Genesis 45

Then Yusuf couldn’t control himself before all those who stood before him, and he cried, Cause every man to go out from me! There stood no man with him, while Yusuf made himself known to his brothers. 2He wept aloud. The Egyptians heard, and the house of Firaun heard. 3Yusuf said to his brothers, I am Yusuf! Does my father still live?

His brothers couldn’t answer him; for they were terrified at his presence. 4Yusuf said to his brothers, Come near to me, please.

They came near. He said, I am Yusuf, your brother, whom you sold into Egypt. 5Now do not be grieved, nor angry with yourselves, that you sold me here, for God sent me before you to preserve life. 6For these two years the famine has been in the land, and there are yet five years, in which there will be neither plowing nor harvest. 7God sent me before you to preserve you a remnant in the earth, and to save you alive by a great deliverance. 8So now it wasn’t you who sent me here, but God, and he has made me a father to Firaun, lord of all his house, and ruler over all the land of Egypt. 9Hurry, and go up to my father, and tell him, ‘This is what your son Yusuf says, God has made me lord of all Egypt. Come down to me. Do not wait. 10You shall dwell in the land of Goshen, and you will be near to me, you, your children, your children’s children, your flocks, your herds, and all that you have. 11There I will nourish you; for there are yet five years of famine; lest you come to poverty, you, and your household, and all that you have.“‘ 12Behold, your eyes see, and the eyes of my brother Binyamin, that it is my mouth that speaks to you. 13You shall tell my father of all my glory in Egypt, and of all that you have seen. You shall hurry and bring my father down here. 14He fell on his brother Binyamin’s neck, and wept, and Binyamin wept on his neck. 15He kissed all his brothers, and wept on them. After that his brothers talked with him.

16The report of it was heard in Firaun’s house, saying, Yusuf’s brothers have come. It pleased Firaun well, and his servants. 17Firaun said to Yusuf, Tell your brothers, ‘Do this. Load your animals, and go, travel to the land of Canaan. 18Take your father and your households, and come to me, and I will give you the good of the land of Egypt, and you will eat the fat of the land.’ 19Now you are commanded: do this. Take wagons out of the land of Egypt for your little ones, and for your wives, and bring your father, and come. 20Also, do not concern yourselves about your belongings, for the good of all of the land of Egypt is yours.

21The sons of Israel did so. Yusuf gave them wagons, according to the commandment of Firaun, and gave them provision for the way. 22To all of them he gave each man changes of clothing, but to Binyamin he gave three hundred pieces of silver and five changes of clothing. 23To his father, he sent after this manner: ten donkeys loaded with the good things of Egypt, and ten female donkeys loaded with grain and bread and provision for his father by the way. 24So he sent his brothers away, and they departed. He said to them, See that you do not quarrel on the way.

25They went up out of Egypt, and came into the land of Canaan, to Yaqub their father. 26They told him, saying, Yusuf is still alive, and he is ruler over all the land of Egypt. His heart fainted, for he didn’t believe them. 27They told him all the words of Yusuf, which he had said to them. When he saw the wagons which Yusufhad sent to carry him, the spirit of Yaqub, their father, revived. 28Israel said, It is enough. Yusuf my son is still alive. I will go and see him before I die.


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