Ketab El Hayat

التكوين 45:1-28

يوسف يكشف عن نفسه

1فَلَمْ يَسْتَطِعْ يُوسُفُ أَنْ يَتَمَالَكَ نَفْسَهُ أَمَامَ الْمَاثِلِينَ أَمَامَهُ، فَصَرَخَ: «لِيَخْرُجِ الْجَمِيعُ مِنْ هُنَا». فَلَمْ يَبْقَ أَحَدٌ مَعَ يُوسُفَ حِينَ كَشَفَ عَنْ نَفْسِهِ لإِخْوَتِهِ. 2وَبَكَى بِصَوْتٍ عَالٍ فَسَمِعَ الْمِصْرِيُّونَ كَمَا سَمِعَ بَيْتُ فِرْعَوْنَ. 3وَقَالَ يُوسُفُ لإِخْوَتِهِ: «أَنَا يُوسُفُ. فَهَلْ أَبِي مَازَالَ حَيًّا؟» فَلَمْ يَسْتَطِعْ إِخْوَتُهُ أَنْ يُجِيبُوهُ لأَنَّهُمُ امْتَلأُوا رُعْباً مِنْهُ.

4فَقَالَ يُوسُفُ لإِخْوَتِهِ: «اُدْنُوا مِنِّي». فَاقْتَرَبُوا مِنْهُ، فَقَالَ: «أَنَا يُوسُفُ أَخُوكُمُ الَّذِي بِعْتُمُوهُ إِلَى مِصْرَ. 5فَلا تَتَأَسَّفُوا الآنَ، وَلا يَصْعُبْ عَلَيْكُمْ أَنَّكُمْ بِعْتُمُونِي إِلَى هُنَا، لأَنَّ اللهَ أَرْسَلَنِي أَمَامَكُمْ حِفَاظاً عَلَى حَيَاتِكُمْ. 6فَقَدْ صَارَ لِلْمَجَاعَةِ فِي هَذِهِ الأَرْضِ سَنَتَانِ، وَبَقِيَتْ خَمْسُ سَنَوَاتٍ لَنْ يَكُونَ فِيهَا فَلاحَةٌ وَلا حَصَادٌ. 7وَقَدْ أَرْسَلَنِي اللهُ أَمَامَكُمْ لِيَجْعَلَ لَكُمْ بَقِيَّةً فِي الأَرْضِ وَيُنْقِذَ حَيَاتَكُمْ بِخَلاصٍ عَظِيمٍ. 8فَلَسْتُمْ إِذاً أَنْتُمُ الَّذِينَ أَرْسَلْتُمُونِي إِلَى هُنَا بَلِ اللهُ، الَّذِي جَعَلَنِي مُسْتَشَاراً لِفِرْعَوْنَ وَسَيِّداً لِكُلِّ بَيْتِهِ، وَمُتَسَلِّطاً عَلَى جَمِيعِ أَرْضِ مِصْرَ. 9فَأَسْرِعُوا وَارْجِعُوا إِلَى أَبِي وَقُولُوا لَهُ: ابْنُكَ يُوسُفُ يَقُولُ: لَقَدْ أَقَامَنِي اللهُ سَيِّداً عَلَى كُلِّ مِصْرَ. تَعَالَ وَلا تَتَبَاطَأْ. 10فَتُقِيمَ فِي أَرْضِ جَاسَانَ لِتَكُونَ قَرِيباً مِنِّي أَنْتَ وَبَنُوكَ وَأَحْفَادُكَ وَغَنَمُكَ وَبَقَرُكَ وَكُلُّ مَالَكَ. 11وَأَعُولُكَ هُنَاكَ لأَنَّ الْجُوعَ سَيَسْتَمِرُّ خَمْسَ سَنَوَاتٍ أُخْرَى، فَلا تَحْتَاجُ أَنْتَ وَعَائِلَتُكَ وَبَهَائِمُكَ. 12وَهَا أَنْتُمْ وَأَخِي بِنْيَامِينُ شُهُودٌ أَنَّنِي أَنَا حَقّاً الَّذِي يُخَاطِبُكُمْ. 13وَتُحَدِّثُونَ أَبِي عَنْ كُلِّ مَجْدِي فِي مِصْرَ وَعَمَّا شَهِدْتُمُوهُ. وَتُسْرِعُونَ فِي إِحْضَارِ أَبِي إِلَى هُنَا».

14ثُمَّ تَعَانَقَ يُوسُفُ وَبِنْيَامِينُ وَبَكَيَا 15وَقَبَّلَ يُوسُفُ بَاقِي إِخْوَتِهِ وَبَكَى مَعَهُمْ. وَعِنْدَئِذٍ فَقَطْ تَجَرَّأَ إِخْوَتُهُ عَلَى مُخَاطَبَتِهِ.

16وَسَرَى الْخَبَرُ إِلَى بَيْتِ فِرْعَوْنَ وَقِيلَ قَدْ جَاءَ إِخْوَةُ يُوسُفَ، فَسَرَّ ذَلِكَ فِرْعَوْنَ، وَعَبِيدَهُ أَيْضاً. 17وَقَالَ فِرْعَوْنُ لِيُوسُفَ: «اطْلُبْ مِنْ إِخْوَتِكَ أَنْ يُحَمِّلُوا دَوَابَهُمْ بِالْقَمْحِ وَيَرْجِعُوا إِلَى أَرْضِ كَنْعَانَ، 18لِيُحْضِرُوا أَبَاهُمْ وَأُسَرَهُمْ وَيَجِيئُوا إِلَيَّ، فَأُعْطِيَهُمْ أَفْضَلَ أَرْضِ مِصْرَ لِيَسْتَمْتِعُوا بِخَيْرَاتِهَا. 19وَقَدْ صَدَرَ أَمْرٌ إِلَيْكَ أَنْ يَأْخُذُوا لَهُمْ عَرَبَاتٍ مِنْ أَرْضِ مِصْرَ لِيَنْقُلُوا عَلَيْهَا أَوْلادَهُمْ وَزَوْجَاتِهِمْ وَأَبَاهُمْ وَيَحْضُرُوا إِلَى هُنَا. 20لَا يَكْتَرِثُوا لِمَا يُخَلِّفُونَهُ مِنْ مَتَاعٍ، فَخَيْرَاتُ أَرْضِ مِصْرَ كُلِّهَا هِيَ لَهُمْ».

21فَفَعَلَ بَنُو إِسْرَائِيلَ هَكَذَا، وَأَعْطَاهُمْ يُوسُفُ عَرَبَاتٍ حَسَبَ أَمْرِ فِرْعَوْنَ وَمَؤُونَةً لِلطَّرِيقِ. 22وَأَعْطَى كُلَّ وَاحِدٍ مِنْهُمْ حُلَلَ ثِيَابٍ. أَمَّا بِنْيَامِينُ فَخَصَّهُ بِثَلاثِ مِئَةِ قِطْعَةٍ مِنَ الْفِضَّةِ وَخَمْسِ حُلَلِ ثِيَابٍ. 23وَأَرْسَلَ إِلَى أَبِيهِ عَشَرَةَ حَمِيرٍ مُحَمَّلَةٍ بِأَفْضَلِ خَيْرَاتِ مِصْرَ وَعَشْرَ أُتُنٍ مُثْقَلَةٍ بِالْحِنْطَةِ وَخُبْزاً وَطَعَاماً يَقْتَاتُ مِنْهَا فِي الطَّرِيقِ. 24وَهَكَذَا صَرَفَ إِخْوَتَهُ بَعْدَ أَنْ أَوْصَاهُمْ: «لا تَتَخَاصَمُوا فِي الطَّرِيقِ».

25وَانْطَلَقُوا مِنْ مِصْرَ حَتَّى أَقْبَلُوا إِلَى أَرْضِ كَنْعَانَ إِلَى أَبِيهِمْ يَعْقُوبَ. 26فَقَالُوا لَهُ: «إِنَّ يُوسُفَ مَازَالَ حَيًّا، وَهُوَ الْمُتَسَلِّطُ عَلَى كُلِّ أَرْضِ مِصْرَ». فَغُشِيَ عَلَى قَلْبِ يَعْقُوبَ لأَنَّهُ لَمْ يُصَدِّقْهُمْ. 27ثُمَّ حَدَّثُوهُ بِكَلامِ يُوسُفَ. وَعِنْدَمَا عَايَنَ يَعْقُوبُ الْعَرَبَاتِ الَّتِي أَرْسَلَهَا يُوسُفُ لِتَنْقُلَهُ، انْتَعَشَتْ رُوحُهُ، 28وَقَالَ: «كَفَى! يُوسُفُ ابْنِي حَيٌّ بَعْدُ، سَأَذْهَبُ لأَرَاهُ قَبْلَ أَنْ أَمُوتَ».

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.”