They were not yet far beyond the city gates, when Joseph
dispatched Manasseh, the steward of his house, to follow
after them, and look for the silver cup that he had concealed
in Benjamin's sack. He knew his brethren well, he
did not venture to let them get too far from the city before
he should attempt to force their return. He hoped that the
nearness of the city would intimidate them and make them
heed his commands. Manasseh therefore received the order
to bring them to a halt, by mild speech if he could, or by
rough speech if he must, and carry them back to the city.[255]
He acted according to his instructions. When the brethren
heard the accusation of theft , they said: "With whomsoever
of thy servants the cup be found, let him die, and we

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