A Silver Cup in a Sack
1And he commanded the steward of his house, saying, Fill the men’s sacks with food, as much as they can carry, and put every man’s money in his sack’s mouth.
2 And put my cup, the silver cup, in the sack’s mouth of the youngest, and his corn money. And he did according to the word that Joseph had spoken.
3 As soon as the morning was light, the men were sent away, they and their asses.
4 And when they were gone out of the city, and not yet far off, Joseph said unto his steward, Up, follow after the men; and when thou dost overtake them, say unto them, Wherefore have ye rewarded evil for good?
5 Is not this it in which my lord drinketh, and whereby indeed he divineth? ye have done evil in so doing.
6 And he overtook them, and he spake unto them these same words.
7 And they said unto him, Wherefore saith my lord these words? God forbid that thy servants should do according to this thing:
8 Behold, the money, which we found in our sacks’ mouths, we brought again unto thee out of the land of Canaan: how then should we steal out of thy lord’s house silver or gold?
9 With whomsoever of thy servants it be found, both let him die, and we also will be my lord’s bondmen.
10 And he said, Now also let it be according unto your words: he with whom it is found shall be my servant; and ye shall be blameless.
11 Then they speedily took down every man his sack to the ground, and opened every man his sack.
12 And he searched, and began at the eldest, and left at the youngest: and the cup was found in Benjamin’s sack.
13 Then they rent their clothes, and laded every man his ass, and returned to the city.
K.J.V. Bible Text
When the brothers got ready to depart, Joseph had his steward fill each man’s sack with as much as he could carry and also put into the bag the silver they had brought for payment. He also requested they put his own cup in Benjamin’s bag.
After they started back toward home, Joseph sent the steward after them to accuse them of taking the cup. Of course, the brothers denied any guilt and reminded the steward they had even returned the silver they had found in their bags after their first trip to Egypt. The steward told them if the cup was found in a bag, the owner would be his slave but the others would be free from blame.
When their bags were searched, Benjamin was found to have the cup in his sack.
I was pleased with the behavior of the brothers this time. They were grieved so much over what had happened that they “rent their clothes.” And true to the promise to their father, they did not abandon Benjamin. They returned to the city along with the boy when Benjamin was taken captive.
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