Genesis 45
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Joseph Reveals His Identity

1Ioseph coulde no longer refrayne before all the that stoode by hym, wherefore he cryed: cause euery man to auoyde. And there remayned no man with him, whyle Ioseph vttered hym selfe vnto his brethren. 2And he wept aloude, and the Egyptians, and the house of Pharao heard. 3And Ioseph sayde vnto his brethren: I am Ioseph, doth my father yet lyue? And his brethren could not aunswere him, they were so abashed at his presence.

4And Ioseph sayde vnto his brethren, come neare to me I pray you. And they came neare. And he said, I am Ioseph your brother who ye solde into Egypt. 5Nowe therefore be not greeued herewith, neither let it seeme a cruel thing in your eyes, that ye solde me hyther: for God did sende me before you to preserue lyfe. 6For this is the seconde yere of dearth in the lande, and fiue more are behinde, in the whiche there shall neyther be earyng nor haruest. 7Wherfore God sent me before you, to preserue you a posteritie in the earth, and to saue your liues by a great deliueraunce. 8So nowe, it was not ye that sent me hyther, but God whiche hath made me a father to Pharao, and lorde of all his house, and ruler throughout all the lande of Egypt.

Joseph Sends for His Father

9Haste you, and go vp to my father, and tell him: thus saieth thy sonne Ioseph, God hath made me lord of all Egypt, come downe therfore vnto me, tary not. 10And thou shalt dwell in the land of Gosen and be a neyghbour vnto me, thou, & thy chyldren, and thy chyldrens children, thy sheepe, and thy beastes, and all that thou hast. 11And there wyll I prouide thee sustenaunce (for there remaine yet fiue yeres of dearth) lest thou and thy housholde, & all that thou hast come to pouertie. 12And beholde your eyes do see, and the eyes also of my brother Beniamin, that mine own mouth speaketh vnto you. 13Therfore tell my father of all my glorie in Egypt, and of all that you haue seene, and make hast, and bryng my father hyther. 14And he fel on his brother Beniamins necke, and wept: and Beniamin wept on his necke. 15Moreouer he kissed al his brethren, and wept vpon them: and after that, his brethren talked with him.

Pharaoh Invites Jacob to Egypt

16And the fame thereof was hearde in Pharaos house, so that they sayde: Iosephes brethre are come. And it pleased Pharao well, and all his seruauntes. 17And Pharao spake vnto Ioseph: say vnto thy brethren, this do ye: lade your beastes, and go and returne vnto the lande of Chanaan: 18Take your father, and your housesholdes, and come vnto me, and I wyll geue you the good of the land of Egypt, and ye shall eate the fat of the lande. 19And thou also shalt comaunde them this do ye: take charets with you out of the lande of Egypt for your chyldren, and for your wyues, and bryng your father, and come. 20Also regarde not your stuffe, for the good of all the lande of Egypt is yours.

21And the children of Israel dyd euen so: and Ioseph gaue them charettes, accordyng to the commaundement of Pharao, and gaue them vitayle also to spende by the way. 22And he gaue vnto eche of the chaunge of raiment: but vnto Beniamin he gaue three hundred peeces of siluer, and fiue chaunge of rayment. 23And vnto his father he sent after the same maner ten asses laden with good out of Egypt, and ten she asses laden with corne, & bread, and meate, for his father by the way.

24So sent he his brethren away, and they departed: and he sayd vnto them, see that ye fall to no stryfe on the way.

The Revival of Jacob

25They departed therfore from Egypt, and came into the lande of Chanaan, vnto Iacob theyr father. 26And tolde him, saying: Ioseph is yet aliue, and is gouernour ouer al the land of Egypt. And Iacobs heart wauered, for he beleued them not. 27And they tolde hym all the wordes of Ioseph, whiche he had said vnto them: And when he sawe the charets whiche Ioseph had sent to cary him, the spirite of Iacob their father reuiued. 28And Israel saide: I haue inough, that Ioseph my sonne is yet alyue: I will go, and see him, yer that I dye.

Bishops' Bible of 1568

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