Genesis 45

Joseph Reveals Himself to His Brothers

(1) Then Joseph could not restrain himself before all those that stood by him, and he cried, "Have every man to go out from me." No man stood with him, while Joseph made himself known to his brothers.

(2) And he wept aloud, and the Egyptians and the house of Pharaoh heard.

(3) Then Joseph said to his brothers, "I am Joseph, is my father still alive?" And his brothers could not answer him, for they were troubled at his presence.

(4) Joseph said to his brothers, "Please, come near to me." So they came near. And he said, "I am Joseph your brother, whom YOU sold into Egypt.

Joseph Reassures His Brothers

(5) Now therefore do not be grieved, or angry with yourselves, that YOU sold me here, for God sent me before you to preserve life.

(6) For these two years the famine has been in the land, and there are still five years, in the which there shall be neither plowing nor harvest.

(7) And God sent me before you to preserve you a posterity in the earth, and to save your lives by a great deliverance.

(8) So now it was not you who sent me here, but God, and he has made me a father to Pharaoh, and lord of all his house, and a ruler throughout all the land of Egypt.

Joseph Sends His Brothers to get His Father

(9) Hurry, and go up to my father, and say to him, 'Thus says your son Joseph, "God has made me lord of all Egypt, come down to me, do not delay.

(10) For you shall dwell in the land of Goshen, and you shall be near to 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 feed you, for there are still five years of famine, lest you, and your household, and all that you have, come to poverty."'

(12) "Behold, your eyes see, and the eyes of my brother Benjamin see, that it is my mouth that speaks to you.

(13) YOU shall tell my father of all my glory in Egypt, and of all that YOU have seen, and YOU shall hurry and bring down my father here."

(14) And he fell on his brother Benjamin’s neck, and wept, and Benjamin wept on his neck.

(15) He also kissed all his brothers, and wept on them, and after that his brothers talked with him.

(16) And the report of it was heard in Pharaoh’s house, saying, "Joseph’s brothers have come," and it pleased Pharaoh well, and his servants.

(17) And Pharaoh said to Joseph, "Say to your brothers, 'YOU do this, load your beasts, and go to the land of Canaan.

Pharaoh Gives Jacob a Place to Live in Egypt

(18) Take your father and your households, and come to me, and I will give you the good of the land of Egypt, and YOU shall eat the fat of the land.

(19) Now you are commanded, YOU do this. Take wagons out of the land of Egypt for your little ones, and for your wives, and bring your father, and come.

(20) Also do not regard your property, for the good of all the land of Egypt is yours."

(21) The children of Israel did so, and Joseph gave them wagons, according to the command of Pharaoh, and gave them provisions for the journey.

(22) To all of them he gave each man a change of clothes, but to Benjamin he gave 300 pieces of silver, and five changes of clothes.

(23) To his father he sent this: ten donkeys loaded with the good things of Egypt, and ten she donkeys loaded with corn and bread and meat for his father’s journey.

(24) So he sent his brothers away, and they departed, and he said to them, "See that YOU are not fearful on the journey."

Jacob Learns That Joseph is Still Alive

(25) They went up out of Egypt, and came to the land of Canaan to Jacob their father,

(26) and they told him, saying, "Joseph is still alive, and he is governor over all the land of Egypt." And Jacob’s heart fainted, for he did not believe them.

(27) But when they told him all the words of Joseph, which he had said to them, and when he saw the wagons which Joseph had sent to carry him, the spirit of Jacob their father revived.

(28) Israel said, "It is enough. Joseph my son is still alive. I will go and see him before I die."

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