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Joseph Reveals His Identity

1Then Joseph could not control himself before all those who stood before him, and he cried out, “Cause everyone to go out from me!” No one else stood with him while Joseph made himself known to his brothers.
  2He wept aloud. The Egyptians heard, and the house of Pharaoh heard.
  3Joseph said to his brothers, “I am Joseph! Does my father still live?” His brothers could not answer him, for they were terrified at his presence.

4Joseph said to his brothers, “Come near to me, please.” They came near. He said, “I am Joseph, your brother, whom you sold into Egypt.
  5Now do not be grieved nor angry with yourselves that you sold me here, for God sent me before you to preserve life.
  6For these two years the famine has been in the land, and there are yet five years in which there will be neither plowing nor harvest.
  7God sent me before you to preserve for you a remnant in the earth, and to save you alive by a great deliverance.
  8So now it was not you who sent me here, but God. And he has made me a father to Pharaoh, lord of all his house and ruler over all the land of Egypt.

9Hurry and go up to my father and tell him, ‘This is what your son Joseph says: God has made me lord of all Egypt. Come down to me; do not wait.
  10You will dwell in the land of Goshen, and you will be near to me, you, your children, your children’s children, your flocks, your herds, and all that you have.
  11There I will nourish you, for there are yet five years of famine, lest you come to poverty, you and your household, and all that you have.’
  12Behold, your eyes see, and the eyes of my brother Benjamin, that it is my mouth that speaks to you.
  13You must tell my father of all my glory in Egypt, and of all that you have seen. You must hurry and bring my father down here.”

14He fell on his brother Benjamin’s neck and wept, and Benjamin wept on his neck.
  15He kissed all his brothers and wept on them. After that his brothers talked with him.

The Return for Jacob

16The report of it was heard in Pharaoh’s house, saying, “Joseph’s brothers have come.” It pleased Pharaoh well, and his servants.
  17Pharaoh said to Joseph, “Tell your brothers, ‘Do this: load your animals and go, travel to the land of Canaan.
  18Take your father and your households, and come to me, and I will give you the good of the land of Egypt, and you will eat the fat of the land.’
  19Now you are commanded, ‘Do this: take wagons out of the land of Egypt for your little ones and for your wives, and bring your father, and come.
  20Also, do not let your eye look with regret about your belongings, for the good things of all of the land of Egypt—they are yours!”

21The sons of Israel did so: Joseph gave them wagons, according to the commandment of Pharaoh, and gave them provision for the way.
  22He gave each one of them changes of clothing, but to Benjamin he gave 300 pieces of silver and five changes of clothing.
  23He sent the following to his father: ten donkeys loaded with the good things of Egypt, and ten female donkeys loaded with grain and bread and provision for his father by the way.
  24So he sent his brothers away, and they departed. He said to them, “See that you do not quarrel on the way.”

25They went up out of Egypt and came into the land of Canaan to Jacob their father.
  26They told him, saying, “Joseph is still alive, and he is ruler over all the land of Egypt.” His heart fainted, for he did not believe them.
  27They told him all the words of Joseph, that he had said to them. When he saw the wagons that Joseph had sent to carry him, the spirit of Jacob their father revived.

28Israel said, “It is enough; Joseph my son is still alive. I will go and see him before I die.”

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