The Bible in Its Traditions

Genesis 44:18–34

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18  Then Judah came near unto him, and said: 'Oh my lord, let thy servant, I pray thee, speak a word in my lord's ears, and let not thine anger burn against thy servant; for thou art even as Pharaoh.

18  And Judas drew near him, and said, I pray, Sir, let thy servant speak a word before thee, and be not angry with thy servant, for thou art next to Pharao.

18  Then Judah, approaching closer, said confidently: “I beg you, my lord, let your servant speak a word in your ears, and do not be angry with your servant. For you are next to Pharaoh.

19  My lord asked his servants, saying: Have ye a father, or a brother?

19  Sir, thou askedst thy servants, saying, Have ye a father or a brother?

19  My lord, you questioned your servants before: ‘Do you have a father or a brother?’

20  And we said unto my lord: We have a father, an old man, and a child of his old age, a little one; and his brother is dead, and he alone is left of his mother, and his father loveth him.

20  And we said to my lord, We have a father, an old man, and he has a son of his old age, a young one, and his brother is dead, and he alone has been left behind to his mother, and his father loves him.

20  And we answered you, my lord: ‘There is our father, an old man, and a young boy, who was born in his old age. His brother of the same womb has died, and he alone is left to his mother and father, who truly love him tenderly.’

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21  And thou saidst unto thy servants: Bring him down unto me, that I may set mine eyes upon him.

21  And you said to your servants, ‘Bring him to me, and I will set my eyes on him.’

21  Then you said to your servants, Bring him down to me, that I may set my eyes upon him.

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22  And we said unto my lord: The lad cannot leave his father; for if he should leave his father, his father would die.

22  And we said to my lord, The child will not be able to leave his father; but if he should leave his father, he will die.

22  We suggested to my lord: ‘The boy is not able to leave his father. For if he sends him away, he will die.’

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23  And thou saidst unto thy servants: Except your youngest brother come down with you, ye shall see my face no more.

23  And you said to your servants: ‘Unless your youngest brother arrives with you, you will not see my face any more.’

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24  And it came to pass when we came up unto thy servant my father, we told him the words of my lord.

24  Therefore, when we had gone up to your servant our father, we explained to him all that my lord had spoken.

24  And when we came up to your servant our father, we told him the words of my lord.

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25  And our father said: Go again, buy us a little food.

25  And your servant our father said to us, Go back again and buy us a little grain.

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26  And we said: We cannot go down; if our youngest brother be with us, then will we go down; for we may not see the man's face, except our youngest brother be with us.

26  And we said, We shall not be able to go down; but if our younger brother go down with us, we will go down; for we shall not be able to see the man’s face, our younger brother not being with us.

26  And we said to him: ‘We cannot go. If our youngest brother descends with us, we will set out together. Otherwise, in his absence, we do not dare to see the face of the man.’

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27  And thy servant my father said unto us: Ye know that my wife bore me two sons;

27  To which he responded: ‘You know that my wife conceived twice by me.

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28  and the one went out from me, and I said: Surely he is torn in pieces; and I have not seen him since;

28  and one is departed from me; and ye said that he was devoured of wild beasts, and I have not seen him until now.

28  One went out, and you said, “A beast devoured him.” And since then, he has not appeared.

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29  and if ye take this one also from me, and harm befall him, ye will bring down my gray hairs with sorrow to the grave.

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30  Now therefore when I come to thy servant my father, and the lad is not with us; seeing that his soul is bound up with the lad's soul;

30  Now then, if I should go in to they servant, and our father, and the boy should not be with us, (and his life depends on this lad’s life)

30  Therefore, if I would have gone to your servant, our father, with the boy not present, (though his life depends upon the life of him)

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31  it will come to pass, when he seeth that the lad is not with us, that he will die; and thy servants will bring down the gray hairs of thy servant our father with sorrow to the grave.

31  and if he were to see that he is not with us, he would die, and your servants will lead his grey hairs down with sorrow to the grave.

31  It shall come to pass when he sees that the lad is not with us, he will die; and your servants shall bring down the gray hairs of your servant our father with sorrow to Sheol.

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32  For thy servant became surety for the lad unto my father, saying: If I bring him not unto thee, then shall I bear the blame to my father for ever.

32  Let me be your very own servant, for I accepted this one into my trust, and I promised, saying: ‘Unless I lead him back, I will be guilty of a sin against my father for all time.’

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33  Now therefore, let thy servant, I pray thee, abide instead of the lad a bondman to my lord; and let the lad go up with his brethren.

33  And so I, your servant, will remain in place of the boy, in ministry to my lord, and then let the boy go up with his brothers.

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34  For how shall I go up to my father, if the lad be not with me? lest I look upon the evil that shall come on my father.'

34  For I cannot return to my father without the boy, lest I appear as a witness to the calamity that will oppress my father.”

34  For how can I go up to my father, if the lad is not with me? Lest I see the misfortune which will come on my father.