Genesis 50:15-26 NIV

Joseph Reassures His Brothers

15 When Joseph's brothers saw that their father was dead, they said, "What if Joseph holds a grudge1 against us and pays us back for all the wrongs we did to him?"2

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16 So they sent word to Joseph, saying, "Your father left these instructions3 before he died:

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17 'This is what you are to say to Joseph: I ask you to forgive your brothers the sins4 and the wrongs they committed in treating you so badly.'5 Now please forgive the sins of the servants of the God of your father.6" When their message came to him, Joseph wept.7

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      18 His brothers then came and threw themselves down before him.8 "We are your slaves,"9 they said.

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      19 But Joseph said to them, "Don't be afraid. Am I in the place of God?10

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      20 You intended to harm me,11 but God intended12 it for good13 to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives.14

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      21 So then, don't be afraid. I will provide for you and your children.15" And he reassured them and spoke kindly16 to them.

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      The Death of Joseph

      22 Joseph stayed in Egypt, along with all his father's family. He lived a hundred and ten years17

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      23 and saw the third generation18 of Ephraim's19 children.20 Also the children of Makir21 son of Manasseh22 were placed at birth on Joseph's knees.a23

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        • c 50:23 - That is, were counted as his
          24 Then Joseph said to his brothers, "I am about to die.24 But God will surely come to your aid25 and take you up out of this land to the land26 he promised on oath to Abraham,27 Isaac28 and Jacob."29

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          25 And Joseph made the sons of Israel swear an oath30 and said, "God will surely come to your aid, and then you must carry my bones31 up from this place."32

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          26 So Joseph died33 at the age of a hundred and ten.34 And after they embalmed him,35 he was placed in a coffin in Egypt.

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