24 And the man brought the men into Joseph’s house, and gave them water, and they washed their feet; and he gave their asses provender.
25 And they made ready the present against Joseph came at noon: for they heard that they should eat bread there.
26 And when Joseph came home, they brought him the present which was in their hand into the house, and bowed themselves to him to the earth.
27 And he asked them of their welfare, and said, Is your father well, the old man of whom ye spake? Is he yet alive?
28 And they answered, Thy servant our father is in good health, he is yet alive. And they bowed down their heads, and made obeisance.
29 And he lifted up his eyes, and saw his brother Benjamin, his mother’s son, and said, Is this your younger brother, of whom ye spake unto me? And he said, God be gracious unto thee, my son.
30 And Joseph made haste; for his bowels did yearn upon his brother: and he sought where to weep; and he entered into his chamber, and wept there.
31 And he washed his face, and went out, and refrained himself, and said, Set on bread.
32 And they set on for him by himself, and for them by themselves, and for the Egyptians, which did eat with him, by themselves: because the Egyptians might not eat bread with the Hebrews; for that is an abomination unto the Egyptians.
33 And they sat before him, the firstborn according to his birthright, and the youngest according to his youth: and the men marvelled one at another.
34 And he took and sent messes unto them from before him: but Benjamin’s mess was five times so much as any of their’s. And they drank, and were merry with him.
K.J.V. Bible Text
While they waited for Joseph to come home for his meal, the men were given water to wash their feet and their donkeys were fed.
Then they got their gifts ready to give to Joseph.
When Joseph came home he received the gifts and saw Benjamin, the other child of his own mother. He was moved to tears and had to hide himself away so the tears would not be seen. He also inquired after the health of their aged father.
When they ate, the meal would have seemed very strange to us as Joseph was served alone, the Egyptians were served alone and the brothers were served alone. (Eating with Hebrews was detestable to Egyptians.) I assume Joseph had his own table. What I can’t figure out is whether at this time he was still considered a Hebrew or whether he was considered an Egyptian but did not dine with the other Egyptians due to his high status.
Also, Benjamin was given five times as much of the portions from Joseph’s table as was given to the other brothers.
They were, understandably, astonished; and I can’t help but wonder what thoughts they must have entertained to themselves to attempt to understand why the extra portions went to Benjamin.
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