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1 Now whenThis story shows plainly that all things are governed by God's providence for the profit of his Church.Jacob saw that there was corn in Egypt, Jacob said unto his sons, Why do yeAs men destitute of counsel.look one upon another?

2 And he said, Behold, I haue heard that there is foode in Egypt, Get you downe thither, & bie vs foode thence, that we may liue and not die.

3 So went Iosephs ten brethren downe to bye corne of the Egyptians.

4 But Beniamin Iosephs brother woulde not Iaakob send with his brethren: for he saide, Least death should befall him.

5 And the sonnes of Israel came to bye foode among them that came: for there was famine in the land of Canaan.

6 Now Ioseph was gouerner of the land, who solde to all the people of the lande: then Iosephs brethren came, & bowed their face to the groud before him.

7 And Joseph saw his brethren, and he knew them, butThis concealing is not to be followed, nor any actions of the father's not approved by God's word.made himself strange unto them, and spake roughly unto them; and he said unto them, Whence come ye? And they said, From the land of Canaan to buy food.

8 (Now Ioseph knewe his brethren, but they knew not him.

9 And Ioseph remembred the dreames, which he dreamed of them) and he sayde vnto them, Ye are spies, and are come to see the weaknesse of the land.

10 But they sayde vnto him, Nay, my lorde, but to bye vitayle thy seruants are come.

11 Wee are all one mans sonnes: wee meane truely, and thy seruants are no spies.

12 But he saide vnto them, Nay, but yee are come to see the weakenes of the land.

13 And they said, We thy seruants are twelue brethren, the sonnes of one man in the lande of Canaan: and beholde, the yongest is this day with our father, and one is not.

14 Againe Ioseph sayde vnto them, This is it that I spake vnto you, saying, Ye are spies.

15 Hereby ye shall be proved:The Egyptians who were idolaters, used to swear by their king's life: but God forbids swearing by anyone but him: yet Joseph dwelling among the wicked was corrupted by them.By the life of Pharaoh ye shall not go forth hence, except your youngest brother come hither.

16 Send one of you which may fet your brother, & ye shall be kept in prison, that your words may be proued, whether there bee trueth in you: or els by the life of Pharaoh ye are but spies.

17 So he put them in warde three dayes.

18 And Joseph said unto them the third day, This do, and live; [for] IAnd therefore am true and just.fear God:

19 If ye be true men, let one of your brethren be bounde in your prison house, and goe ye, carie foode for the famine of your houses:

20 But bring your yonger brother vnto me, that your wordes may be tried, and that ye dye not: and they did so.

21 And they said one to another,Affliction makes men acknowledge their faults, which otherwise they would conceal.We [are] verily 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.

22 And Reuben answered them, saying, Spake I not unto you, saying, Do not sin against the child; and ye would not hear? therefore, behold, also hisGod will take vengeance on us, and measure us with our own measure.blood is required.

23 (And they were not aware that Ioseph vnderstoode them: for he spake vnto them by an interpreter.)

24 And he turned himself about from them, andThough he acts harshly, yet his brotherly affection remained.wept; and returned to them again, and communed with them, and took from them Simeon, and bound him before their eyes.

25 So Ioseph commanded that they should fill their sackes with wheate, and put euery mans money againe in his sacke, and giue them vitaile for the iourney: and thus did he vnto them.

26 And they layed their vitaile vpon their asses, and departed thence.

27 And as one of them opened his sacke for to giue his asse prouender in the ynne, he espyed his money: for lo, it was in his sackes mouth.

28 And he said unto his brethren, My money is restored; and, lo, [it is] even in my sack: and their heart failed [them], and they wereBecause their conscience accused them of their sin, they thought God had brought them trouble through the money.afraid, saying one to another, What [is] this [that] God hath done unto us?

29 And they came vnto Iaakob their father vnto the lande of Canaan, and tolde him all that had befallen them, saying,

30 The man, who is Lorde of the lande, spake roughly to vs, and put vs in prison as spyes of the countrey.

31 And we sayd vnto him, We are true men, and are no spies.

32 We be twelue brethren, sonnes of our father: one is not, and the yongest is this day with our father in the land of Canaan.

33 Then the Lord of the countrey sayde vnto vs, Hereby shal I knowe if ye be true men: Leaue one of your brethren with me, and take foode for the famine of your houses and depart,

34 And bring your yongest brother vnto me, that I may knowe that ye are no spies, but true men: so will I deliuer you your brother, and yee shall occupie in the land.

35 And as they emptied their sacks, behold, euery mans bundel of money was in his sacke: and when they and their father sawe the bundels of their money, they were afrayde.

36 And Jacob their father said unto them, Me have ye bereaved [of my children]: Joseph [is] not, and Simeon [is] not, and ye will take Benjamin [away]: all these things are againstFor they did not seem to be concerned or have any love for their brother which increased his sorrow: and partly as it appears he suspected them for

37 Then Reuben answered his father, saying, Slay my two sonnes, if I bring him not to thee againe: deliuer him to mine hand, and I will bring him to thee againe.

38 But he sayd, My sonne shall not go downe with you: for his brother is dead, and he is left alone: if death come vnto him by the way which ye goe, then ye shall bring my gray head with sorow vnto the graue.

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