Genesis 43:1-34 Second year of the famine,
1 Now the
famine was severe in the land. 2
And it came to pass, when they had eaten up the grain which they had brought
15 So the
men took that present and Benjamin, and they took double money in their hand,
and arose and went down to
26 And when Joseph came home, they brought him the present which was in their hand into the house, and bowed down before him to the earth. 27 Then he asked them about their well-being, and said, "Is your father well, the old man of whom you spoke? Is he still alive?" 28 And they answered, "Your servant our father is in good health; he is still alive." And they bowed their heads down and prostrated themselves. 29 Then he lifted his eyes and saw his brother Benjamin, his mother's son, and said, "Is this your younger brother of whom you spoke to me?" And he said, "God be gracious to you, my son." 30 Now his heart yearned for his brother; so Joseph made haste and sought somewhere to weep. And he went into his chamber and wept there. 31 Then he washed his face and came out; and he restrained himself, and said, "Serve the bread." 32 So they set him a place by himself, and them by themselves, and the Egyptians who ate with him by themselves; because the Egyptians could not eat food with the Hebrews, for that is an abomination to the Egyptians. 33 And they sat before him, the firstborn according to his birthright and the youngest according to his youth; and the men looked in astonishment at one another. 34 Then he took servings to them from before him, but Benjamin's serving was five times as much as any of theirs. So they drank and were merry with him. NKJV
Food is gone, because the famine is severe in
Y Israel is afraid of losing Benjamin if he should allow him go with his brothers to Egypt, so he asked why they had let the man know they had another brother.
Here we learn that Joseph had pointedly asked
about his father and his well-being as well as his Brother Benjamin on their
first trip to
Y Jacob relented and said:
“If it must be so, then take some of the best fruit of the land in your vessels and carry down a present for the man of a little balm, honey, spices, myrrh, pistachio nuts and almonds, along with double money and the money that was returned in the mouth of your sacks, Perhaps it was an oversight.”
“Take your brother and go back to the man, and may El Shaday give you mercy before the man that he may release your other brother and Benjamin. If I am bereaved, I am bereaved.”
They took Benjamin, the present, and double the
money and returned to Joseph in
Y In great fear they approached the steward of Joseph’s house and told him about finding the money in the mouth of their sacks and that they had brought it back with other money as well to pay for both trips supply of grain.
Y The steward told them not to be afraid because he had the money for the first trip and that it must have been a gift of Elahe (Their God) Who had given them treasure in their sacks.
Y Then he brought Simeon out to them and brought them into Joseph’s house, gave them water to wash their feet, and provided feed for their donkeys and they were told that they would eat bread there.
They prepared the present they had brought from
Jacob in the
Y When Joseph came in they presented him with the present and bowed down before him to the earth. Again fulfilling Joseph’s first dream. [Genesis 37:5-8]
Y Joseph enquired about their father and his well-being.
Y They reported that Jacob was in good health and still alive, and bowed their heads down and prostrated themselves before Joseph again.
Y Joseph looked at Benjamin and said, “Is this your younger brother of whom you spoke to me? God be gracious to you my son.”
Y Moved with emotion at seeing his brother Joseph went to his chamber and wept, then washed his face, restrained himself and came out and commanded that they serve the food.
Y The Egyptians consider eating with the Hebrews to be an abomination so they were seated by themselves, the Hebrews were seated by themselves, and Joseph by himself.
Y The brothers were seated in the order of their births which astonished them.
Y Benjamin was served five times the amount of each of the rest of them.
Y So they ate and drank and were merry with Joseph.