1 Then Joseph could not refrain himself before all them that
stood by him; and he cried: 'Cause every man to go out from me.' And there stood
no man with him, while Joseph made himself known unto his brethren.
2 And he wept aloud; and the Egyptians heard, and the house
of Pharaoh heard.
3 And Joseph said unto his brethren: 'I am Joseph; doth my
father yet live?' And his brethren could not answer him; for they were
affrighted at his presence.
4 And Joseph said unto his brethren: 'Come near to me, I pray
you.' And they came near. And he said: 'I am Joseph your brother, whom ye sold
5 And now be not grieved, nor angry with yourselves, that ye
sold me hither; for G-d did send me before you to preserve life.
6 For these two years hath the famine been in the land; and
there are yet five years, in which there shall be neither plowing nor harvest.
7 And G-d sent me before you to give you a remnant on the
earth, and to save you alive for a great deliverance.
8 So now it was not you that sent me hither, but G-d; and He
hath made me a father to Pharaoh, and lord of all his house, and ruler over all
the land of Egypt.
9 Hasten ye, and go up to my father, and say unto him: Thus
saith thy son Joseph: G-d hath made me lord of all Egypt; come down unto me,
10 And thou shalt dwell in the land of Goshen, and thou shalt
be near unto me, thou, and thy children, and thy children's children, and thy
flocks, and thy herds, and all that thou hast;
11 and there will I sustain thee; for there are yet five
years of famine; lest thou come to poverty, thou, and thy household, and all
that thou hast.
12 And, behold, your eyes see, and the eyes of my brother
Benjamin, that it is my mouth that speaketh unto you.
13 And ye shall tell my father of all my glory in Egypt, and
of all that ye have seen; and ye shall hasten and bring down my father hither.'
14 And he fell upon his brother Benjamin's neck, and wept;
and Benjamin wept upon his neck.
15 And he kissed all his brethren, and wept upon them; and
after that his brethren talked with him.
16 And the report thereof was heard in Pharaoh's house,
saying: 'Joseph's brethren are come'; and it pleased Pharaoh well, and his
17 And Pharaoh said unto Joseph: 'Say unto thy brethren: This
do ye: lade your beasts, and go, get you unto the land of Canaan;
18 and take your father and your households, and come unto
me; and I will give you the good of the land of Egypt, and ye shall eat the fat
of the land.
19 Now thou art commanded, this do ye: take you wagons out of
the land of Egypt for your little ones, and for your wives, and bring your
father, and come.
20 Also regard not your stuff; for the good things of all the
land of Egypt are yours.'
21 And the sons of Israel did so; and Joseph gave them
wagons, according to the commandment of Pharaoh, and gave them provision for the
22 To all of them he gave each man changes of raiment; but to
Benjamin he gave three hundred shekels of silver, and five changes of raiment.
23 And to his father he sent in like manner ten asses laden
with the good things of Egypt, and ten she-asses laden with corn and bread and
victual for his father by the way.
24 So he sent his brethren away, and they departed; and he
said unto them: 'See that ye fall not out by the way.'
25 And they went up out of Egypt, and came into the land of
Canaan unto Jacob their father.
26 And they told him, saying: 'Joseph is yet alive, and he is
ruler over all the land of Egypt.' And his heart fainted, for he believed them
27 And they told him all the words of Joseph, which he had
said unto them; and when he saw the wagons which Joseph had sent to carry him,
the spirit of Jacob their father revived.
28 And Israel said: 'It is enough; Joseph my son is yet
alive; I will go and see him before I die.'
Sources: Portions copyright © 1997 by Benyamin Pilant, All Rights Reserved
JPS Electronic Edition, based on the 1917 JPS translation, Copyright © 1998 by Larry Nelson, All Rights Reserved