Joseph
Genesis 45:1-18
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Then Joseph could not control himself before all those who stood by him; and he cried, "Make every one go out from me." So no one stayed with him when Joseph made himself known to his brothers.
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And he wept aloud, so that the Egyptians heard it, and the household of Pharaoh heard it.
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And Joseph said to his brothers, "I am Joseph; is my father still alive?" But his brothers could not answer him, for they were dismayed at his presence.
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So Joseph said to his brothers, "Come near to me, I pray you." And they came near. And he said, "I am your brother, Joseph, whom you sold into Egypt.
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And now do not be distressed, or angry with yourselves, because you sold me here; for God sent me before you to preserve life.
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For the famine has been in the land these two years; and there are yet five years in which there will be neither plowing nor harvest.
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And God sent me before you to preserve for you a remnant on earth, and to keep alive for you many survivors.
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So it was not you who sent me here, but God; and he has made me a father to Pharaoh, and lord of all his house and ruler over all the land of Egypt.
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Make haste and go up to my father and say to him, `Thus says your son Joseph, God has made me lord of all Egypt; come down to me, do not tarry;
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you shall dwell in the land of Goshen, and you shall be near me, you and your children and your children's children, and your flocks, your herds, and all that you have;
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and there I will provide for you, for there are yet five years of famine to come; lest you and your household, and all that you have, come to poverty.'
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And now your eyes see, and the eyes of my brother Benjamin see, that it is my mouth that speaks to you.
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You must tell my father of all my splendor in Egypt, and of all that you have seen. Make haste and bring my father down here."
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Then he fell upon his brother Benjamin's neck and wept; and Benjamin wept upon his neck.
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And he kissed all his brothers and wept upon them; and after that his brothers talked with him.
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When the report was heard in Pharaoh's house, "Joseph's brothers have come," it pleased Pharaoh and his servants well.
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And Pharaoh said to Joseph, "Say to your brothers, `Do this: load your beasts and go back to the land of Canaan;
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and take your father and your households, and come to me, and I will give you the best of the land of Egypt, and you shall eat the fat of the land.'
Genesis 46:31-34
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Joseph said to his brothers and to his father's household, "I will go up and tell Pharaoh, and will say to him, `My brothers and my father's household, who were in the land of Canaan, have come to me;
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and the men are shepherds, for they have been keepers of cattle; and they have brought their flocks, and their herds, and all that they have.'
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When Pharaoh calls you, and says, `What is your occupation?'
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you shall say, `Your servants have been keepers of cattle from our youth even until now, both we and our fathers,' in order that you may dwell in the land of Goshen; for every shepherd is an abomination to the Egyptians."
Genesis 47:1-10
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So Joseph went in and told Pharaoh, "My father and my brothers, with their flocks and herds and all that they possess, have come from the land of Canaan; they are now in the land of Goshen."
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And from among his brothers he took five men and presented them to Pharaoh.
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Pharaoh said to his brothers, "What is your occupation?" And they said to Pharaoh, "Your servants are shepherds, as our fathers were."
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They said to Pharaoh, "We have come to sojourn in the land; for there is no pasture for your servants' flocks, for the famine is severe in the land of Canaan; and now, we pray you, let your servants dwell in the land of Goshen."
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Then Pharaoh said to Joseph, "Your father and your brothers have come to you.
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The land of Egypt is before you; settle your father and your brothers in the best of the land; let them dwell in the land of Goshen; and if you know any able men among them, put them in charge of my cattle."
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Then Joseph brought in Jacob his father, and set him before Pharaoh, and Jacob blessed Pharaoh.
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And Pharaoh said to Jacob, "How many are the days of the years of your life?"
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And Jacob said to Pharaoh, "The days of the years of my sojourning are a hundred and thirty years; few and evil have been the days of the years of my life, and they have not attained to the days of the years of the life of my fathers in the days of their sojourning."
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And Jacob blessed Pharaoh, and went out from the presence of Pharaoh.