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1. Mosebog 45:1-28

Josef giver sig til kende for sine brødre

1Da kunne Josef ikke længere beherske sig. „Ud, alle sammen!” beordrede han sine tjenere, for han ville være alene med brødrene. 2Så brast han i gråd. Han hulkede så højt, at alle i huset hørte det—ja, rygtet om hans gråd nåede helt til Faraos palads.

3„Jeg er Josef!” sagde han. „Er min far stadig i live?” Hans brødre var lamslåede og kunne ikke få et ord frem.

4„Kom herhen,” sagde han. De trådte nærmere, og han sagde igen: „Jeg er Josef, jeres bror, som I solgte til Egypten. 5Men I må ikke bebrejde jer selv på grund af det, I gjorde, for Gud var med i det! Han sendte mig hertil i forvejen, for at I kunne blive reddet. 6Hungersnøden har nu hærget i to år, og den vil hærge fem år endnu. I al den tid vil der hverken blive pløjet eller sået. 7Derfor sendte Gud mig hertil, så at I og jeres familier kan overleve og blive til et stort folk. 8Ja, det var Gud, som sendte mig hertil—ikke jer. Og han har gjort mig til Faraos rådgiver, ansvarlig for hans ejendom og hersker over hele Egypten.

9Skynd jer nu tilbage til min far og fortæl ham, at Gud har gjort hans søn Josef til hersker over Egypten. Sig til ham, at han skal komme med det samme 10og slå sig ned i Goshens land, så han kan bo i nærheden af mig med alle sine børn og børnebørn, sine fåre- og kvægflokke og alt, hvad han ejer. 11Så kan jeg hjælpe jer, for der er stadig fem år, til hungersnøden er slut. Ellers vil I alle ende i den yderste fattigdom.”

12Josef fortsatte: „I kan selv se, at jeg er Josef—også Benjamin kan bekræfte det. 13Fortæl min far, at det er gået mig godt i Egypten. Fortæl om den magt, jeg har, og om alt, hvad I har set og hørt her—og skynd jer så at bringe ham herhen.”

14Da omfavnede Josef sin bror Benjamin, og med hinanden om halsen græd de to brødre. 15Derefter omfavnede han grædende hver enkelt af sine brødre, og først da fik de mælet igen. 16Nyheden om Josefs brødre nåede også Farao og hans hof, og alle glædede sig over det bevægede gensyn.

17Farao sagde da til Josef: „Sig til dine brødre, at de skal læsse deres æsler og skynde sig hjem til Kana’an 18og hente deres far og øvrige familie. De kan roligt komme herned og bo. Giv dem denne besked fra mig: Farao vil overdrage jer den bedste jord, der er i Egypten. I skal leve af landets overflod. 19Og sig til dine brødre, at de må tage vogne med sig fra Egypten, så deres koner og børn og deres far kan blive kørt hertil. 20Sig også til dem, at de ikke skal bekymre sig om de ting, de må lade tilbage, for det bedste af det bedste her i Egypten skal være deres.”

21Så gav Josef dem vogne og rejseproviant, sådan som Farao havde befalet, og brødrene gjorde, som der blev sagt. 22Josef gav alle sine brødre smukke dragter, og Benjamin gav han fem dragter og tre hundrede sølvstykker. 23Til sin far læssede han ti æsler med alle mulige specialiteter fra Egypten—og endnu ti æsler med korn og andre livsfornødenheder, som skulle være proviant på hans rejse til Egypten. 24Så tog han afsked med sine brødre: „Lad nu være med at skændes på vejen,” var hans sidste ord til dem, 25hvorefter de tog af sted og kom hjem til deres far i Kana’an.

26„Josef er i live!” fortalte de i munden på hinanden. „Og han regerer over hele Egypten!” Men Jakob var skeptisk. Han kunne simpelthen ikke tro det. 27Så fortalte de ham alt, hvad Josef havde sagt, og da Jakob så vognene, som Josef havde sendt for at hente ham, livede han op 28og sagde: „Det må jo være sandt, at min søn Josef lever! Jeg må af sted og se ham, før jeg dør.”

King James Version

Genesis 45:1-28

1Then 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. 2And he wept aloud: and the Egyptians and the house of Pharaoh heard.45.2 wept…: Heb. gave forth his voice in weeping 3And Joseph said unto his brethren, I am Joseph; doth my father yet live? And his brethren could not answer him; for they were troubled at his presence.45.3 troubled: or, terrified 4And 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 into Egypt. 5Now therefore be not grieved, nor angry with yourselves, that ye sold me hither: for God did send me before you to preserve life.45.5 nor…: Heb. neither let there be anger in your eyes 6For these two years hath the famine been in the land: and yet there are five years, in the which there shall neither be earing nor harvest. 7And God sent me before you to preserve you a posterity in the earth, and to save your lives by a great deliverance.45.7 to preserve…: Heb. to put for you a remnant 8So now it was not you that sent me hither, but God: and he hath made me a father to Pharaoh, and lord of all his house, and a ruler throughout all the land of Egypt. 9Haste ye, and go up to my father, and say unto him, Thus saith thy son Joseph, God hath made me lord of all Egypt: come down unto me, tarry not: 10And 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: 11And there will I nourish thee; for yet there are five years of famine; lest thou, and thy household, and all that thou hast, come to poverty. 12And, behold, your eyes see, and the eyes of my brother Benjamin, that it is my mouth that speaketh unto you. 13And ye shall tell my father of all my glory in Egypt, and of all that ye have seen; and ye shall haste and bring down my father hither. 14And he fell upon his brother Benjamin’s neck, and wept; and Benjamin wept upon his neck. 15Moreover he kissed all his brethren, and wept upon them: and after that his brethren talked with him.

16¶ And the fame thereof was heard in Pharaoh’s house, saying, Joseph’s brethren are come: and it pleased Pharaoh well, and his servants.45.16 pleased…: Heb. was good in the eyes of Pharaoh 17And Pharaoh said unto Joseph, Say unto thy brethren, This do ye; lade your beasts, and go, get you unto the land of Canaan; 18And 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. 19Now 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. 20Also regard not your stuff; for the good of all the land of Egypt is yours.45.20 regard…: Heb. let not your eye spare, etc. 21And the children of Israel did so: and Joseph gave them wagons, according to the commandment of Pharaoh, and gave them provision for the way.45.21 commandment: Heb. mouth 22To all of them he gave each man changes of raiment; but to Benjamin he gave three hundred pieces of silver, and five changes of raiment. 23And to his father he sent after this manner; ten asses laden with the good things of Egypt, and ten she asses laden with corn and bread and meat for his father by the way.45.23 laden…: Heb. carrying 24So 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, 26And told him, saying, Joseph is yet alive, and he is governor over all the land of Egypt. And Jacob’s heart fainted, for he believed them not.45.26 Jacob’s: Heb. his 27And 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: 28And Israel said, It is enough; Joseph my son is yet alive: I will go and see him before I die.