YASHAR 53 (Jasher 53)

1 And the sons of Ya’aqoḇ rose up and took Binyamin and the whole of the presents, and they went and came to Mitsrayim, and they stood before Yosĕph.

2 And Yosĕph saw his brother Binyamin with them, and he greeted them, and these men came to Yosĕph’s house.

3 And Yosĕph commanded the one over his house to give to his brothers to eat, and he did so for them.

4 And at noon Yosĕph sent for the men to come before him with Binyamin, and the men told the one over Yosĕph’s house concerning the silver that was returned in their sacks, and he said to them, “It will be well with you, fear not.” And he brought their brother Shim’on to them.

5 And Shim’on said to his brothers, “The master of the Mitsrites has acted very kindly to me, he did not keep me bound, as you saw with your eyes, for when you went out from the city he let me free and dealt kindly with me in his house.”

6 And Yahuḏah took Binyamin by the hand, and they came before Yosĕph, and they bowed down to him to the ground.

7 And the men gave the present to Yosĕph and they all sat before him. And Yosĕph said to them, “Is it well with you, is it well with your children, is it well with your aged father?” and they said, “It is well.” And Yahuḏah took the record which Ya’aqoḇ had sent and gave it into the hand of Yosĕph.

8 And Yosĕph read the letter and knew his father’s writing, and he wanted to weep and he went into an inner room. And he wept a great weeping, and he went out.

9 And he lifted up his eyes and saw his brother Binyamin, and he said, “Is this your brother of whom you spoke to me?” And Binyamin approached Yosĕph, and Yosĕph placed his hand on his head and he said to him, “May Elohim show favour to you my son.”

10 But when Yosĕph saw his brother, the son of his mother, he again wanted to weep, and he entered the chamber, and he wept there. And he washed his face, and went out and refrained from weeping, and he said, “Prepare food.”

11 And Yosĕph had a cup from which he drank, and it was of silver splendidly inlaid with shoham stones and bdellium, and Yosĕph struck the cup in the sight of his brothers while they were sitting to eat with him.

12 And Yosĕph said to the men, “I know by this cup that Re’uḇĕn the first-born, Shim’on and Lĕwi and Yahuḏah, Yissasḵar and Zeḇulun are children from one mother, seat yourselves to eat according to your births.”

13 And he also placed the others according to their births, and he said, “I know that this, your youngest brother has no brother, and I, like him, have no brother, he shall therefore sit down to eat with me.”

14 And Binyamin went up before Yosĕph and sat on the throne, and the men saw the acts of Yosĕph, and they were astonished at them. And the men ate and drank at that time with Yosĕph, and then he gave presents to them, and Yosĕph gave one gift to Binyamin. And Menashsheh and Ephrayim saw the acts of their father, and they also gave presents to him. And Asenath gave him one present, and there were five presents in the hand of Binyamin.

15 And Yosĕph brought them out wine to drink, but they would not drink, and they said, “From the day on which Yosĕph was lost we have not drunk wine, nor eaten any delicacies.”

16 And Yosĕph swore to them, and he pressed them hard, and they drank plentifully with him on that day. And afterward Yosĕph turned to his brother Binyamin to speak with him, and Binyamin was still sitting on the throne before Yosĕph.

17 And Yosĕph said to him, “Have you brought forth any children?” and he said, “Your servant has ten sons, and these are their names: Belah, Beḵer, Ashbĕl, Gĕra, Na’aman, Ĕḥi, Rosh, Muppim, Ḥuppim, and Ard, and I called their names after my brother whom I have not seen.”

18 And he ordered them to bring before him his map of the stars, whereby Yosĕph knew all the times, and Yosĕph said to Binyamin, “I have heard that the Iḇrim are acquainted with all wisdom, do you know anything of this?”

19 And Binyamin said, “Your servant also has knowledge in all the wisdom which my father taught me.” And Yosĕph said to Binyamin, “Look now at this instrument and understand where your brother Yosĕph is in Mitsrayim, who you said went down to Mitsrayim.”

20 And Binyamin saw the instrument with the map of the stars of the shamayim, and he was wise and looked therein to know where his brother was. And Binyamin divided the whole land of Mitsrayim into four divisions, and he found that he who was sitting on the throne before him was his brother Yosĕph. And Binyamin wondered greatly, and when Yosĕph saw that his brother Binyamin was so much astonished, he said to Binyamin, “What have you seen, and why are you astonished?”

21 And Binyamin said to Yosĕph, “I can see by this that Yosĕph my brother sits here with me upon the throne!” And Yosĕph said to him, “I am Yosĕph your brother. Do not reveal this matter to your brothers. See, I will send you with them when they go away, and I will command them to be brought back again into the city, and I will take you away from them.

22 “And if they risk their lives and fight for you, then I shall know that they have repented of what they did to me, and I will make myself known to them. But if they forsake you when I take you, then you shall remain with me, and I will strive with them, and they shall go away, and I will not become known to them.”

23 At that time Yosĕph commanded his officer to fill their sacks with food, and to put each man’s silver into his sack, and to put the cup into the sack of Binyamin, and to give them food for the journey, and they did so for them.

24 And on the next day the men rose early in the morning, and they loaded their donkeys with their grain, and they went out with Binyamin, and they went toward the land of Kena’an with their brother Binyamin.

25 They had not gone far from Mitsrayim when Yosĕph commanded him that was appointed over his house, saying, “Rise, pursue these men before they get too far from Mitsrayim, and say to them, ‘Why have you stolen my master’s cup?’ ”

26 And Yosĕph’s officer rose up and he reached them, and he spoke to them all the words of Yosĕph. And when they heard this word they became exceedingly wroth, and they said, “He with whom your master’s cup shall be found shall die, and we will also become slaves!”

27 And they hurried and each man brought down his sack from his donkey, and they looked in their bags and the cup was found in Binyamin’s bag. And they all tore their garments and they returned to the city, and they struck Binyamin on the way, continually striking him until he came into the city, and they stood before Yosĕph.

28 And Yahuḏah’s wrath was kindled, and he said, “This man has only brought me back to destroy Mitsrayim this day!”

29 And the men came to Yosĕph’s house, and they found Yosĕph sitting on his throne, and all the mighty men standing at his right and left.

30 And Yosĕph said to them, ‘What is this deed that you have done, that you took away my silver cup and went away? But I know that you took my cup in order to know thereby in what part of the land your brother was.”

31 And Yahuḏah said, “What shall we say to our master? What shall we speak and how shall we justify ourselves? Elohim has this day found the iniquity of all your servants, therefore He has done this matter to us this day.”

32 And Yosĕph rose up and caught hold of Binyamin and took him from his brothers with violence, and he came to the house and locked the door on them. And Yosĕph commanded him that was appointed over his house that he should say to them, “Thus said the sovereign, ‘Go in peace to your father. See, I have taken the man in whose hand my cup was found.’ ”