10 And they said unto him, Nay, my lord, but to buy food are thy servants come.
11 We are all one man’s sons; we are true men, thy servants are no spies.
12 And he said unto them, Nay, but to see the nakedness of the land ye are come.
13 And they said, Thy servants are twelve brethren, the sons of one man in the land of Canaan; and, behold, the youngest is this day with our father, and one is not.
14 And Joseph said unto them, That is it that I spake unto you, saying, Ye are spies:
15 Hereby ye shall be proved: By the life of Pharaoh ye shall not go forth hence, except your youngest brother come hither.
16 Send one of you, and let him fetch your brother, and ye shall be kept in prison, that your words may be proved, whether there be any truth in you: or else by the life of Pharaoh surely ye are spies.
17 And he put them all together into ward three days.
K.J.V. Bible Text
As Joseph’s brothers protested that they were not spies but had come only to buy food, they also told Joseph other things which he already knew. Of course they inadvertently also told him that his father still lived and that the youngest Benjamin, left at home with his father, also still lived.
Joseph accused them again of being spies and told them he would test them by keeping them there while only one of them went home to fetch the youngest brother as proof that they were not lying.
How excited Joseph must have been to anticipate seeing again the youngest of his brothers, Benjamin who shared with him the same mother, Rachel who was Jacob’s favorite wife.
Joseph then put all of his brothers in custody for three days, perhaps to impress upon them that he meant business so that they would later obey his instructions
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