45Joseph could stand it no longer. There were many people in the room, and he said to his attendants, "Out, all of you!" So he was alone with his brothers when he told them who he was.H3130H3201H662H5324H7121H3318H376H3318H5975H376H3130H3045H251 2Then he broke down and wept. He wept so loudly the Egyptians could hear him, and word of it quickly carried to Pharaoh's palace.H6963H1065H5414H4714H1004H6547H8085H8085 3"I am Joseph!" he said to his brothers. "Is my father still alive?" But his brothers were speechless! They were stunned to realize that Joseph was standing there in front of them.H3130H559H251H3130H1H2416H251H3201H6030H926H6440 4"Please, come closer," he said to them. So they came closer. And he said again, "I am Joseph, your brother, whom you sold into slavery in Egypt.H3130H559H251H5066H5066H559H3130H251H4376H4714 5But don't be upset, and don't be angry with yourselves for selling me to this place. It was God who sent me here ahead of you to preserve your lives.H6087H2734H5869H4376H430H7971H6440H4241 6This famine that has ravaged the land for two years will last five more years, and there will be neither plowing nor harvesting.H8141H7458H7130H776H2568H8141H369H2758H7105 7God has sent me ahead of you to keep you and your families alive and to preserve many survivors.H430H7971H6440H7760H7611H776H2421H1419H6413 8So it was God who sent me here, not you! And he is the one who made me an adviser to Pharaoh—the manager of his entire palace and the governor of all Egypt.H7971H430H7760H1H6547H113H1004H4910H776H4714 9"Now hurry back to my father and tell him, 'This is what your son Joseph says: God has made me master over all the land of Egypt. So come down to me immediately!H4116H5927H1H559H559H1121H3130H430H7760H113H4714H3381H5975 10You can live in the region of Goshen, where you can be near me with all your children and grandchildren, your flocks and herds, and everything you own.H3427H776H1657H7138H1121H1121H1121H6629H1241 11I will take care of you there, for there are still five years of famine ahead of us. Otherwise you, your household, and all your animals will starve.'"H3557H2568H8141H7458H1004H3423 12Then Joseph added, "Look! You can see for yourselves, and so can my brother Benjamin, that I really am Joseph!H5869H7200H5869H251H1144H6310H1696 13Go tell my father of my honored position here in Egypt. Describe for him everything you have seen, and then bring my father here quickly."H5046H1H3519H4714H7200H4116H3381H1 14Weeping with joy, he embraced Benjamin, and Benjamin did the same.H5307H251H1144H6677H1058H1144H1058H6677 15Then Joseph kissed each of his brothers and wept over them, and after that they began talking freely with him.H5401H251H1058H310H251H1696 16The news soon reached Pharaoh's palace: "Joseph's brothers have arrived!" Pharaoh and his officials were all delighted to hear this.H6963H8085H6547H1004H559H3130H251H935H3190H5869H6547H3190H5869H5869H5650 17Pharaoh said to Joseph, "Tell your brothers, 'This is what you must do: Load your pack animals, and hurry back to the land of Canaan.H6547H559H3130H559H251H6213H2943H1165H3212H935H776H3667 18Then get your father and all of your families, and return here to me. I will give you the very best land in Egypt, and you will eat from the best that the land produces.'"H3947H1H1004H935H5414H2898H776H4714H398H2459H776 19Then Pharaoh said to Joseph, "Tell your brothers, 'Take wagons from the land of Egypt to carry your little children and your wives, and bring your father here.H6680H6213H3947H5699H776H4714H2945H802H5375H1H935 20Don't worry about your personal belongings, for the best of all the land of Egypt is yours.'"H5869H2347H3627H2898H776H4714 21So the sons of Jacob did as they were told. Joseph provided them with wagons, as Pharaoh had commanded, and he gave them supplies for the journey.H1121H3478H6213H3130H5414H5699H6310H6547H5414H6720H1870 22And he gave each of them new clothes—but to Benjamin he gave five changes of clothes and 300 pieces of silver.H5414H376H2487H8071H1144H5414H7969H3967H3701H2568H2487H8071 23He also sent his father ten male donkeys loaded with the finest products of Egypt, and ten female donkeys loaded with grain and bread and other supplies he would need on his journey.H1H7971H2063H6235H860H5375H2898H4714H6235H2543H5375H1250H3899H4202H1H1870 24So Joseph sent his brothers off, and as they left, he called after them, "Don't quarrel about all this along the way!"H7971H251H7971H3212H559H7264H1870 25And they left Egypt and returned to their father, Jacob, in the land of Canaan.H5927H4714H935H776H3667H3290H1 26"Joseph is still alive!" they told him. "And he is governor of all the land of Egypt!" Jacob was stunned at the news—he couldn't believe it.H5046H559H3130H2416H4910H776H4714H3820H6313H539 27But when they repeated to Jacob everything Joseph had told them, and when he saw the wagons Joseph had sent to carry him, their father's spirits revived.H1696H1697H3130H1696H7200H5699H3130H7971H5375H7307H3290H1H2421 28Then Jacob exclaimed, "It must be true! My son Joseph is alive! I must go and see him before I die."H3478H559H7227H3130H1121H2416H3212H7200H4191
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