When Joseph's brothers saw that their father was dead, they said, "It may be that Joseph will hate us and pay us back for all the evil that we did to him."
So they sent a message to Joseph, saying, "Your father gave this command before he died,
'Say to Joseph, Please forgive the transgression of your brothers and their sin, because they did evil to you.' And now, please forgive the transgression of the servants of 1the God of your father." Joseph wept when they spoke to him.
His brothers also came and 2fell down before him and said, "Behold, we are your servants."
But Joseph said to them, "Do not fear, for 3am I in the place of God?
As for you, you meant evil against me, but 4God meant it for good, to bring it about that many peoplea should be kept alive, as they are today.
So do not fear; 5I will provide for you and your little ones." Thus he comforted them and spoke kindly to them.