine came;

which Asenath, the daughter of Poli pherah priest of On, bare unto him.

51 And Joseph called the name of the first born Manasseh: ForGod^irf/ie, hath made me forget all my toil, and all my father's house.

52 And the name of the second called he Ephraim • For God hath caused ne to be fruitful in the land of my ifiliction.

53 TT And the seven years of plenteousness, that was in the land of Egypt, were ended.

6-1 And the seven years of dearth began to come, according as Joseph had laid: and the dearth was in all lands; >ui in all the land of Egypt there ^as bread.

Jacob sendcth his

55 And when all the kind of Egypt was famished, tbe people cried to Pharaoh for bread: and Pharaoh said| unto all the Egyptians, Go unto Joseph; what he saith to yon, do.

56 And the famine was over all tbe| face of the earth: and Joseph opened all the store-houses, and sold un(o thej Egyptians; and Hie famine waxed sore in the land of Egypt.

57 And all countries came into Egypt tD Joseph for to buy corn; because tl the famine was so sore in all lands.

CHAP. XLII.

NOW when Jacob saw that there was corn in Egypt, Jacob said unto his sons, Why do yc look one upon another?

2 And he said, Behold, 1 have heard that tiiere is corn in Egypt: get you down thither, and buy for us from) thence; that we may live, and notdie.

3 1T And Joseph's ten brethren went! down to boy corn in Egypt.

4 But Benjamin, Joseph's brother, Jacob sent not with his brethren: for lie Raid, Lest peradvenlure mischief befall him.

5 And the sons of Israel ca me to buy j &>m among those that came: for the famine was in the land of Canaan.

6 And Joseph toasthe governor over the land, and he il was that sold to all the people of the land: and Joseph's brethren came, and bowed down themselves before him luith their faces to the earth.

7 And Joseph saw his brethren, and he knew them, but made himself 6trange 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.

8 And Joseph knew his brethren, but they knew not him.

9 And Joseph remembered the| dreams which lie "dreamed of them, and said unto them, Ye are spies; to Bee the nakedness of the laud ye are

10 And they said unto him, Nay, my lord, but to buy food are thy servants|

11 We are all one man's sons; are true men; thy servants are nol spies.

12 And he said unto them, Nay, but) to see the nakedness of ;he land

ESIS sons into Egyr*..

13 And 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.

14 And Joseph said unto them, That is it that 1 spake unto you, saying, yc are spies:

15 Hereby ye shall be proved: By the life of Pharaoh ye shall not go forth hence, except your youngest [brother come hither.

1(3 Send one of you, and let him fetch your brother, and ye shall be kept in prison, that your worus may be proved, whether there be an;/truth in you: or else, by the life of Pharaoh, surely ye are spies. 17 And he put them all together into vard three days.

13 And Joseph said nnto them the third day, This do, and live ;for I fear God.

19 If ye be true men,let one of your brethren be hound in the house of [your prison: go ye, carry corn for the 'amine of your houses:

20 But bring your youngest brothel unto me; so shall your words be verified, and ye shall not die. And they did so.

21 U And they said one to another, iVe are verily guilty concerning oui brother, in that we saw the anguish of his soul, when he besought us, and

ild not hear; therefore is this distress come upon us.

22 And Reuben answered thcm,sayng, Spake I not unto you, saying, Do lot sin against the child; and ye vould not hear? therefore, behold, also his blood is required.

23 And they knew not that Joseph understood them; for he spake unto them by an interpreter.

24 And 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 IT 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.

26 And they laded their asses with the corn, and departed thence.

27 And as one of them opened his sack, to give his ass provender in the

Jacob sendeth CHAP, inn, lie espied his money; for, behold, it was in his eack's mouth.

28 And he eaid unto his brethren, Aly money is restored; and,lo, if is even in my 6ack: and their heart failed them, and they were afraid, saying one to another, What is this that God hath done unto us?

29 H And they came unlo Jacob their father unto the laud of Canaan, and told him all that befell unto them, saying,

30 The man, who is the lord of the land, spake roughly to us, and look us for spies of the country.

31 And we said unto him, We are true mt» / we are no spies:

32 We be twelve hreihreo, eons of [ our father; one is not, and the youngest is this day with our father in the Innd of Canaan.

33 And the man, the lord of the country, said unto us, Hereby shall I know that ye are true men j leave one of your brethren here with me, and inkejoodjor the famine of your nousehokls, and be gone:

34 And bring your youngest brother unto me; then shall I know that ye are no spies, but that ye are true mm: so will I deliver you your brother, and ye shall trafliek in the] land.

35 IT And it came to pass, as they emptied their sacks, that, behold, evi:iy man's bundle of money ivas in his s,ack; and when both they and their father saw the bundles of money, they were afraid.

36 And Jacob their father said unlo them, Me have ye bereaved of mi/ children: Joseph is not, and Simeon is not, and ye will take Benjamin away: all these things are against me.

37 And Reuben spake unto his father, saying, Slay my two eons, if I bring him not to thee: deliver him into my hand, and 1 will bring him to thee

38 And he said, My son shall not go down with you; for his brother is dead, and he is left alone: if mischief bf fall him by the way in the which ye £t>, then shall ye bring down my grey hairs with sorrow to tho grave!

CHAP. XL1U.

AND the famine was sove in the land.

2 And ilcamrtoposs.whenthevhad

XLIII. Benjamin Into Eg;/pt. eaten up the corn which flbey had brought out of Egypt, their father said unto them, Go again, buy us a little food.

3 And Judah spake unto him, saying, The man did solemnly protest unto Il% saying, Ye 6hall not see my face, except your brother &e with you.

4 If thou wilt send our brother with us, we will go down and buy thee food:

5 But if thou wilt not send him, we will not go down: for the man said unto os, Ye shall not see my face, ex ceptyour brother be with you.

6 And Israel said, Wherefore dealt ye so ill with me, as to tell the man "whether ye had yet a brother?

7 And they said, The man asked ue strnilly of our state, and of our kindred, saying, Is your father yet alive? have ye another brother? and we told him according to the tenor of these words: couldwe certainly know that he would say, Bring your brothei down?

S And Judah said unto Israel hi9 father, Send the lad with me, and we will arise and go; that we may live, and not die, both we, and thou, and also our little ones.

9 1 will be surety for him; of my hand shalt thou require him : if I bring him not unto thee, and set him before thee, then let me bear the blame for ever:

10 For except we had lingered, surely now we had returned this second Lime

11 And their father Israel said unto them, If it must be so now, do this: take of the best fruits in the land in your vessels, and carry down the man a present, a little balm, and a Utile honev, spices and myrrh, nuts and almonds:

12 And take double money in your hand; and the money that was brought again Ln the mouth if your sacks, carry it again in your handperadventure it was an oversight

13 Take also your brother, and arise, go again unto the roan:

14 And God Almighty give you mercy before the man, that he may send away your other brother, and Benja min. If I be bereaved of my children, "am bereaved. - .

15 IT And the men ts6oV^at present, .-.id thev took doub|/e1non?v in theiz

Josepn enteriaineth hand, and Benjamin; and rose up, and 'went down to Egypt, and stood before Joseph.

16 And wheu Joseph saw Benjamin with them, he said to the ruler of his house, Bring these men home, and slay and make ready; for these men shall dine with me at noon.

17 And the man did as Joseph bade; and the man brought the men into Joseph's house.

IS And the men were afraid, because they were brought into J oseph's house; and they eaid, Because of the money that was returned in our sacks at the first time are we brought in; that lie may seek occasion against us, and fall upon us, and take us for bond-men, and our asses.

19 IT And tliey came near to the steward of Joseph's house, and they communea with him at the door of the house,

20 And said, 0 sir, we came indeed down at the first time to buy food:

21 And it came to pass, when we came to the inn, that we opened our| sacks, and, behold,eve?y man's m vjas in the mouth of bis sack, money in full weight; and we have brought it again in our hand.

22 And other money have we brought down in our hands to buy food: we cannot tell who put our money in our sacks.

23 And he said, Peace be to you, fear not: your God, and the God of your father, hath given you treasure in your ] sacks: I had your money. And li brought Simeon out unto them.

24 And the man brought the men hit Joseph's bouse, and gave litem watt and they washed their feet; and he gave their asses provender.

26 And they made ready the presi against Joseph came at noon; /or they heard that they should eat bread there.

26 TT And when Joseph came home, cney brought him the present which war in their hand into the house, and bowed themselves to him to the earth.

27 And he asked them of their welfare, and said, Is yourfatherweU,the old man of whom ye spake ? whe yet alive?

28 And they answered, Thy servant our father i'-'"-<4eood health, he is yet

't-^leiy bowed down tlieir n7de|obeis

GENESIS. his brethren.

29 Andlie lifted up his eyes, and saw

his brotlierBenjamin,his mother's s< and said, /*• this your younger brother, >f whom ye spake unto me? And he laid, God be gracious unto thee, my .on.

30 And Joseph made haste; for his bowels did yearn upon his brother; and he sought where to weep: and he entered into his chamber, and wept the

s face, and went self, and said,

31 And he washed h >ut, and refrained hiin jet on bread.

32 And they set on for him by him elf, and for them by themselves, and or the Egyptians, which did eat with urn, by themselves: because the •Egyptians might not eat bread with the Hebrews; for that is an abomina tiou unto the Egyptians.

And they set before him, the lirstn according to his birth-right, and youngest according to his youth; and the men marvelled one at another. 34 And he took and sent messes unto hem from before him: But Benjanin's mess was live times so much as any of theirs. And they drank and ■e merry withlhin.

CHAP. XL1V.

AND he commanded the steward of his house, saying, Fill the men's sacks ji'u/tfood, as much as they can :arry, and put every man's money in lis sack's mouth.

2 And put my cup, the silver cup, in thesack's mouth of the youngest, and

corn-money. And he did accordto the word that Joseph had spoken.

3 As soon as the morning was light , he men were sent away, they and

their asses.

4 And when they were gone out of the city, and not yd far oil', Joseph said unto his steward, Up, follow alter the men; and when thou dost overtake them, say unto them,Wherefore have ye rewarded evil for good?

5 Is not this it in which my lord drinketh, and whereby indeed ho

:th? Ye have done evil in so doing.

6 11 And be overtook them, and he spake unto them these same words.

7 And they 6aid unto him, Whereore sailh my lord these words t God

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Judah's humble CHA forbid that thy servants should do according to this thing:

6 Behold, the money which we found in our sacks' mouths.we brought again unto thee out of the land of Canaan: how then should we steal out of thy lord's house silver or gold?

9 With whomsoever of thy servants it be found, both let him die, and we also will be my lord's bond-men.

10 And lie said, Now also, let it be' according unto your words; he with whom it is found shall be my servant; and ye shall be blameless.

11 Then they speedily took down every man his sack to the ground, and opened every man his sack.

12 And he searched,and began at the eldest, and left at the youngest; and the cup was found in Benjamin's sack.

13 Then they rent their clothes, and laded every man his ass, and returned to the city.

1-1 11 And Judah and his breth came to Joseph's house; (for he i yet there;) and they fell before him on the ground.

15 And Joseph said unto them, What) deed w this that ye have done? wot ye not that such a man as 1 can certainly divine?

16 And Judah said, What shall we say unto my lord? What shall we speak? or how shall we clear ourselves? God hath found out the iniquity of thy servants: behold, we are my lord's servants, both we and Ac I also with whom the cup is found.

17 And he said, God forbid that I should do so: but the man in whose hand the cup is found, he shall be my servant; and as for you, get you up in peace unto your father

18 1T Then Judah came near unto h/m, and said, Oh, my lord,let thy servant, 1 pray thee, speak a word in milord's ears, and let not thine anger

19 My lord asked his servants, saving, Have ye a father, or a brother?

30 And we said unto my lord, We have a father, an old man, and a child of his old age, a little one; and his brother is dead, and he alone is left of his mother, and his father loveth him.

21 And thou saidst unto thy servants, Bring him down unto me, that I may eet mine eyes upon him.

XLV supjtl'ieaiion 22 And wc 9aid unto my lord, The lad cannot leave his father: for if he should leave his father, his father would die.

2-3 And thou saidst unto thy servants, Except your youngest brother come down with you, ye shaJl see my face no more.

2-1 And it came to pass, when we came up unto thy servant, my father, we told him the words of my lord.

25 And our fattier said,Go again, and buy us a little food.

'26 And we said.We cannot go down if our youngest brother be with us, then will we go down: for we ma> not see the man's face, except ou>youngest brother be with us.

27 And thy servant my father sai<~ unto us, Ye know that my wife bare me two sons:

28 And the one went out from me; and 1 said, Surely he is torn in pieces; and I saw him not since:

29 And if ye take this also from me, and mischief befall him, ye shall briiii, down my grey hairs with sorrow to the grave.

30 Now therefore, when I come to thy servant my father, and the lad b<not with us; (seeing that his life is bound up in the lad's life:)

31 It shall corne lo pass, when he seeth that the lad is not tciih tts, that he will die; and thy servants shall

ig down the grey hairs of thy serit our father"with sorrow to the

32 For thy servant became surety for the lad unto my father, saying, If I bring him not unto thee, then 1 shall bear the blame to my father for ever.

33 Now therefore, 1 pray thee, let thy servant abide instead of the lad a bond-man to my lord; and let the lad ;o up with his brethren.

34 For how shall 1 go up to my father, and the lad be uot with me? k-sr. pc-radventure 1 see the evil that shall come on mv father.

CHAP. XLV.

THEN Joseph cecild not refrain himself before all them that stood by him; and he cried, Cause every mar to go out from me. And there stood no man with him, while Joseph made himself known unto his breth

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