31 sees that the boy isn’t there, he will die.(A) Your servants(B) will bring the gray head of our father down to the grave(C) in sorrow. 32 Your servant guaranteed the boy’s safety to my father. I said, ‘If I do not bring him back to you, I will bear the blame before you, my father, all my life!’(D)

33 “Now then, please let your servant remain here as my lord’s slave(E) in place of the boy,(F) and let the boy return with his brothers. 34 How can I go back to my father if the boy is not with me? No! Do not let me see the misery(G) that would come on my father.”(H)

Joseph Makes Himself Known

45 Then Joseph could no longer control himself(I) before all his attendants, and he cried out, “Have everyone leave my presence!”(J) So there was no one with Joseph when he made himself known to his brothers. And he wept(K) so loudly that the Egyptians heard him, and Pharaoh’s household heard about it.(L)

Joseph said to his brothers, “I am Joseph! Is my father still living?”(M) But his brothers were not able to answer him,(N) because they were terrified at his presence.(O)

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


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

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