Genesis 45

Joseph Deals Kindly with His Brothers

1 Then Joseph could not control himself before all those who stood by him, and he cried, "Have everyone go out from me." So there was no man with him 1when Joseph made himself known to his brothers.
2 2He wept * * so loudly that the Egyptians heard it, and the household of Pharaoh heard of it.
3 Then Joseph said to his brothers, "3I am Joseph! 4Is my father still alive?" But his brothers could not answer him, for 5they were dismayed at his presence.
4 Then Joseph said to his brothers, "Please come closer to me." And they came closer. And he said, "I am your brother Joseph, whom you 6sold into Egypt.
5 "Now do not be grieved or angry with yourselves, because 7you sold me here, for 8God sent me before you to preserve life.
6 "For the famine has been in the land 9these two years, and there are still five years in which there will be neither plowing nor harvesting.
7 "10God sent me before you to preserve for you a remnant in the earth, and to keep you alive by a great deliverance.
8 "Now, therefore, it was not you who sent me here, but God; and He has made me a 11father to Pharaoh and lord of all his household and ruler over all the land of Egypt.
9 "Hurry and go up to my father, and 12say to him, 'Thus says your son Joseph, "God has made me lord of all Egypt; come down to me, do not delay.
10 "You shall live in the land of 13Goshen, and you shall be near me, you and your children and your children's children and your flocks and your herds and all that you have.
11 "There I will also 14provide for you, for there are still five years of famine to come, and you and your household and all that you have would be impoverished."'
12 "Behold, your eyes see, and the eyes of my brother Benjamin see, that it is my mouth which is speaking to you.
13 "Now you must tell my father of all my splendor in Egypt, and all that you have seen; and you must hurry and 15bring my father down here."
14 Then he fell on his brother Benjamin's neck and 16wept, and Benjamin wept on his neck.
15 He kissed all his brothers and wept on them, and afterward * his brothers talked with him.
16 Now when 17the news was heard in Pharaoh's house that Joseph's brothers had come, it pleased * Pharaoh and his servants.
17 Then Pharaoh said to Joseph, "Say to your brothers, 'Do this: load your beasts and go * to the land of Canaan,
18 and take your father and your households and come to me, and 18I will give you the best of the land of Egypt and you will eat the fat of the land.'
19 "Now you are ordered, 'Do this: take 19wagons from the land of Egypt for your little ones and for your wives, and bring your father and come.
20 'Do not concern * yourselves with your goods, for the best of all the land of Egypt is yours.' "
21 Then the sons of Israel did so; and Joseph gave them 20wagons according to the command of Pharaoh, and gave them provisions for the journey.
22 To each * of them he gave 21changes of garments, but to Benjamin he gave three hundred pieces of silver and 22five changes of garments.
23 To his father he sent as follows: ten donkeys loaded with the best things of Egypt, and ten female donkeys loaded with grain and bread and sustenance for his father on the journey.
24 So he sent his brothers away, and as they departed, he said to them, "Do not quarrel on the journey."
25 Then they went up from Egypt, and came to the land of Canaan to their father Jacob.
26 They told him, saying, "Joseph is still alive, and indeed he is ruler over all the land of Egypt." But he was stunned, for 23he did not believe them.
27 When they told him all the words of Joseph that he had spoken to them, and when he saw the 24wagons that Joseph had sent to carry him, the spirit of their father Jacob revived.
28 Then Israel said, "It is enough; my son Joseph is still alive. I will go and see him before I die."
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