Yovel Jubilees 42
:And in the first year of the third week of the forty-fifth jubilee the famine began to come
into the [2171 A.M.]
land, and the rain refused to be given to the earth, for none whatever fell.
:And the earth
grew barren, but in the land of Mits'rayim (4714) there was food, for Yoseph (3130) had gathered the seed of the land
seven years of plenty and had preserved it.
:And Mits'rayim (4714) came to Yoseph (3130) that he
might give them food, and he opened the store-houses where was the grain of the first year, and
he sold it to
the people of the land for gold.
:<Now the famine was very sore in the land of K'na'an (3667)>,
and Ya'aqov (3290) heard that there was food in Mits'rayim (4714), and he sent his ten sons that they should procure
food for him in Mits'rayim (4714) ; but Bin'yamin (1144) he did not send, and <the ten sons of Ya'aqov (3290)> arrived <in
Mits'rayim (4714) > among those
that went (there).
:And Yoseph (3130) recognised them, but they did not recognise him, and he
spake unto them and questioned them, and he said unto them; 'Are ye not spies and have ye not
explore the approaches of the land? 'And he put them in ward.
:And after that he set
again, and detained Shim'on (8095) alone and sent off his nine brothers.
:And he filled their
sacks with corn,
and he put their gold in their sacks, and they did not know.
:And he commanded them to
their younger brother, for they had told him their father was living and their younger
:And they went up from the land of Mits'rayim (4714) and they came to the land of K'na'an (3667); and they
told their father all that had befallen them, and how Y'hovah (3068) of the country had spoken roughly to
had seized Shim'on (8095) till they should bring Bin'yamin (1144).
:And Ya'aqov (3290) said: 'Me have ye
bereaved of my children! Yoseph (3130) is not and Shim'on (8095) also is not, and ye will take Bin'yamin (1144) away.
On me has your
:'And he said: 'My son will not go down with you lest perchance he
fall sick; for their mother gave birth to two sons, and one has perished, and this one also ye will
take from me. If perchance he took a fever on the road, ye would bring down my old age with
sorrow unto death.'
:For he saw that their money had been returned to every man in his sack, and for this
feared to send him.
:And the famine increased and became sore in the land of K'na'an (3667),
and in all lands save in the land of Mits'rayim (4714), for many of the children of Mits'rayim (4714) had stored up
their seed for food from the time when they saw Yoseph (3130) gathering seed together and putting it in
and preserving it for the years of famine.
:And the people of Mits'rayim (4714) fed themselves
the first year of their famine.
:But when Yis'ra'el (3478) saw that the famine was very sore in the
land, and that there was no deliverance, he said unto his sons: 'Go again, and procure food for us
that we die
:And they said: 'We shall not go; unless our youngest brother go with us, we shall
:And Yis'ra'el (3478) saw that if he did not send him with them, they should all perish by reason
of the famine
:And R'uven (7205) said: 'Give him into my hand, and if I do not bring him back to thee, slay
sons instead of his soul.'
:And he said unto him: 'He shall not go with thee.' And Y'hudah (3063)
came near and said: 'Send him with me, and if I do not bring him back to thee, let me bear the
thee all the days of my life.'
:And he sent him with them in the second year of this week
on the [2172 A.m.] first day of the month, and they came to the land of Mits'rayim (4714) with all those who
went, and (they had)
presents in their hands, stacte and almonds and terebinth nuts and pure honey.
they went and stood before Yoseph (3130), and he saw Bin'yamin (1144) his brother, and he knew him, and said
unto them: Is this your youngest brother?' And they said unto him: 'It is he.' And he said The
gracious to thee, my son!'
:And he sent him into his house and he brought forth Shim'on (8095)
unto them and he made a feast for them, and they presented to him the gift which they had
brought in their
:And they eat before him and he gave them all a portion, but the portion of
Bin'yamin (1144) was
seven times larger than that of any of theirs.
:And they eat and drank and arose and
:And Yoseph (3130) devised a plan whereby he might learn their thoughts as to
whether thoughts of peace prevailed amongst them, and he said to the steward who was over his
house: 'Fill all their sacks with food, and return their money unto them into their vessels, and my
cup, the silver cup out of which I drink, put it in the sack of the youngest, and send them
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