Old Testament

Genesis 44
441Joseph commanded the manager of his house, “Fill the men's bags with food, as much as they can carry. Put each man's money into the mouth of his bag. 2Put my cup, the silver cup, into the mouth of the bag of the youngest, along with his money for the grain.” The manager did exactly what Joseph told him to do.
3As soon as it became light in the morning, the men were sent on their way, with their donkeys. 4When they had left the city and still were not very far away, Joseph said to his manager, “Get up. Pursue those men. When you overtake them, ask them, ‘Why have you repaid evil for good? 5Isn't this the cup that my lord drinks from and that he uses for divination? By doing this you have done evil.’” 6The steward caught up to them and spoke those words to them.
7They replied to him, “Why does my lord say such things? Your servants would never do such a thing! 8That money, which we found in the mouths of our bags—we brought it back to you from the land of Canaan. Why then would we steal silver or gold out of your lord's house? 9If your cup is found with any of your servants, let him die, and we also will be my lord's slaves.”
10He said, “Fine, it will be just as you have said. If it is found with anyone, he will be my slave, and the rest of you will be blameless.”
11Then each man quickly lowered his bag to the ground, and each man opened his bag. 12The manager searched, beginning with the oldest and finishing with the youngest, and the cup was found in Benjamin's bag. 13Then they tore their clothing, and each man loaded his donkey and returned to the city.
14When Judah and his brothers came to Joseph's house, he was still there. They fell to the ground before him. 15Joseph said to them, “What did you think you were doing? Didn't you know that a man like me can discover things by divination?”
16Judah said, “What can we tell my lord? What can we say? How can we clear ourselves? God has exposed the guilt of your servants. Here we are. We are my lord's slaves, both we and the one in whose hand the cup was found.”
17Joseph said, “I would never do that. The man in whose hand the cup was found will be my slave, but as for the rest of you, go up in peace to your father.”
18Then Judah approached him and said, “O my lord, please let your servant speak to my lord directly. Do not let your anger burn against your servant, because you are just like Pharaoh. 19My lord asked his servants, ‘Do you have a father or a brother?’ 20We said to my lord, ‘We have a father, an old man, and a child from his old age, a young one. His brother is dead, and he alone is left from his mother, and his father loves him.’ 21You said to your servants, ‘Bring him down to me, so that I may see him with my own eyes.’ 22We said to my lord, ‘The boy cannot leave his father, for if he were to leave his father, his father would die.’ 23You said to your servants, ‘Unless your youngest brother comes down with you, you will never see my face again.’ 24And so it was that when we came to your servant, my father, we told him about the words of my lord. 25Our father said, ‘Go again. Buy us a little food.’ 26We said, ‘We cannot go down. If our youngest brother is with us, we will go down, because we cannot see the man's face unless our youngest brother is with us.’ 27Your servant, my father, said to us, ‘You know that my wife gave birth to two sons for me. 28The one has departed from me and I said, “I am sure he is torn to pieces,” and I have not seen him since. 29If you take this one away from me as well, and mishap comes upon him, you will bring my gray hairs down to the grave with sorrow.’ 30So now when I come to your servant my father, and the boy is not with us, since my father's life is bound up in the boy's life, 31when he sees that the boy is no more, he will die. Your servants will bring down the gray hairs of your servant, our father, to the grave with sorrow. 32For your servant became a guarantee for the boy to my father. I said, ‘If I do not bring him to you, then I will bear the blame before my father forever.’ 33So please let your servant stay as a slave to my lord instead of the boy, and let the boy go up with his brothers. 34For how can I go up to my father if the boy is not with me? How could I stand to see the evil that will come on my father?”