Genesis 44Genesis 45Matthew 13.24-43
Then he gave orders to the servant who was over his house, saying, Put as much food into the men's bags as will go into them, and put every man's money in the mouth of his bag
And put my cup, my silver cup, in the youngest one's bag, with his money. So he did as Joseph said.
And at dawn the men, with their asses, were sent away.
And when they had gone only a little way out of the town, Joseph said to the servant who was over his house, Go after them and when you overtake them, say to them, Why have you done evil in reward for good?
Is not this the cup from which my lord takes wine and by which he gets knowledge of the future? Truly, you have done evil.
So he overtook them and said these words to them.
And they said to him, Why does my lord say such words as these? far be it from your servants to do such a thing:
See, the money which was in the mouth of our bags we gave back to you when we came again from Canaan: how then might we take silver or gold from your lord's house?
If it comes to light that any of your servants has done this, let him be put to death, and we will be your lord's servants.
And he said, Let it be as you say: he in whose bag it is seen will become my servant and you will not be responsible.
Then every man quickly got his bag down and undid it.
And he made a search, starting with the oldest and ending with the youngest and the cup was in Benjamin's bag.
Then in bitter grief they put the bags on the asses again and went back to the town.
So Judah and his brothers came to Joseph's house and he was still there: and they went down on their faces before him.
And Joseph said, What is this thing which you have done? had you no thought that such a man as I would have power to see what is secret?
And Judah said, What are we to say to my lord? how may we put ourselves right in his eyes? God has made clear the sin of your servants: now we are in your hands, we and the man in whose bag your cup was seen.
Then he said, Far be it from me to do so: but the man who had my cup will be my servant and you may go back to your father in peace.
Then Judah came near him, and said, Let your servant say a word in my lord's ears, and let not your wrath be burning against your servant: for you are in the place of Pharaoh to us.
My lord said to his servants, Have you a father or a brother?
And we said to my lord, We have an old father and a young child, whom he had when he was old his brother is dead and he is the only son of his mother, and is very dear to his father.
And you said to your servants, Let him come down to me with you, so that I may see him.
And we said to my lord, His father will not let him go for if he went away his father would come to his death.
But you said to your servants, If your youngest brother does not come with you, you will not see my face again.
And when we went back to your servant, our father, we gave him an account of my lord's words.
And our father said, Go again and get us a little food.
And we said, Only if our youngest brother goes with us will we go down for we may not see the man's face again if our youngest brother is not with us.
And our father said to us, You have knowledge that my wife gave me two sons
The one went away from me, and I said, Truly he has come to a violent death and from that time I have not seen him,
If now you take this one from me, and some evil comes to him, you will make my grey head go down in sorrow to the underworld.
If then I go back to your servant, my father, without the boy, because his life and the boy's life are one,
When he sees that the boy is not with us, he will come to his death, and our father's grey head will go down in sorrow to the underworld.
For I made myself responsible for the boy to my father, saying, If I do not give him safely back to you, let mine be the sin for ever.
So now let me be my lord's servant here in place of the boy, and let him go back with his brothers.
For how may I go back to my father without the boy, and see the evil which will come on my father?
Then Joseph, unable to keep back his feelings before those who were with him, gave orders for everyone to be sent away, and no one was present when he made clear to his brothers who he was.
And so loud was his weeping, that it came to the ears of the Egyptians and all Pharaoh's house.
And Joseph said to his brothers, I am Joseph: is my father still living? But his brothers were not able to give him an answer for they were troubled before him.
Then Joseph said to his brothers, Come near to me. And they came near, And he said, I am Joseph your brother, whom you sent into Egypt.
Now do not be troubled or angry with yourselves for sending me away, because God sent me before you to be the saviour of your lives.
For these two years have been years of need, and there are still five more years to come in which there will be no ploughing or cutting of grain.
God sent me before you to keep you and yours living on earth so that you might become a great nation.
So now it was not you who sent me here, but God: and he has made me as a father to Pharaoh, and lord of all his house, and ruler over all the land of Egypt.
Now go quickly to my father, and say to him, Your son Joseph says, God has made me ruler over all the land of Egypt: come down to me straight away:
The land of Goshen will be your living-place, and you will be near me you and your children and your children's children, and your flocks and herds and all you have:
And there I will take care of you, so that you and your family may not be in need, for there are still five bad years to come.
Now truly, your eyes see, and the eyes of my brother Benjamin see, that it is my mouth which says these things to you.
Give my father word of all my glory in Egypt and of all you have seen and come back quickly with my father.
Then, weeping, he took Benjamin in his arms, and Benjamin himself was weeping on Joseph's neck.
Then he gave a kiss to all his brothers, weeping over them and after that his brothers had no fear of talking to him.
And news of these things went through Pharaoh's house, and it was said that Joseph's brothers were come and it seemed good to Pharaoh and his servants.
And Pharaoh said to Joseph, Say to your brothers, Put your goods on your beasts and go back to the land of Canaan
And get your father and your families and come back to me: and I will give you all the good things of Egypt, and the fat of the land will be your food.
And say to them, This you are to do: take carts from the land of Egypt for your little ones and for your wives, and get your father and come back.
And take no thought for your goods, for the best of all the land of Egypt is yours.
And the children of Israel did as he said and Joseph gave them carts as had been ordered by Pharaoh, and food for their journey.
To every one of them he gave three changes of clothing but to Benjamin he gave three hundred bits of silver and five changes of clothing.
And to his father he sent ten asses with good things from Egypt on their backs, and ten she-asses with grain and bread and food for his father on the journey.
And he sent his brothers on their way, and said to them, See that you have no argument on the road.
So they went up from Egypt and came to the land of Canaan, to their father Jacob.
And they said to him, Joseph is living, and is ruler over all the land of Egypt. And at this word Jacob was quite overcome, for he had no faith in it.
And they gave him an account of everything Joseph had said to them and when he saw the carts which Joseph had sent for them, his spirit came back to him:
And Israel said, It is enough: Joseph my son is still living I will go and see him before my death.
And he gave them another story, saying, The kingdom of heaven is like a man who put good seed in his field:
But while men were sleeping, one who had hate for him came and put evil seeds among the grain, and went away.
But when the green stem came up and gave fruit, the evil plants were seen at the same time.
And the servants of the master of the house came and said to him, Sir, did you not put good seed in your field? how then has it evil plants?
And he said, Someone has done this in hate. And the servants say to him, Is it your pleasure that we go and take them up?
But he says, No, for fear that by chance while you take up the evil plants, you may be rooting up the grain with them.
Let them come up together till the getting in of the grain and then I will say to the workers, Take up first the evil plants, and put them together for burning: but put the grain into my store-house.
He put another story before them, saying, The kingdom of heaven is like a grain of mustard seed which a man took and put in his field:
Which is smaller than all seeds but when it has come up it is greater than the plants, and becomes a tree, so that the birds of heaven come and make their resting-places in its branches.
Another story he gave to them: The kingdom of heaven is like leaven, which a woman took, and put in three measures of meal, till it was all leavened.
All these things Jesus said to the people in the form of stories and without a story he said nothing to them:
That it might come true which was said by the prophet, Opening my mouth, I will give out stories I will give knowledge of things kept secret from before all time.
Then he went away from the people, and went into the house and his disciples came to him, saying, Make clear to us the story of the evil plants in the field.
And he made answer and said, He who puts the good seed in the earth is the Son of man
And the field is the world and the good seed is the sons of the kingdom and the evil seeds are the sons of the Evil One
And he who put them in the earth is Satan and the getting in of the grain is the end of the world and those who get it in are the angels.
As then the evil plants are got together and burned with fire, so will it be in the end of the world.
The Son of man will send out his angels, and they will take out of his kingdom everything which is a cause of error, and all those who do wrong,
And will put them into the fire there will be weeping and cries of sorrow.
Then will the upright be shining as the sun in the kingdom of their Father. He who has ears, let him give ear.