16 When Joseph saw Benjamin with them, he said to the steward of his house, Bring the men into the house, and slaughter an animal and make ready, for the men are to dine with me at noon. 17The man did as Joseph said, and brought the men to Josephs house. 18Now the men were afraid because they were brought to Josephs house, and they said, It is because of the money, replaced in our sacks the first time, that we have been brought in, so that he may have an opportunity to fall upon us, to make slaves of us and take our donkeys. 19So they went up to the steward of Josephs house and spoke with him at the entrance to the house. 20They said, Oh, my lord, we came down the first time to buy food; 21and when we came to the lodging-place we opened our sacks, and there was each ones money in the top of his sack, our money in full weight. So we have brought it back with us. 22Moreover, we have brought down with us additional money to buy food. We do not know who put our money in our sacks. 23He replied, Rest assured, do not be afraid; your God and the God of your father must have put treasure in your sacks for you; I received your money. Then he brought Simeon out to them. 24When the steward* had brought the men into Josephs house, and given them water, and they had washed their feet, and when he had given their donkeys fodder, 25they made the present ready for Josephs coming at noon, for they had heard that they would dine there.
26 When Joseph came home, they brought him the present that they had carried into the house, and bowed to the ground before him. 27He inquired about their welfare, and said, Is your father well, the old man of whom you spoke? Is he still alive? 28They said, Your servant our father is well; he is still alive. And they bowed their heads and did obeisance. 29Then he looked up and saw his brother Benjamin, his mothers son, and said, Is this your youngest brother, of whom you spoke to me? God be gracious to you, my son! 30With that, Joseph hurried out, because he was overcome with affection for his brother, and he was about to weep. So he went into a private room and wept there. 31Then he washed his face and came out; and controlling himself he said, Serve the meal. 32They served him by himself, and them by themselves, and the Egyptians who ate with him by themselves, because the Egyptians could not eat with the Hebrews, for that is an abomination to the Egyptians. 33When they were seated before him, the firstborn according to his birthright and the youngest according to his youth, the men looked at one another in amazement. 34Portions were taken to them from Josephs table, but Benjamins portion was five times as much as any of theirs. So they drank and were merry with him.
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