Joseph Bible Story
The Joseph Bible Story continues as the famine against which Joseph had gathered grain extended not only over Egypt but over the surrounding lands. Jacob and his people suffered from it in Palestine, so that the patriarch sent his sons to purchase grain in Egypt. But Benjamin, the one child of Rachel remaining to him, he kept at home. The brothers came to Joseph, not knowing him He questioned them of their father and of Benjamin. He was doubtful of their truth, and pretended to believe them spies, insisting that they must return to him again and let him see this youngest brother of whom they spoke.
When Jacob heard this message, he refused to let Benjamin go. Thus the first year of the famine passed, but when the second came andxstill there were no crops, it was clear that all the Israelites would die unless they could again get grain from Egypt. Judah, the ablest of the brothers, pledged his own life that Benjamin would be safe with them. So the caravan returned again to Egypt, and Benjamin was brought before Joseph, knowing him only as the mighty visier.
When it was evident that Benjamn was really alive and had not been injured by his brothers' jealously as Joseph had been, the young visier was very happy. He felt that his brothers had repented and grown to be better men than of old. Joseph put his brothers through two tests to see if they would desert Benjamin and be glad of his misfortune. But the brothers proved their loyalty and remorse and Joseph finally revealed himself to them.
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