the revelation of the law. The sons of Jacob refused the
invitation of the steward, and a scuffle ensued. While he
tried to force them into the banqueting hall, they tried to
force him out,[238] for they feared it was but a ruse to get
possession
of them and their asses, on account of the money
they had found in their sacks on their return from their first
journey to Egypt. In their modesty they put the loss of
their beasts upon the same level as the loss of their personal
liberty. To the average man property is as precious as life
itself.[239]

Standing at the door of Joseph's house, they spake to the
steward, and said: "We are in badly reduced circumstances.
In our country we supported others, and now we depend

 
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