Chinese Contemporary Bible (Simplified)

创世记 45:1-28

约瑟与弟兄相认

1约瑟再也控制不住自己,于是令所有的随从都出去。这样,约瑟跟弟兄们相认时,没有外人在场。 2约瑟放声大哭,埃及人听见了他的哭声,法老家也听到了这个消息。 3约瑟对他的弟兄们说:“我是约瑟!我的父亲还健在吗?”他的弟兄们吓得一句话也说不出来。

4约瑟叫他们走近一点,等他们靠近了,便说:“我是你们卖到埃及的弟弟约瑟5现在,你们不要因为把我卖到这里而自怨自责。上帝差我先来这里,是为了保住大家的性命。 6地上的饥荒已经两年了,我们还有五年不能种、不能收。 7上帝差我先来,是要为你们保留后代,又要大施拯救,保住你们的性命。 8这样看来,不是你们,是上帝把我送到这里的。祂使我成为法老的宰相,管理他的家和整个埃及9你们快回去告诉父亲,他儿子约瑟说,‘上帝已经使我管理整个埃及,请他立刻来这里。 10他可以带着他的子孙、牛羊及一切所有住在歌珊。那里离我很近, 11我可以奉养他,以免他和全家老少及仆婢牲畜都陷入绝境,因为还有五年的饥荒。’ 12你们和我弟弟便雅悯都看见了,这是我亲口对你们说的。 13你们要把我在埃及享有的尊荣和你们见到的一切都告诉父亲,尽快把他接来。” 14约瑟和弟弟便雅悯抱头痛哭, 15然后又亲吻其他弟兄,抱着他们痛哭,弟兄们跟他交谈起来。

16约瑟弟兄们到来的消息传到法老的王宫,法老和他的臣仆都为约瑟感到高兴。 17法老对约瑟说:“你去吩咐你的弟兄备好驴回迦南18把你们的父亲和家眷都接到我这里。我要把埃及最好的土地赐给他们,让他们享受这里肥美的物产。 19吩咐你的弟兄从埃及带着车去把他们的妻子、儿女和你们的父亲接来。 20不要担心你们在迦南的产业,因为埃及全国的美物都是你们的。”

21以色列的儿子们答应了。约瑟遵照法老的吩咐,为他的弟兄们预备好车辆和路上需用的粮食, 22又给他们每人一套新衣服,但给了便雅悯五套新衣服和三百块银子。 23约瑟送给父亲十头公驴,驮着埃及的美物,还送了十头母驴,驮着粮食、饼和其他食物,让父亲路上用。 24约瑟送弟兄们回去,嘱咐他们路上不要争吵。

25于是,他们离开埃及回到在迦南的父亲雅各那里, 26对父亲说:“约瑟还活着,并且做了埃及的宰相。”雅各惊呆了,不敢相信他们的话。 27雅各听了他们转述约瑟的话,又看见约瑟派来接他的车,才回过神来。 28以色列说:“我信了!我儿约瑟还活着,我要在死之前去见他。”

New International Reader's Version

Genesis 45:1-28

Joseph Tells His Brothers Who He Is

1Joseph couldn’t control himself anymore in front of all his attendants. He cried out, “Have everyone leave me!” So there wasn’t anyone with Joseph when he told his brothers who he was. 2He wept so loudly that the Egyptians heard him. Everyone in Pharaoh’s house heard about it.

3Joseph said to his brothers, “I am Joseph! Is my father still alive?” But his brothers weren’t able to answer him. They were too afraid of him.

4Joseph said to his brothers, “Come close to me.” So they did. Then he said, “I am your brother Joseph. I’m the one you sold into Egypt. 5But don’t be upset. And don’t be angry with yourselves because you sold me here. God sent me ahead of you to save many lives. 6For two years now, there hasn’t been enough food in the land. And for the next five years, people won’t be plowing or gathering crops. 7But God sent me ahead of you to keep some of you alive on earth. He sent me here to save your lives by an act of mighty power.

8“So then, it wasn’t you who sent me here. It was God. He made me like a father to Pharaoh. He made me master of Pharaoh’s entire house. God made me ruler of the whole land of Egypt. 9Now hurry back to my father. Say to him, ‘Your son Joseph says, “God has made me master of the whole land of Egypt. Come down to me. Don’t waste any time. 10You will live in the area of Goshen. You, your children and grandchildren, your flocks and herds, and everything you have will be near me. 11There I will provide everything you need. There are still five years to come when there won’t be enough food. If you don’t come down here, you and your family and everyone who belongs to you will lose everything.” ’

12“My brothers, I am Joseph. You can see for yourselves that I am the one speaking to you. My brother Benjamin can see it too. 13Tell my father about all the honor given to me in Egypt. Tell him about everything you have seen. And bring my father down here quickly.”

14Then Joseph threw his arms around his brother Benjamin and wept. Benjamin also hugged him and wept. 15Joseph kissed all his brothers and wept over them. After that, his brothers talked with him.

16The news reached Pharaoh’s palace that Joseph’s brothers had come. Pharaoh and all his officials were pleased. 17Pharaoh said to Joseph, “Here’s what I want you to tell your brothers. Say to them, ‘Load your animals. Return to the land of Canaan. 18Bring your father and your families back to me. I’ll give you the best land in Egypt. You can enjoy all the good things in the land.’

19“And here’s something else I want you to tell them. Say to them, ‘Take some carts from Egypt. Your children and your wives can use them. Get your father and come back. 20Don’t worry about the things you have back there. The best of everything in Egypt will belong to you.’ ”

21Then the sons of Israel did so. Joseph gave them carts, as Pharaoh had commanded. He also gave them supplies for their journey. 22He gave new clothes to each of them. But he gave Benjamin more than seven pounds of silver. He also gave him five sets of clothes. 23He sent his father ten male donkeys loaded with the best things from Egypt. He also sent ten female donkeys loaded with grain and bread and other supplies for his journey. 24Then Joseph sent his brothers away. As they were leaving he said to them, “Don’t argue on the way!”

25So they went up out of Egypt. They came to their father Jacob in the land of Canaan. 26They told him, “Joseph is still alive! In fact, he is ruler of the whole land of Egypt.” Jacob was shocked. He didn’t believe them. 27So they told him everything Joseph had said to them. Jacob saw the carts Joseph had sent to carry him back. That gave new life to their father Jacob. 28Israel said, “I believe it now! My son Joseph is still alive. I’ll go and see him before I die.”