Genesis 45

1Joseph could not control himself any longer. He cried in front of all the people who were there. Joseph said, “Tell everyone to leave here.” So all the people left. Only the brothers were left with Joseph. Then Joseph told them who he was. 2Joseph continued to cry, and all the Egyptian people in Pharaoh’s house heard it. 3Joseph said to his brothers, “I am your brother Joseph. Is my father doing well?” But the brothers did not answer him. They were confused and scared. 4So Joseph said to his brothers again, “Come here to me. I beg you, come here.” So the brothers went close to Joseph. And Joseph said to them, “I am your brother Joseph. I am the one you sold as a slave to Egypt. 5Now, don’t be worried. Don’t be angry with yourselves for what you did. It was God’s plan for me to come here. I am here to save your life. 6This terrible time of hunger has continued for two years now. And there will be five more years without planting or harvest. 7So God sent me here ahead of you so that I can save your people in this country. 8It wasn’t your fault that I was sent here. It was God’s plan. God made me like a father to Pharaoh. I am the governor over all his house and over all of Egypt.” 9Joseph said, “Hurry up and go to my father. Tell him his son Joseph sent this message.” God made me the governor of Egypt. So come here to me. Don’t wait. Come now. 10You can live near me in the land of Goshen. You, your children, your grandchildren, and all of your animals are welcome here. 11I will take care of you during the next five years of hunger. So you and your family will not lose everything you own. 12Joseph told his brothers, “Surely you can see that I really am Joseph. Even my brother Benjamin knows it is me, your brother, talking to you. 13So tell my father about the honor I have received here in Egypt. Tell him about everything you have seen here. Now hurry, go bring my father back to me.” 14Then Joseph hugged his brother Benjamin, and they both began crying. 15Then Joseph kissed all his brothers and cried on them. After this, the brothers began talking with him. 16Pharaoh learned that Joseph’s brothers had come to him. This news spread all through Pharaoh’s house. Pharaoh and his servants were very excited! 17Pharaoh told Joseph, “Tell your brothers to take all the food they need and go back to the land of Canaan. 18Tell them to bring your father and their families back here to me. I will give you the best land in Egypt to live on. And your family can eat the best food we have here.” 19Then the Pharaoh said, “Also give your brothers some of our best wagons. Tell them to go to Canaan and bring your father and all the women and children back in the wagons. 20Don’t worry about bringing all of their belongings. We can give them the best of Egypt.” 21So the sons of Israel did this. Joseph gave them good wagons like the Pharaoh had promised. And Joseph gave them enough food for their trip. 22Joseph gave each brother a suit of beautiful clothes. But Joseph gave Benjamin five suits of beautiful clothes. And Joseph also gave Benjamin 300 pieces of silver. 23Joseph also sent gifts to his father. He sent ten donkeys with bags full of many good things from Egypt. And he sent ten female donkeys full of grain, bread, and other food for his father on his trip back. 24Then Joseph told his brothers to go. And while they were leaving, Joseph said to them, “Go straight home. And don’t fight on the way.” 25So the brothers left Egypt and went to their father in the land of Canaan. 26The brothers told him, “Father, Joseph is still alive! And he is the governor over the whole country of Egypt.” Their father did not know what to think. At first he didn’t believe them. 27But then they told him everything Joseph had said. And Jacob saw the wagons Joseph had sent for him to bring him back to Egypt. Then Jacob became excited and very, very happy. 28Israel said, “Now I believe you. My son Joseph is still alive! I am going to see him before I die!”

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