YOḆELIM 43 (Jubilees 43)

1 And he did as Yosĕph had told him, and filled all their sacks for them with food and put their silver in their sacks, and put the cup in Binyamin’s sack.

2 And early in the morning they departed, and it came to be, that when they had gone from there, Yosĕph said to the one over his house, “Pursue them, run and seize them, saying, ‘You have repaid me evil for good! You have stolen from me the silver cup out of which my master drinks.’ And bring back to me their youngest brother, and fetch him quickly before I go out to my seat of judgment.”

3 And he ran after them and said to them according to these words.

4 And they said to him, “Elohim forbid that your servants should do this matter, and steal from the house of your master any utensil, and also the silver which we found in our sacks the first time, we, your servants brought back from the land of Kena’an!

5 “Why then should we steal any utensil? See here we are and our sacks; search, and wherever you find the cup, in the sack of any man amongst us, let him be slain, and we and our donkeys shall serve your master.”

6 But he said to them, “Not so, the man with whom I find, him only shall I take as a servant, and you shall return in peace to your house.”

7 And as he was searching in their sacks, beginning with the eldest and ending with the youngest, it was found in Binyamin’s sack.

8 And they tore their garments, and loaded their donkeys, and returned to the city and came to the house of Yosĕph, and they all bowed themselves on their faces to the ground before him.

9 And Yosĕph said to them, “You have done evil.” And they said, “What shall we say and how shall we defend ourselves? Our master has discovered the transgression of his servants. See, we are the servants of our master, and our donkeys also.”

10 And Yosĕph said to them, “I too fear 𐤉𐤄𐤅𐤄. As for you, go to your homes and let your brother be my servant, for you have done evil. Do you not know that a man delights in his cup as I with this cup? And yet you have stolen it from me!”

11 And Yahuḏah said, “O my master, let your servant please speak a word in my master’s ear. Your servant’s mother bore two brothers to our father; one went away and was lost, and has not been found, and he alone is left of his mother, and your servant, our father loves him, and his life also is bound up with the life of his.

12 “And it shall come to be, when we go to your servant our father, and the lad is not with us, that he shall die, and we shall bring down our father with sorrow to the grave.

13 “Now rather let me, your servant, remain instead of the boy as a servant to my master, and let the lad go with his brothers, for I became surety for him at the hand of your servant our father, and if I do not bring him back, your servant shall bear the blame to our father forever.”

14 And Yosĕph saw that they were all in good accord, one with another, and he could not refrain himself, and he told them that he was Yosĕph.

15 And he spoke with them in the Iḇri tongue and fell on their neck and wept. And they did not know him but they began to weep.

16 And he said to them, “Do not weep over me, but hurry and bring my father to me; and you see that it is my mouth that speaks and the eyes of my brother Binyamin see.

17 “For look, this is the second year of scarcity of food, and there are still five years without harvest or fruit of trees or ploughing.

18 “Come down quickly you and your households, so that you do not perish through scarcity of food, and do not be grieved for your possessions, for 𐤉𐤄𐤅𐤄 sent me before you to put matters in order that many people might live.

19 “And tell my father that I am still alive, and you, look, you see that 𐤉𐤄𐤅𐤄 has made me as a father to Pharaoh, and ruler over his house and over all the land of Mitsrayim.

20 And tell my father of all my esteem, and all the riches and esteem that 𐤉𐤄𐤅𐤄 has given Me.”

21 And by the command of the mouth of Pharaoh he gave them chariots and provisions for the way, and he gave them all long coats and silver.

22 And to their father he sent garments and silver and ten donkeys which carried grain, and he sent them away.

23 And they went up and told their father that Yosĕph was alive, and was measuring out grain to all the nations of the earth, and that he was ruler over all the land of Mitsrayim.

24 And their father did not believe it, for he was beside himself in his mind. But when he saw the wagons which Yosĕph had sent, the life of his spirit revived, and he said, “It is enough for me if Yosĕph lives! I shall go down and see him before I die.”