The Book of Jasher

Chapter 53

53:1 “And the sons of Jacob rose up and took Benjamin and the whole of the presents, and they went and came to Egypt and they stood before Joseph.”
53:2 “And Joseph beheld his brother Benjamin with them and he saluted them, and these men came to Joseph’s house.”
53:3 “And Joseph commanded the superintendent of his house to give to his brothers to eat, and he did so to them.”
53:4 “And at noon time Joseph sent for the men to come before him with Benjamin, and the men told the superintendent of Joseph’s house concerning the silver that was returned in their sacks, and he said to them, it will be well with you, fear not, and he brought their brother Simeon to them.”
53:5 “And Simeon said to his brothers, the lord of the Egyptians has acted very kindly to me, he did not keep me bound, as you saw with your eyes, for when you went out from the city he let me free and dealt kindly with me in his house.”
53:6 “And Judah took Benjamin by the hand, and they came before Joseph, and they bowed down to him to the ground.”
53:7 “And the men gave the present to Joseph and they all sat before him, and Joseph said to them, is it well with you, is it well with your children, is it well with your aged father, and they said it is well and Judah took the record which Jacob had sent and gave it into the hand of Joseph.”
53:8 “And Joseph read the letter and knew his father’s writing, and he wished to weep and he went into an inner room and he wept a great weeping; and he went out.”
53:9 “And he lifted up his eyes and beheld his brother Benjamin, and he said, is this your brother of whom you spoke to me? and Benjamin approached Joseph, and Joseph placed his hand on his head and he said to him, may God be gracious to you my son.”
53:10 “And when Joseph saw his brother, the son of his mother, he again wished to weep, and he entered the chamber, and he wept there and he washed his face, and went out and refrained from weeping, and he said, prepare food.”
53:11 “And Joseph had a cup from which he drank, and it was of silver beautifully inlaid with onyx stones and bdellium, and Joseph struck the cup in the sight of his brothers while they were sitting to eat with him.”
53:12 “And Joseph said to the men, I know by this cup that Reuben the firstborn, Simeon and Levi and Judah, Issachar and Zebulun are children from one mother, seat yourselves to eat according to your births.”
53:13 “And he also placed the others according to their births, and he said, I know that this, your youngest brother, has no brother, and I, like him, have no brother, he shall, therefore, sit down to eat with me.”
53:14 “And Benjamin went up before Joseph and sat on the throne, and the men beheld the acts of Joseph, and they were astonished at them; and the men ate and drank at that time with Joseph, and he then gave presents to them, and Joseph gave one gift to Benjamin, and Manasseh and Ephraim saw the acts of their father, and they also gave presents to him, and Osnath gave him one present, and they were five presents in the hand of Benjamin.”
53:15 “And Joseph brought them out wine to drink, and they would not drink, and they said, from the day on which Joseph was lost we have not drunk wine, nor eaten any delicacies.”
53:16 “And Joseph swore to them, and he pressed them hard, and they drank plentifully with him on that day, and Joseph afterward turned to his brother Benjamin to speak with him, and Benjamin was still sitting on the throne before Joseph.”
53:17 “And Joseph said to him, have you begotten any children? and he said, your servant has ten sons, and these are their names, Belah, Becher, Ashbel, Gera, Naaman, Achi, Rosh, Muppim, Huppim and Ard, and I called their names after my brother whom I have not seen.” (Gen 46:21)
53:18 “And he ordered them to bring before him his map of the stars, whereby Joseph knew all the times, and Joseph said to Benjamin, I have heard that the Hebrews are acquainted with all wisdom, do you know any thing of this?”
53:19 “And Benjamin said, your servant is knowing also in all the wisdom which my father taught me, and Joseph said to Benjamin, look now at this instrument and understand where your brother Joseph is in Egypt, who you said went down to Egypt.”
53:20 “And Benjamin beheld that instrument with the map of the stars of heaven, and he was wise and looked therein to know where his brother was, and Benjamin divided the whole land of Egypt into four divisions, and he found that he who was sitting on the throne before him was his brother Joseph, and Benjamin wondered greatly, and when Joseph saw that his brother Benjamin was so much astonished, he said to Benjamin, what have you seen, and why are you astonished?”
53:21 “And Benjamin said to Joseph, I can see by this that Joseph, my brother, sits here with me on the throne, and Joseph said to him, I am Joseph, your brother, reveal not this thing to your brothers; behold I will send you with them when they go away, and I will command them to be brought back again into the city, and I will take you away from them.”
53:22 “And if they dare their lives and fight for you, then shall I know that they have repented of what they did to me, and I will make myself known to them, and if they forsake you when I take you then shall you remain with me, and I will wrangle with them, and they shall go away, and I will not become known to them.”
53:23 “At that time Joseph commanded his officer to fill their sacks with food, and to put each man’s money into his sack, and to put the cup in the sack of Benjamin, and to give them provision for the road, and they did so to them.”
53:24 “And on the next day the men rose up early in the morning, and they loaded their asses with their corn, and they went forth with Benjamin, and they went to the land of Canaan with their brother Benjamin.”
53:25 “They had not gone far from Egypt when Joseph commanded him that was set over his house, saying, rise, pursue these men before they get too far from Egypt, and say to them, why have you stolen my master’s cup?”
53:26 “And Joseph’s officer rose up and he reached them, and he spoke to them all the words of Joseph; and when they heard this thing they became exceedingly wroth, and they said, he with whom your master’s cup shall be found shall die, and we will also become slaves.”
53:27 “And they hurry and each man brought down his sack from his ass, and they looked in their bags and the cup was found in Benjamin’s bag, and they all tore their garments and they returned to the city, and they smote Benjamin in the road, continually smiting him until he came into the city, and they stood before Joseph.”
53:28 “And Judah’s anger was kindled, and he said, this man has only brought me back to destroy Egypt this day.”
53:29 “And the men came to Joseph’s house, and they found Joseph sitting on his throne, and all the mighty men standing at his right and left.”
53:30 “And Joseph said to them, what is this act that you have done, that you took away my silver cup and went away? but I know that you took my cup in order to know thereby in what part of the land your brother was.”
53:31 “And Judah said, what shall we say to our lord, what shall we speak and how shall we justify ourselves? God has this day found the iniquity of all your servants, therefore has he done this thing to us this day.”
53:32 “And Joseph rose up and caught hold of Benjamin and took him from his brothers with violence, and he came to the house and locked the door at them, and Joseph commanded him that was set over his house that he should say to them, this says the king, go in peace to your father, behold I have taken the man in whose hand my cup was found.”

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