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Genesis 45

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Joseph Reveals His Identity
1Joseph could stand it no longer. There were many people in the room, and he said to his attendants, “Out, all of you!” So he was alone with his brothers when he told them who he was. 2Then he broke down and wept. He wept so loudly the Egyptians could hear him, and word of it quickly carried to Pharaoh’s palace.
3“I am Joseph!” he said to his brothers. “Is my father still alive?” But his brothers were speechless! They were stunned to realize that Joseph was standing there in front of them. 4“Please, come closer,” he said to them. So they came closer. And he said again, “I am Joseph, your brother, whom you sold into slavery in Egypt. 5But don’t be upset, and don’t be angry with yourselves for selling me to this place. It was God who sent me here ahead of you to preserve your lives. 6This famine that has ravaged the land for two years will last five more years, and there will be neither plowing nor harvesting. 7God has sent me ahead of you to keep you and your families alive and to preserve many survivors.#45:7 Or and to save you with an extraordinary rescue. The meaning of the Hebrew is uncertain. 8So it was God who sent me here, not you! And he is the one who made me an adviser#45:8 Hebrew a father. to Pharaoh—the manager of his entire palace and the governor of all Egypt.
9“Now hurry back to my father and tell him, ‘This is what your son Joseph says: God has made me master over all the land of Egypt. So come down to me immediately! 10You can live in the region of Goshen, where you can be near me with all your children and grandchildren, your flocks and herds, and everything you own. 11I will take care of you there, for there are still five years of famine ahead of us. Otherwise you, your household, and all your animals will starve.’”
12Then Joseph added, “Look! You can see for yourselves, and so can my brother Benjamin, that I really am Joseph! 13Go tell my father of my honored position here in Egypt. Describe for him everything you have seen, and then bring my father here quickly.” 14Weeping with joy, he embraced Benjamin, and Benjamin did the same. 15Then Joseph kissed each of his brothers and wept over them, and after that they began talking freely with him.
Pharaoh Invites Jacob to Egypt
16The news soon reached Pharaoh’s palace: “Joseph’s brothers have arrived!” Pharaoh and his officials were all delighted to hear this.
17Pharaoh said to Joseph, “Tell your brothers, ‘This is what you must do: Load your pack animals, and hurry back to the land of Canaan. 18Then get your father and all of your families, and return here to me. I will give you the very best land in Egypt, and you will eat from the best that the land produces.’”
19Then Pharaoh said to Joseph, “Tell your brothers, ‘Take wagons from the land of Egypt to carry your little children and your wives, and bring your father here. 20Don’t worry about your personal belongings, for the best of all the land of Egypt is yours.’”
21So the sons of Jacob#45:21 Hebrew Israel; also in 45:28. See note on 35:21. did as they were told. Joseph provided them with wagons, as Pharaoh had commanded, and he gave them supplies for the journey. 22And he gave each of them new clothes—but to Benjamin he gave five changes of clothes and 300 pieces#45:22 Hebrew 300 [shekels], about 7.5 pounds or 3.4 kilograms in weight. of silver. 23He also sent his father ten male donkeys loaded with the finest products of Egypt, and ten female donkeys loaded with grain and bread and other supplies he would need on his journey.
24So Joseph sent his brothers off, and as they left, he called after them, “Don’t quarrel about all this along the way!” 25And they left Egypt and returned to their father, Jacob, in the land of Canaan.
26“Joseph is still alive!” they told him. “And he is governor of all the land of Egypt!” Jacob was stunned at the news—he couldn’t believe it. 27But when they repeated to Jacob everything Joseph had told them, and when he saw the wagons Joseph had sent to carry him, their father’s spirits revived.
28Then Jacob exclaimed, “It must be true! My son Joseph is alive! I must go and see him before I die.”
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1Then Yosef (Increaser; May God the Powerful One add [Yah]) could not refrain himself before all them that stood by him; and he cried, Cause every man to go out from me. And there stood no man with him, while Yosef made himself known unto his brethren.
2And he wept aloud: and the Egyptians and the house of Pharaoh heard.
3And Yosef said unto his brethren, I [am] Yosef; does my father yet live? And his brethren could not answer him; for they were troubled at his presence.
4And Yosef (Increaser; May God the Powerful One add [Yah]) said unto his brethren, Come near to me, I pray you. And they came near. And he said, I [am] Yosef your brother, whom youf sold into Mitzrayim [Egypt].
5Now therefore be not grieved, nor angry with yourselves, that youf sold me to this place (till this point in time): for God-Elōhīm [The Living Word - The Many Powered] did send me before youi to preserve life.
6For these two years [has] the famine [been] in the land: and yet [there are] five years, in the which [there shall] neither [be] earing nor harvest.
7And God-Elōhīm [The Living Word - The Many Powered] sent me before youi to preserve youi a posterity in the earth, and to save youri lives by a great deliverance.
8So now [it was] not you [that] sent me to this place (till this point in time), but God-Elōhīm [The Living Word - The Many Powered]: and he has made me a father to Pharaoh (Great House), and lord of all his house, and a ruler throughout all the land of Mitzrayim [Egypt] (Double Distress or Double Stronghold, Black Land).
9Haste youf, and go up to my father, and say unto him, In the following manner says youri son Yosef, God-Elōhīm [The Living Word - The Many Powered] has made me lord of all Mitzrayim [Egypt]: come down unto me, wait not:
10And youi shall dwell in the land of Goshen [Drawing Near] (approaching; drawing near), and youi shall be near unto me, youi, and youri children, and youri children’s children, and youri flocks, and youri herds, and all that youi have:
11And there will I nourish youi; for yet [there are] five years of famine; lest youi, and youri household, and all that youi have, come to poverty.
12And, behold, youri eyes see, and the eyes of my brother Binyamin (This Son Is Strength), that [it is] my mouth that speaks unto you.
13And you1sf shall tell my father of all my glory in Mitzrayim [Egypt] and of all that you1sf have seen; and you1sf shall haste and bring down my father to this place (till this point in time).
14And he fell upon his brother Binyamin’s neck, and wept; and Binyamin wept upon his neck.
15Moreover he kissed all his brethren, and wept upon them: and after that his brethren talked with him.
16And the fame thereof was heard in Pharaoh’s (Great House) house, saying, Yosef’s (Increaser; May God the Powerful One add [Yah]) brethren are come: and it pleased Pharaoh well, and his servants.
17And Pharaoh said unto Yosef, Say unto youri brethren, This do youf; burden (to load) youri beasts, and go, get youi unto the land of Kena’an (merchant; trader; or that humbles and subdues);
18And take youri father and your households, and come unto me: and I will give youi the good of the land of Mitzrayim [Egypt], and youf shall eat the fat of the land.
19Now youi are commanded, this do youf; take youri wagons out of the land of Mitzrayim [Egypt] for youri little ones, and for youri wives, and bring youri father, and come.
20Also regard not youri stuff; for the good of all the land of Mitzrayim [Egypt] (Double Distress or Double Stronghold, Black Land) is yoursf
21And the children of Isra’el (he who holds onto God-The Creator) did so: and Yosef (Increaser; May God the Powerful One add [Yah]) gave them wagons, according to the commandment of Pharaoh (Great House), and gave them provision for the way.
22To all of them he gave each man changes of clothing; but to Binyamin (This Son Is Strength) he gave three hundred [pieces] of silver, and five changes of clothing.
23And to his father he sent after this [manner]; ten donkeys laden with the good things of Mitzrayim [Egypt], and ten she donkeys laden with corn and bread and meat for his father by the way.
24So he sent his brethren away, and they departed: and he said unto them, See that youf fall not out by the way.
25And they went up out of Mitzrayim [Egypt], and came into the land of Kena’an (merchant; trader; or that humbles and subdues) unto Ya’akov (he who holds onto the heel of) their father,
26And told him, saying, Yosef [is] yet alive, and he [is] governor over all the land of Mitzrayim [Egypt]. And Ya’akov’s heart fainted, for he believed them not.
27And they told him all the words of Yosef, which he had said unto them: and when he saw the wagons which Yosef had sent to carry him, the spirit of Ya’akov (he who holds onto the heel of) their father revived:
28And Isra’el (he who holds onto God-The Creator) said, [It is] enough; Yosef (Increaser; May God the Powerful One add [Yah]) my son [is] yet alive: I will go and see him before I die.