The meeting with Joseph (Gen 43:15-43:34)

“So the men took the present, and they took double the money with them, as well as Benjamin.  Then they went on their way down to Egypt, and stood before Joseph.  When Joseph saw Benjamin with them, he said to the steward of his house, ‘Bring the men into the house, and slaughter an animal and make it ready, for these men are to dine with me at noon.’  The man did as Joseph said, and brought these men to Joseph’s house.  Now these men were afraid because they were brought to Joseph’s house, and they said, ‘It is because of the money, replaced in our sacks the first time, that we have been brought in, so that he may have an opportunity to fall upon us, to make slaves of us and take our donkeys.’  So they went up to the steward of Joseph’s house, and spoke with him at the entrance to the house.  They said, ‘Oh, my lord, we came down the first time to buy food.   When we came to the lodging place we opened our sacks, and there was each one’s money in the top of his sack, our money in full weight.   So we have brought it back with us.   Moreover we have brought down with us additional money to buy food.  We do not know who put our money in our sacks.’   He replied, ‘Rest assured, do not be afraid.   Your God and the God of your father must have put treasure in your sacks for you.  I received your money.’  Then he brought Simeon out to them.  When the steward had brought the men into Joseph’s house, he gave them water, and they had washed their feet.  When he had given their donkeys fodder, they made the present ready for Joseph’s coming at noon for they heard that they would dine there.”

So the sons of Jacob left with double the money, the presents, and Benjamin.  When Joseph saw Benjamin, he told his servants to prepare a great meal for his brothers. Now the brothers were afraid when they went into the house of Joseph.  Perhaps they will take their donkeys and make them slaves.  They admitted that there was money in their sacks, but the guy in charge said he had received their money.  Simeon was released.  They fed their donkeys and had their feet washed as they prepared for a noon dinner with Joseph.

“When Joseph came home, they brought him the present that they had carried into the house, and bowed to the ground before him.   He inquired about their welfare, and said, ‘Is your father well, the old man of whom you spoke?  Is he still alive?’  They said, ‘Your servant, our father is well.  He is still alive.’  They bowed their heads and did obeisance.  Then he looked up and saw his brother Benjamin, his mother’s son, and said, ‘Is this your youngest brother, of whom you spoke to me?  God be gracious to you, my son!’ With that Joseph hurried out, because he was overcome with affection for his brother, and he was about to weep.  So he entered his private chamber and wept there.  Then he washed his face and came out.  Controlling himself he said, ‘Serve the meal.’  They served him by himself, and them by themselves, and the Egyptians ate by themselves, because the Egyptians could not eat with the Hebrews, for that is an abomination to the Egyptians.   When they were seated before him, the first born according to his birthright and the youngest according to his youth, the men looked at one another in amazement.   Portions were taken to them from Joseph’s table, but Benjamin’s portion was five times as much as any of theirs.  So they drank and were merry with him.”

When Joseph came, they gave their presents and bowed down before him.  Joseph inquired about their family, and especially their father, until finally he saw Benjamin.  He suddenly left when he was overcome with affection for his brother and wept.  He washed his feet, came out and said serve the meal.  They each ate separately because Egyptians and Hebrews did not eat together.  Benjamin got five times as much as the others.  Then they drunk and were merry with him.  This is a very poignant scene when Joseph sees Benjamin.  However, he does not show his emotions.

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