Genesis 45

Then Joseph could no longer restrain himself before all of his attendants, and cried,
“Now, have everyone withdraw from me!” No one else but Joseph’s brothers was left inside.
Joseph made himself known to his brothers, his weeping so loud, it could be heard by others;
The Egyptians heard, and even Pharaoh’s household heard. And then Joseph said to his brothers,
“I am Joseph. Is my father still alive?” But his brothers were not able to answer,
For they were dumbfounded by his presence. Joseph told them all, “Come close to me. Advance, sirs.”
They came close. Joseph said, “I am Joseph your brother, he whom you sold into Egypt.
But now, don’t be distressed or upset with yourselves that you sold me here. It’s in the script,
For it was to save life that God sent me ahead of you. There have been two years of famine,
And five more years of famine are still to come, the land will yield no harvest to examine.
So God sent me ahead of you to make sure that you stay living on earth, and survive.
So you see, it was not you that sent me here, but God. And see how he has made me thrive:
He has made me a father to Pharaoh, and the lord of all Pharaoh’s household as well,
And also ruler over the whole land of Egypt, the place where I currently dwell.

Make haste, go back to my father and say to him, ‘This is what your son Joseph does say,
“God has made me the lord of all Egypt, so come down to me here, and do not delay.
You shall stay in the region of Goshen, you shall be near me, you, and your sons, and their sons,
Your flocks, your herds, and all that is yours. I’ll sustain you through the coming five years of famine.
Otherwise, you and your household and all that is yours will be reduced to poverty.”’
Here, your eyes see, and my brother Benjamin’s eyes see, the one speaking to you is me.
So tell my father of all the weight that I carry in Egypt, and all that you’ve seen.
And make haste, bring my father down here!” Joseph flung himself on his brother Benjamin,
Then he wept as he hugged the neck of Benjamin, who wept on Joseph’s neck in release.
Joseph kissed all his brothers and wept on them. Only then could they speak to him in peace.

The news reached Pharaoh’s palace, “Joseph’s brothers have come.” Pharaoh and his servants were pleased.
Pharaoh said to Joseph, “Say to your brothers, ‘Do as follows, load up all of your beasts,
And go down to the land of Canaan. Fetch your father and your households, and come to me.
I will give you the best that Egypt has to offer; the fat of the land you will eat!’
Command them also, ‘Do this, take wagons from Egypt for your little ones and your wives,
Carry your father down and come! Do not regard with regret things from your former lives,
For the best that Egypt has to offer shall be yours.’” The sons of Israel did so,
Joseph gave them wagons and food for the journey as he’d been commanded by Pharaoh.
To each of them he gave a change of clothes, but to Benjamin he gave a great extent,
Three hundred silver pieces and five changes of clothes. And then to his father he sent
Ten male asses, all loaded with the best of Egypt, ten she-asses with grain and bread,
And provisions for his father on the journey. Then he sent off his brothers ahead.
As they went off, Joseph said to his brothers, “Don’t quarrel with each other on the way.”
They went up from Egypt, came to the land of Canaan, where their father Jacob did stay.
And they told him, “Joseph, he is still alive! Now he’s the ruler of all Egypt’s land!”
His heart failed, for he did not believe them. But then they spoke to him of Joseph’s command,
And when they spoke to their father of Joseph’s words, the words Joseph had spoken to them,
And when he saw the wagons that Joseph had sent for the purpose of transporting him,
Then their father Jacob’s spirit came to life. And Israel (who is Jacob) then said,
“It’s enough! Joseph my son is still alive; I must go see him before I am dead!”

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