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Genesis 45:1-6 (Today's New International Version)

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Joseph Makes Himself Known

1 Then Joseph could no longer control himself1 before all his attendants, and he cried out, "Have everyone leave my presence!"2 So there was no one with Joseph when he made himself known to his brothers. 2 And he wept3 so loudly that the Egyptians heard him, and Pharaoh's household heard about it.4 3 Joseph said to his brothers, "I am Joseph! Is my father still living?"5 But his brothers were not able to answer him,6 because they were terrified at his presence.7 4 Then Joseph said to his brothers, "Come close to me."8 When they had done so, he said, "I am your brother Joseph, the one you sold into Egypt!9 5 And now, do not be distressed10 and do not be angry with yourselves for selling me here,11 because it was to save lives that God sent me ahead of you.12 6 For two years now there has been famine13 in the land, and for the next five years there will be no plowing and reaping.
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