haYashar Jasher 52
:And they entered their house, and every man opened his sack and they saw and behold every man's bundle of money was there, at which they and their father were greatly terrified.
:And Ya'aqov (3290) said unto them, What is this that you have done to me? I sent your brother Yoseph (3130) to inquire after your welfare and you said unto me. A wild beast did devour him.
:And Shim'on (8095) went with you to buy food and you say the one reigning of Mits'rayim (4714) hath confined him in prison, and you wish to take Bin'yamin (1144) to cause his death also, and bring down my grey hairs with sorrow to the grave on account of Bin'yamin (1144) and his brother Yoseph (3130).
:Now therefore my son shall not go down with you, for his brother is dead and he is left alone, and mischief may befall him by the way in which you go, as it befell his brother.
:And R'uven (7205) said unto his father, Thou shalt slay my two sons if I do not bring thy son and place him before thee; and Ya'aqov (3290) said unto his sons, Abide ye here and do not go down to Mits'rayim (4714), for my son shall not go down with you to Mits'rayim (4714), nor die like his brother.
:And Y'hudah (3063) said unto them, refrain ye from him until the corn is finished, and he will then say, Take down your brother, when he will find his own life and the life of his household in danger from the famine.
:And in those days the famine was sore throughout the land, and all the people of the earth went and came to Mits'rayim (4714) to buy food, for the famine prevailed greatly amongst them, and the sons of Ya'aqov (3290) remained in K'na'an (3667) a year and two months until their corn was finished.
:And it came to pass after their corn was finished, the whole household of Ya'aqov (3290) was pinched with hunger, and all the infants of the sons of Ya'aqov (3290) came together and they approached Ya'aqov (3290), and they all surrounded him, and they said unto him, Give unto us bread, and wherefore shall we all perish through hunger in thy presence?
:Ya'aqov (3290) heard the words of his son's children, and he wept a great weeping, and his pity was roused for them, and Ya'aqov (3290) called unto his sons and they all came and sat before him.
:And Ya'aqov (3290) said unto them, And have you not seen how your children have been weeping over me this day, saying, Give unto us bread, and there is none? now therefore return and buy for us a little food.
:And Y'hudah (3063) answered and said unto his father, If thou wilt send our brother with us we will go down and buy corn for thee, and if thou wilt not send him then we will not go down, for surely the one reigning of Mits'rayim (4714) particularly enjoined us, saying, You shall not see my face unless your brother be with you, for the one reigning of Mits'rayim (4714) is a strong and mighty king, and behold if we shall go to him without our brother we shall all be put to death.
:Dost thou not know and hast thou not heard that this king is very powerful and wise, and there is not like unto him in all the earth? behold we have seen all the kings of the earth and we have not seen one like that king, the one reigning of Mits'rayim (4714) ; surely amongst all the kings of the earth there is none greater than Avimelekh (40) one reigning of the P'lish'tim (6430), yet the one reigning of Mits'rayim (4714) is greater and mightier than he, and Avimelekh (40) can only be compared to one of his officers.
:Father, thou hast not seen his palace and his throne, and all his servants standing before him; thou hast not seen that king upon his throne in his pomp and royal appearance, dressed in his kingly robes with a large golden crown upon his head; thou hast not seen the honor and glory which Elohim (430) has given unto him, for there is not like unto him in all the earth.
:Father, thou hast not seen the wisdom, the understanding and the knowledge which Elohim (430) has given in his heart, nor heard his sweet voice when he spake unto us.
:We know not, father, who made him acquainted with our names and all that befell us, yet he asked also after thee, saying, Is your father still living, and is it well with him?
:Thou hast not seen the affairs of the government of Mits'rayim (4714) regulated by him, without inquiring of Pharaoh his lord; thou hast not seen the awe and fear which he impressed upon all Mits'rayim (4714).
:And also when we went from him, we threatened to do unto Mits'rayim (4714) like unto the rest of the cities of the Emori (567), and we were exceedingly wroth against all his words which he spoke concerning us as spies, and now when we shall again come before him his terror will fall upon us all, and not one of us will be able to speak to him either a little or a great thing.
:Now therefore father, send we pray thee the lad with us, and we will go down and buy thee food for our support, and not die through hunger. And Ya'aqov (3290) said, Why have you dealt so ill with me to tell the king you had a brother? what is this thing that you have done unto me?
:And Y'hudah (3063) said unto Ya'aqov (3290) his father, Give the lad into my care and we will rise up and go down to Mits'rayim (4714) and buy corn, and then return, and it shall be when we return if the lad be not with us, then let me bear thy blame forever.
:Hast thou seen all our infants weeping over thee through hunger and there is no power in thy hand to satisfy them? now let thy pity be roused for them and send our brother with us and we will go.
:For how will kindness of Y'hovah (3068) Elohim (430) to our ancestors be manifested to thee when thou sayest that the one reigning of Mits'rayim (4714) will take away thy son? as Y'hovah (3068) Elohim (430) liveth I will not leave him until I bring him and place him before thee; but pray for us unto Y'hovah (3068) Elohim (430), that he may deal kindly with us, to cause us to be received favorably and kindly before the one reigning of Mits'rayim (4714) and his men, for had we not delayed surely now we had returned a second time with thy son.
:And Ya'aqov (3290) said unto his sons, I trust in Y'hovah (3068) Elohim (430) Elohim (430) that he may deliver you and give you favor in the sight of the one reigning of Mits'rayim (4714), and in the sight of all his men.
:Now therefore rise up and go to the man, and take for him in your hands a present from what can be obtained in the land and bring it before him, and may the Almighty Elohim (430) give you mercy before him that he may send Bin'yamin (1144) and Shim'on (8095) your brethren with you.
:And all the men rose up, and they took their brother Bin'yamin (1144), and they took in their hands a large present of the best of the land, and they also took a double portion of silver.
:And Ya'aqov (3290) strictly commanded his sons concerning Bin'yamin (1144), Saying, Take heed of him in the way in which you are going, and do not separate yourselves from him in the road, neither in Mits'rayim (4714).
:And Ya'aqov (3290) rose up from his sons and spread forth his hands and he prayed unto Y'hovah (3068) Elohim (430) on account of his sons, saying, Y'hovah (3068) Elohim (430) of heaven and earth, remember thy covenant with our father Av'raham (85), remember it with my father Yits'chaq (3327) and deal kindly with my sons and deliver them not into the hands of the one reigning of Mits'rayim (4714) ; do it I pray thee O Elohim (430) for the sake of thy mercies and redeem all my children and rescue them from power of Mits'rayim (4714), and send them their two brothers.
:And all the wives of the sons of Ya'aqov (3290) and their children lifted up their eyes to heaven and they all wept before Y'hovah (3068) Elohim (430), and cried unto him to deliver their fathers from the hand of the one reigning of Mits'rayim (4714).
:And Ya'aqov (3290) wrote a record to the one reigning of Mits'rayim (4714) and gave it into the hand of Y'hudah (3063) and into the hands of his sons for the one reigning of Mits'rayim (4714), saying,
:From thy servant Ya'aqov (3290), son of Yits'chaq (3327), son of Av'raham (85) the Hebrew, the prince of Elohim (430), to the powerful and wise king, the revealer of secrets, one reigning of Mits'rayim (4714), greeting.
:Be it known to my lord the one reigning of Mits'rayim (4714), the famine was sore upon us in the land of K'na'an (3667), and I sent my sons to thee to buy us a little food from thee for our support.
:For my sons surrounded me and I being very old cannot see with my eyes, for my eyes have become very heavy through age, as well as with daily weeping for my son, for Yoseph (3130) who was lost from before me, and I commanded my sons that they should not enter the gates of the city when they came to Mits'rayim (4714), on account of the inhabitants of the land.
:And I also commanded them to go about Mits'rayim (4714) to seek for my son Yoseph (3130), perhaps they might find him there, and they did so, and thou didst consider them as spies of the land.
:Have we not heard concerning thee that thou didst interpret Pharaoh's dream and didst speak truly unto him? how then dost thou not know in thy wisdom whether my sons are spies or not?
:Now therefore, my lord and king, behold I have sent my son before thee, as thou didst speak unto my sons; I beseech thee to put thy eyes upon him until he is returned to me in peace with his brethren.
:For dost thou not know, or hast thou not heard that which our Elohim (430) did unto Pharaoh when he took my mother Sarah (8283), and what he did unto Avimelekh (40) one reigning of the P'lish'tim (6430) on account of her, and also what our father Av'raham (85) did unto the nine kings of Eylam (5867), how he smote them all with a few men that were with him?
:And also what my two sons Shim'on (8095) and Levi (3878) did unto the eight cities of the Emori (567), how they destroyed them on account of their sister Dinah (1783)?
:And also on account of their brother Bin'yamin (1144) they consoled themselves for the loss of his brother Yoseph (3130); what will they then do for him when they see the hand of any people prevailing over them, for his sake?
:Dost thou not know, O one reigning of Mits'rayim (4714), that the power of Elohim (430) is with us, and that also Elohim (430) ever hears our prayers and forsakes us not all the days?
:And when my sons told me of thy dealings with them, I called not unto Y'hovah (3068) Elohim (430) on account of thee, for then thou wouldst have perished with thy men before my son Bin'yamin (1144) came before thee, but I thought that as Shim'on (8095) my son was in thy house, perhaps thou mightest deal kindly with him, therefore I did not this thing unto thee.
:Now therefore behold Bin'yamin (1144) my son cometh unto thee with my sons, take heed of him and put thy eyes upon him, and then will Elohim (430) place his eyes over thee and throughout thy kingdom.
:Now I have told thee all that is in my heart, and behold my sons are coming to thee with their brother, examine the face of the whole earth for their sake and send them back in peace with their brethren.
:And Ya'aqov (3290) gave the record to his sons into the care of Y'hudah (3063) to give it unto the one reigning of Mits'rayim (4714).
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