So when he had furnished them with their supplies, he put the [gold measuring] bowl into the bag of his brother. Then an announcer called out, |O caravan, indeed you are thieves.
They said while approaching them, |What is it you are missing?|
They said, |We are missing the measure of the king. And for he who produces it is [the reward of] a camel's load, and I am responsible for it.
They said, |By Allah , you have certainly known that we did not come to cause corruption in the land, and we have not been thieves.
The accusers said, |Then what would be its recompense if you should be liars?|
[The brothers] said, |Its recompense is that he in whose bag it is found - he [himself] will be its recompense. Thus do we recompense the wrongdoers.
So he began [the search] with their bags before the bag of his brother; then he extracted it from the bag of his brother. Thus did We plan for Joseph. He could not have taken his brother within the religion of the king except that Allah willed. We raise in degrees whom We will, but over every possessor of knowledge is one [more] knowing.
They said, |If he steals - a brother of his has stolen before.| But Joseph kept it within himself and did not reveal it to them. He said, |You are worse in position, and Allah is most knowing of what you describe.
They said, |O 'Azeez, indeed he has a father [who is] an old man, so take one of us in place of him. Indeed, we see you as a doer of good.