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Genesis 45 :: New Living Translation (NLT)

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Joseph Reveals His Identity
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 45:1 - Joseph 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.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 45:2 - Then he broke down and wept. He wept so loudly the Egyptians could hear him, and word of it quickly carried to Pharaoh’s palace.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 45:3 - “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.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 45:4 - “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.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 45:5 - But 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.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 45:6 - This famine that has ravaged the land for two years will last five more years, and there will be neither plowing nor harvesting.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 45:7 - God has sent me ahead of you to keep you and your families alive and to preserve many survivors.[fn]
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 45:8 - So it was God who sent me here, not you! And he is the one who made me an adviser[fn] to Pharaoh—the manager of his entire palace and the governor of all Egypt.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 45:9 - “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!
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 45:10 - You 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.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 45:11 - I 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.’”
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 45:12 - Then Joseph added, “Look! You can see for yourselves, and so can my brother Benjamin, that I really am Joseph!
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 45:13 - Go tell my father of my honored position here in Egypt. Describe for him everything you have seen, and then bring my father here quickly.”
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 45:14 - Weeping with joy, he embraced Benjamin, and Benjamin did the same.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 45:15 - Then Joseph kissed each of his brothers and wept over them, and after that they began talking freely with him.
Pharaoh Invites Jacob to Egypt
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 45:16 - The news soon reached Pharaoh’s palace: “Joseph’s brothers have arrived!” Pharaoh and his officials were all delighted to hear this.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 45:17 - Pharaoh said to Joseph, “Tell your brothers, ‘This is what you must do: Load your pack animals, and hurry back to the land of Canaan.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 45:18 - Then 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.’”
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 45:19 - Then 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.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 45:20 - Don’t worry about your personal belongings, for the best of all the land of Egypt is yours.’”
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 45:21 - So the sons of Jacob[fn] did as they were told. Joseph provided them with wagons, as Pharaoh had commanded, and he gave them supplies for the journey.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 45:22 - And he gave each of them new clothes—but to Benjamin he gave five changes of clothes and 300 pieces[fn] of silver.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 45:23 - He 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.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 45:24 - So Joseph sent his brothers off, and as they left, he called after them, “Don’t quarrel about all this along the way!”
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 45:25 - And they left Egypt and returned to their father, Jacob, in the land of Canaan.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 45:26 - “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.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 45:27 - But 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.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 45:28 - Then Jacob exclaimed, “It must be true! My son Joseph is alive! I must go and see him before I die.”
NLT Footnotes
Or and to save you with an extraordinary rescue. The meaning of the Hebrew is uncertain.
Hebrew a father.
Hebrew Israel; also in 45:28. See note on 35:21.
Hebrew 300 shekels, about 7.5 pounds or 3.4 kilograms in weight.

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