Joseph Tells His Brothers Who He Is
1Joseph couldn't control himself anymore in front of all of his attendants. He cried out, "Have everyone leave me!"
So there wasn't anyone with Joseph when he told his brothers who he was. 2He sobbed so loudly that the Egyptians heard him. Everyone in Pharaoh's house heard about it.
3Joseph said to his brothers, "I am Joseph! Is my father still alive?"
But his brothers weren't able to answer him. They were too afraid of him.
4Joseph said to his brothers, "Come close to me." So they did.
Then he said, "I am your brother Joseph. I'm the one you sold into Egypt. 5But don't be upset. And don't be angry with yourselves because you sold me here. God sent me ahead of you to save many lives.
6"For two years now, there hasn't been enough food in the land. And for the next five years, people won't be plowing or gathering crops. 7But God sent me ahead of you to keep some of you alive on earth. He sent me here to save your lives by an act of mighty power.
8"So then, it wasn't you who sent me here. It was God. He made me like a father to Pharaoh. He made me master of Pharaoh's whole house. He made me ruler of the whole land of Egypt.
9"Now hurry back to my father. Say to him, 'Your son Joseph says, "God has made me master of the whole land of Egypt. Come down to me. Don't waste any time. 10You will live in the area of Goshen. You, your children and grandchildren, your flocks and herds, and everything you have will be near me. 11There I will provide everything you need.
" ' "Five years without enough food are still coming. If you don't come down here, you and your family and everyone who belongs to you will lose everything." '
12"Brothers, you can see for yourselves that it's really I, Joseph, speaking to you. My brother Benjamin can see it too.
13"Tell my father about all of the honor that has been given to me in Egypt. Tell him about everything you have seen. And bring my father down here quickly."
14Then Joseph threw his arms around his brother Benjamin and sobbed. Benjamin also hugged him and sobbed. 15Joseph kissed all of his brothers and sobbed over them. After that, his brothers talked with him.
16The news reached Pharaoh's palace that Joseph's brothers had come. Pharaoh and all of his officials were pleased.
17Pharaoh said to Joseph, "Here's what I want you to tell your brothers. Say to them, 'Load your animals. Return to the land of Canaan. 18Bring your father and your families back to me. I'll give you the best land in Egypt. You can enjoy all of the good things in the land.'
19"And here's something else I want you to tell them. Say to them, 'Take some carts from Egypt. Your children and your wives can use them. Get your father and come back. 20Don't worry about the things you have back there. The best of everything in Egypt will belong to you.' "
21So the sons of Israel did it. Joseph gave them carts, as Pharaoh had commanded. He also gave them supplies for their journey. 22He gave new clothes to each of them.
But he gave more than seven pounds of silver to Benjamin. He also gave him five sets of clothes.
23He sent his father ten donkeys loaded with the best things from Egypt. He also sent ten female donkeys loaded with grain and bread and other supplies for his journey.
24Then Joseph sent his brothers away. As they were leaving he said to them, "Don't argue on the way!"
25So they went up out of Egypt. They came to their father Jacob in the land of Canaan. 26They told him, "Joseph is still alive! In fact, he is ruler of the whole land of Egypt."
Jacob was shocked. He didn't believe them. 27So they told him everything Joseph had said to them.
Jacob saw the carts Joseph had sent to carry him back. That gave new life to their father Jacob. 28Israel said, "I believe it now! My son Joseph is still alive. I'll go and see him before I die."