Restored English Translation of Genesis: Chapter 43

Here is my latest installment in my ongoing project to translate the entire Bible into English – the Restored English Translation (RET).  Today I present the 43rd chapter of Beresheet, commonly known in English as the Book of Genesis.  As usual, it contains the Hebrew names, with a glossary of them after the chapter.  At the end is a list of where the Aleph Tavs occur, as they are no longer included in the main text.

 

CHAPTER 43

1 And the famine was severe in the land. 2 And it was when they had eaten up the grain which they had brought out of Mitsrayim, their father said to them, “Go, return, buy us a little food.” 3 And Yehudah spoke to him, saying, “The man repeatedly admonished us, saying, ‘You will not see my face unless your brother is with you.’ 4 If you will send our brother with us, we will go down and buy you food. 5 But if you will not send him, we will not go down, for the man said to us, ‘You will not see my face unless your brother is with you.'” 6 And Yisra’el said, “Why have you done evil to me, to tell the man whether you still had a brother?” 7 And they answered, “The man asked us about our kindred, saying, ‘Is your father still alive? Have you a brother?’ And we told him according to these words. Could we certainly know that he would say, ‘Bring down your brother?'” 8 And Yehudah said to his father Yisra’el, “Send the boy with me and we will rise up and go, that we may live and not die, both we and you, and also our little ones. 9 I will be surety for him; you will require him of my hand. If I do not bring him to you and set him before you, then let me bear the blame for ever. 10 For if we had not delayed, truly now we would have returned a second time.” 11 And their father Yisra’el said to them, “If so, then do this: take of the best fruits in the land in your vessels and take down a present to the man, a little balsam, and a little honey, spices, and myrrh, nuts, and almonds. 12 And take double silver in your hand. And the silver that was returned in the mouth of your sacks, return it in your hand; perhaps it was an oversight. 13 And take your brother, and arise, return to the man. 14 And may EL SHADDAI give mercy to you before the man, and he may send to you your other brother, and Binyamin. And I, if I am bereaved, I am bereaved.” 15 And the men took the present, and they took double silver in their hand, and Binyamin. And they arose and went to Mitsrayim and stood before Yosef. 16 And Yosef saw Binyamin with them, and he said to the one over his house, “Bring the men into the house, and kill an animal and prepare it; for the men will eat with me at noon.” 17 And the man did as Yosef ordered; and the man brought the men into Yosef’s house. 18 And the men were afraid because they were brought into Yosef’s house. And they said, “We are being brought in because of the silver that was originally returned in our sacks, to roll himself on us and fall on us, and take us for slaves, and our donkeys.” 19 And they came to the man who was over Yosef’s house, and they spoke with him at the door of the house. 20 And they said, “O my master, we came down the first time to buy food. 21 And it was when we came to the encampment that we opened our sacks, and behold, every man’s silver was in the mouth of his sack, our silver in full weight. And we have returned it in our hand. 22 And we have brought other silver in our hands to buy food. We do not know who put our silver in our sacks.” 23 And he said, Peace be to you. Fear not; ELOHAYKAM, and the ELOHAY of your father, has given you treasure in your sacks. Your silver came to me.” And he brought Shimon to them. 24 And the man brought the men into Yosef’s house and gave them water, and they washed their feet. And he gave their donkeys fodder. 25 And they prepared the present for Yosef’s coming at noon; for they heard that they would eat bread there. 26 And Yosef came into the house, and they brought to him the present which was in their hand into the house, and they bowed themselves to him to the earth. 27 And he asked them of their welfare, and said, “Is there peace to your father, the old man of whom you spoke? Is he still alive?” 28 And they answered, “Peace is to your servant, our father. He is still alive.” And they bowed and prostrated themselves. 29 And he lifted up his eyes and saw his brother Binyamin, his mother’s son, and said, “Is this your youngest brother, of whom you spoke to me?” And he said, “ELOHIM be gracious to you, my son.” 30 And Yosef hurried, for he felt deep compassion and affection for his brother. And he looked for a place 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 out bread.” 32 And they set out for him by himself, and for them by themselves, and for the Mitsrim who ate with him by themselves (because the Mitsrim can not eat bread with the Ivrim, for that is an abomination to the Mitsrim). 33 And they sat before him, the firstborn according to his birthright, and the youngest according to his youth. And the men marvelled, each one to his neighbour. 34 And he took and sent portions to them from before him; but Binyamin’s portion was five times greater than their portions. And they drank,and were drunk with him.

Glossary

Mitsrayim – Egypt

Yehudah – Judah

Yisra’el – Israel

EL SHADDAI – God Almighty

Binyamin – Benjamin

Yosef – Joseph

ELOHAYKAM – your God

ELOHAY – God

Shimon – Simeon

ELOHIM – God

Mitsrim – Egyptians

Ivrim – Hebrews

Where the Aleph Tavs occur

Verse 2: And it was when they had eaten up את the grain which they had brought out of Mitsrayim, their father said to them, “Go, return, buy us a little food.”

Verse 7: And they answered, “The man asked us about our kindred, saying, ‘Is your father still alive? Have you a brother?’ And we told him according to these words. Could we certainly know that he would say, ‘Bring down את your brother?'”

Verse 11: And their father Yisra’el said to them, “If so, then this את do: take of the best fruits in the land in your vessels and take down a present to the man, a little balsam, and a little honey, spices, and myrrh, nuts, and almonds.

Verse 12: And take double silver in your hand. And את the silver that was returned in the mouth of your sacks, return it in your hand; perhaps it was an oversight.

Verse 13: And את your brother take, and arise, return to the man.

Verse 14: And may EL SHADDAI give mercy to you before the man, and he may send to you את your brother other, and את Binyamin. And I, if I am bereaved, I am bereaved.”

Verse 15: And took the men את present the this את, and they took double silver in their hand, and את Binyamin. And they arose and went to Mitsrayim, and stood before Yosef.

Verse 16: And Yosef saw with them את Binyamin, and he said to the one over his house, “Bring את the men into the house, and kill an animal and prepare it; for the men will eat with me at noon.”

Verse 17: And the man did as Yosef ordered; and brought the man את the men into Yosef’s house.

Verse 18: And the men were afraid because they were brought into Yosef’s house. And they said, “We are being brought in because of the silver that was originally returned in our sacks, to roll himself on us and fall on us, and take us for slaves, and את our donkeys.”

Verse 21: And it was when we came to the encampment that we opened את our sacks, and behold, every man’s silver was in the mouth of his sack, our silver in full weight. And we have returned it in our hand.

Verse 23: And he said, Peace be to you. Fear not; ELOHAYKAM, and the ELOHAY of your father, has given you treasure in your sacks. Your silver came to me.” And he brought to them את Shimon.

Verse 24: And brought the man את the men into Yosef’s house and gave them water, and they washed their feet. And he gave their donkeys fodder.

Verse 25: And they prepared את the present for Yosef cameat noon; for they heard that they would eat bread there.

Verse 26: And Yosef came house, and they brought to him את the present which was in their hand into the house, and they bowed themselves to him to the earth.

Verse 29: And he lifted up his eyes and saw את Binyamin his brother, his mother’s son, and said, “Is this your youngest brother, of whom you spoke to me?” And he said, “ELOHIM be gracious to you, my son.”

Verse 32: And they set out for him by himself, and for them by themselves, and for the Mitsrim who ate with him by themselves (because the Mitsrim can not eat with את the Ivrim bread, for that is an abomination to the Mitsrim).

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