30 The man, who is the lord of the land, spake roughly to us, and took us for spies of the country.
31 And we said unto him, We are true men; we are no spies:
32 We be twelve brethren, sons of our father; one is not, and the youngest is this day with our father in the land of Canaan.
33 And the man, the lord of the country, said unto us, Hereby shall I know that ye are true men; leave one of your brethren here with me, and take food for the famine of your households, and be gone:
34 And bring your youngest brother unto me: then shall I know that ye are no spies, but that ye are true men: so will I deliver you your brother, and ye shall traffick in the land.
35 And it came to pass as they emptied their sacks, that, behold, every man’s bundle of money was in his sack: and when both they and their father saw the bundles of money, they were afraid.
36 And Jacob their father said unto them, Me have ye bereaved of my children: Joseph is not, and Simeon is not, and ye will take Benjamin away: all these things are against me.
37 And Reuben spake unto his father, saying, Slay my two sons, if I bring him not to thee: deliver him into my hand, and I will bring him to thee again.
38 And he said, My son shall not go down with you; for his brother is dead, and he is left alone: if mischief befall him by the way in the which ye go, then shall ye bring down my gray hairs with sorrow to the grave.
K.J.V. Bible Text
After telling their father about what had happened in Egypt, the brothers emptied their sacks and discovered that not only the silver of the one had been returned; all of them had their silver in their bags.
Jacob was much distressed by this. The scripture shows no doubt that he believed that Simeon, like Joseph, was now dead. What had happened in Egypt seemed to confirm that the actions of the “lord of the land” of Egypt ( Joseph) had been treacherous.
Jacob felt that everything was against him and stated that Benjamin would not be taken, that he would not allow him to go.
In my mind, this attitude makes absolute sense. As long as the brothers remained at home with Jacob, there was a chance only Simeon, the one left behind, would be lost. If they returned to Egypt to face a charge of theft, they could all be lost.
Of course, I’m sure Jacob feared that his sons had been pursued but also sensibly assumed that they would be safer at home than in the land of the enemy.
What a horrible and unjust circumstances this must have seemed to Jacob. He had sent his sons with money to pay for their purchases and they returned in this dilemma.
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