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Genesis 45

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1-2Joseph couldn’t hold himself in any longer, keeping up a front before all his attendants. He cried out, “Leave! Clear out—everyone leave!” So there was no one with Joseph when he identified himself to his brothers. But his sobbing was so violent that the Egyptians couldn’t help but hear him. The news was soon reported to Pharaoh’s palace.
3Joseph spoke to his brothers: “I am Joseph. Is my father really still alive?” But his brothers couldn’t say a word. They were speechless—they couldn’t believe what they were hearing and seeing.
4-8“Come closer to me,” Joseph said to his brothers. They came closer. “I am Joseph your brother whom you sold into Egypt. But don’t feel badly, don’t blame yourselves for selling me. God was behind it. God sent me here ahead of you to save lives. There has been a famine in the land now for two years; the famine will continue for five more years—neither plowing nor harvesting. God sent me on ahead to pave the way and make sure there was a remnant in the land, to save your lives in an amazing act of deliverance. So you see, it wasn’t you who sent me here but God. He set me in place as a father to Pharaoh, put me in charge of his personal affairs, and made me ruler of all Egypt.
9-11“Hurry back to my father. Tell him, ‘Your son Joseph says: I’m master of all of Egypt. Come as fast as you can and join me here. I’ll give you a place to live in Goshen where you’ll be close to me—you, your children, your grandchildren, your flocks, your herds, and anything else you can think of. I’ll take care of you there completely. There are still five more years of famine ahead; I’ll make sure all your needs are taken care of, you and everyone connected with you—you won’t want for a thing.’
12-13“Look at me. You can see for yourselves, and my brother Benjamin can see for himself, that it’s me, my own mouth, telling you all this. Tell my father all about the high position I hold in Egypt, tell him everything you’ve seen here, but don’t take all day—hurry up and get my father down here.”
14-15Then Joseph threw himself on his brother Benjamin’s neck and wept, and Benjamin wept on his neck. He then kissed all his brothers and wept over them. Only then were his brothers able to talk with him.
16The story was reported in Pharaoh’s palace: “Joseph’s brothers have come.” It was good news to Pharaoh and all who worked with him.
17-18Pharaoh said to Joseph, “Tell your brothers, ‘This is the plan: Load up your pack animals; go to Canaan, get your father and your families and bring them back here. I’ll settle you on the best land in Egypt—you’ll live off the fat of the land.’
19-20“Also tell them this: ‘Here’s what I want you to do: Take wagons from Egypt to carry your little ones and your wives and load up your father and come back. Don’t worry about having to leave things behind; the best in all of Egypt will be yours.’”
21-23And they did just that, the sons of Israel. Joseph gave them the wagons that Pharaoh had promised and food for the trip. He outfitted all the brothers in brand-new clothes, but he gave Benjamin three hundred pieces of silver and several suits of clothes. He sent his father these gifts: ten donkeys loaded with Egypt’s best products and another ten donkeys loaded with grain and bread, provisions for his father’s journey back.
24Then he sent his brothers off. As they left he told them, “Take it easy on the journey; try to get along with each other.”
25-28They left Egypt and went back to their father Jacob in Canaan. When they told him, “Joseph is still alive—and he’s the ruler over the whole land of Egypt!” he went numb; he couldn’t believe his ears. But the more they talked, telling him everything that Joseph had told them and when he saw the wagons that Joseph had sent to carry him back, the blood started to flow again—their father Jacob’s spirit revived. Israel said, “I’ve heard enough—my son Joseph is still alive. I’ve got to 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.