Parsha XI.iii “Also regard not your stuff”

GENESIS
45,8 So now it was not you that sent me hither, but God; and He
hath made me a father to Pharaoh, and lord of all his house, and ruler over all
the land of Egypt. 45,9 Hasten ye, and go up to my father, and say unto him:
Thus saith thy son Joseph: God hath made me lord of all Egypt; come down unto
me, tarry not. 45,10 And thou shalt dwell in the land of Goshen, and thou shalt
be near unto me, thou, and thy children, and thy children’s children, and thy
flocks, and thy herds, and all that thou hast; 45,11 and there will I sustain
thee; for there are yet five years of famine; lest thou come to poverty, thou,
and thy household, and all that thou hast. 45,12 And, behold, your eyes see, and
the eyes of my brother Benjamin, that it is my mouth that speaketh unto you.
45,13 And ye shall tell my father of all my glory in Egypt, and of all that ye
have seen; and ye shall hasten and bring down my father hither.’ 45,14 And he
fell upon his brother Benjamin’s neck, and wept; and Benjamin wept upon his
neck. 45,15 And he kissed all his brethren, and wept upon them; and after that
his brethren talked with him. 45,16 And the report thereof was heard in
Pharaoh’s house, saying: ‘Joseph’s brethren are come’; and it pleased Pharaoh
well, and his servants. 45,17 And Pharaoh said unto Joseph: ‘Say unto thy
brethren: This do ye: lade your beasts, and go, get you unto the land of Canaan;
45,18 and take your father and your households, and come unto me; and I will
give you the good of the land of Egypt, and ye shall eat the fat of the land.
45,19 Now thou art commanded, this do ye: take you wagons out of the land of
Egypt for your little ones, and for your wives, and bring your father, and come.
45,20 Also regard not your stuff; for the good things of all the land of Egypt
are yours.’ 45,21 And the sons of Israel did so; and Joseph gave them wagons,
according to the commandment of Pharaoh, and gave them provision for the way.
45,22 To all of them he gave each man changes of raiment; but to Benjamin he
gave three hundred shekels of silver, and five changes of raiment. 45,23 And to
his father he sent in like manner ten asses laden with the good things of Egypt,
and ten she-asses laden with corn and bread and victual for his father by the
way. 45,24 So he sent his brethren away, and they departed; and he said unto
them: ‘See that ye fall not out by the way.’ 45,25 And they went up out of
Egypt, and came into the land of Canaan unto Jacob their father. 45,26 And they
told him, saying: ‘Joseph is yet alive, and he is ruler over all the land of
Egypt.’ And his heart fainted, for he believed them not. 45,27 And they told him
all the words of Joseph, which he had said unto them; and when he saw the wagons
which Joseph had sent to carry him, the spirit of Jacob their father revived.

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Parsha XI.ii “Then shall I bear the blame”

GENESIS
44,31 it will come to pass, when he seeth that the lad is not with us, that he will die; and thy
servants will bring down the gray hairs of thy servant our father with sorrow to
the grave. 44,32 For thy servant became surety for the lad unto my father,
saying: If I bring him not unto thee, then shall I bear the blame to my father
for ever. 44,33 Now therefore, let thy servant, I pray thee, abide instead of
the lad a bondman to my lord; and let the lad go up with his brethren. 44,34 For
how shall I go up to my father, if the lad be not with me? lest I look upon the
evil that shall come on my father.’ 45,1 Then Joseph could not refrain himself
before all them that stood by him; and he cried: ‘Cause every man to go out from
me.’ And there stood no man with him, while Joseph made himself known unto his
brethren. 45,2 And he wept aloud; and the Egyptians heard, and the house of
Pharaoh heard. 45,3 And Joseph said unto his brethren: ‘I am Joseph; doth my
father yet live?’ And his brethren could not answer him; for they were
affrighted at his presence. 45,4 And Joseph said unto his brethren: ‘Come near
to me, I pray you.’ And they came near. And he said: ‘I am Joseph your brother,
whom ye sold into Egypt. 45,5 And now be not grieved, nor angry with yourselves,
that ye sold me hither; for God did send me before you to preserve life. 45,6
For these two years hath the famine been in the land; and there are yet five
years, in which there shall be neither plowing nor harvest. 45,7 And God sent me
before you to give you a remnant on the earth, and to save you alive for a great
deliverance.

Parsha XI.i “his brother is dead”

GENESIS 44,18 Then Judah came near unto him, and said: ‘Oh my
lord, let thy servant, I pray thee, speak a word in my lord’s ears, and let not
thine anger burn against thy servant; for thou art even as Pharaoh. 44,19 My
lord asked his servants, saying: Have ye a father, or a brother? 44,20 And we
said unto my lord: We have a father, an old man, and a child of his old age, a
little one; and his brother is dead, and he alone is left of his mother, and his
father loveth him. 44,21 And thou saidst unto thy servants: Bring him down unto
me, that I may set mine eyes upon him. 44,22 And we said unto my lord: The lad
cannot leave his father; for if he should leave his father, his father would
die. 44,23 And thou saidst unto thy servants: Except your youngest brother come
down with you, ye shall see my face no more. 44,24 And it came to pass when we
came up unto thy servant my father, we told him the words of my lord. 44,25 And
our father said: Go again, buy us a little food. 44,26 And we said: We cannot go
down; if our youngest brother be with us, then will we go down; for we may not
see the man’s face, except our youngest brother be with us. 44,27 And thy
servant my father said unto us: Ye know that my wife bore me two sons; 44,28 and
the one went out from me, and I said: Surely he is torn in pieces; and I have
not seen him since; 44,29 and if ye take this one also from me, and harm befall
him, ye will bring down my gray hairs with sorrow to the grave. 44,30 Now
therefore when I come to thy servant my father, and the lad is not with us;
seeing that his soul is bound up with the lad’s soul;

Parsha X.vi,vii “The men shall dine with me”

GENESIS
43,16 And when Joseph saw Benjamin with them, he said
to the steward of his house: ‘Bring the men into the house, and kill the beasts,
and prepare the meat; for the men shall dine with me at noon.’ 43,17 And the man
did as Joseph bade; and the man brought the men into Joseph’s house. 43,18 And
the men were afraid, because they were brought into Joseph’s house; and they
said: ‘Because of the money that was returned in our sacks at the first time are
we brought in; that he may seek occasion against us, and fall upon us, and take
us for bondmen, and our asses.’ 43,19 And they came near to the steward of
Joseph’s house, and they spoke unto him at the door of the house, 43,20 and
said: ‘Oh my lord, we came indeed down at the first time to buy food. 43,21 And
it came to pass, when we came to the lodging-place, that we opened our sacks,
and, behold, every man’s money was in the mouth of his sack, our money in full
weight; and we have brought it back in our hand. 43,22 And other money have we
brought down in our hand to buy food. We know not who put our money in our
sacks.’ 43,23 And he said: ‘Peace be to you, fear not; your God, and the God of
your father, hath given you treasure in your sacks; I had your money.’ And he
brought Simeon out unto them. 43,24 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. 43,25 And they made ready the present against Joseph’s coming at
noon; for they heard that they should eat bread there. 43,26 And when Joseph
came home, they brought him the present which was in their hand into the house,
and bowed down to him to the earth. 43,27 And he asked them of their welfare,
and said: ‘Is your father well, the old man of whom ye spoke? Is he yet alive?’
43,28 And they said: ‘Thy servant our father is well, he is yet alive.’ And they
bowed the head, and made obeisance. 43,29 And he lifted up his eyes, and saw
Benjamin his brother, his mother’s son, and said: ‘Is this your youngest brother
of whom ye spoke unto me?’ And he said: ‘God be gracious unto thee, my son.’
43,30 And Joseph made haste; for his heart yearned toward his brother; and he
sought where to weep; and he entered into his chamber, and wept there. 43,31 And
he washed his face, and came out; and he refrained himself, and said: ‘Set on
bread.’ 43,32 And they set on for him by himself, and for them by themselves,
and for the Egyptians, that did eat with him, by themselves; because the
Egyptians might not eat bread with the Hebrews; for that is an abomination unto
the Egyptians. 43,33 And they sat before him, the firstborn according to his
birthright, and the youngest according to his youth; and the men marvelled one
with another. 43,34 And portions were taken unto them from before him; but
Benjamin’s portion was five times so much as any of theirs. And they drank, and
were merry with him. 44,1 And 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. 44,2 And put my goblet, the silver goblet, in the
sack’s mouth of the youngest, and his corn money.’ And he did according to the
word that Joseph had spoken. 44,3 As soon as the morning was light, the men were
sent away, they and their asses. 44,4 And when they were gone out of the city,
and were 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? 44,5 Is not this it in which my lord drinketh, and whereby he
indeed divineth? ye have done evil in so doing.’ 44,6 And he overtook them, and
he spoke unto them these words. 44,7 And they said unto him: ‘Wherefore speaketh
my lord such words as these? Far be it from thy servants that they should do
such a thing. 44,8 Behold, the money, which we found in our sacks’ mouths, we
brought back unto thee out of the land of Canaan; how then should we steal out
of thy lord’s house silver or gold? 44,9 With whomsoever of thy servants it be
found, let him die, and we also will be my lord’s bondmen.’ 44,10 And he said:
‘Now also let it be according unto your words: he with whom it is found shall be
my bondman; and ye shall be blameless.’ 44,11 Then they hastened, and took down
every man his sack to the ground, and opened every man his sack. 44,12 And he
searched, beginning at the eldest, and leaving off at the youngest; and the
goblet was found in Benjamin’s sack. 44,13 And they rent their clothes, and
laded every man his ass, and returned to the city. 44,14 And Judah and his
brethren came to Joseph’s house, and he was yet there; and they fell before him
on the ground. 44,15 And Joseph said unto them: ‘What deed is this that ye have
done? know ye not that such a man as I will indeed divine?’ 44,16 And Judah
said: ‘What shall we say unto my lord? what shall we speak? or how shall we
clear ourselves? God hath found out the iniquity of thy servants; behold, we are
my lord’s bondmen, both we, and he also in whose hand the cup is found.’ 44,17
And he said: ‘Far be it from me that I should do so; the man in whose hand the
goblet is found, he shall be my bondman; but as for you, get you up in peace
unto your father.’ {S}

The Prophets: 1-Samuel-22,23

1 Samuel Chapter 22

1 David therefore departed thence, and escaped to the cave of Adullam; and when his brethren and all his father’s house heard it, they went down thither to him. 2 And every one that was in distress, and every one that was in debt, and every one that was discontented, gathered themselves unto him; and he became captain over them; and there were with him about four hundred men. 3 And David went thence to Mizpeh of Moab; and he said unto the king of Moab: ‘Let my father and my mother, I pray thee, come forth, and be with you, till I know what God will do for me.’ 4 And he brought them before the king of Moab; and they dwelt with him all the while that David was in the stronghold. {S} 5 And the prophet Gad said unto David: ‘Abide not in the stronghold; depart, and get thee into the land of Judah.’ Then David departed, and came into the forest of Hereth. {S} 6 And Saul heard that David was discovered, and the men that were with him; now Saul was sitting in Gibeah, under the tamarisk-tree in Ramah, with his spear in his hand, and all his servants were standing about him. 7 And Saul said unto his servants that stood about him: ‘Hear now, ye Benjamites; will the son of Jesse give every one of you fields and vineyards, will he make you all captains of thousands and captains of hundreds; 8 that all of you have conspired against me, and there was none that disclosed it to me when my son made a league with the son of Jesse, and there is none of you that is sorry for me, or discloseth unto me that my son hath stirred up my servant against me, to lie in wait, as at this day?’ {S} 9 Then answered Doeg the Edomite, who was set over the servants of Saul, and said: ‘I saw the son of Jesse coming to Nob, to Ahimelech the son of Ahitub. 10 And he inquired of the LORD for him, and gave him victuals, and gave him the sword of Goliath the Philistine.’ 11 Then the king sent to call Ahimelech the priest, the son of Ahitub, and all his father’s house, the priests that were in Nob; and they came all of them to the king. {S} 12 And Saul said: ‘Hear now, thou son of Ahitub.’ And he answered: ‘Here I am, my lord.’ 13 And Saul said unto him: ‘Why have ye conspired against me, thou and the son of Jesse, in that thou hast given him bread, and a sword, and hast inquired of God for him, that he should rise against me, to lie in wait, as at this day?’ {S} 14 Then Ahimelech answered the king, and said: ‘And who among all thy servants is so trusted as David, who is the king’s son-in-law, and giveth heed unto thy bidding, and is honourable in thy house? 15 Have I to-day begun to inquire of God for him? be it far from me; let not the king impute any thing unto his servant, nor to all the house of my father; for thy servant knoweth nothing of all this, less or more.’ 16 And the king said: ‘Thou shalt surely die, Ahimelech, thou, and all thy father’s house.’ 17 And the king said unto the guard that stood about him: ‘Turn, and slay the priests of the LORD; because their hand also is with David, and because they knew that he fled, and did not disclose it to me.’ But the servants of the king would not put forth their hand to fall upon the priests of the LORD. {S} 18 And the king said to Doeg: ‘Turn thou, and fall upon the priests.’ And Doeg the Edomite turned, and he fell upon the priests, and he slew on that day fourscore and five persons that did wear a linen ephod. 19 And Nob, the city of the priests, smote he with the edge of the sword, both men and women, children and sucklings, and oxen and asses and sheep, with the edge of the sword. 20 And one of the sons of Ahimelech the son of Ahitub, named Abiathar, escaped, and fled after David. 21 And Abiathar told David that Saul had slain the LORD’S priests. 22 And David said unto Abiathar: ‘I knew on that day, when Doeg the Edomite was there, that he would surely tell Saul; I have brought about the death of all the persons of thy father’s house. 23 Abide thou with me, fear not; for he that seeketh my life seeketh thy life; for with me thou shalt be in safeguard.’ {S}

Parsha X.v ” . . . if ye be upright men”

GENESIS
42,19 if ye be upright men, let one of your brethren be bound in your prison-house; but go ye, carry corn for
the famine of your houses; 42,20 and bring your youngest brother unto me; so
shall your words be verified, and ye shall not die.’ And they did so. 42,21 And
they said one to another: ‘We are verily guilty concerning our brother, in that
we saw the distress of his soul, when he besought us, and we would not hear;
therefore is this distress come upon us.’ 42,22 And Reuben answered them,
saying: ‘Spoke I not unto you, saying: Do not sin against the child; and ye
would not hear? therefore also, behold, his blood is required.’ 42,23 And they
knew not that Joseph understood them; for the interpreter was between them.
42,24 And he turned himself about from them, and wept; and he returned to them,
and spoke to them, and took Simeon from among them, and bound him before their
eyes. 42,25 Then Joseph commanded to fill their vessels with corn, and to
restore every man’s money into his sack, and to give them provision for the way;
and thus was it done unto them. 42,26 And they laded their asses with their
corn, and departed thence. 42,27 And as one of them opened his sack to give his
ass provender in the lodging-place, he espied his money; and, behold, it was in
the mouth of his sack. 42,28 And he said unto his brethren: ‘My money is
restored; and, lo, it is even in my sack.’ And their heart failed them, and they
turned trembling one to another, saying: ‘What is this that God hath done unto
us?’ 42,29 And they came unto Jacob their father unto the land of Canaan, and
told him all that had befallen them, saying: 42,30 ‘The man, the lord of the
land, spoke roughly with us, and took us for spies of the country. 42,31 And we
said unto him: We are upright men; we are no spies. 42,32 We are twelve
brethren, sons of our father; one is not, and the youngest is this day with our
father in the land of Canaan. 42,33 And the man, the lord of the land, said unto
us: Hereby shall I know that ye are upright men: leave one of your brethren with
me, and take corn for the famine of your houses, and go your way. 42,34 And
bring your youngest brother unto me; then shall I know that ye are no spies, but
that ye are upright men; so will I deliver you your brother, and ye shall
traffic in the land.’ 42,35 And it came to pass as they emptied their sacks,
that, behold, every man’s bundle of money was in his sack; and when they and
their father saw their bundles of money, they were afraid. 42,36 And Jacob their
father said unto them: ‘Me have ye bereaved of my children: Joseph is not, and
Simeon is not, and ye will take Benjamin away; upon me are all these things
come.’ 42,37 And Reuben spoke unto his father, saying: ‘Thou shalt slay my two
sons, if I bring him not to thee; deliver him into my hand, and I will bring him
back to thee.’ 42,38 And he said: ‘My son shall not go down with you; for his
brother is dead, and he only is left; if harm befall him by the way in which ye
go, then will ye bring down my gray hairs with sorrow to the grave. 43,1 And the
famine was sore in the land. 43,2 And it came to pass, when they had eaten up
the corn which they had brought out of Egypt, that their father said unto them:
‘Go again, buy us a little food.’ 43,3 And Judah spoke unto him, saying: ‘The
man did earnestly forewarn us, saying: Ye shall not see my face, except your
brother be with you. 43,4 If thou wilt send our brother with us, we will go down
and buy thee food; 43,5 but if thou wilt not send him, we will not go down, for
the man said unto us: Ye shall not see my face, except your brother be with
you.’ 43,6 And Israel said: ‘Wherefore dealt ye so ill with me, as to tell the
man whether ye had yet a brother?’ 43,7 And they said: ‘The man asked straitly
concerning ourselves, and concerning our kindred, saying: Is your father yet
alive? have ye another brother? and we told him according to the tenor of these
words; could we in any wise know that he would say: Bring your brother down?’
43,8 And Judah said unto Israel his father: ‘Send the lad with me, and we will
arise and go, that we may live, and not die, both we, and thou, and also our
little ones. 43,9 I will be surety for him; of my hand shalt thou require him;
if I bring him not unto thee, and set him before thee, then let me bear the
blame for ever. 43,10 For except we had lingered, surely we had now returned a
second time.’ 43,11 And their father Israel said unto them: ‘If it be so now, do
this: take of the choice fruits of the land in your vessels, and carry down the
man a present, a little balm, and a little honey, spicery and ladanum, nuts, and
almonds; 43,12 and take double money in your hand; and the money that was
returned in the mouth of your sacks carry back in your hand; peradventure it was
an oversight; 43,13 take also your brother, and arise, go again unto the man;
43,14 and God Almighty give you mercy before the man, that he may release unto
you your other brother and Benjamin. And as for me, if I be bereaved of my
children, I am bereaved.’ 43,15 And the men took that present, and they took
double money in their hand, and Benjamin; and rose up, and went down to Egypt,
and stood before Joseph.

The Prophets : “there shall be holy bread in their vessels”

1 Samuel Chapter 21

1 And he arose and departed; and Jonathan went into the city. 2 Then came David to Nob to Ahimelech the priest; and Ahimelech came to meet David trembling, and said unto him: ‘Why art thou alone, and no man with thee?’ 3 And David said unto Ahimelech the priest: ‘The king hath commanded me a business, and hath said unto me: Let no man know any thing of the business whereabout I send thee, and what I have commanded thee; and the young men have I appointed to such and such a place. 4 Now therefore what is under thy hand? five loaves of bread? give them in my hand, or whatsoever there is present.’ 5 And the priest answered David, and said: ‘There is no common bread under my hand, but there is holy bread; if only the young men have kept themselves from women.’ {P}
6 And David answered the priest, and said unto him: ‘Of a truth women have been kept from us about these three days; when I came out, the vessels of the young men were holy, though it was but a common journey; how much more then to-day, when there shall be holy bread in their vessels?’ 7 So the priest gave him holy bread; for there was no bread there but the showbread, that was taken from before the LORD, to put hot bread in the day when it was taken away.– 8 Now a certain man of the servants of Saul was there that day, detained before the LORD; and his name was Doeg the Edomite, the chiefest of the herdmen that belonged to Saul.– 9 And David said unto Ahimelech: ‘And is there peradventure here under thy hand spear or sword? for I have neither brought my sword nor my weapons with me, because the king’s business required haste.’ {S} 10 And the priest said: ‘The sword of Goliath the Philistine, whom thou slewest in the vale of Elah, behold, it is here wrapped in a cloth behind the ephod; if thou wilt take that, take it; for there is no other save that here.’ {S} And David said: ‘There is none like that; give it me.’ 11 And David arose, and fled that day for fear of Saul, and went to Achish the king of Gath. 12 And the servants of Achish said unto him: ‘Is not this David the king of the land? Did they not sing one to another of him in dances, saying: Saul hath slain his thousands, and David his ten thousands?’ 13 And David laid up these words in his heart, and was sore afraid of Achish the king of Gath. 14 And he changed his demeanour before them, and feigned himself mad in their hands, and scrabbled on the doors of the gate, and let his spittle fall down upon his beard. {S} 15 Then said Achish unto his servants: ‘Lo, when ye see a man that is mad, wherefore do ye bring him to me? 16 Do I lack madmen, that ye have brought this fellow to play the madman in my presence? shall this fellow come into my house?’ {P}