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Genesis 45

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. And he wept so loudly that the Egyptians heard him, and Pharaoh’s household heard about it.

Joseph 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.

Then 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! And 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. For two years now there has been famine in the land, and for the next five years there will be no plowing and reaping. But God sent me ahead of you to preserve for you a remnant on earth and to save your lives by a great deliverance.[a]

“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. Now 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. 10 You shall live in the region of Goshen and be near me—you, your children and grandchildren, your flocks and herds, and all you have. 11 I 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. 13 Tell my father about all the honor accorded me in Egypt and about everything you have seen. And bring my father down here quickly.”

14 Then he threw his arms around his brother Benjamin and wept, and Benjamin embraced him, weeping. 15 And he kissed all his brothers and wept over them. Afterward his brothers talked with him.

16 When the news reached Pharaoh’s palace that Joseph’s brothers had come, Pharaoh and all his officials were pleased. 17 Pharaoh said to Joseph, “Tell your brothers, ‘Do this: Load your animals and return to the land of Canaan, 18 and 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. 20 Never mind about your belongings, because the best of all Egypt will be yours.’”

21 So the sons of Israel did this. Joseph gave them carts, as Pharaoh had commanded, and he also gave them provisions for their journey. 22 To each of them he gave new clothing, but to Benjamin he gave three hundred shekels[b] of silver and five sets of clothes. 23 And 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. 24 Then he sent his brothers away, and as they were leaving he said to them, “Don’t quarrel on the way!”

25 So they went up out of Egypt and came to their father Jacob in the land of Canaan. 26 They told him, “Joseph is still alive! In fact, he is ruler of all Egypt.” Jacob was stunned; he did not believe them. 27 But 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. 28 And Israel said, “I’m convinced! My son Joseph is still alive. I will go and see him before I die.”

Footnotes

  1. Genesis 45:7 Or save you as a great band of survivors
  2. Genesis 45:22 That is, about 7 1/2 pounds or about 3.5 kilograms

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1 Mosebog 45

Josef giver sig til kende for sine brødre

1Da kunne Josef ikke længere beherske sig. „Ud, alle sammen!” beordrede han sine tjenere, for han ville være alene med brødrene. Så brast han i gråd. Han hulkede så højt, at alle i huset hørte det—ja, rygtet om hans gråd nåede helt til Faraos palads.

„Jeg er Josef!” sagde han. „Er min far stadig i live?” Hans brødre var lamslåede og kunne ikke få et ord frem.

„Kom herhen,” sagde han. De trådte nærmere, og han sagde igen: „Jeg er Josef, jeres bror, som I solgte til Egypten. Men I må ikke bebrejde jer selv på grund af det, I gjorde, for Gud var med i det! Han sendte mig hertil i forvejen, for at I kunne blive reddet. Hungersnøden har nu hærget i to år, og den vil hærge fem år endnu. I al den tid vil der hverken blive pløjet eller sået. Derfor sendte Gud mig hertil, så at I og jeres familier kan overleve og blive til et stort folk. Ja, det var Gud, som sendte mig hertil—ikke jer. Og han har gjort mig til Faraos rådgiver, ansvarlig for hans ejendom og hersker over hele Egypten.

Skynd jer nu tilbage til min far og fortæl ham, at Gud har gjort hans søn Josef til hersker over Egypten. Sig til ham, at han skal komme med det samme 10 og slå sig ned i Goshens land, så han kan bo i nærheden af mig med alle sine børn og børnebørn, sine fåre- og kvægflokke og alt, hvad han ejer. 11 Så kan jeg hjælpe jer, for der er stadig fem år, til hungersnøden er slut. Ellers vil I alle ende i den yderste fattigdom.”

12 Josef fortsatte: „I kan selv se, at jeg er Josef—også Benjamin kan bekræfte det. 13 Fortæl min far, at det er gået mig godt i Egypten. Fortæl om den magt, jeg har, og om alt, hvad I har set og hørt her—og skynd jer så at bringe ham herhen.”

14 Da omfavnede Josef sin bror Benjamin, og med hinanden om halsen græd de to brødre. 15 Derefter omfavnede han grædende hver enkelt af sine brødre, og først da fik de mælet igen. 16 Nyheden om Josefs brødre nåede også Farao og hans hof, og alle glædede sig over det bevægede gensyn.

17 Farao sagde da til Josef: „Sig til dine brødre, at de skal læsse deres æsler og skynde sig hjem til Kanaʼan 18 og hente deres far og øvrige familie. De kan roligt komme herned og bo. Giv dem denne besked fra mig: Farao vil overdrage jer den bedste jord, der er i Egypten. I skal leve af landets overflod. 19 Og sig til dine brødre, at de må tage vogne med sig fra Egypten, så deres koner og børn og deres far kan blive kørt hertil. 20 Sig også til dem, at de ikke skal bekymre sig om de ting, de må lade tilbage, for det bedste af det bedste her i Egypten skal være deres.”

21 Så gav Josef dem vogne og rejseproviant, sådan som Farao havde befalet, og brødrene gjorde, som der blev sagt. 22 Josef gav alle sine brødre smukke dragter, og Benjamin gav han fem dragter og tre hundrede sølvstykker. 23 Til sin far læssede han ti æsler med alle mulige specialiteter fra Egypten—og endnu ti æsler med korn og andre livsfornødenheder, som skulle være proviant på hans rejse til Egypten. 24 Så tog han afsked med sine brødre: „Lad nu være med at skændes på vejen,” var hans sidste ord til dem, 25 hvorefter de tog af sted og kom hjem til deres far i Kanaʼan.

26 „Josef er i live!” fortalte de i munden på hinanden. „Og han regerer over hele Egypten!” Men Jakob var skeptisk. Han kunne simpelthen ikke tro det. 27 Så fortalte de ham alt, hvad Josef havde sagt, og da Jakob så vognene, som Josef havde sendt for at hente ham, livede han op 28 og sagde: „Det må jo være sandt, at min søn Josef lever! Jeg må af sted og se ham, før jeg dør.”