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Joseph's Call For Benjamin
Upon their return from Egypt (see Joseph's Brothers' First Journey To Egypt), Joseph's brothers told their father Jacob of their strange experience with the Prime Minister of Egypt (see Joseph, Prime Minister Of Egypt).
"42:29 And they came unto Jacob their father [see Jacob's Family] unto the land of Canaan, and told him all that befell unto them; saying, 42:30 The man, who is the lord of the land, spake roughly to us, and took us for spies of the country. 42:31 And we said unto him, We are true men; we are no spies: 42:32 We be 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 country, said unto us, Hereby shall I know that ye are true men; leave one of your brethren here with me, and take food for the famine of your households, and be gone: 42:34 And bring your youngest brother unto me: then shall I know that ye are no spies, but that ye are true men: so will I deliver you your brother, and ye shall traffic in the land." (Genesis 42:34 KJV)
"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"
Joseph sold them just enough food to insure that they would have to return - with Joseph's full brother (Jacob had twelve sons with four wives and concubines; Joseph and Benjamin were the only children of Rachel - see Rachel Of Padanaram, Jacob's First Love and Why Did Jacob Adopt Ephraim And Manasseh?). It was becoming more apparent however that Jacob did not trust his sons after Joseph's disappearance. Jacob didn't want the same to happen to Benjamin.
"42:37 And Reuben spake unto his father, saying, Slay my two sons, if I bring him not to thee: deliver him into my hand, and I will bring him to thee again. 42:38 And he said, My son shall not go down with you; for his brother is dead, and he is left alone: if mischief befall him by the way in the which ye go, then shall ye bring down my gray hairs with sorrow to the grave." (Genesis 42:37-38 KJV)
When they nearly ran out of food again, Jacob had no alternative but to send Benjamin to Egypt as Joseph had demanded. Ironically, Joseph was probably just as concerned for Benjamin's safety as Jacob was - the reason that he wanted to get him to Egypt, away from his treacherous brothers.
"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, their father said unto them, Go again, buy us a little food.
Fact Finder: Was the apostle Paul a descendant of Joseph's brother Benjamin?