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.”

March 13: A Wife

March 13
A Wife

A helpful wife is a jewel for her husband, but a shameless wife will make his bones rot.
–Proverbs 12:4

A truly good wife is the most precious treasure a man can find! Her husband depends on her, and she never lets him down. She is good to him every day of her life, and with her own hands she gladly makes clothes. She is like a sailing ship that brings food from across the sea.
She gets up before daylight to prepare food for her family and for her servants. She knows how to buy land and how to plant a vineyard, and she always works hard. She knows when to buy or sell, and she stays busy until late at night. She spins her own cloth, and she helps the poor and the needy. Her family has warm clothing, and so she doesn’t worry when it snows. She does her own sewing, and everything she wears is beautiful.
Her husband is a well-known and respected leader in the city. She makes clothes to sell to the shop owners. She is strong and graceful, as well as cheerful about the future. Her words are sensible, and her advice is thoughtful. She takes good care of her family and is never lazy. Her children praise her, and with great pride her husband says, “There are many good women, but you are the best!” Charm can be deceiving, and beauty fades away, but a woman who honors the LORD deserves to be praised. Show her respect–praise her in public for what she has done.
–Proverbs 31:10-31

The man who finds a wife finds a treasure, and he receives favor from the LORD.
–Proverbs 18:221001_Quotations_Bible_Passages_sml


1 So Israel set out with all he had,
And when he came to Beersheba, he
Offered some sacrifices to the God

Of his own father Isaac, 2 and God spoke
To Israel in a night vision and
Said, “Jacob! Jacob!” “Here I am,” he said.

3 “I’m God, your father’s God,” he said. “Do not
Be scared to go to Egypt, for I will
Transform you into a great nation there.

4 I will go down to Egypt with you, and
I’ll surely bring you back again. And Joseph’s
Own hand will close your eyes.” 5 Then Jacob left

Beersheba, and sons of Israel
Took father Jacob and their children and
Their wives in carts that Pharaoh had sent over

To transport him. 6 They also took with them
Their livestock and the personal belongings
They had acquired in Canaan; Jacob and

His offspring went to Egypt, 7 and he took
With him to Egypt all his sons and grandsons,
Daughters and granddaughters–all of his offspring.

8 These are the names of sons of Israel
(Jacob and his descendants) who went down
To Egypt: Reuben, Jacob’s firstborn. 9 Sons

Of Reuben: Hanoch, Pallu, Hezron and
Carmi. 10 The sons of Simeon were these:
Jemuel, Jamin, Ohad, Jakin, Zohar

And Shaul (he was a woman Canaanite’s
Son.) 11 Levi’s sons were: Gershon, Kohath and
Merari. 12 Judah’s sons: Er, Onan, Shelah,

Perez and Zerah (but both Er and Onan
Had died in Canaan). Hezron and Hamul
Were sons of Perez. 13 Sons of Issachar:

Tola, Puah, Jashub and Shimron. 14 Sons
Of Zebulun were Sered, Elon and
Jahleel. 15 These were the sons whom Leah bore

Jacob in Paddan Aram, not including
His daughter Dinah; and his sons and daughters
Were thirty-three in all. 16 The sons of Gad:

Zephon, Haggi, Shuni, Ezbon, Eri,
Arodi and Areli. 17 Asher’s sons
Were Imnah, Ishvah, Ishvi and Beriah.

And Serah was their sister, and Beriah’s
Sons: Heber and Malkiel. 18 These were children
That Jacob had by Zilpah, the one whom

Laban had given daughter Leah−sixteen
In all. 19 The son of Rachel, Jacob’s wife:
Joseph and Benjamin. 20 In Egypt’s land,

Manasseh and Ephraim were there born
To Joseph by the daughter of the priest
Of On, named Asenath, 21 and Benjamin’s

Sons Bela, Beker, Ashbel, Gera and
Naaman, Ehi, Rosh, and Muppim, Huppim
And Ard, 22 and these were Rachel’s sons who were

Born unto Jacob−fourteen in all. 23 Dan’s
Son: Hushim. 24 Naphtali’s sons: Jahziel and
Guni, Jezer and Shillem. 25 These were sons

Born unto Jacob by their mother Bilhah,
Whom Laban had provided Rachel, his
Own daughter−seven in all. 26 Those who went

With Jacob down to Egypt−those who were
His lineal descendants, not including
His sons’ wives, numbered sixty-six in all.

27 With the two sons who had been born to Joseph
In Egypt, members of the family
Of Jacob, which went down to Egypt, totaled

Seventy. 28 Jacob then sent Judah on
Ahead of him to Joseph to obtain
The route to Goshen. When they reached the region

Of Goshen, 29 Joseph had his chariot
Prepared and went to Goshen to meet with
His father Israel. As soon as Joseph

Saw him, he threw his arms around his father
And wept a long time. 30 Israel told Joseph,
“Now I’m prepared to die, since I’ve seen for

Myself that you are still alive.” 31 Then Joseph
Said to his brothers and his father’s household,
“I will go up and speak to Pharaoh and

Tell him, ‘My brothers and my father’s household,
Who lived in Canaan, have come here to me.
32 The men are shepherds; they tend livestock, and

They’ve brought along their flocks and herds and all
They own.’ 33 When Pharaoh calls you in and asks,
‘What is your occupation?’ 34 you should say,

‘Your servants have watched livestock from our youths,
The way our fathers did;’ he’ll let you settle
In Goshen, for Egyptians dislike shepherds.”

1 Then Joseph went and told the Pharaoh, “My
Father and brothers, with their flocks and herds
And all they own, have come out of the land

Of Canaan and are now in Goshen.” 2 He
Selected five out of his brothers and
Presented them in front of Pharaoh, 3 who

Questioned the brothers, “What do you do for
A living?” “We, your servants, work as shepherds,”
They answered Pharaoh, “as our fathers were.”

4 They told him also, “We have come to live
Here for awhile, because the famine is
Severe in Canaan and your servants’ flocks

Do not have pasture, so now, please allow
Your servants settle in the land of Goshen.”
5 Pharaoh told Joseph this, “Your father and

Your brothers have come to you, 6 and the land
Of Egypt is before you; settle your
Father and brothers in the land’s best part.

Let them all live in Goshen, and if you
Know any of them have a special skill,
Put them in charge of my own livestock.” 7 Joseph

Then brought his father Jacob in and showed
The man to Pharaoh. After Jacob blessed
Pharaoh, 8 Pharaoh asked him, “How old are you?”

9 And Jacob said to him, “My pilgrimage
Has been a hundred thirty years; my years
Have been but few and difficult, and they

Don’t match my fathers’ years of pilgrimage.”
10 Jacob blessed Pharaoh and departed from
His presence. 11 Joseph settled his own father

And brothers in the land of Egypt and
He gave them property in the best part
Of all the land, the Rameses district, as

Pharaoh directed. 12 Joseph also furnished
His father and his brothers and all of
His father’s household with some food, by how

Many children they had. 13 But in the whole
Area was no food because the famine
Was serious; both Egypt and the land

Of Canaan were decaying due to famine
14 Joseph collected all the money that
Was to be found in Egypt and in Canaan

As payment for the grain that they were buying,
And he brought it to Pharaoh’s palace. 15 When
Money was gone from the Egyptians and

The Canaanites, all Egypt came to Joseph
And said, “Give us some food. Why should we die
Before your eyes? Our money is used up.”

16 “Then bring your livestock,” Joseph said. “I’ll sell
You food in barter for your livestock, since
Your money’s gone,” 17 and so they brought their livestock

To Joseph, and he gave them food in trade
For horses, sheep and goats, and cattle and
Donkeys; he brought them through that year with food

In trade for all their livestock. 18 When that year
Was over, they approached him the next year
And said, “We cannot hide from you, our lord,

The fact that since our money’s gone and our
Livestock belongs to you, there’s nothing left
For you, our lord, except our bodies and

Our land. 19 Why should we perish before you−
We and our land as well? Buy us and our
Own land in trade for food; we with our land

Will be in slavery to Pharaoh. Give
Us seed so we may live and will not die,
And that the land may not be desolate.”

20 So Joseph bought all land in Egypt for
Pharaoh, and the Egyptians, one and all,
Did sell their fields, because the famine was

Too rough for them, and Pharaoh owned the land,
21 And Joseph had enslaved the people, from
One end of Egypt to the other, 22 but

He did not purchase the priests’ land, because
Pharaoh gave them a regular allotment
And food enough from the allotment which

Pharaoh gave them, so they did not sell land.
23 Joseph said to the people, “Now that I
Have bought you and your land today for Pharaoh,

Here’s seed for you so you can plant the ground,
24 But when the crop comes in, you have to give
A fifth of it to Pharaoh, and the other four-fifths

You may retain as seed for fields and as
Food for yourselves, your households and your children.”
25 “You’ve saved our lives,” they said. “May we find favor

In our lord’s eyes; we will be enslaved to Pharaoh.”
26 So Joseph made a law concerning land
In Egypt that is still in force today

That one-fifth of the produce goes to Pharaoh.
Only the priests’ land did not go to Pharaoh.
27 Israelites settled down in Egypt in

The Goshen region of Goshen and bought property
There and were fruitful and increased in number.
28 Jacob resided seventeen years in

Egypt, and lived to be a hundred and
Forty-seven. 29 When the time drew near for him
To die, he called for his son Joseph and

Said to him, “If I have found favor in
Your eyes, put your hand underneath my thigh
And promise that you’ll show me kindness and

Faithfulness. Do not bury me in Egypt,
30 But when I rest my body with my fathers,
Carry me out of Egypt; bury me

Where they are buried.” “I will do as you
Say,” he said. 31 “Swear to me,” he said, then Joseph
Did swear to him the way that Jacob said,

And Jacob bowed himself at the bed’s head.

1 Later on, Joseph was informed, “Your father
Is ill,” so he took his two sons Manasseh
And Ephraim with him. 2 When Jacob was

Told, “Your son Joseph has come to visit you,”
Israel sparked his strength and sat up on
The bed. 3 He said to Joseph, “God Almighty

Appeared to me at Luz in Canaan, where
He blessed me 4 and he said to me, ‘I’ll make
You fruitful and I will increase your numbers.

I’ll make you a community of peoples,
And I will give this land as an enduring
Possession to your progeny.’ 5 “Now then,

Your two sons born to you in Egypt well
Before I came to you here will be reckoned
As mine; Ephraim and Manasseh will

Be mine, as Reuben and as Simeon
Are mine, 6 and any children born to you
After them will be yours; and in the land

That they inherit they will be accounted
For underneath their brothers’ names. 7 As I
Was coming back from Paddan, Rachel, to

My sorrow, died in Canaan while we were
Still on the way, a little distance from
Ephrath, and so I buried her beside

The road to Ephrath” (that is, Bethlehem).
8 When Israel saw Joseph’s sons, he asked,
“Who are these?” 9 Joseph told his father, “They

Are the sons God has given me here.” Then
Israel said, “Bring them to me so I
May bless them.” 10 Now the eyes of Israel

Were failing due to his old age, and he
Could hardly see. So Joseph brought his sons
Close to him, and his father kissed them and

Embraced them. 11 Israel told Joseph, “I
Never expected I would see your face
Again, and now God has permitted me

To see your children too,” 12 then Joseph took
The children from the knees of Israel
And bowed down with his face onto the ground.

13 And Joseph took them both, Ephraim on
His right toward Israel’s left hand and with
Manasseh on his left toward Israel’s

Right hand, and brought them close, 14 but Israel
Stretched his right hand and put it on the head
Of Ephraim, though he was younger, and

Crossing his arms, he put his left hand on
Manasseh’s head, although Manasseh was
The firstborn. 15 He blessed Joseph and said, “May

The God before whom my fathers Abraham
And Isaac walked, the God who has been my
Shepherd for my whole life, 16 the Angel who

Saved me from harm−may he bless these boys, and
May they be called by my name and the names
Of my own fathers Abraham and Isaac,

And may they greatly grow upon the earth.”
17 When Joseph saw his father placing his
Right hand upon the head of Ephraim,

He was displeased; he took his father’s hand
To move it from Ephraim’s head onto
Manasseh’s head, 18 and Joseph said to him,

“My father, no, this one is firstborn; put
Your right hand on his head.” 19 His father would
Not do it, saying this: “I know, my son,

I know. He also will become a people,
And he too will be great, but just the same,
His younger brother will be greater than

He, and his own descendants will become
A group of nations.” 20 He blessed them that day
And said, “In your name Israel will say

This blessing: ‘May God make you like Ephraim
And like Manasseh.’” So he put Ephraim
To lead Manasseh. 21 Israel then said

To Joseph, “I’m about to die, but God
Will be with you and will return you to
Your fathers’ land. 22 To you, as one who’s over

Your brothers, I give the land ridge, a portion
I took from Amorites with sword and bow.”