THE FIRST BOOK OF
G E N E S I S
Genesis 45 ©
At length Joseph discovers himself to his brethren, and comforts them with God’s wonderful providence; charges them to acquaint his father with all the occurrences, and to bring him into Egypt, vs. 1, etc. The same does Pharaoh, 16. Joseph dispatches them with wagons, provision, and presents, especially for his father, and gives them good instruction, 21. Coming home, they relate all to their father, who at last believes it, and prepares himself with joyfulness for the journey, 25.
THEN Joseph could 1not refrain himself before all them that stood by him; and he cried, 2Cause every man to go out 3from me. And there stood 4no man with him, while Joseph made himself known unto his brethren.
And 5he wept aloud: and the 6Egyptians and the 7house of Pharaoh heard.
And Joseph said unto his brethren, I am Joseph; doth my father yet live? And his brethren 8could not answer him; for they were troubled at his presence.
And Joseph said unto his brethren, Come near to me, I pray you. And they came near. And he said, Iaam Joseph your brother, whomb ye sold 9into Egypt.
Now therefore bec not grieved, 10nor angry with yourselves, that ye sold me hither: for 11God did send me before you to preserve 12life.
For these two years hath the famine been 13in the land: and yet there are five years, in the which there shall neither be earingd nor harvest.
And God sent me 14before you 15to preserve you a posterity in the earth, and to save your lives 16by a great deliverance.
So now it 17was not you that sent me hither, but God: and he hath made me a 18father to Pharaoh, and lord of all his house, and a ruler throughout all the land of Egypt.
Haste ye, and go up to my father, and say unto him, Thus saith thy son Joseph, God hath made me lord of all Egypt: come down unto me, 19tarry not:
And thou shalt dwell in the land of 20Goshen, and thou shalt be near unto me, thou, and thy children, and thy children's children, and thy flocks, and thy herds, and all that thou hast:
And there will I nourish thee; for yet there are five years of famine; lest thou, and thy household, and all that thou hast, come to 21poverty.
And, behold, your eyes see, and the eyes of my brother Benjamin, that it is 22my mouth that speaketh unto you.
And ye shall tell my father of all my glory in Egypt, and of all that ye have seen; and ye shall haste and bringe down my father hither.
And he fell upon his brother Benjamin’s 23neck, and wept; and Benjamin wept upon his neck.
Moreover 24he kissed all his brethren, and wept 25upon them: and 26after that his brethren talked with him.
¶And the 27fame thereof was heard in Pharaoh's house, saying, Joseph's brethren are come: 28and it pleased Pharaoh well, and his servants.
And Pharaoh said unto Joseph, Say unto thy brethren, This do ye; lade your beasts, and go, get you unto the land of Canaan;
And take your father and your 29households, and come unto me: and I will give you 30the good of the land of Egypt, and ye shall eat 31the fat of the land.
32Now thou art commanded, 33this do ye; take you wagons out of the land of Egypt for your little ones, and for your wives, and bring your father, and come.
Also 34regard not your stuff; for the good of all the land of Egypt is yours.
And the children of Israel did so: and Joseph gave them wagons, according to the 35commandment of Pharaoh, and gave them provision for the way.
To all of them he gave each man 36changes of raiment; but to Benjamin he gave three hundred pieces of 37silver, and five changes of raiment.
And to his father he sent 38after this manner; ten asses laden with the good things of Egypt, and ten she asses laden with corn and bread and 39meat for his father by the way.
So he sent his brethren away, and they departed: and he said unto them, 40See that ye fall not out by the way.
¶And they went up out of Egypt, and came into the land of Canaan unto Jacob their father,
And told him, saying, Joseph is yet alive, and he is governor over all the land of Egypt. And Jacob’s heart 41fainted, for he believed them not.
And they told him all the words of Joseph, which he had said unto them: and when he saw the wagons which Joseph had sent to carry him, 42the spirit of Jacob their father revived:
And Israel said, 43It is enough; Joseph my son is yet alive: I will go and see him before I die.