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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.”

New International Version

Genesis 45:1-28

Joseph Makes Himself Known

1Then Joseph could no longer control himself before all his attendants, and he cried out, “Have everyone leave my presence!” So there was no one with Joseph when he made himself known to his brothers. 2And he wept so loudly that the Egyptians heard him, and Pharaoh’s household heard about it.

3Joseph said to his brothers, “I am Joseph! Is my father still living?” But his brothers were not able to answer him, because they were terrified at his presence.

4Then Joseph said to his brothers, “Come close to me.” When they had done so, he said, “I am your brother Joseph, the one you sold into Egypt! 5And now, do not be distressed and do not be angry with yourselves for selling me here, because it was to save lives that God sent me ahead of you. 6For two years now there has been famine in the land, and for the next five years there will be no plowing and reaping. 7But God sent me ahead of you to preserve for you a remnant on earth and to save your lives by a great deliverance.45:7 Or save you as a great band of survivors

8“So then, it was not you who sent me here, but God. He made me father to Pharaoh, lord of his entire household and ruler of all Egypt. 9Now hurry back 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; don’t delay. 10You shall live in the region of Goshen and be near me—you, your children and grandchildren, your flocks and herds, and all you have. 11I will provide for you there, because five years of famine are still to come. Otherwise you and your household and all who belong to you will become destitute.’

12“You can see for yourselves, and so can my brother Benjamin, that it is really I who am speaking to you. 13Tell my father about all the honor accorded me in Egypt and about everything you have seen. And bring my father down here quickly.”

14Then he threw his arms around his brother Benjamin and wept, and Benjamin embraced him, weeping. 15And he kissed all his brothers and wept over them. Afterward his brothers talked with him.

16When the news reached Pharaoh’s palace that Joseph’s brothers had come, Pharaoh and all his officials were pleased. 17Pharaoh said to Joseph, “Tell your brothers, ‘Do this: Load your animals and return to the land of Canaan, 18and bring your father and your families back to me. I will give you the best of the land of Egypt and you can enjoy the fat of the land.’

19“You are also directed to tell them, ‘Do this: Take some carts from Egypt for your children and your wives, and get your father and come. 20Never mind about your belongings, because the best of all Egypt will be yours.’ ”

21So the sons of Israel did this. Joseph gave them carts, as Pharaoh had commanded, and he also gave them provisions for their journey. 22To each of them he gave new clothing, but to Benjamin he gave three hundred shekels45:22 That is, about 7 1/2 pounds or about 3.5 kilograms of silver and five sets of clothes. 23And this is what he sent to his father: ten donkeys loaded with the best things of Egypt, and ten female donkeys loaded with grain and bread and other provisions for his journey. 24Then he sent his brothers away, and as they were leaving he said to them, “Don’t quarrel on the way!”

25So they went up out of Egypt and came to their father Jacob in the land of Canaan. 26They told him, “Joseph is still alive! In fact, he is ruler of all Egypt.” Jacob was stunned; he did not believe them. 27But when they told him everything Joseph had said to them, and when he saw the carts Joseph had sent to carry him back, the spirit of their father Jacob revived. 28And Israel said, “I’m convinced! My son Joseph is still alive. I will go and see him before I die.”