Joseph was no longer able to control his feelings in front of his servants, so he ordered them all to leave the room. No one else was with him when Joseph told his brothers who he was. 1
He cried with such loud sobs that the Egyptians heard it, and the news was taken to the king's palace.
Joseph said to his brothers, "I am Joseph. Is my father still alive?" But when his brothers heard this, they were so terrified that they could not answer.
Then Joseph said to them, "Please come closer." They did, and he said, "I am your brother Joseph, whom you sold into Egypt.
Now do not be upset or blame yourselves because you sold me here. It was really God who sent me ahead of you to save people's lives.
This is only the second year of famine in the land; there will be five more years in which there will be neither plowing nor reaping.
God sent me ahead of you to rescue you in this amazing way and to make sure that you and your descendants survive.
So it was not really you who sent me here, but God. He has made me the king's highest official. I am in charge of his whole country; I am the ruler of all Egypt.
"Now hurry back to my father and tell him that this is what his son Joseph says: "God has made me ruler of all Egypt; come to me without delay. 2
You can live in the region of Goshen, where you can be near me - you, your children, your grandchildren, your sheep, your goats, your cattle, and everything else that you have.
If you are in Goshen, I can take care of you. There will still be five years of famine; and I do not want you, your family, and your livestock to starve.' "