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Genesis 45

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Joseph Reveals His Identity
1Joseph could no longer keep his composure in front of all his attendants, # Lit all those standing about him so he called out, “Send everyone away from me! ” No one was with him when he revealed his identity to his brothers. # Ac 7:13 2But he wept so loudly that the Egyptians heard it, and also Pharaoh’s household heard it. 3Joseph said to his brothers, “I am Joseph! Is my father still living? ” But they could not answer him because they were terrified in his presence.
4Then Joseph said to his brothers, “Please, come near me,” and they came near. “I am Joseph, your brother,” he said, “the one you sold into Egypt. # Gn 37:18-36 5And now don’t be worried or angry with yourselves for selling me here, because God sent me ahead of you to preserve life. # Gn 45:7-8; 50:20; Ps 105:17 6For the famine has been in the land these two years, and there will be five more years without plowing or harvesting. 7God sent me ahead of you to establish you as a remnant within the land and to keep you alive by a great deliverance. # Or keep alive for you many survivors 8Therefore it was not you who sent me here, but God. He has made me a father to Pharaoh, lord of his entire household, and ruler over all the land of Egypt.
9“Return quickly to my father and say to him, ‘This is what your son Joseph says: “God has made me lord of all Egypt. Come down to me without delay. 10You can settle in the land of Goshen # Gn 46:34; 47:1,4,6,11,27; 50:8; Ex 8:22; Jos 10:41 and be near me — you, your children, and grandchildren, your sheep, cattle, and all you have. 11There I will sustain you, for there will be five more years of famine. Otherwise, you, your household, and everything you have will become destitute.” ’ # Gn 47:12; 50:21 12Look! Your eyes and my brother Benjamin’s eyes can see that it is I , Joseph, who am # Lit that my mouth is speaking to you. 13Tell my father about all my glory in Egypt and about all you have seen. And bring my father here quickly.” # Ac 7:14
14Then Joseph threw his arms around Benjamin and wept, and Benjamin wept on his shoulder. 15Joseph kissed each of his brothers as he wept, # Lit brothers, and he wept over them and afterward his brothers talked with him.
The Return for Jacob
16When the news reached Pharaoh’s palace, “Joseph’s brothers have come,” Pharaoh and his servants were pleased. 17Pharaoh said to Joseph, “Tell your brothers, ‘Do this: Load your animals and go on back to the land of Canaan. 18Get your father and your families, and come back to me. I will give you the best of the land of Egypt, and you can eat from the richness of the land.’ 19You are also commanded, ‘Do this: Take wagons from the land of Egypt for your young children and your wives and bring your father here. # Gn 46:5 20Do not be concerned about your belongings, for the best of all the land of Egypt is yours.’ ” # Dt 32:9-14
21The sons of Israel did this. Joseph gave them wagons as Pharaoh had commanded, and he gave them provisions for the journey. 22He gave each of the brothers changes of clothes, # 2Kg 5:5 but he gave Benjamin 300 pieces of silver and five changes of clothes. # Gn 43:34 23He sent his father the following: 10 donkeys carrying the best products of Egypt and 10 female donkeys carrying grain, food, and provisions for his father on the journey. 24So Joseph sent his brothers on their way, and as they were leaving, he said to them, “Don’t argue on the way.”
25So they went up from Egypt and came to their father Jacob in the land of Canaan. 26They said, “Joseph is still alive, and he is ruler over all the land of Egypt! ” Jacob was stunned, # Lit Jacob’s heart was numb for he did not believe them. 27But when they told Jacob all that Joseph had said to them, and when he saw the wagons that Joseph had sent to transport him, the spirit of their father Jacob revived.
28Then Israel said, “Enough! My son Joseph is still alive. I will go to see him before I die.”
45
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.