GENESIS CHAPTER FORTY-FIVE


1 Then Joseph could control himself no more

In front of his attendants, and he cried,

“Have everybody leave my presence!” So

There was no one with Joseph when he told

               His brothers who he was, 2 and he wept so

Loudly that the Egyptians heard him, and

All Pharaoh’s household heard about it. 3 Joseph

Said to his brothers, “I am Joseph! Is

My father still alive?” His brothers, though,

Could not reply to him, for they were scared

To see him, 4 then Joseph said to his brothers,

“Come close to me.” When they had done so, he

Said, “I’m your brother Joseph, whom you sold

To go to Egypt! 5 Now, don’t be distressed

And don’t be angry with yourselves for selling

Me here, because it was to save some lives

That God sent me ahead of you. 6 For two

Years now the land has suffered famine, and

For the next five years nobody will plow

And reap, 7 but God sent me ahead of you

To keep for you a remnant on the earth

And save your lives by a deliverance.

8 So then, it was not you who sent me here,

But God, who made me Pharaoh’s father, lord

Of his whole household and the ruler of

All Egypt. 9 Hurry back now to my father

And tell him, ‘Your son Joseph says: God has

Made me the lord of Egypt. Come to me;

Do not delay, 10 for you shall live within

The Goshen region and be near me−you,

Your children and your grandchildren, your flocks

And herds, and all you have. 11 I will provide

For you there, for five famine years are yet

To come, and otherwise you and your household

And everybody with you will be poor.’

12 “You can see for yourselves, as Benjamin

My brother can, that it is I who speak

To you, 13 and tell my father of the honor

Accorded me in Egypt and of all

That you have seen, and bring my father down

Here quickly,” 14 then he threw his arms around

His brother Benjamin and wept, and he

Embraced him, weeping. 15 And he kissed his brothers

               And wept about them. Afterward his brothers

Conversed with him. 16 When news reached Pharaoh’s palace

That Joseph’s brothers had come, Pharaoh and

All his officials were delighted. 17 Pharaoh

Told Joseph, “Tell your brothers, ‘Do this: Load

Your animals and go back to the land

Of Canaan, 18 and bring back to me your father

And all your families. I will give you

The best of Egypt’s land and you can thrive

Upon the best fruit of the land.’ 19 You must

Tell them, too, ‘Do this: Take some carts from Egypt

For all your children and your wives, and get

Your father and come. 20 Never mind about

Your personal effects, because the best

Of Egypt will be yours,’” 21 and so the sons

               Of Israel did as he had said. Joseph

Provided them with carts, as Pharaoh had

Commanded, and he also gave them some

Provisions for their journey, 22 and he gave

Them each new clothing, but to Benjamin

He gave three hundred silver shekels and

Five sets of clothes; 23 and what he sent his father

Was this: ten donkeys loaded with the best

Things Egypt had made, and ten female donkeys

Loaded with grain and bread and other groceries

For his long journey, 24 then he sent his brothers

Away, and as they were departing, he

Told them, “Don’t quarrel on the way!” 25 So they

Went up from Egypt and they came to Jacob,

Their father, in the land of Canaan. 26 They

Said to him, “Joseph’s still alive! In fact,

He governs Egypt.” Jacob was dumbfounded,

And he did not believe them, 27 but when they

Told him all Joseph had told them, and when

He saw the carts that Joseph had sent to

Carry him back, their father Jacob’s spirit

Revived; 28 and  Israel said, “I’m convinced!

Joseph, my son, is still alive, and I’ll

Go down and visit him before I die.”

GENESIS CHAPTER FORTY-THREE


1 The famine in the land was still severe.

2 So when they had consumed the grain that they

Had brought from Egypt, “Go,” their father said

To them, “and buy us some more food.” 3 But Judah

Said to him, “The man warned us solemnly,

‘You will not see my face again unless

You have your brother with you.’ 4 If you will send

Our brother with us, we’ll go down and buy

Some food for you, 5 but if you will not send

Him, we won’t go down, for the man told us,

‘You will not see my face again unless

Your brother’s with you.’”  6 Israel asked them,

“Why did you bring this trouble on me by

Telling the man you had another brother?”

7 They answered, “The man questioned us about

Ourselves and our whole family. ‘Is your father

Still living?’ he asked us. ‘And do you have

Another brother?’ We replied to him.

How could we know that he would say, ‘Bring your

Brother down here’?” 8 Then Judah told his father

Israel, “Send the boy along with me

And we will go at once, so that we and

You and our children may live and not die.

9 And I myself will guarantee his safety;

You can hold me accountable for him.       

               If I don’t bring him back to you and set

Him here before you, I will bear the blame

Before you all my life. 10 Now as it is,

If we had not delayed, we could have gone

And come back twice.” 11 Their father Israel

Told them, “If it must be, then do this: In

               Your bags put some of the best products of

The land, and take them to the man, a gift−

A little balm, a little honey, some

Spices and myrrh, pistachio nuts and

Some almonds, 12 and take double the amount

Of silver with you, for you must return

The silver that was put back in the mouths

Of your sacks, which may have been a mistake.

13 And take your brother too and go back to

               The man at once. 14 May God Almighty grant

You mercy in front of the man so he

Will let your other brother as well as

Benjamin come back with you. As for me,

If I’m bereaved, I am bereaved;” 15 and so

The men took gifts and double the amount

Of silver, and took Benjamin too. They

Hurried to Egypt, where they came before

Joseph. 16 When Joseph saw that Benjamin

Was with them, he told his house steward, “Take

These men to my house, have an animal

Slaughtered and make a dinner; they shall eat

With me at noon.” 17 The man did just as Joseph

Told him and took the men to Joseph’s house.

18 Now the men, scared when they were taken to

His house, thought, “We were brought here due to silver

Put back into our sacks the first time. He

Wants to attack us, overpower us

And seize us as his slaves and take our donkeys,”

19 So they went up to Joseph’s steward and

Conversed with him at the house entrance. 20 “Please,

Sir,” they said, “we came down here the first time

To buy some food, 21 but at the place where we

Stopped for the night we opened up our sacks

And each of us found there his silver—by

The weight precisely—in his sack’s mouth, so

We’ve brought it back with us. 22 We’ve also brought

               More silver with us to buy food. We do

               Not know who put our silver in our sacks.”

23 “It’s all right,” he said. “Don’t be scared. Your God,

Your father’s God, has given you some treasure

In your sacks; I received your silver,” then

He brought out Simeon to them. 24 The steward

Then took the men in Joseph’s house, gave them

Water to wash their feet and gave some fodder

To feed their donkeys. 25 They prepared their gifts

For Joseph’s noon arrival, for they had

Heard that they were to eat there, 26 and when Joseph

Arrived home, they presented gifts to him

That they had brought into the house, and they

Bowed down before him to the ground. 27 He asked

Them how they were, and then he said, “How is

Your aged father you told me about?

Is he still living?” 28 They replied, “Your servant

Our father is alive and well,” and they

Bowed low to pay him honor. 29 As he looked

About and saw his brother Benjamin,

His mother’s son, he asked, “Is this your youngest

Brother, the one you told me of?” He said,

“God give you grace, my son.” 30 Because he was

So deeply moved at seeing Benjamin,

Joseph rushed out and sought a place to weep.

He went into his private room and wept

There. 31 After he had washed his face, he came

Out and, as he controlled himself, said

Said, “Serve the food.” 32 They served him by himself,

The brothers by themselves, and the Egyptians

Who ate with him all by themselves, because

Egyptians could not eat with Hebrews, for

That is detestable to the Egyptians.

33 The steward placed the men in seats as to

Their ages, from the firstborn to the youngest;

And in surprise the brothers looked at one

               Another, 34 and when they were served some food

From Joseph’s table, and for Benjamin

His share was five times as much as the rest,

               So they imbibed and ate with him in zest.

GENESIS CHAPTER FORTY-FOUR

1 Now Joseph told the steward of his house:

“Fill the men’s sacks with as much food as they

Can carry, and put each man’s silver in

His sack’s mouth. 2 Put my cup, the silver one,

Inside the mouth of the youngest one’s sack,

Along with silver for his grain.” He did

As Joseph said. 3 As morning dawned, the men

Were sent along their way upon their donkeys.

 4 They had not gone far from the city when

Joseph said to his steward, “Pursue them

At once, and when you catch up with them, say

To them, ‘Why have you paid back good with evil?

5 Isn’t this the same cup my master drinks

From and employs for divination? This

Thing you have done is evil.’” 6 When he caught

Up with them, he said these same words to them.

7 But they told him, “Why does my lord say things

Like this? Far be it from your servants to

Do anything like that! 8 We even brought

You back from Canaan silver which we found

Inside our sacks’ mouths, so why would we steal

Silver or gold out of your master’s house?

9 If any of your servants is discovered

To have it, he will die; and all the rest

Of us will be my lord’s slaves.” 10 “Very well,

Then,” he said, “let it be as you have said.

Whoever is discovered to have it

Will be my slave; the rest of you will be

Absolved from blame.” 11 Each dropped his sack onto

The ground and opened it, 12 then the steward

Began to search, beginning with the oldest

And ending with the youngest, and he found

The cup in Benjamin’s sack. 13 At this, they

All tore their clothes, then they all loaded up

Their donkeys and went back into the city.

14 Joseph was still inside the house when Judah

And his own brothers entered, and they threw

Themselves onto the ground before him. 15 Joseph

Asked them, “What is this you have done? Don’t you

Know that a man like me can find things out

By divination?” 16 “What can we say to

My lord?” said Judah. “What can we defend

Ourselves? How can we prove our innocence?

God has revealed your servants’ guilt. We’re now

My lord’s slaves−we ourselves and the one who

Was found to have the cup,” 17 but Joseph said,

“Far be it from me to do such a thing!

Only the man discovered with the cup

Will be my slave. The rest of you, go back

In peace and see your father.” 18 Judah then

Went up to him and said: “My lord, please let

Your servant speak a word unto my lord.

Do not be angry with your servant, though

You rank with Pharaoh. 19 My lord asked his servants,

‘Have you a father or a brother?’ 20 And

We said, ‘We have an aged father; To

Him a young son was born in his old age.

His brother’s dead, and he’s the only one

Left of his mother’s sons; his father loves

Him much,’ 21 then you said to your servants, ‘Bring

Him down to me so I can see him for

Myself,’ 22 and we said to my lord, ‘The boy

Can’t leave his father; if he leaves him, his

Father will die.’ 23 But you informed your servants,

‘Unless your youngest brother comes with you,

You will not see my face again.’ 24 We went

Back to your servant my own father; we

Informed him what my lord had said, 25 then our

Father said, ‘Go back and buy some more food.’

26 But we said, ‘We can’t go down. Only if

Our youngest brother is with us will we

Go down, because we can’t see the man’s face

Unless our youngest brother is with us.’

27 “Your servant my own father said to us,

‘You know that my wife bore me two sons. 28 One

Of them departed from me, and I said,

“He has been torn to pieces,” and I have

Not seen him since. 29 If you take this one from

Me too and he is harmed, you will bring my

Gray head down to the grave in suffering,’ 30

So if the boy is not with us when I

Go back home to your servant my own father

And if my father, whose life is bound up

With the boy’s life, 31 sees that the boy is not

There, he will die. Your servants will bring our

Father’s gray head down to the grave in sorrow.

32 Your servant guaranteed the boy would be

Safe to my father. I said, ‘If I do

Not bring him back to you, I’ll bear the blame

In front of you, my father, all my life!’

33 Now then, please let your servant stay here as

My lord’s slave in the boy’s stead; let the boy

Return with his own brothers. 34 How can I

Go back to my own father if the boy

Is not with me? No! Do not let me see

My father in tremendous misery.”

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Obey your leaders and submit to them, for they are keeping watch over your souls, as those who will have to give an account. Let them do this with joy and not with groaning, for that would be of no advantage to you.

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