“Go to Bethel 1 and rebel! 2 At Gilgal 3 rebel some more! Bring your sacrifices in 4 the morning, your tithes on 5 the third day!
‘Tell Joseph this: Please forgive the sin of your brothers and the wrong they did when they treated you so badly.’ Now please forgive the sin of the servants of the God of your father.” When this message was reported to him, Joseph wept. 1
Please forgive the sin of your servant, for the Lord will certainly establish the house of my lord, because my lord fights the battles of the Lord. May no evil be found in you all your days!
However, the people are numerous and it is the rainy season. 1 We are unable to stand here outside. Furthermore, this business cannot be resolved in a day or two, for we have sinned greatly in this matter.