16 Now when (A)the [a]news was heard in Pharaoh’s house [b]that Joseph’s brothers had come, it [c]pleased Pharaoh and his servants. 17 Then Pharaoh said to Joseph, “Say to your brothers, ‘Do this: load your livestock and [d]go to the land of Canaan, 18 and take your father and your households and come to me; and (B)I will give you the [e]best of the land of Egypt, and you will eat the fat of the land.’ 19 Now you are ordered, ‘Do this: [f]take (C)wagons from the land of Egypt for your little ones and for your wives, and bring your father and come. 20 And do not [g]concern yourselves with your property, for the [h]best of all the land of Egypt is yours.’”

21 Then the sons of Israel did so; and Joseph gave them (D)wagons according to the [i]command of Pharaoh, and gave them provisions for the journey. 22 To [j]each of them he gave (E)changes of garments, but to Benjamin he gave three hundred pieces of silver and (F)five changes of garments. 23 And to his father he sent [k]the following: ten male donkeys loaded with the [l]best things of Egypt, ten female donkeys loaded with grain, bread, and sustenance for his father [m]on the journey.

24 So he sent his brothers away, and [n]as they departed, he said to them, “Do not [o]quarrel on the journey.” 25 Then they went up from Egypt, and came to the land of Canaan, to their father Jacob. 26 And they told him, saying, “Joseph is still alive, and indeed he is ruler over all the land of Egypt.” But [p]he was stunned, for (G)he did not believe them. 27 When they told him all the words of Joseph that he had spoken to them, and when he saw the (H)wagons that Joseph had sent to carry him, then the spirit of their father Jacob revived. 28 Then Israel said, “It is enough; my son Joseph is still alive. I will go and see him before I die.”

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  1. Genesis 45:16 Lit voice
  2. Genesis 45:16 Lit saying, “Joseph’s brothers have come”
  3. Genesis 45:16 Lit was good in the eyes of
  4. Genesis 45:17 Lit come, go
  5. Genesis 45:18 Lit good
  6. Genesis 45:19 Lit take for yourselves
  7. Genesis 45:20 Lit let your eye look with regret upon your vessels
  8. Genesis 45:20 Lit good
  9. Genesis 45:21 Lit mouth
  10. Genesis 45:22 Lit all of them he gave each man
  11. Genesis 45:23 Lit like this
  12. Genesis 45:23 Lit good
  13. Genesis 45:23 Lit for
  14. Genesis 45:24 Lit they departed; and he said
  15. Genesis 45:24 Lit be agitated
  16. Genesis 45:26 Lit his heart grew numb