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.”

Chinese Contemporary Bible (Traditional)

創世記 45:1-28


1約瑟再也控制不住自己,於是令所有的隨從都出去。這樣,約瑟跟弟兄們相認時,沒有外人在場。 2約瑟放聲大哭,埃及人聽見了他的哭聲,法老家也聽到了這個消息。 3約瑟對他的弟兄們說:「我是約瑟!我的父親還健在嗎?」他的弟兄們嚇得一句話也說不出來。

4約瑟叫他們走近一點,等他們靠近了,便說:「我是你們賣到埃及的弟弟約瑟5現在,你們不要因為把我賣到這裡而自怨自責。上帝差我先來這裡,是為了保住大家的性命。 6地上的饑荒已經兩年了,我們還有五年不能種、不能收。 7上帝差我先來,是要為你們保留後代,又要大施拯救,保住你們的性命。 8這樣看來,不是你們,是上帝把我送到這裡的。祂使我成為法老的宰相,管理他的家和整個埃及9你們快回去告訴父親,他兒子約瑟說,『上帝已經使我管理整個埃及,請他立刻來這裡。 10他可以帶著他的子孫、牛羊及一切所有住在歌珊。那裡離我很近, 11我可以奉養他,以免他和全家老少及僕婢牲畜都陷入絕境,因為還有五年的饑荒。』 12你們和我弟弟便雅憫都看見了,這是我親口對你們說的。 13你們要把我在埃及享有的尊榮和你們見到的一切都告訴父親,儘快把他接來。」 14約瑟和弟弟便雅憫抱頭痛哭, 15然後又親吻其他弟兄,抱著他們痛哭,弟兄們跟他交談起來。

16約瑟弟兄們到來的消息傳到法老的王宮,法老和他的臣僕都為約瑟感到高興。 17法老對約瑟說:「你去吩咐你的弟兄備好驢回迦南18把你們的父親和家眷都接到我這裡。我要把埃及最好的土地賜給他們,讓他們享受這裡肥美的物產。 19吩咐你的弟兄從埃及帶著車去把他們的妻子、兒女和你們的父親接來。 20不要擔心你們在迦南的產業,因為埃及全國的美物都是你們的。」

21以色列的兒子們答應了。約瑟遵照法老的吩咐,為他的弟兄們預備好車輛和路上需用的糧食, 22又給他們每人一套新衣服,但給了便雅憫五套新衣服和三百塊銀子。 23約瑟送給父親十頭公驢,馱著埃及的美物,還送了十頭母驢,馱著糧食、餅和其他食物,讓父親路上用。 24約瑟送弟兄們回去,囑咐他們路上不要爭吵。

25於是,他們離開埃及回到在迦南的父親雅各那裡, 26對父親說:「約瑟還活著,並且做了埃及的宰相。」雅各驚呆了,不敢相信他們的話。 27雅各聽了他們轉述約瑟的話,又看見約瑟派來接他的車,才回過神來。 28以色列說:「我信了!我兒約瑟還活著,我要在死之前去見他。」