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.”
Yosef Yi Ne Ho Adi Kyerɛ Ne Nuanom
1Afei, na Yosef yɛ ne ho hwee a, ɛnyɛ yiye wɔ nʼasomfo no nyinaa anim. Enti ɔteɛɛ mu kyerɛɛ nʼasomfo no se, “Obiara mfi ha nkɔ.” Enti bere a oyii ne ho adi kyerɛɛ ne nuanom no, na asomfo no mu biara nni hɔ. 2Osuu denneennen maa Misraimfo no tee, Farao fifo tee asɛm no.
3Yosef ka kyerɛɛ ne nuabarimanom no se, “Mene Yosef! Mʼagya te ase ana?” Nanso asɛm no bɔɔ wɔn piriw ma wɔtotɔɔ mum wɔ nʼanim.
4Yosef ka kyerɛɛ ne nuabarimanom no se, “Montwiw mmɛn me.” Wotwiw bɛn no no, ɔka kyerɛɛ wɔn se, “Mene mo nuabarima Yosef. Me na motɔn me ma wɔde me kɔɔ Misraim no. 5Mommma biribiara nhaw mo. Na monnkasakasa so sɛ motɔn me ma wɔde me baa ha. Onyankopɔn na ɔyɛe. Ɔno na ɔsomaa me, dii mo anim baa ha sɛ mimmegye mo nkwa. 6Mfe abien ni a ɔkɔm baa asase yi so. Mfe anum a ɛreba yi nso, obiara rennua, na obiara nso rentwa. 7Onyankopɔn asoma me ha sɛ memma mo ne mo fifo ntena nkwa mu, na moayɛ ɔman kɛse.
8“Enti ɛnyɛ mo na mode me baa ha, na ɛyɛ Onyankopɔn ankasa! Wayɛ me Farao fotufo ne ne fi sohwɛfo, na ɔde Misraiman nyinaa nso ahyɛ me nsa. 9Afei, monka mo ho nkɔ mʼagya nkyɛn nkɔka nkyerɛ no se, ‘Sɛnea wo babarima Yosef se ni, Onyankopɔn ayɛ me Misraiman nyinaa sohwɛfo. Enti ntwentwɛn wʼanan ase koraa, na bra Misraim! 10Wobɛba abɛtena Gosen45.10 Na Gosen da Nil fam a na ɛyɛ asase pa. asase so, na woabɛn me. Fa wo mma, wo nananom, wo nguan ne wʼanantwi ne biribiara a wowɔ bra. 11Sɛ woba hɔ a, mɛhwɛ wo, efisɛ aka saa ɔkɔm kɛse yi mfe anum. Sɛ anyɛ saa a, wo ne wo fifo ne wɔn a wɔka wo ho nyinaa bedi hia buruburoo.’
12“Mo ne me nua Benyamin nyinaa di adanse sɛ, ampa ara, ɛyɛ me Yosef na me ne morekasa yi. 13Monka anuonyam a Onyame adom nti, wɔahyɛ me wɔ Misraim asase so ne biribiara a mo ankasa mode mo ani abehu no nyinaa ho asɛm nkyerɛ mʼagya. Monkɔfa mʼagya nsian mmrɛ me ntɛm.”
14Ɔyɛɛ Benyamin atuu, sui, a anigye ne awerɛhow adi afra. Benyamin nso fii ase sui. 15Ofifew ne nuanom no nyinaa ano sui, na ɛno akyi no, wotumi ne no kasae.
Farao Hyia Yakob Ba Misraim
16Bere a wɔtee wɔ Farao fi sɛ Yosef nuanom no aba no, Farao ne ne mpanyimfo a wɔka ne ho no nyinaa ani gyei. 17Farao ka kyerɛɛ Yosef se, “Ka kyerɛ wo nuanom no se, wɔmfa nneɛma nsoasoa wɔn mmoa no, na wɔnkɔ Kanaan asase so, 18na wɔnkɔfa wɔn agya ne wɔn abusuafo nyinaa mmra Misraim asase so ha mmɛtena ha. Ka kyerɛ wɔn se, ‘Farao bɛma mo Misraim asase no fa a eye pa ara atena so. Wobedi asase no so nnepa!’
19“Ka kyerɛ wɔn se, ‘Momfa nteaseɛnam mfi Misraim ha nkɔfa mo yerenom ne mo mma. Momfa mo agya nso nka ho mmra. 20Monnhaw mo ho wɔ mo agyapade ho, efisɛ mede nnepa a ɛwɔ Misraim asase so nyinaa no bi bɛma mo.’ ”
21Enti Yosef maa wɔn nteaseɛnam ne nnuan a wobedi wɔ ɔkwan so, sɛnea Farao hyɛe no. 22Ɔmaa ne nuanom no mu biara atade foforo, nanso Benyamin de, ɔmaa no ntade ahorow anum ne dwetɛ kilogram abiɛsa ne fa. 23Saa nneɛma a edidi so yi nso na Yosef de kɔmaa nʼagya Israel: mfurumnini du a wɔahyehyɛ Misraim nneɛma pa wɔ wɔn so, mfurummmere du a wɔsoso aburow, brodo ne nnuan ahorow ne nʼakwansoduan. 24Ogyaa ne nuanom no kwan, na akwannya no mu no, ɔka kyerɛɛ wɔn se, “Monnkɔkasakasa wɔ ɔkwan so.”
25Enti wofii Misraimman mu kɔɔ wɔn agya Israel nkyɛn wɔ Kanaan asase so. 26Wodui no, wɔde anigye bɔɔ wɔn agya amanneɛ se, “Yosef te ase! Nokwasɛm ni, ɔno na odi Misraiman nyinaa so!” Israel tee saa asɛm no, ne ho dwiriw no. Wannye anni. 27Na bere a wɔkaa nsɛm a Yosef ka kyerɛɛ wɔn sɛ wɔmmɛka no wiee no, na ohuu nteaseɛnam a Yosef de somaa sɛ wɔmfa mmɛfa no no, wɔn agya Yakob ho san no. 28Na Israel kae se, “Magye nsɛm no nyinaa adi. Me ba Yosef da so te ase. Mɛkɔ akohu no ansa na mawu.”