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unto thy word shall all my people be ruled; only in the throne will I be greater than thou. See, I have set thee over all the land of Egypt." And Pharaoh took off his ring from his hand and put it upon Joseph's hand, and 5 arrayed him in fine linen, and put a gold chain about his neck. And he made him to ride in the second chariot which he had; and they cried before him, "Bow the knee; " and he made him ruler over all the land of Egypt.
10 And in the seven plenteous years the earth brought forth by handfuls. And Joseph gathered up all the food of the seven years, and laid up the food in the cities. And Joseph gathered corn as the sand of the sea, very much, until he left numbering; for it was without 15 number.
And the seven years of plenteousness were ended. And the seven years of dearth began to come, according as Joseph had said; and the dearth was in all lands; but in all the land of Egypt there was bread. And when all 20 the land of Egypt was famished, the people cried to Pharaoh for bread and Pharaoh said unto all the Egyptians, "Go unto Joseph; what he saith to you, do." And the famine was over all the face of the earth. And Joseph opened all the storehouses, and sold unto the Egyp25 tians. And all countries came into Egypt to Joseph for to buy corn; because that the famine was so sore in all lands.
Now when Jacob saw that there was corn in Egypt, Jacob said unto his sons, "Behold, I have heard that there is corn in Egypt: get you down thither and buy for us from thence; that we may live, and not die."
And Joseph's ten brethren went down to buy corn in 5 Egypt. But Benjamin, Joseph's brother, Jacob sent not with his brethren; for he said, "Lest peradventure mischief befall him." And Joseph was the governor over the land, and he it was that sold to all the people of the land: and Joseph's brethren came, and bowed down themselves 10 before him with their faces to the earth. And Joseph saw his brethren, and he knew them, but 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."
And Joseph remembered 'the dreams which he dreamed of them, and said unto them, "Ye are spies; to see the nakedness of the land ye are come." And they said unto him, "Nay, my lord, but to buy food are thy servants come. We are all one man's sons; we are true men, thy 20 servants are no spies." And he said unto them, "Nay, but to see the nakedness of the land ye are come." And they said, "Thy servants are twelve brethren, the sons of one man in the land of Canaan; and behold, the youngest is this day with our father, and one is not."
And Joseph said unto them, "Hereby ye shall be proved. By the life of Pharaoh ye shall not go forth
hence, except your youngest brother come hither. Send one of you, and let him fetch your brother, and ye shall be kept in prison, that your words may be proven, whether there be any truth in you: or else by the life of Pharaoh 5 surely ye are spies." And he put them all together into ward three days. And Joseph said unto them the third day, "If ye be true men, let one of your brethren be bound in prison, but go ye, carry corn for the famine of your houses, and bring your youngest brother unto me; 10 so shall your words be verified, and ye shall not die." And they said one to another, "We are very 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." And Reuben answered 15 them, saying, "Spake I not unto you, saying, 'Do not sin against the child;' and ye would not hear?" would not hear?" And they knew not that Joseph understood them; for he spake unto them by an interpreter. And he turned himself about from them, and wept; and returned to them again, and 20 took from them Simeon, and bound him before their eyes.
Then Joseph commanded to fill their sacks with corn, and to restore every man's money into his sack, and to give them provision for the way: and thus did he unto 25 them. And they laded their asses with the corn, and departed thence. And as one of them opened his sack to give his ass provender in the inn, he espied his money;
for behold, it was in his sack's mouth. 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 were afraid, saying, "What is this that God hath done unto us?"
And they came unto Jacob their father, and told him all that had befallen them. 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 against me." And Reuben 10 spake unto his father, saying, "Slay my two sons, if I bring him not to thee; deliver him into my hand, and I will bring him to thee again." And he said, And he said, "My son shall not go down with you; for his brother is dead, and he is left alone: if mischief befall him by the way, then 15 shall ye bring down my gray hairs with sorrow to the grave.'
And the famine was sore in the land. And it came to pass when they had eaten up the corn which they had brought out of Egypt, their father said unto them, "Go 20 again, buy us a little food." And Judah spake unto him, saying, "The man did solemnly protest unto us, saying, 'Ye shall not see my face, except your brother be with you." And their father Jacob said unto them, "If it must be so now, do this: take of the best fruits in the 25 land, and carry down the man a present, a little balm, and a little honey, spices, and myrrh, nuts, and almonds.
And take double money in your hand; and the money that was brought again in the mouth of your sacks, carry it again in your hand; peradventure it was an oversight. Take also your brother, and arise, go again unto the man, 5 and God Almighty give you mercy before the man, that he may send away your other brother, and Benjamin."
-THE BIBLE: Genesis xli-xliii.
dearth, lack, want; per ad ven'ture, perhaps; ward, prison; ver'ified, proved correct; in ter'pre ter, translator from one language into another; prov'en der, food; be reave', to take away from; pro test', usually, object; but in an old meaning, say earnestly.
1. How did Pharaoh show his confidence in Joseph? How did Joseph prove that he was worthy of it? 2. To what is the amount of corn which Joseph gathered likened? In which other selection was this same comparison made?
Spelling. Peaceably, brethren, famine, devoured, established, mischief, guilty, servant, governor, gracious, roughly, famished.
JOSEPH AND HIS BRETHREN (Concluded)
AND the men took that present, and they took double money in their hand, and Benjamin; and rose up, and went down to Egypt, and stood before Joseph. And 10 when Joseph saw Benjamin with them, he said to the
ruler of his house, "Bring these men home, and make ready; for these men shall dine with me at noon." And the man brought the men inte Joseph's house, and