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.”
Yosefe Adziwulula kwa Abale Ake
1Tsono Yosefe sanathenso kuwugwira mtima kuti asalire pamaso pa antchito ake ndipo anafuwula kuti, “Aliyense achoke pamaso panga!” Motero panalibe wina aliyense pamene Yosefe anadziwulula kwa abale ake. 2Ndipo analira mokweza mwakuti Aigupto anamva. Onse a ku nyumba kwa Farao anamvanso za zimenezi.
3Yosefe anati kwa abale ake, “Ine ndine Yosefe! Kodi abambo anga akanali ndi moyo?” Koma abale ake sanathe kumuyankha chifukwa anali ndi mantha kwambiri pamaso pake.
4Ndipo Yosefe anati kwa abale ake, “Senderani pafupi nane.” Atasendera iye anati, “Ine ndine mʼbale wanu Yosefe amene munamugulitsa ku Igupto! 5Ndipo tsopano, musawawidwe mtima kapena kudzipsera mtima chifukwa choti munandigulitsa ine kuno, popeza Mulungu ananditsogoza ine kuti adzapulumutse miyoyo yanu. 6Kwa zaka ziwiri tsopano, kwakhala kuli njala mʼdziko muno, ndipo kwa zaka zisanu zikubwerazi, anthu sadzalima kapena kukolola. 7Koma Mulungu ananditsogoza kuti adzakusungeni ndi moyo ndi kuti mudzakhale ndi zidzukulu pa dziko lapansi.
8“Motero, si inu amene munanditumiza kuno koma Mulungu. Iye anandisandutsa kukhala nduna yayikulu ya Farao, ndipo zonse za mʼnyumba mwake zili mʼmanja mwangamu. Komanso amene akulamulira dziko lonse la Igupto ndi ine. 9Tsono fulumirani mubwerere kwa abambo anga ndi kuwawuza kuti, ‘Mwana wanu Yosefe akuti, Mulungu anandisandutsa kukhala mbuye wa dziko lonse la Igupto. Ndiye bwerani kuno musachedwe. 10Ndipo inu, ana anu, zidzukulu zanu, pamodzi ndi nkhosa ndi ngʼombe zanu ndi antchito anu amene muli nawo muzidzakhala mʼdziko la Goseni pafupi ndi ine. 11Ine ndizidzakupatsani zakudya kumeneko chifukwa zaka zisanu za njala zikubwera ndithu. Kupanda kutero, inu ndi mabanja anu pamodzi ndi anthu anu onse mudzasowa chakudya.’
12“Tsono inu nonse pamodzi ndi mʼbale wangayu Benjamini, mukuona kuti ndi inedi amene ndikuyankhula nanu. 13Mukawawuze abambo anga kuti ndili pa ulemerero ku dziko la Igupto kuno ndi zonse zimene mwaziona. Tsopano fulumirani kuti mukabwere nawo kuno abambo anga.”
14Kenaka Yosefe anakhumbatira Benjamini, mngʼono wake uja nayamba kulira. Nayenso Benjamini anayamba kulira atamukumbatira. 15Atatero, Yosefe anapsompsona abale ake onse aja, akulira. Pambuyo pake abale ake aja anacheza ndi Yosefe.
16Akunyumba kwa Farao atamva kuti abale ake a Yosefe abwera, Farao pamodzi ndi nduna zake zonse anakondwera. 17Farao anati kwa Yosefe, “Uwawuze abale ako kuti, ‘Senzetsani nyama zanu katundu ndi kubwerera ku dziko la Kanaani. 18Mukabwere nawo abambo anu ndi mabanja anu kuno, ndipo ine ndidzakupatsani dera lachonde kwambiri mʼdziko la Igupto. Mudzadya zokoma za mʼdzikoli.’ ”
19“Uwawuzenso kuti, ‘Tengani ngolo zingapo za kuno ku Igupto kuti mukakwezepo ana anu, akazi anu pamodzi ndi abambo ako ndi kubwera nawo kuno. 20Musadandaule zosiya katundu komweko chifukwa dziko lachonde la kuno ku Igupto lidzakhala lanu.’ ”
21Choncho ana a Israeli anachita zimenezo. Yosefe anawapatsa ngolo monga Farao analamulira, ndipo anawapatsanso chakudya cha paulendo wawo. 22Anaperekanso kwa aliyense zovala zatsopano, koma kwa Benjamini anapereka siliva wolemera pafupifupi makilogalamu anayi ndi zovala zisanu. 23Ndipo abambo ake anawatumizira izi: abulu khumi osenza zinthu zabwino kwambiri za ku Igupto, ndi abulu aakazi khumi osenza tirigu, buledi ndi zakudya zina za pa ulendo wake. 24Kenaka anawalola abale ake aja kuti azipita, ndipo akunyamuka, iye anawawuza kuti, “Osakangana mʼnjira!”
25Ndipo anachoka ku Igupto nafika kwa abambo awo Yakobo mʼdziko la Kanaani. 26Iwo anawuza abambo awo kuti, “Yosefe akanali ndi moyo! Ndiponsotu, ndiye akulamulira dziko la Igupto.” Yakobo anangoti kakasi osankhulupirira. 27Komabe atamufotokozera zonse zimene Yosefe anawawuza ndipo ataona ngolo zimene Yosefe anatumiza kuti adzakweremo popita ku Igupto, mtima wa Yakobo, abambo awo unatsitsimuka. 28Ndipo Israeli anati, “Ndatsimikizadi! Mwana wanga Yosefe akanali ndi moyodi. Ndipita ndikamuone ndisanafe.”