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1 But the famine in the country grew worse,
Acts 7:11-13  Eccl 9:1-2  Gen 12:10  Gen 18:13  Gen 41:54-57  Gen 42:5  Lam 5:10 

2 and when they had finished eating the supplies which they had brought from Egypt their father said to them, 'Go back and get us a little food.'
1Tim 5:8  1Tim 6:6-8  Gen 42:1-2  Gen 43:4  Gen 43:20  Prov 15:16  Prov 16:18 

3 'But', Judah replied, 'the man expressly warned us, "You will not be admitted to my presence unless your brother is with you."
Gen 44:23  Gen 43:5  2Sam 3:13  2Sam 14:24  2Sam 14:28  2Sam 14:32  Acts 7:34 

4 If you are ready to send our brother with us, we will go down and get food for you.

5 But if you are not ready to send him, we will not go down, in view of the man's warning, "You will not be admitted to my presence unless your brother is with you." '
Exod 20:12  Gen 42:38  Gen 44:26 

6 Then Israel said, 'Why did you bring this misery on me by telling the man you had another brother?'

7 They replied, 'He kept questioning us about ourselves and our family, asking, "Is your father still alive?" and, "Have you another brother?" That is why we told him. How could we know he was going to say, "Bring your brother down here"?'
Gen 43:3  Gen 42:13  Gen 43:27 

8 Judah then said to his father Israel, 'Send the boy with me, and let us be off and go, if we are to survive and not die, we, you, and our dependants.
Gen 42:2  2Kgs 7:4  2Kgs 7:13  Deut 33:6  Exod 20:12  Ezra 8:21  Gen 42:38 

9 I will go surety for him, and you can hold me responsible for him. If I do not bring him back to you and produce him before you, let me bear the blame all my life.
Gen 42:37  Gen 44:32-33  Heb 7:22  Phlm 1:18-19  1Kgs 1:21  Ezek 3:18  Ezek 3:20 

10 Indeed, if we had not wasted so much time we should have been there and back twice by now!'
Gen 19:16 

11 Then their father Israel said to them, 'If it must be so, then do this: take some of the country's best products in your baggage and take them to the man as a gift: some balsam, some honey, gum tragacanth, resin, pistachio nuts and almonds.
Gen 37:25  Jer 8:22  Ezek 27:17  Prov 18:16  1Kgs 4:21  1Kgs 10:15  1Kgs 10:25 

12 Take double the amount of money with you and return the money put back in the mouths of your sacks; it may have been a mistake.
Gen 42:25  Gen 42:35  1Thess 4:6  1Thess 5:21  2Cor 8:21  Heb 13:8  Phil 4:8 

13 Take your brother, and go back to the man.
Gen 42:38 

14 May El Shaddai move the man to be kind to you, and allow you to bring back your other brother and Benjamin. As for me, if I must be bereaved, bereaved I must be.'
Esth 4:16  Gen 17:1  Acts 21:14  Neh 1:11  Ps 100:5  Ps 119:41  Prov 16:7 

15 The men took this gift; they took double the amount of money with them, and Benjamin. They set off, went down to Egypt and presented themselves before Joseph.

16 When Joseph saw Benjamin with them he said to his chamberlain, 'Take these men into the house. Slaughter a beast and prepare it, for these men are to eat with me at midday.'
Gen 44:1  Gen 43:19  1Sam 25:11  Gen 15:2  Gen 21:8  Gen 24:2-10  Gen 26:30 

17 The man did as Joseph had ordered, and took the men to Joseph's house.

18 The men were afraid at being taken to Joseph's house and said, 'We are being taken there because of the money replaced in our sacks the first time. They will set on us; they will fall on us and make slaves of us, and take our donkeys too.'
Gen 42:35  Deut 22:14  Deut 22:17  Gen 42:21  Gen 42:28  Isa 7:2  Job 15:21 

19 So they went up to Joseph's chamberlain and spoke to him at the entrance to the house.

20 'By your leave, sir,' they said, 'we came down once before to get supplies,
Gen 42:3  Gen 42:10  Gen 42:27  Gen 42:35  Gen 43:3  Gen 43:7 

21 and when we reached camp and opened our sacks, there was each man's money in the mouth of his sack, to the full. But we have brought it back with us,
Gen 43:12  1Pet 2:12  1Pet 3:16  Gen 42:27-35  Gen 43:15  Heb 13:5  Heb 13:18 

22 and we have brought more money with us for the supplies. We do not know who put our money in our sacks.'

23 'Set your minds at ease,' he replied, 'do not be afraid. Your God and the God of your father put treasure in your sacks for you. I received your money.' And he brought Simeon out to them.
Gen 42:24  John 14:27  John 20:19  John 20:21  John 20:26  Luke 10:5  Luke 24:36 

24 The man then took the men into Joseph's house. He offered them water to wash their feet, and gave their donkeys fodder.
Gen 18:4  Gen 24:32  Gen 19:2  Luke 7:44  John 13:4-17 

25 They arranged their gift while they waited for Joseph to come at midday, for they had heard they were to dine there.
Gen 43:11  Gen 43:16 

26 When Joseph arrived at the house they offered him the gift they had with them, bowing low before him.
Gen 37:7-10  Gen 42:6  Gen 27:29  Gen 37:19-20  Gen 43:28  Phil 2:10-11  Ps 72:9 

27 He greeted them pleasantly, asking, 'Is your father well, the old man you told me of ? Is he still alive?'
Gen 42:11  Gen 42:13  1Chr 18:10  1Sam 17:22  1Sam 25:5  Exod 18:7  Gen 37:14 

28 'Your servant our father is well,' they replied, 'he is still alive,' and they bowed respectfully.
Gen 37:7  Gen 43:26  1Kgs 1:16  2Chr 24:17  2Sam 1:2  2Sam 14:4  Exod 18:7 

29 Looking about, he saw his brother Benjamin, his mother's son. 'Is this your youngest brother', he asked, 'of whom you told me?' And he added, 'God be good to you, my son.'
Gen 42:13  Num 6:25  1Tim 1:2  2Chr 29:11  Gen 30:22-24  Gen 35:17-18  Gen 42:11 

30 Joseph hurried out; so strong was the affection he felt for his brother that he wanted to cry. He went into his room and there he wept.
Gen 42:24  Jer 31:20  1Kgs 3:26  Gen 45:2  Gen 45:14-15  Hos 11:8  John 11:33-38 

31 After washing his face he returned and, controlling himself, gave the order: 'Serve the meal.'
Gen 45:1  1Pet 3:10  Isa 42:14  Jer 31:16 

32 He was served separately; so were they, and so were the Egyptians who ate in his household, for the Egyptians could not take food with Hebrews; Egyptians have a horror of doing so.
Exod 8:26  Gen 46:34  Gen 31:54  Gen 43:16 

33 They were placed facing him in order of seniority, from the eldest to the youngest, and the men looked at one another in amazement.

34 He had portions carried to them from his own dish, the portion for Benjamin being five times larger than any of the others. And they feasted with him and drank freely.
Gen 45:22  2Sam 11:8  1Sam 1:5  1Sam 9:22-24  Eccl 9:7  Eccl 10:19  Hab 1:6