Joseph Deals Kindly with His Brothers1 Then Joseph could not control himself before all those who stood by him, and he cried, “Have everyone go out from me.” So there ▼
▼ Lit stoodwas no man with him b when Joseph made himself known to his brothers. 2 c He ▼
▼ Lit gave forth his voice in weepingwept so loudly that the Egyptians heard it, and the household of Pharaoh heard of it. 3 Then Joseph said to his brothers e “I am Joseph! f Is my father still alive?” But his brothers could not answer him, for g they were dismayed at his presence. 4 Then Joseph said to his brothers, “Please come ▼
▼ Lit nearcloser to me.” And they came ▼
▼ Lit nearcloser. And he said, “I am your brother Joseph, whom you j sold into Egypt. 5 “Now do not be grieved or angry ▼
▼ Lit in your eyeswith yourselves, because l you sold me here, for m God sent me before you to preserve life. 6 “For the famine has been in the land n these two years, and there are still five years in which there will be neither plowing nor harvesting. 7 o “God sent me before you to preserve for you a remnant in the earth, and to keep you alive by a great ▼
▼ Lit escaped companydeliverance. 8 “Now, therefore, it was not you who sent me here, but God; and He has made me a q father to Pharaoh and lord of all his household and ruler over all the land of Egypt. 9 “Hurry and go up to my father, and r say to him, ‘Thus says your son Joseph, “God has made me lord of all Egypt; come down to me, do not delay. 10 “You shall ▼
▼ Lit dwelllive in the land of t 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. 11 “There I will also u 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.”’ 12 “Behold, your eyes see, and the eyes of my brother Benjamin see, that it is my mouth which is 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 v bring my father down here.” 14 Then he fell on his brother Benjamin’s neck and w wept, and Benjamin wept on his neck. 15 He kissed all his brothers and wept on them, and afterward his brothers talked with him. 16 Now when x the ▼
▼ Lit voicenews was heard in Pharaoh’s house ▼
▼ Lit saying, “Joseph’s brothers have come”that Joseph’s brothers had come, it ▼
▼ Lit was good in the eyes ofpleased Pharaoh and his servants. 17 Then Pharaoh said to Joseph, “Say to your brothers, ‘Do this: load your beasts and ▼
▼ Lit come, gogo to the land of Canaan, 18 and take your father and your households and come to me, and ac I will give you the ▼ best of the land of Egypt and you will eat the fat of the land.’ 19 “Now you are ordered, ‘Do this: ▼
▼ Lit take for yourselvestake af wagons from the land of Egypt for your little ones and for your wives, and bring your father and come. 20 ‘Do not ▼
▼ Lit let your eye look with regret upon your vesselsconcern yourselves with your goods, for the ▼ best of all the land of Egypt is yours.’” 21 Then the sons of Israel did so; and Joseph gave them ai wagons according to the ▼
▼ Lit mouthcommand of Pharaoh, and gave them provisions for the journey. 22 To ▼
▼ Lit all of them he gave each maneach of them he gave al changes of garments, but to Benjamin he gave three hundred pieces of silver and am five changes of garments. 23 To his father he sent ▼
▼ Lit like thisas follows: ten donkeys loaded with the ▼ best things of Egypt, and ten female donkeys loaded with grain and bread and sustenance for his father ▼
▼ Lit foron the journey. 24 So he sent his brothers away, and ▼
▼ Lit they departed; and he saidas they departed, he said to them, “Do not ▼
▼ Lit be agitatedquarrel on the journey.” 25 Then they went up from Egypt, and came to the land of Canaan to their father Jacob. 26 They told him, saying, “Joseph is still alive, and indeed he is ruler over all the land of Egypt.” But ▼
▼ Lit his heart grew numbhe was stunned, for at he did not believe them. 27 When they told him all the words of Joseph that he had spoken to them, and when he saw the au wagons that Joseph had sent to carry him, the spirit of their father Jacob revived. 28 Then Israel said, “It is enough; my son Joseph is still alive. I will go and see him before I die.”
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