Joseph Reveals Himself
1Now Joseph could no longer restrain himself in front of all those who were standing by him, so he cried out, Get everyone away from me! So no one stood with him when Joseph made himself known to his brothers.
2But he gave his voice to weeping so that the Egyptians heard, and Pharaohs household heard.
3Joseph said to his brothers, I am Joseph! Is my father still alive? And his brothers were unable to answer him because they were terrified at his presence.
4Then Joseph said to his brothers, Please come near me. So they came near. Im Joseph, your brotherthe one you sold to Egypt, he said.
5So now, dont be grieved and dont be angry in your own eyes that you sold me heresince it was for preserving life that God sent me here before you.
6For there has been two years of famine in the land, and there will be five more years yet with no plowing or harvesting.
7But God sent me ahead of you to ensure a remnant in the land and to keep you alive for a great escape.
8So now, it wasnt you, you didnt send me here, but God! And He made me as a father to Pharaoh, lord over his whole house and ruler over the entire land of Egypt.
9Go up quickly to my father and say to him, Thus says your son, Joseph: God has made me lord over all Egypt. Come down to me. Dont delay.
10Then youll live in the land of Goshen, and be close to me, you and your children and your childrens children, your flocks and your cattle, and everything that belongs to you.
11Ill provide food for you therefor the famine will last another five yearsotherwise youll lose everything, you and your household, and everything that belongs to you.
12And look, you and my brother Benjamin can see with your own eyes that its my mouth thats speaking to you.
13You must tell my father about all my honor in Egypt, and about all that youve seen. And you must quickly bring my father down here.
14Then he fell upon his brother Benjamins neck and wept while Benjamin wept upon his neck,
15and he kissed all his brothers and wept upon them. Finally after this, his brothers talked with him.
16When the commotion was heard in Pharaohs houseJosephs brothers have come!it was good in the eyes of Pharaoh and his servants,
17So Pharaoh said to Joseph, Say to your brothers: Do this! Load your animals and go to the land of Canaan.
18Then get your father, your households, and come to me. Ill give you the best of the land of Egypt, and you will eat the fat of the land.
19You are also commanded to say: Do this! Take for yourselves wagons from the land of Egypt for your little children and for your wives, and pick up your father and come.
20Dont be concerned about your goods, because the best of all the land of Egypt is yours.
21So the sons of Israel did so. Joseph gave them carts by Pharaohs command and he gave them provisions for the journey.
22To each of them he gave a change of clothes, while to Benjamin he gave 300 pieces of silver and five sets of clothes.
23Also to his father he sent the following: ten donkeys carrying from the best of Egypt, and ten female donkeys carrying grain and food and provisions for his fathers journey.
24Then he sent his brothers off, and as they departed, he said to them, Dont be anxious on the way.
25Then they went up from Egypt and came to the land of Canaan, to Jacob their father.
26They told him saying, Joseph is still alive and he is ruler of the whole land of Egypt! His heart went numb, for he did not believe them.
27But they told him all of Josephs words that he had told them. When he saw the wagons that Joseph had sent to pick him up, the spirit of their father Jacob revived.
28Then Israel said, Enough! My son Joseph is still alive. I must go and see him, before I die.