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kill him and cast him into some pit, and we will say Some wild beast hath devoured him-and we shall see what will become of his Dreams. And his Brother Reuben heard it, and said, Shed no blood, but cast him into this pit—which he said, that he might rid him out of their hands: and they stripped him of his Coat, and cast him into the pit.
And behold a company of Ishmaelites came with their Camels, bearing Spices, Balm, and Myrrh, going down to Egypt; and Judah said, Let us sell him to the Ishmaelites. And they sold him for twenty pieces of Silver. And they brought Joseph into Egypt: and when Reuben returned to the pit and Joseph was not there, he said, The Child is not, and whither shall I go? And the Brethren dipped Joseph's Coat in blood und sent it to their Father, saying they had found it. And Jacob said, It is my Son's Coat, an evil beast hath devoured him. And he moured for his Son many days.
And the Midianites sold Joseph to Potiphar, an Officer of Pharaoh, King of Egypt.
JOSEPH IN EGYPT. Tue Lord, was with Joseph, and he was a prosperous man, and his master saw that the Lord made all that he did to prosper, and he made him Overseer over his House, and left all that he had in Joseph's hand; but afterwards Potiphar's Wife hated Joseph, and Potiphar put hins into Prison.
And Pharaoh's Butler and Baker were put into the same Prison, and Joseph interpreted the Butler's dream, that he should be restored by the King in three days, and said, Then think on me and shew me kindness. And he interpreted the Baker's dream, that he should be put to death in three days; and so it came to pass. Yet did not the Butler remember Joseph, but forgat him.
And at the end of two years Pharaoh dreamed a Dream, and behold Seven Ears of Corn came up on one Stalk, full and good, and Seven Ears thin and blasted sprung up after them. And Potiphar remembered Joseph, and sent him out of Prison to interpret Pharaoh's Dream. And Joseph said, God hath shewed Pharaoh what he is about to do;-Behold there come seven years of great plenty throughout all the Land of Egypt, and after them, seven years of famine--and all the plenty shall be forgotten, and the famine shall consure the land.
Now, therefore, let Pharaoh look out a man discreet and wise, and set him over the Land of Egypt, and appoint officers, and take up a fifth part of the Land, and gather and lay up the Corn in the good years.
And Pharaoh said unto Joseph, Forasmuch as God hath shewed thee all this, there is none so discreet and wise as thou art—thou shalt be over my house and rule my people. And he took off his Ring and put it upon Joseph's Hand, and a Gold Chain about his Neck, and made him to ride in the second Chariot which he had, and made him Ruler over all the Land of Egypt.
JOSEPH'S BRETHREN COME INTO EGYPT.
AND Joseph was thirty years old when he stood before Pharaoh, and he went out over all the Land of Egypt, and stored up the Corn in the Cities in the plenteous years. And when the seven years of dearth came, Joseph opened the Storehouses and sold unto the Egyptians: and all Countries came into Egypt to Joseph to buy Corn, for the famine was sore in all lands.. Now when Jacob saw that there was Corn in Egypt, he sent his ten Sons to buy Corn from thence, but he sent not Benjamin, the youngest, lest mischief should befall him.
And Joseph was the Governor that sold to the people—and Joseph's Brethren came, and bowed down with their faces to the earth. And Joseph knew his Brethren, but made himself strange to them, and spake roughly, and said, -Ye are spies. And they said, Thy servants are twelve Brethren, the Sons of one man in the Land of Canaan—and the youngest is this day with our Fatber, and one, is not. And Joseph said, Hereby ye shall be proved, -send one of you and fetch your Brother, or else ye are spies. And he put them all in Ward three days. And the third day he said, Let one of you be bound in Prison and go ye, carry Corn for the famine of your houses, and bring your youngest Brother to me, so shall your words be verified-and they did so.
And they said one to another, We are guilty concerning our Brother, in that we saw the anguish of his soul when he besought us, and we would not hear, therefore is this distress come upon us. And Reuben said, Spake I not unto you saying, do not sin against the Child, and ye would not hear—therefore behold his blood is required. And they knew not that Joseph understood them, for an Interpreter was between them.
And Joseph turned himself about from them and wept, and returned again and took Simeon and bound him. Then Joseph commanded to fill their Sacks with Corn, and to restore every Man's Money into þis Sack, and to give them provision for the way. And thus he did, and they laded their Asses with the Corn and departed.
JOSEPH'S BRETHREN RETURN TO JACOB,
AND as one of them opened his Sack to give his Ass provender in the Inn he espied his money, for behold it was in his Sack's mouth. And they were afraid, saying, What is this that God hath done?
Then they came to their Father Jacob and told him all that befel them—and that the Lord of the Country had said, bring your younger Brother to me. they emptied their Sacks, behold every man's bundle of money was in his Sack, and they were afraid.
And Jacob said, Me have ye bereaved of my Children. Joseph is not, and Simeon is not, and ye will take Benjamin also.
All these things are against me. And Reuben said, Deliver him into my hand and I will bring him to thee again. But Jacob said, My Son shall not go, for his Brother is dead and he is left alone-if mischief befall him by the way, ye shall bring down my grey hairs with sorrow to the grave.
And when they had eaten up the corn they had brought out of Egypt, their Father said, Go again buy us food. And Judah said, The man did solemly protest unto us, ye shall not see my face except your Brother be with you. And Israel said, Wherefore did ye tell the man ye had a Brother? And they said, The man asked us of our state and kindred, saying, Is your Father yet alive? Have ye another Brother? Could we certainly know he would say bring your Brother down? And Judah said, Send the Lad with me, and we will arise and go, that we may live and not die, both we and thou and our little ones -I will be surety for him.
And Israel said, If it must be so, now take of the best fruits and carry a present, a little Balm and Honey, Spices and Myrrh, Nuts and Almonds and take double money in your hand, the money that was returned carry it again, perhaps it was an oversight. Take also your Brother, and God Almighty give you mercy before the man, that he may send away your other Brother and Benjamin. If I be bereaved of my Children I am bereaved.
BENJAMIN GOES DOWN TO EGYPT.
And the men took that present, and they took double money in their hand, and Benjamin; and went down to Egypt and stood before Joseph.
And when Joseph saw Benjamin, he said to the ruler of his house, Make ready, for these men shall dine with me at noon. And they were afraid, because they were brought into Joseph's house, on account of the money that was returned in their Sacks, and told the Steward that they had brought the money again, and other money to buy food. And the Steward said, Fear not, your God hath given you treasure in your Sacks. And he brought Simeon out unto them, and he brought the men into Joseph's house and gave them water and they washed their feet, and he gave their Asses provender.
And when Joseph came home, they brought him their present and bowed themselves to him to the earth, and he asked them of their welfare, and said, Is your Father well, the old man of whom ye spake; Is he yet alive? And they answered, he is in good health; and made obeisance.
saw his Brother Benjamin, his Mother's Son, and said, Is this your younger Brother of whom ye spake to me? And he said, God be gracious to