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Genesis 45 :: New American Standard Bible 1995 (NASB95)

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Joseph Deals Kindly with His Brothers

Unchecked Copy BoxGen 45:1 - Then Joseph could not control himself before all those who stood by him, and he cried, “Have everyone go out from me.” So there [fn]was no man with him when Joseph made himself known to his brothers.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 45:2 - He [fn]wept so loudly that the Egyptians heard it, and the household of Pharaoh heard of it.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 45:3 - Then Joseph said to his brothers, “I am Joseph! Is my father still alive?” But his brothers could not answer him, for they were dismayed at his presence.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 45:4 - Then Joseph said to his brothers, “Please come [fn]closer to me.” And they came [fn]closer. And he said, “I am your brother Joseph, whom you sold into Egypt.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 45:5 - “Now do not be grieved or angry [fn]with yourselves, because you sold me here, for God sent me before you to preserve life.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 45:6 - “For the famine has been in the land these two years, and there are still five years in which there will be neither plowing nor harvesting.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 45:7 - “God sent me before you to preserve for you a remnant in the earth, and to keep you alive by a great [fn]deliverance.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 45:8 - “Now, therefore, it was not you who sent me here, but God; and He has made me a father to Pharaoh and lord of all his household and ruler over all the land of Egypt.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 45:9 - “Hurry and go up to my father, and say to him, ‘Thus says your son Joseph, “God has made me lord of all Egypt; come down to me, do not delay.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 45:10 - “You shall [fn]live in the land of Goshen, and you shall be near me, you and your children and your children’s children and your flocks and your herds and all that you have.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 45:11 - “There I will also provide for you, for there are still five years of famine to come, and you and your household and all that you have would be impoverished.”’
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 45:12 - “Behold, your eyes see, and the eyes of my brother Benjamin see, that it is my mouth which is speaking to you.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 45:13 - “Now you must tell my father of all my splendor in Egypt, and all that you have seen; and you must hurry and bring my father down here.”
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 45:14 - Then he fell on his brother Benjamin’s neck and wept, and Benjamin wept on his neck.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 45:15 - He kissed all his brothers and wept on them, and afterward his brothers talked with him.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 45:16 - Now when the [fn]news was heard in Pharaoh’s house [fn]that Joseph’s brothers had come, it [fn]pleased Pharaoh and his servants.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 45:17 - Then Pharaoh said to Joseph, “Say to your brothers, ‘Do this: load your beasts and [fn]go to the land of Canaan,
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 45:18 - and take your father and your households and come to me, and I will give you the [fn]best of the land of Egypt and you will eat the fat of the land.’
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 45:19 - “Now you are ordered, ‘Do this: [fn]take wagons from the land of Egypt for your little ones and for your wives, and bring your father and come.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 45:20 - ‘Do not [fn]concern yourselves with your goods, for the [fn]best of all the land of Egypt is yours.’”
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 45:21 - Then the sons of Israel did so; and Joseph gave them wagons according to the [fn]command of Pharaoh, and gave them provisions for the journey.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 45:22 - To [fn]each of them he gave changes of garments, but to Benjamin he gave three hundred pieces of silver and five changes of garments.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 45:23 - To his father he sent [fn]as follows: ten donkeys loaded with the [fn]best things of Egypt, and ten female donkeys loaded with grain and bread and sustenance for his father [fn]on the journey.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 45:24 - So he sent his brothers away, and [fn]as they departed, he said to them, “Do not [fn]quarrel on the journey.”
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 45:25 - Then they went up from Egypt, and came to the land of Canaan to their father Jacob.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 45:26 - They told him, saying, “Joseph is still alive, and indeed he is ruler over all the land of Egypt.” But [fn]he was stunned, for he did not believe them.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 45:27 - When they told him all the words of Joseph that he had spoken to them, and when he saw the wagons that Joseph had sent to carry him, the spirit of their father Jacob revived.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 45:28 - Then Israel said, “It is enough; my son Joseph is still alive. I will go and see him before I die.”
NASB95 Footnotes
Literally: stood
Literally: gave forth his voice in weeping
Literally: near
Literally: in your eyes
Literally: escaped company
Literally: dwell
Literally: voice
Literally: saying, ``Joseph's brothers have come"
Literally: was good in the eyes of
Literally: come, go
Literally: good
Literally: take for yourselves
Literally: let your eye look with regret upon your vessels
Literally: good
Literally: mouth
Literally: all of them he gave each man
Literally: like this
Literally: good
Literally: for
Literally: they departed; and he said
Literally: be agitated
Literally: his heart grew numb

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