1 Then JosephA could no longer controlB himself before all those who stoodC by him, and he cried out,D “Send everyoneE away from me.”
So no oneF stayedG with him when Joseph made himself knownH to his brothers.I
2 And he wept so loudlyJ that the EgyptiansK heardL it, and the householdM of PharaohN heard it.
3 Joseph said to his brothers, “I am Joseph. Is my father still alive?”O But his brothers could not answerP him, so dismayedQ were they at his presence.R
4 Then Joseph said to his brothers, “Come closerS, T to me.” And they came closer. He said, “I am your brother, Joseph, whom you soldU into Egypt.V
5 And now do not be distressed,W or angryX with yourselves,Y because you sold me here;Z for GodAA sent me before youBB to preserve life.CC
6 For the famineDD has been inEE the land these two years; and there are five more years in which there will be neither plowingFF nor harvest.GG
7 God sent me before you to preserveHH for you a remnantII on earth, and to keep aliveJJ for you manyKK survivors.LL
8 So it was not you who sent me here, but God; he has madeMM me a father to Pharaoh, and lordNN of all his house and rulerOO over all the land of Egypt.
9 HurryPP 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.QQ 10 You shall settleRR in the land of Goshen,SS and you shall be nearTT me, you and your children and your children’s children, as well as your flocks,UU your herds,VV and all that you have.
11 I will provideWW 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.’XX
12 And nowYY your eyesZZ and the eyes of my brother BenjaminAAA see that it is my own mouth that speaksBBB to you. 13 You must tellCCC my father how greatly I am honoredDDD in Egypt, and all that you have seen. Hurry and bring my father down here.”
14 Then he fellEEE upon his brother Benjamin’s neckFFF and wept,GGG while Benjamin wept upon his neck. 15 And he kissedHHH all his brothers and wept upon them; and after that his brothers talked with him.
Image credit: “Story of Joseph” by John August Swanson, 2005.