The return of the sons of Jacob to Canaan (Gen 42:25-42:38)

“Joseph then gave orders to fill their bags with grain, and to return every man’s money to his sack, and to give them provisions for their journey. This was done for them.  They loaded their donkeys with their grain, and departed.  When one of them opened his sack to give his donkey fodder at the lodging place, he saw his money at the top of the sack.  He said to his brothers, ‘My money has been put back.  Here it is in my sack!’  At this they lost heart and turned trembling to one another, saying, ‘What is this that God has done to us?’”

Joseph gave orders to fill their sacks with grain and return their money in the sacks.  When they feed their donkeys at the resting stop on the way, one of the brothers realized that there was money in the grain sacks.  Now they were even more afraid of what God had done to them or was going to do to them.

“When they came to their father Jacob in the land of Canaan, they told him all that had happened to them, saying, ‘The man, the lord of the land, spoke harshly to us, and charged us with spying of the land.  But we said to him, `We are honest men, we are not spies.   We are twelve brothers, sons of our father.  One is no more, and the youngest is now with our father in the land of Canaan.’  Then the man, the lord of the land, said to us, `By this I shall know that you are honest men.  Leave one of your brothers with me, take grain for the famine of your households, and go your way. Bring your youngest brother to me.  Then I shall know that you are not spies but honest men.  Then I will release your brother to you, and you may trade in the land.'”

When they arrived home, they told Jacob in detail everything that had happened.

“As they were emptying their sacks, there in each one’s sack was his bag of money.  When they and their father saw their bundles of money, they were dismayed.  Their father Jacob said to them, ‘I am the one you have bereaved of children.  Joseph is no more, and Simeon is no more, and now you would take Benjamin.  All this has come upon me!’   Then Reuben said to his father, ‘You may kill my two sons if I do not bring him back to you.  Put him in my hands, and I will bring him back to you.’   But he said, ‘My son shall not go down with you, for his brother is dead, and he alone is left.  If harm should come to him on the journey that you are to make, you would bring down my gray hairs with sorrow to Sheol.’”

Jacob and his sons were dismayed by the money in their sacks.  Jacob said he had already lost Joseph and Simeon and now the Egyptian wants Benjamin.  Reuben said, he would bring him back so that Jacob could have his two sons.  However, Jacob refused to let Benjamin go.  Jacob was going to die in Sheol, the abode of death.

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