New International Version
Joseph Makes Himself Known
45 Then Joseph could no longer control himself(A) before all his attendants, and he cried out, “Have everyone leave my presence!”(B) So there was no one with Joseph when he made himself known to his brothers. 2 And he wept(C) so loudly that the Egyptians heard him, and Pharaoh’s household heard about it.(D)
4 Then Joseph said to his brothers, “Come close to me.”(H) When they had done so, he said, “I am your brother Joseph, the one you sold into Egypt!(I) 5 And now, do not be distressed(J) and do not be angry with yourselves for selling me here,(K) because it was to save lives that God sent me ahead of you.(L) 6 For two years now there has been famine(M) in the land, and for the next five years there will be no plowing and reaping. 7 But God sent me ahead of you to preserve for you a remnant(N) on earth and to save your lives by a great deliverance.[a](O)
8 “So then, it was not you who sent me here, but God.(P) He made me father(Q) to Pharaoh, lord of his entire household and ruler of all Egypt.(R) 9 Now hurry(S) 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.(T) 10 You shall live in the region of Goshen(U) and be near me—you, your children and grandchildren, your flocks and herds, and all you have.(V) 11 I will provide for you there,(W) because five years of famine(X) are still to come. Otherwise you and your household and all who belong to you will become destitute.’(Y)
12 “You can see for yourselves, and so can my brother Benjamin,(Z) that it is really I who am speaking to you.(AA) 13 Tell my father about all the honor accorded me in Egypt(AB) and about everything you have seen. And bring my father down here quickly.(AC)”
14 Then he threw his arms around his brother Benjamin and wept, and Benjamin(AD) embraced him,(AE) weeping. 15 And he kissed(AF) all his brothers and wept over them.(AG) Afterward his brothers talked with him.(AH)
16 When the news reached Pharaoh’s palace that Joseph’s brothers had come,(AI) Pharaoh and all his officials(AJ) were pleased.(AK) 17 Pharaoh said to Joseph, “Tell your brothers, ‘Do this: Load your animals(AL) and return to the land of Canaan,(AM) 18 and bring your father and your families back to me. I will give you the best of the land of Egypt(AN) and you can enjoy the fat of the land.’(AO)
19 “You are also directed to tell them, ‘Do this: Take some carts(AP) from Egypt for your children and your wives, and get your father and come. 20 Never mind about your belongings,(AQ) because the best of all Egypt(AR) will be yours.’”
21 So the sons of Israel did this. Joseph gave them carts,(AS) as Pharaoh had commanded, and he also gave them provisions for their journey.(AT) 22 To each of them he gave new clothing,(AU) but to Benjamin he gave three hundred shekels[b] of silver and five sets of clothes.(AV) 23 And this is what he sent to his father: ten donkeys(AW) loaded with the best things(AX) of Egypt, and ten female donkeys loaded with grain and bread and other provisions for his journey.(AY) 24 Then he sent his brothers away, and as they were leaving he said to them, “Don’t quarrel on the way!”(AZ)
25 So they went up out of Egypt(BA) and came to their father Jacob in the land of Canaan.(BB) 26 They told him, “Joseph is still alive! In fact, he is ruler of all Egypt.”(BC) Jacob was stunned; he did not believe them.(BD) 27 But when they told him everything Joseph had said to them, and when he saw the carts(BE) Joseph had sent to carry him back, the spirit of their father Jacob revived. 28 And Israel said, “I’m convinced!(BF) My son Joseph is still alive. I will go and see him before I die.”(BG)
Jacob Goes to Egypt
“Here I am,”(BN) he replied.
3 “I am God, the God of your father,”(BO) he said. “Do not be afraid(BP) to go down to Egypt,(BQ) for I will make you into a great nation(BR) there.(BS) 4 I will go down to Egypt with you, and I will surely bring you back again.(BT) And Joseph’s own hand will close your eyes.(BU)”
5 Then Jacob left Beersheba,(BV) and Israel’s(BW) sons took their father Jacob and their children and their wives in the carts(BX) that Pharaoh had sent to transport him. 6 So Jacob and all his offspring went to Egypt,(BY) taking with them their livestock and the possessions(BZ) they had acquired(CA) in Canaan. 7 Jacob brought with him to Egypt(CB) his sons and grandsons and his daughters and granddaughters—all his offspring.(CC)
8 These are the names of the sons of Israel(CD) (Jacob and his descendants) who went to Egypt:
Reuben the firstborn(CE) of Jacob.
9 The sons of Reuben:(CF)
10 The sons of Simeon:(CI)
11 The sons of Levi:(CL)
12 The sons of Judah:(CP)
The sons of Perez:(CV)
Hezron and Hamul.(CW)
13 The sons of Issachar:(CX)
14 The sons of Zebulun:(DA)
Sered, Elon and Jahleel.
16 The sons of Gad:(DD)
17 The sons of Asher:(DF)
Imnah, Ishvah, Ishvi and Beriah.
Their sister was Serah.
The sons of Beriah:
Heber and Malkiel.
19 The sons of Jacob’s wife Rachel:(DI)
21 The sons of Benjamin:(DO)
Bela, Beker, Ashbel, Gera, Naaman, Ehi, Rosh, Muppim, Huppim and Ard.(DP)
22 These were the sons of Rachel(DQ) who were born to Jacob—fourteen in all.
26 All those who went to Egypt with Jacob—those who were his direct descendants, not counting his sons’ wives—numbered sixty-six persons.(DW) 27 With the two sons[h] who had been born to Joseph in Egypt,(DX) the members of Jacob’s family, which went to Egypt, were seventy[i] in all.(DY)
28 Now Jacob sent Judah(DZ) ahead of him to Joseph to get directions to Goshen.(EA) When they arrived in the region of Goshen, 29 Joseph had his chariot(EB) made ready and went to Goshen to meet his father Israel.(EC) As soon as Joseph appeared before him, he threw his arms around his father[j] and wept(ED) for a long time.(EE)
31 Then Joseph said to his brothers and to his father’s household, “I will go up and speak to Pharaoh and will say to him, ‘My brothers and my father’s household, who were living in the land of Canaan,(EH) have come to me.(EI) 32 The men are shepherds;(EJ) they tend livestock,(EK) and they have brought along their flocks and herds and everything they own.’(EL) 33 When Pharaoh calls you in and asks, ‘What is your occupation?’(EM) 34 you should answer, ‘Your servants(EN) have tended livestock from our boyhood on, just as our fathers did.’(EO) Then you will be allowed to settle(EP) in the region of Goshen,(EQ) for all shepherds are detestable to the Egyptians.(ER)”
47 Joseph went and told Pharaoh, “My father and brothers, with their flocks and herds and everything they own, have come from the land of Canaan(ES) and are now in Goshen.”(ET) 2 He chose five of his brothers and presented them(EU) before Pharaoh.
3 Pharaoh asked the brothers, “What is your occupation?”(EV)
“Your servants(EW) are shepherds,(EX)” they replied to Pharaoh, “just as our fathers were.” 4 They also said to him, “We have come to live here for a while,(EY) because the famine is severe in Canaan(EZ) and your servants’ flocks have no pasture.(FA) So now, please let your servants settle in Goshen.”(FB)
5 Pharaoh said to Joseph, “Your father and your brothers have come to you, 6 and the land of Egypt is before you; settle(FC) your father and your brothers in the best part of the land.(FD) Let them live in Goshen. And if you know of any among them with special ability,(FE) put them in charge of my own livestock.(FF)”
9 And Jacob said to Pharaoh, “The years of my pilgrimage are a hundred and thirty.(FI) My years have been few and difficult,(FJ) and they do not equal the years of the pilgrimage of my fathers.(FK)” 10 Then Jacob blessed[l] Pharaoh(FL) and went out from his presence.
11 So Joseph settled his father and his brothers in Egypt and gave them property in the best part of the land,(FM) the district of Rameses,(FN) as Pharaoh directed. 12 Joseph also provided his father and his brothers and all his father’s household with food, according to the number of their children.(FO)
Joseph and the Famine
13 There was no food, however, in the whole region because the famine was severe; both Egypt and Canaan wasted away because of the famine.(FP) 14 Joseph collected all the money that was to be found in Egypt and Canaan in payment for the grain they were buying,(FQ) and he brought it to Pharaoh’s palace.(FR) 15 When the money of the people of Egypt and Canaan was gone,(FS) all Egypt came to Joseph(FT) and said, “Give us food. Why should we die before your eyes?(FU) Our money is all gone.”
16 “Then bring your livestock,(FV)” said Joseph. “I will sell you food in exchange for your livestock, since your money is gone.(FW)” 17 So they brought their livestock to Joseph, and he gave them food in exchange for their horses,(FX) their sheep and goats, their cattle and donkeys.(FY) And he brought them through that year with food in exchange for all their livestock.
18 When that year was over, they came to him the following year and said, “We cannot hide from our lord the fact that since our money is gone(FZ) and our livestock belongs to you,(GA) there is nothing left for our lord except our bodies and our land. 19 Why should we perish before your eyes(GB)—we and our land as well? Buy us and our land in exchange for food,(GC) and we with our land will be in bondage to Pharaoh.(GD) Give us seed so that we may live and not die,(GE) and that the land may not become desolate.”
20 So Joseph bought all the land in Egypt for Pharaoh. The Egyptians, one and all, sold their fields, because the famine was too severe(GF) for them. The land became Pharaoh’s, 21 and Joseph reduced the people to servitude,[m](GG) from one end of Egypt to the other. 22 However, he did not buy the land of the priests,(GH) because they received a regular allotment from Pharaoh and had food enough from the allotment(GI) Pharaoh gave them. That is why they did not sell their land.
23 Joseph said to the people, “Now that I have bought you and your land today for Pharaoh, here is seed(GJ) for you so you can plant the ground.(GK) 24 But when the crop comes in, give a fifth(GL) of it to Pharaoh. The other four-fifths you may keep as seed for the fields and as food for yourselves and your households and your children.”
26 So Joseph established it as a law concerning land in Egypt—still in force today—that a fifth(GO) of the produce belongs to Pharaoh. It was only the land of the priests that did not become Pharaoh’s.(GP)
28 Jacob lived in Egypt(GT) seventeen years, and the years of his life were a hundred and forty-seven.(GU) 29 When the time drew near for Israel(GV) to die,(GW) he called for his son Joseph and said to him, “If I have found favor in your eyes,(GX) put your hand under my thigh(GY) and promise that you will show me kindness(GZ) and faithfulness.(HA) Do not bury me in Egypt, 30 but when I rest with my fathers,(HB) carry me out of Egypt and bury me where they are buried.”(HC)
“I will do as you say,” he said.
- Genesis 45:7 Or save you as a great band of survivors
- Genesis 45:22 That is, about 7 1/2 pounds or about 3.5 kilograms
- Genesis 46:13 Samaritan Pentateuch and Syriac (see also 1 Chron. 7:1); Masoretic Text Puvah
- Genesis 46:13 Samaritan Pentateuch and some Septuagint manuscripts (see also Num. 26:24 and 1 Chron. 7:1); Masoretic Text Iob
- Genesis 46:15 That is, Northwest Mesopotamia
- Genesis 46:16 Samaritan Pentateuch and Septuagint (see also Num. 26:15); Masoretic Text Ziphion
- Genesis 46:20 That is, Heliopolis
- Genesis 46:27 Hebrew; Septuagint the nine children
- Genesis 46:27 Hebrew (see also Exodus 1:5 and note); Septuagint (see also Acts 7:14) seventy-five
- Genesis 46:29 Hebrew around him
- Genesis 47:7 Or greeted
- Genesis 47:10 Or said farewell to
- Genesis 47:21 Samaritan Pentateuch and Septuagint (see also Vulgate); Masoretic Text and he moved the people into the cities
- Genesis 47:31 Or Israel bowed down at the head of his bed