A Silver Cup In A Sack
1Now Joseph gave these
instructions to the steward of his house: “Fill the men’s sacks with as much food as they can carry, and put each man’s silver in the
mouth of his sack.
2Then put my cup, the silver one, in the mouth of the youngest one’s
sack, along with the silver for his grain.” And
he did as Joseph said.
3As morning dawned,
the men were sent on
their way with their
4They had not gone far from the city when
Joseph said to his steward, “Go after those
men at once, and when you catch up with them,
say to them, ‘Why have
you repaid good with evil?
5Isn’t this the cup my master drinks from and also uses for divination?This is a wicked thing you have done.’ ”
6When he caught up with
them, he repeated these words to them.
7But they said to him, “Why does my lord say
such things? Far be it from your servants to do anything like that!
8We even brought back
to you from the land of Canaan the silver we found inside the mouths
of our sacks. So why
would we steal silver or
gold from your master’s
9If any of your servants
is found to have it, he will die; and the rest of us will become my lord’s
10“Very well, then,” he
said, “let it be as you say.
Whoever is found to have it will become my
slave; the rest of you will
be free from blame.”
11Each of them quickly
lowered his sack to the
ground and opened it.
12Then the steward
proceeded to search,
beginning with the oldest
and ending with the youngest. And the cup
was found in Benjamin’s
13At this, they tore their clothes. Then they all loaded their donkeys and
returned to the city.
14Joseph was still in the house when Judah and his brothers came in, and
they threw themselves to
the ground before him.
15Joseph said to them,
“What is this you have done? Don’t you know that a man like me can
find things out by divination?”
16“What can we say to
my lord?” Judah replied.
“What can we say? How
can we prove our innocence?
God has uncovered your servants’ guilt. We are
now my lord’s slaves—
we ourselves and the one
who was found to have the cup.”
17But Joseph said, “Far
be it from me to do such
a thing! Only the man
who was found to have the cup will become my slave. The rest of you, go
back to your father in peace.”