Accessibility setting


Select language

Skip to secondary menu

Skip to table of contents

Skip to content

Jehovah’s Witnesses


Online Bible

The Bible in Living English

Genesis 45:1-28

45  And Joseph could not repress his feelings before all who stood about him, and he called out “Send every man out of the way”; and no man stood with him when Joseph made himself known to his brothers. 2*  And he wept aloud, and the Egyptians heard it, and the Pharaoh’s palace heard of it. 3  And Joseph said to his brothers “I am Joseph; is father still alive?” and his brothers could not answer him, because they were in consternation at finding him. 4  And Joseph said to his brothers “Come close to me”; and they did; and he said “I am your brother Joseph whom you sold into Egypt. 5  And now do not grieve nor think it a sore subject that you sold me here, because God sent me before you for a life-preserver. 6  For the famine has been in the country these two years, and there are five years yet that there shall be no plowing and harvesting; 7  and God sent me before you to secure you a remnant in the earth and to keep you alive as a great survival. 8  So it was not you that sent me here, but God; and he has made me father of the Pharaoh and master of all his palace and ruler throughout Egypt. 9  Go right up to father and say to him ‘Says your son Joseph, God has made me master of all Egypt; come down to me, do not wait, 10  and live in Goshen and be near me, you and your children and grandchildren and your sheep and goats and cattle and all that belong to you, 11  and I will support you there, because there are five years of famine yet, for fear you and your family and all that belong to you should be impoverished.’ 12  Here your eyes see, and my brother Benjamin’s eyes, that it is my own mouth that is speaking to you, 13  and you will tell father of all my dignity in Egypt and everything you have seen, and bring father right down here.” 14  And he threw himself on his brother Benjamin’s neck and wept, and Benjamin wept on his neck; 15  and he kissed all his brothers and wept on them; and after that his brothers talked with him. 16  And the bruit was heard in the Pharaoh’s palace, “Joseph’s brothers have come”; and the Pharaoh and his officers liked it. 17  And the Pharaoh said to Joseph “Say to your brothers ‘Load your beasts and go, get to Canaan 18  and take your father and your families and come to me, and I will give you the best there is in Egypt and you shall eat the fat of the land.’ 19*  And give them the order yourself, ‘Do this way: take yourselves wagons from Egypt for your children and wives, and take up your father and come; 20  and do not grudge for your things, because the best there is in all Egypt is yours.’” 21  And Israel’s sons did so; and Joseph gave them wagons by the Pharaoh’s direction, and gave them provisions for the road. 22  And he gave them all a suit of clothes apiece, but to Benjamin he gave three hundred shekels of silver and five suits of clothes. 23  And to his father he sent this: ten jacks carrying Egyptian specialties and ten she-asses carrying grain and bread and provender for his father for the journey. 24  And he sent off his brothers, and they went; and he said to them “Do not lose your tempers on the road.” 25  And they went up from Egypt and came to their father Jacob in Canaan, 26  and told him “Joseph is still alive,” and that he was ruler over all Egypt. And he was stunned, because he did not believe them; 27  and they repeated to him all Joseph’s words that he had said to them, and he saw the wagons Joseph had sent to carry him, and their father Jacob’s spirit revived. 28  And Israel said “That will do; my son Joseph is still alive; I will go and see him before I die.”


45:2 Or heard it Conj.* it was heard in the Pharaoh’s palace or it was heard of in the Pharaoh’s palace
45:19 (And give them this order yourself) Susp.