Genesis 45
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1Then Joseph could not control himself before all those who stood by him, and he cried, "Have everyone go out from me." So there was no man with him when Joseph made himself known to his brothers.1At this point, Joseph could not control his emotions any longer, so he cried out to everyone who was standing nearby, "Everybody! Leave me!" As a result, none of his staff was anywhere near him when he revealed himself to his brothers.
2He wept so loudly that the Egyptians heard it, and the household of Pharaoh heard of it.2He cried so loudly that the Egyptians heard him, including Pharaoh's household.
3Then Joseph said to his brothers, "I am Joseph! Is my father still alive?" But his brothers could not answer him, for they were dismayed at his presence.3Joseph blurted out, "I'm Joseph! Is my father really alive?" But his brothers could not answer him, because they had become terrified to be in his presence.
4Then Joseph said to his brothers, "Please come closer to me." And they came closer. And he said, "I am your brother Joseph, whom you sold into Egypt.4Joseph implored his brothers, "Please come close to me." So they did. "I'm your brother Joseph, whom you sold into slavery in Egypt!" he told them.
5"Now do not be grieved or angry with yourselves, because you sold me here, for God sent me before you to preserve life.5"But don't be distressed or angry at yourselves because you sold me here, because God sent me ahead of you all in order to deliver us.
6"For the famine has been in the land these two years, and there are still five years in which there will be neither plowing nor harvesting.6That's because this famine has been going on for two years now in this region, and there are still five years left, during which there won't be any plowing or harvesting.
7"God sent me before you to preserve for you a remnant in the earth, and to keep you alive by a great deliverance.7God sent me ahead of you to keep you alive on the earth, and to save you all in a magnificent way.
8"Now, therefore, it was not you who sent me here, but God; and He has made me a father to Pharaoh and lord of all his household and ruler over all the land of Egypt.8As a result, it wasn't you who sent me here, but God himself! He established me as a father-figure to Pharaoh himself! I'm in charge of his entire palace and ruler over the entire land of Egypt.
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.9So hurry up, go back to my father, and tell him that his son Joseph tells him, 'God has made me master of all of Egypt. Hurry up! Come live with me!'
10"You shall live in the land of Goshen, and you shall be near me, you and your children and your children's children and your flocks and your herds and all that you have.10You are to live in the land of Goshen, near where I am—you, your children, your grandchildren, your flocks, your herds, and everything that you own.
11"There I will also provide for you, for there are still five years of famine to come, and you and your household and all that you have would be impoverished."'11I'll provide for you there, since there are still five years of famine left to go, and you, your households, and everything you own would have otherwise become impoverished.
12"Behold, your eyes see, and the eyes of my brother Benjamin see, that it is my mouth which is speaking to you.12"Look, now! All of you can see me! And my own brother Benjamin can tell that it's really me speaking to you!
13"Now you must tell my father of all my splendor in Egypt, and all that you have seen; and you must hurry and bring my father down here."13So go tell my father about all of my splendor in Egypt. Tell him about everything that you've seen. Be quick about it, and bring my father down here!"
14Then he fell on his brother Benjamin's neck and wept, and Benjamin wept on his neck.14Then he threw his arms around Benjamin and wept as they embraced.
15He kissed all his brothers and wept on them, and afterward his brothers talked with him.15He kissed all of his brothers and wept with them, too, and then his brothers were able to talk with him.
16Now when the news was heard in Pharaoh's house that Joseph's brothers had come, it pleased Pharaoh and his servants.16As soon as the news reached Pharaoh's palace that Joseph's brothers had arrived, Pharaoh and his servants were ecstatic.
17Then Pharaoh said to Joseph, "Say to your brothers, 'Do this: load your beasts and go to the land of Canaan,17Pharaoh told Joseph, "Be sure to tell your brothers, 'Do this: load up your livestock, go back to the land of Canaan,
18and take your father and your households and come to me, and I will give you the best of the land of Egypt and you will eat the fat of the land.'18get your father and your households, and come back to me. I'll give you the best of the land of Egypt and you can live off the abundance of the land.'
19"Now you are ordered, 'Do this: take wagons from the land of Egypt for your little ones and for your wives, and bring your father and come.19In addition," Pharaoh ordered, "Do this: take some transport wagons from the land of Egypt for your little ones to ride in, along with your wives, and bring your father and come!
20'Do not concern yourselves with your goods, for the best of all the land of Egypt is yours.'"20Don't worry about your household goods, because the best of all the land of Egypt is yours."
21Then the sons of Israel did so; and Joseph gave them wagons according to the command of Pharaoh, and gave them provisions for the journey.21So Israel's sons did what they were asked to do, and Joseph provided wagons for them, as Pharaoh had commanded. He also gave them provisions for the journey.
22To each of them he gave changes of garments, but to Benjamin he gave three hundred pieces of silver and five changes of garments.22He gave each of them some changes of clothes, but he also gave Benjamin 300 pieces of silver and five changes of clothes.
23To his father he sent as follows: ten donkeys loaded with the best things of Egypt, and ten female donkeys loaded with grain and bread and sustenance for his father on the journey.23He sent his father ten male donkeys loaded with the best of Egyptian goods and ten female donkeys loaded with grain, bread, and provisions for his father during the journey.
24So he sent his brothers away, and as they departed, he said to them, "Do not quarrel on the journey."24Then Joseph sent his brothers away, and they left for home. As they were leaving, Joseph admonished them, "Don't quarrel on the way back!"
25Then they went up from Egypt, and came to the land of Canaan to their father Jacob.25So Joseph's brothers left Egypt and returned to the land of Canaan and to their father Jacob,
26They told him, saying, "Joseph is still alive, and indeed he is ruler over all the land of Egypt." But he was stunned, for he did not believe them.26where they informed their father, "Joseph is still alive! As a matter of fact, he's ruling the entire land of Egypt." But Jacob didn't believe them, because he had become cynical.
27When they told him all the words of Joseph that he had spoken to them, and when he saw the wagons that Joseph had sent to carry him, the spirit of their father Jacob revived.27However, as soon as his sons had told him everything Joseph had said, and after he saw the wagons that Joseph had sent along to carry him, their father Jacob's spirit was encouraged.
28Then Israel said, "It is enough; my son Joseph is still alive. I will go and see him before I die."28"It's enough," Israel replied. "My son Joseph is still alive. I'm going to go see him before I die!"
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Genesis 44
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