God's Good Purposes

15 When Joseph's brothers saw that their father was dead, they said, “It may be that Joseph will hate us and pay us back for all the evil that we did to him.” 16 So they sent a message to Joseph, saying, “Your father gave this command before he died: 17 ‘Say to Joseph, “Please forgive the transgression of your brothers and their sin, because they did evil to you.”’ And now, please forgive the transgression of the servants of (A)the God of your father.” Joseph wept when they spoke to him. 18 His brothers also came and (B)fell down before him and said, “Behold, we are your servants.” 19 But Joseph said to them, “Do not fear, for (C)am I in the place of God? 20 As for you, you meant evil against me, but (D)God meant it for good, to bring it about that many people[a] should be kept alive, as they are today. 21 So do not fear; (E)I will provide for you and your little ones.” Thus he comforted them and spoke kindly to them.

The Death of Joseph

22 So Joseph remained in Egypt, he and his father's house. Joseph lived 110 years. 23 And Joseph saw Ephraim's children (F)of the third generation. The (G)children also of Machir the son of Manasseh were (H)counted as Joseph's own.[b] 24 And Joseph said to his brothers, “I am about to die, but (I)God will visit you and bring you up out of this land to the land (J)that he swore to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob.” 25 Then (K)Joseph made the sons of Israel swear, saying, “God will surely visit you, and you shall carry up my bones from here.” 26 So Joseph died, being 110 years old. They (L)embalmed him, and he was put in a coffin in Egypt.

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Footnotes

  1. Genesis 50:20 Or a numerous people
  2. Genesis 50:23 Hebrew were born on Joseph's knees

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