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.
16 When the reportLXXVI was heard in Pharaoh’s house, “Joseph’s brothers have come,”LXXVII Pharaoh and his servantsLXXVIII were pleased.LXXIX
17 Pharaoh said to Joseph, “Say to your brothers, ‘DoLXXX this: loadLXXXI your animalsLXXXII and go backLXXXIII to the land of Canaan.LXXXIV
18 TakeLXXXV your father and your households and come to me, so that I may giveLXXXVI you the bestLXXXVII of the land of Egypt, and you may enjoyLXXXVIII the fatLXXXIX of the land.’
19 You are further chargedXC to say, ‘Do this: take wagonsXCI from the land of Egypt for your little onesXCII
and for your wives,XCIII and bringXCIV your father, and come. 20 Give no thought toXCV your possessions,XCVI for the best of all the land of Egypt is yours.’”
21 The sons of IsraelXCVII did so. Joseph gave them wagons according to the instructionXCVIII of Pharaoh, and he gave them provisionsXCIX for the journey.C
22 To each oneCI of them he gave a setCII of garments;CIII but to Benjamin he gave threeCIV hundred pieces of silverCV and five sets of garments.
23 To his father he sent the following: ten donkeysCVI loadedCVII with the good thingsCVIII of Egypt,
and ten female donkeysCIX loaded with grain,CX bread,CXI and provisionCXII for his father on the journey.
24 Then he sent his brothers on their way, and as they were leavingCXIII he said to them, “Do not quarrelCXIV along the way.”CXV
25 So they went up out of Egypt and came to their father JacobCXVI in the land of Canaan. 26 And they told him, “Joseph is still alive! He is even ruler over all the land of Egypt.” He was stunned;CXVII he could not believeCXVIII them.
27 But when they told him all the wordsCXIX of Joseph that he had said to them, and when he saw the wagons that Joseph had sent to carryCXX him, the spiritCXXI of their father Jacob revived.CXXII
28 Israel said, “Enough!CXXIII My son Joseph is still alive. I must go and see him before I die.”CXXIV
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.