|Genesis 45 |
1 Then Joseph could no longer restrain himself before all those who stood by him, and he cried out, "Have every man to go out of my presence!" So no man stood with him when Joseph made himself known to his brothers.
2 And he wept aloud and the Egyptians and the household of Pharaoh heard about it.
3 And Joseph said to his brothers, "I am Joseph! Does my father still live?" And his brothers could not answer him; for they were alarmed at his presence.
4 Then Joseph said to his brothers, "Come near me, I pray you." And they came near. And he said, "I am Joseph your brother, whom you sold into Egypt.
5 But do not be grieved or angry with yourselves because you sold me here, for God sent me before you to preserve lives.1
6 For these two years the famine has been in the land, and there are still five more years in which there will neither be gathering nor harvest.
7 God sent me before you to preserve a posterity for you on the earth, and to save your lives by a great deliverance.
8 So now it was not you who sent me here, but God; and he has made me a father to Pharaoh and lord of all his house and a ruler throughout all the land of Egypt.
9 Hurry and go up to my father and say to him, 'This is what your son Joseph says: God has made me lord of all Egypt. Come down to me, do not tarry.
10 You shall dwell in the land of Goshen, and you shall be near me, you and your children and your grandchildren, your flocks, your herds, and all that you have.
11 And I will nourish you there so that you and your household, and all that you have will not come to poverty, for there are still five more years of famine.'
12 Behold, your eyes and the eyes of my brother Benjamin see that it is I who speaks to you.
13 And you shall tell my father of all my glory in Egypt and of all that you have seen; and you shall make haste and bring my father here."
14 And he fell upon his brother Benjamin's neck and wept, and Benjamin wept upon his neck.
15 Moreover, he kissed all his brothers and wept upon them; and after that his brothers talked with him.
16 When the report was heard in Pharaoh's house that Joseph's brothers had come, it pleased Pharaoh and his servants.
17 And Pharaoh said to Joseph, "Say to your brothers: 'Load your beasts and go to the land of Canaan,
18 And get your father and your households and come to me; and I will give you the best of the land of Egypt and you will live on the fat of the land.'
19 Also command them, saying, 'take some wagons out of the land of Egypt for your little ones and for your wives, and bring your father and come.
20 And do not be concerned about your belongings, for the best of all the land of Egypt is yours.'"
21 So the children of Israel did so; Joseph gave them wagons, according to the commandment of Pharaoh, and provision for the journey.
22 To each of them he also gave changes of clothing, but to Benjamin he gave three hundred pieces of silver and five changes of clothing.
23 And to his father he sent these things: ten donkeys loaded with the best things of Egypt, and ten female donkeys loaded with grain and bread and food for his father on his journey.
24 So he sent his brothers away, and they departed, and he said to them, "See that you do not quarrel on the way."
25 And they went up out of Egypt and came into the land of Canaan to Jacob their father,
26 And told him, saying, "Joseph is still alive; and he is governor over all the land of Egypt!" And Jacob's heart stood still, for he did not believe them.
27 But when they told him all the words, which Joseph had said to them, and when he saw the wagons that Joseph had sent to carry him, the spirit of Jacob their father revived.
28 And Israel said, "It is enough! Joseph my son is still alive. I will go and see him before I die."
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1 do not be grieved or angry with yourselves because you sold me here, for God sent me before you to preserve lives. This is an example of how men with evil thoughts can be manipulated without violating their free wills. No, God did not make Joseph's brothers hate him. No, God did not make Joseph's brother's cast him in the pit. But God allowed it to happen to his purpose, and arranged it so that the caravan of Ishmaelites just happened to be coming by after they they threw Joseph in the pit; and they just happened carry him to Egypt. So God knew that Joseph's brothers hated him, and he knew they would move against Joseph violently with the right circumstances, so he set the stage to accomplish his purposes with their evil actions — but he did not violate their free wills.
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