Genesis 42:6-28 - Joseph Sends Nine Of His Brothers Back To Canaan

6 And Joseph was the governor over the land, and he it was that sold to all the people of the land: and Joseph's brothers came, and bowed down themselves before him with their faces to the earth. 7 And Joseph saw his brothers, and he knew them, but made himself unknown unto them, and spoke roughly unto them; and he said unto them, from where do you come? And they said, From the land of Canaan to buy food.

8 And Joseph knew his brothers, but they knew not him. 9 And Joseph remembered the dreams which he dreamed of them, and said unto them, You are spies; to see the nakedness of the land you are come.

10 And they said unto him, Nay, my lord, but to buy food are your servants come. 11 We are all one man's sons; we are honest men, your servants are no spies.

12 And he said unto them, Nay, but to see the nakedness of the land you are come.

13 And they said, Your servants are twelve brothers, the sons of one man in the land of Canaan; and, behold, the youngest is this day with our father, and one is not.

14 And Joseph said unto them, It is as I spoke unto you, saying, You are spies: 15 Hereby you shall be proved: By the life of Pharaoh you shall not go forth from here, except your youngest brother come here. 16 Send one of you, and let him fetch your brother, and you shall be kept in prison, that your words may be proved, whether there be any truth in you: or else by the life of Pharaoh surely you are spies. 17 And he put them all together into custody three days.

18 And Joseph said unto them the third day, This do, and live; for I fear God: 19 If you be true men, let one of your brothers be bound in the house of your prison: go, carry grain for the famine of your houses: 20 But bring your youngest brother unto me; so shall your words be verified, and you shall not die. And they did so.

21 And they said one to another, 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, Spoke I not unto you, saying, Do not sin against the child; and you would not hear? therefore, behold, also his blood is required.

23 And they knew not that Joseph understood them; for he spoke unto them by an interpreter. 24 And he turned himself about from them, and wept; and returned to them again, and spoke with them, and took from them Simeon, and bound him before their eyes. 25 Then Joseph commanded to fill their sacks with grain, and to restore every man's money into his sack, and to give them provision for the way: and thus did he unto them. 26 And they loaded their donkeys with the grain, and departed there.

27 And as one of them opened his sack to give his donkey provender in the inn, he saw his money; for, behold, it was in his sack's mouth. 28 And he said unto his brothers, My money is restored; and, lo, it is even in my sack: and their hearts failed them, and they were afraid, saying one to another, What is this that God has done unto us?