Genesis 45:2
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New International Version
And he wept so loudly that the Egyptians heard him, and Pharaoh's household heard about it.

New Living Translation
Then he broke down and wept. He wept so loudly the Egyptians could hear him, and word of it quickly carried to Pharaoh's palace.

English Standard Version
And he wept aloud, so that the Egyptians heard it, and the household of Pharaoh heard it.

Berean Study Bible
But he wept so loudly that the Egyptians and Pharaoh’s household heard him.

New American Standard Bible
He wept so loudly that the Egyptians heard it, and the household of Pharaoh heard of it.

King James Bible
And he wept aloud: and the Egyptians and the house of Pharaoh heard.

Christian Standard Bible
But he wept so loudly that the Egyptians heard it, and also Pharaoh's household heard it.

Contemporary English Version
Then he cried so loudly that the Egyptians heard him and told about it in the king's palace.

Good News Translation
He cried with such loud sobs that the Egyptians heard it, and the news was taken to the king's palace.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
But he wept so loudly that the Egyptians heard it, and also Pharaoh's household heard it.

International Standard Version
He cried so loudly that the Egyptians heard him, including Pharaoh's household.

NET Bible
He wept loudly; the Egyptians heard it and Pharaoh's household heard about it.

New Heart English Bible
He wept aloud. The Egyptians heard, and the house of Pharaoh heard.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
He cried so loudly that the Egyptians heard him, and Pharaoh's household heard about it.

JPS Tanakh 1917
And he wept aloud; and the Egyptians heard, and the house of Pharaoh heard.

New American Standard 1977
And he wept so loudly that the Egyptians heard it, and the household of Pharaoh heard of it.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And he wept aloud; and the Egyptians and the house of Pharaoh heard.

King James 2000 Bible
And he wept aloud: and the Egyptians and the house of Pharaoh heard.

American King James Version
And he wept aloud: and the Egyptians and the house of Pharaoh heard.

American Standard Version
And he wept aloud: and the Egyptians heard, and the house of Pharaoh heard.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And he lifted up his voice with weeping, which the Egyptians and all the house of Pharao heard. \

Darby Bible Translation
And he raised his voice in weeping; and the Egyptians heard, and the house of Pharaoh heard.

English Revised Version
And he wept aloud: and the Egyptians heard, and the house of Pharaoh heard.

Webster's Bible Translation
And he wept aloud; and the Egyptians and the house of Pharaoh heard.

World English Bible
He wept aloud. The Egyptians heard, and the house of Pharaoh heard.

Young's Literal Translation
and he giveth forth his voice in weeping, and the Egyptians hear, and the house of Pharaoh heareth.
Study Bible
Joseph Reveals His Identity
1Joseph could no longer control himself before all his attendants, and he cried out, “Send everyone away from me!” So none of them were with Joseph when he made himself known to his brothers. 2But he wept so loudly that the Egyptians and Pharaoh’s household heard him. 3Joseph said to his brothers, “I am Joseph! Is my father still alive?” But they were unable to answer him, because they were terrified in his presence.…
Cross References
Genesis 43:30
Joseph hurried out because he was moved to tears for his brother, and he went to a private room to weep.

Genesis 45:14
Then Joseph threw his arms around his brother Benjamin and wept, and Benjamin wept as they embraced.

Genesis 45:15
Joseph kissed each of his brothers as he wept over them. And afterward his brothers talked with him.

Genesis 46:29
Joseph prepared his chariot and went there to meet his father Israel. Joseph presented himself to him, embraced him, and wept profusely.

Treasury of Scripture

And he wept aloud: and the Egyptians and the house of Pharaoh heard.

wept aloud. Heb. gave forth his voice in weeping. This, says Sir J. Chardin, is exactly the genius of the people of Asia; their sentiments of joy or grief are properly transports, and their transports are ungoverned, excessive, and truly outrageous. When anyone returns from a long journey or dies, his family burst into cries that may be heard twenty doors off; and this is renewed at different times, and continues many days, according to the vigour of the passion. Sometimes they cease all at once, and then begin as suddenly, with a greater shrillness and loudness than one could easily imagine.

Numbers 14:1 And all the congregation lifted up their voice, and cried; and the …

Ruth 1:9 The LORD grant you that you may find rest, each of you in the house …

2 Kings 20:3 I beseech you, O LORD, remember now how I have walked before you …

Acts 20:37 And they all wept sore, and fell on Paul's neck, and kissed him,







(2) And the Egyptians and the house of Pharaoh heard.--Not the sound of Joseph's weeping, but the news that his brethren had come, as in Genesis 45:16.

And he wept aloud,....; Or "gave forth his voice in weeping" (r); as he wept he cried aloud; for having put such a violent restraint on himself, as the flood of tears was the greater, so his voice was the stronger and louder for it:

and the Egyptians and the house of Pharaoh heard; the Egyptians, that were in the room or rooms adjoining to that where Joseph was, heard his cry, and perhaps a great deal of what was said; which they soon reported to others, and it quickly reached Pharaoh's court, which might not be at any great distance.

(r) "et dedit vocem suam in fletu", Montanus; so Junius & Tremellius, Piscator, Schmidt. 2. he wept aloud—No doubt, from the fulness of highly excited feelings; but to indulge in vehement and long-continued transports of sobbing is the usual way in which the Orientals express their grief.45:1-15 Joseph let Judah go on, and heard all he had to say. He found his brethren humbled for their sins, mindful of himself, for Judah had mentioned him twice in his speech, respectful to their father, and very tender of their brother Benjamin. Now they were ripe for the comfort he designed, by making himself known. Joseph ordered all his attendants to withdraw. Thus Christ makes himself and his loving-kindness known to his people, out of the sight and hearing of the world. Joseph shed tears of tenderness and strong affection, and with these threw off that austerity with which he had hitherto behaved toward his brethren. This represents the Divine compassion toward returning penitents. I am Joseph, your brother. This would humble them yet more for their sin in selling him, but would encourage them to hope for kind treatment. Thus, when Christ would convince Paul, he said, I am Jesus; and when he would comfort his disciples, he said, It is I, be not afraid. When Christ manifests himself to his people, he encourages them to draw near to him with a true heart. Joseph does so, and shows them, that whatever they thought to do against him, God had brought good out of it. Sinners must grieve and be angry with themselves for their sins, though God brings good out of it, for that is no thanks to them. The agreement between all this, and the case of a sinner, on Christ's manifesting himself to his soul, is very striking. He does not, on this account, think sin a less, but a greater evil; and yet he is so armed against despair, as even to rejoice in what God hath wrought, while he trembles in thinking of the dangers and destruction from which he has escaped. Joseph promises to take care of his father and all the family. It is the duty of children, if the necessity of their parents at any time require it, to support and supply them to the utmost of their ability; this is showing piety at home, 1Ti 5:4. After Joseph had embraced Benjamin, he caressed them all, and then his brethren talked with him freely of all the affairs of their father's house. After the tokens of true reconciliation with the Lord Jesus, sweet communion with him follows.
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