When all was ready, and the guests were to be seated,
Joseph raised his cup, and, pretending to inhale his knowledge
from it, he said, "Judah is king, therefore let him sit
at the head of the table, and let Reuben the first-born take
the second seat," and thus he assigned places to all his
brethren corresponding to their dignity and their age.[248]
Moreover, he seated the brothers together who were the
sons of the same mother, and when he reached Benjamin,
he said, "I know that the youngest among you has no
brother borne by his own mother, next to whom he might be
seated, and also I have none, therefore he may take his place
next to me."

The brethren marvelled one with another at all this. During

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