1 Then JosephI couldII no longer controlIII himself before all those who stoodIV by him, and he cried out,V
“SendVI everyoneVII away from me.” So no oneVIII stayedIX with him when Joseph made himself knownX to his brothers.XI
2 And he wept so loudlyXII that the EgyptiansXIII heardXIV it, and the householdXV of PharaohXVI heard it.
3 Joseph said to his brothers, “I am Joseph. Is my fatherXVII still alive?”XVIII But his brothers could not answerXIX him, so dismayedXX were they at his presence.XXI
4 Then Joseph said to his brothers, “Come closerXXII, XXIII to me.” And they came closer. He said, “I am your brother, Joseph, whom you soldXXIV into Egypt.XXV
5 And now do not be distressed,XXVI or angryXXVII with yourselves,XXVIII because you sold me here;XXIX
for GodXXX sentXXXI me beforeXXXII you to preserve life.XXXIII
6 For the famineXXXIV has been inXXXV the landXXXVI these two years; and there are five more years in which there will be neither plowingXXXVII nor harvest.XXXVIII
7 God sent me beforeXXXIX you to preserveXL for you a remnantXLI on earth,XLII
and to keep aliveXLIII for you manyXLIV survivors.XLV 8 So it was not you who sent me here, but God; he has madeXLVI me a father to Pharaoh, and lordXLVII of all his house and rulerXLVIII over all the land of Egypt.
9 HurryXLIX and go upL to my father and say to him, ‘Thus says your sonLI Joseph, God has made me lord of all Egypt; come downLII to me, do not delay.LIII
10 You shall settleLIV in the land of Goshen,LV and you shall beLVI nearLVII me,
you and your childrenLVIII and your children’s children, as well as your flocks,LIX your herds,LX and all that you have. 11 I will provideLXI for you there—since there are five more years of famine to come—so that you and your household, and all that you have, will not come to poverty.’LXII
12 And nowLXIII your eyesLXIV and the eyes of my brother BenjaminLXV seeLXVI that it is my own mouthLXVII that speaksLXVIII to you.
13 You must tellLXIX my father how greatlyLXX I am honored in Egypt, and all that you have seen. Hurry and bring my father downLXXI here.”
14 Then he fellLXXII upon his brother Benjamin’s neckLXXIII and wept,LXXIV while Benjamin wept upon his neck. 15 And he kissedLXXV all his brothers and wept upon them; and after that his brothers talked with him.
Image credit: “And he fell upon his brother Benjamin’s neck, and wept, and Benjamin wept upon his neck. Genesis, C. XLV. V. 14” from “The History of Joseph and His Brethren” (Day & Son, 1869), Illustration by Owen Jones.