His brothers then came and threw themselves down before him. We are
your slaves, they said.
But Joseph said to them, Dont be afraid. Am I in the place of
God? 20 You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to
accomplish what is now being d
period of mourning for his father. 11 When the Canaanites who lived there
saw the mourning at the threshing floor of Atad, they said, The Egyptians
are holding a solemn ceremony of mourning. That is why that place near
the Jordan is called Abel Mizraim.[b
50 Joseph threw himself on his father and wept over him and kissed
him. 2 Then Joseph directed the physicians in his service to embalm his
father Israel. So the physicians embalmed him,3 taking a full forty days, for
that was the time required for embalmi
Let all these rest on the head of Joseph,
on the brow of the prince among[o] his brothers.
Benjamin is a ravenous wolf;
in the morning he devours the prey,
in the evening he divides the plunder.
All these are the twelve tribes of Israel, and this is
Naphtali is a doe set free
that bears beautiful fawns.[j]
Joseph is a fruitful vine,
a fruitful vine near a spring,
whose branches climb over a wall.[k]
With bitterness archers attacked him;
they shot at him with hostility.
But his bow remaine
Zebulun will live by the seashore
and become a haven for ships;
his border will extend toward Sidon.
Issachar is a rawboned[f] donkey
lying down among the sheep pens.[g]
When he sees how good is his resting place
and how pleasant is his land,
and their fury, so cruel!
I will scatter them in Jacob
and disperse them in Israel.
Judah,[b] your brothers will praise you;
your hand will be on the neck of your enemies;
your fathers sons will bow down to you.
You are a lions cub, Judah;
Genesis 49 New International Version (NIV)
Jacob Blesses His Sons
49 Then Jacob called for his sons and said: Gather around so I can tell
you what will happen to you in days to come.
Assemble and listen, sons of Jacob;
listen to your father Israel.
Your son Joseph has come to you, Israel rallied his strength and sat up
on the bed.
Jacob said to Joseph, God Almighty[a] appeared to me at Luz in the land
of Canaan, and there he blessed me 4 and said to me, I am going to make
you fruitful and increase
May they be called by my name
and the names of my fathers Abraham and Isaac,
and may they increase greatly
on the earth.
When Joseph saw his father placing his right hand on Ephraims head he
was displeased; so he took hold of his fathers hand to move i
Now Israels eyes were failing because of old age, and he could hardly
see. So Joseph brought his sons close to him, and his father kissed
them and embraced them.
Israel said to Joseph, I never expected to see your face again, and now
God has allowed
So Joseph established it as a law concerning land in Egyptstill in force
todaythat a fifth of the produce belongs to Pharaoh. It was only the land
of the priests that did not become Pharaohs.
Now the Israelites settled in Egypt in the region of Gosh
our land as well? Buy us and our land in exchange for food, and we with
our land will be in bondage to Pharaoh. Give us seed so that we may live
and not die, and that the land may not become desolate.
So Joseph bought all the land in Egypt for Pharaoh.
directed. 12 Joseph also provided his father and his brothers and all his
fathers household with food, according to the number of their children.
Joseph and the Famine
There was no food, however, in the whole region because the famine
was severe; both
Pharaoh asked the brothers, What is your occupation?
Your servants are shepherds, they replied to Pharaoh, just as our fathers
were. 4 They also said to him, We have come to live here for a
while, because the famine is severe in Canaan and your servants
chariot made ready and went to Goshen to meet his father Israel. As soon
as Joseph appeared before him, he threw his arms around his father[h] and
wept for a long time.
Israel said to Joseph, Now I am ready to die, since I have seen for
myself that you
Joseph and Benjamin. 20 In Egypt, Manasseh and Ephraim were born to
Joseph by Asenath daughter of Potiphera, priest of On.[e]
The sons of Benjamin:
Bela, Beker, Ashbel, Gera, Naaman, Ehi, Rosh, Muppim, Huppim and
These were the sons of Rachel w
Hezron and Hamul.
The sons of Issachar:
Tola, Puah,[a] Jashub[b] and Shimron.
The sons of Zebulun:
Sered, Elon and Jahleel.
These were the sons Leah bore to Jacob in Paddan Aram,[c] besides his
daughter Dinah. These sons and daughters of his were
livestock and the possessions they had acquired in Canaan. 7 Jacob brought
with him to Egypt his sons and grandsons and his daughters and
granddaughtersall his offspring.
These are the names of the sons of Israel (Jacob and his descendants)
who went to
Egypt. Jacob was stunned; he did not believe them. 27 But when they told
him everything Joseph had said to them, and when he saw the cartsJoseph
had sent to carry him back, the spirit of their father Jacob revived. 28 And
Israel said, Im convinced! My son
When the news reached Pharaohs palace that Josephs brothers had
come, Pharaoh and all his officials were pleased. 17 Pharaoh said to Joseph,
Tell your brothers, Do this: Load your animalsand return to the land of
Canaan, 18 and bring your father and yo
back to my father if the boy is not with me? No! Do not let me see the
misery that would come on my father.
Genesis 45 New International Version (NIV)
Joseph Makes Himself Known
45 Then Joseph could no longer control himself before all his attendants,
sent me ahead of you to preserve for you a remnant on earth and to save
your lives by a great deliverance.[a]
So then, it was not you who sent me here, but God. He made me
father to Pharaoh, lord of his entire household and ruler of all
Egypt. 9 Now hur
face again. 24 When we went back to your servant my father, we told him
what my lord had said.
Then our father said, Go back and buy a little more food. 26 But we
said, We cannot go down. Only if our youngest brother is with us will we
go. We cannot se
What can we say to my lord? Judah replied. What can we say? How
can we prove our innocence? God has uncovered your servants guilt. We
are now my lords slaveswe ourselves and the one who was found to
have the cup.
But Joseph said, Far be it from me t
When he caught up with them, he repeated these words to them. 7 But
they said to him, Why does my lord say such things? Far be it from your
servants to do anything like that! 8 We even brought back to you from the
land of Canaan the silver we found insi
eat with Hebrews, for that is detestable to Egyptians.33 The men had been
seated before him in the order of their ages, from the firstborn to the
youngest; and they looked at each other in astonishment. 34 When portions
were served to them from Josephs ta
Joseph. 16 When Joseph saw Benjamin with them, he said to the steward of
his house, Take these men to my house, slaughter an animal and prepare a
meal; they are to eat with me at noon.
The man did as Joseph told him and took the men to Josephs
The steward took the men into Josephs house, gave them water to wash
their feet and provided fodder for their donkeys. 25 They prepared their
gifts for Josephs arrival at noon,because they had heard that they were to
When Joseph came home
brother? We simply answered his questions. How were we to know he
would say, Bring your brother down here?
Then Judah said to Israel his father, Send the boy along with me and we
will go at once, so that we and you and our children may live and not