Then Joseph said to his brothers, “Come close to me.”(A) When they had done so, he said, “I am your brother Joseph, the one you sold into Egypt!(B) And now, do not be distressed(C) and do not be angry with yourselves for selling me here,(D) because it was to save lives that God sent me ahead of you.(E) For two years now there has been famine(F) 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(G) on earth and to save your lives by a great deliverance.[a](H)

“So then, it was not you who sent me here, but God.(I) He made me father(J) to Pharaoh, lord of his entire household and ruler of all Egypt.(K) Now hurry(L) 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.(M) 10 You shall live in the region of Goshen(N) and be near me—you, your children and grandchildren, your flocks and herds, and all you have.(O) 11 I will provide for you there,(P) because five years of famine(Q) are still to come. Otherwise you and your household and all who belong to you will become destitute.’(R)

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  1. Genesis 45:7 Or save you as a great band of survivors

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