Bishops' Bible

Genesis 45

Joseph maketh himself known to his brethren.

Genesis 45:1 Ioseph coulde no longer refrayne before all the that stoode by hym, wherefore he cryed: cause euery man to auoyde. And there remayned no man with him, whyle Ioseph vttered hym selfe vnto his brethren. Genesis 45:2 And he wept aloude, and the Egyptians, and the house of Pharao heard. Genesis 45:3 And Ioseph sayde vnto his brethren: I am Ioseph, doth my father yet lyue? And his brethren could not aunswere him, they were so abashed at his presence. Genesis 45:4 And Ioseph sayde vnto his brethren, come neare to me I pray you. And they came neare. And he said, I am Ioseph your brother who ye solde into Egypt.

He comforteth them in God's providence.

Genesis 45:5 Nowe therefore be not greeued herewith, neither let it seeme a cruel thing in your eyes, that ye solde me hyther: for God did sende me before you to preserue lyfe. Genesis 45:6 For this is the seconde yere of dearth in the lande, and fiue more are behinde, in the whiche there shall neyther be earyng nor haruest. Genesis 45:7 Wherfore God sent me before you, to preserue you a posteritie in the earth, and to saue your liues by a great deliueraunce. Genesis 45:8 So nowe, it was not ye that sent me hyther, but God whiche hath made me a father to Pharao, and lorde of all his house, and ruler throughout all the lande of Egypt.

He sendeth for his father.

Genesis 45:9 Haste you, and go vp to my father, and tell him: thus saieth thy sonne Ioseph, God hath made me lord of all Egypt, come downe therfore vnto me, tary not. Genesis 45:10 And thou shalt dwell in the land of Gosen and be a neyghbour vnto me, thou, & thy chyldren, and thy chyldrens children, thy sheepe, and thy beastes, and all that thou hast. Genesis 45:11 And there wyll I prouide thee sustenaunce (for there remaine yet fiue yeres of dearth) lest thou and thy housholde, & all that thou hast come to pouertie. Genesis 45:12 And beholde your eyes do see, and the eyes also of my brother Beniamin, that mine own mouth speaketh vnto you. Genesis 45:13 Therfore tell my father of all my glorie in Egypt, and of all that you haue seene, and make hast, and bryng my father hyther. Genesis 45:14 And he fel on his brother Beniamins necke, and wept: and Beniamin wept on his necke. Genesis 45:15 Moreouer he kissed al his brethren, and wept vpon them: and after that, his brethren talked with him.

Pharaoh confirmeth it.

Genesis 45:16 And the fame [thereof] was hearde in Pharaos house, so that they sayde: Iosephes brethre are come. And it pleased Pharao well, and all his seruauntes. Genesis 45:17 And Pharao spake vnto Ioseph: say vnto thy brethren, this do ye: lade your beastes, and go [and] returne vnto the lande of Chanaan: Genesis 45:18 Take your father, and your housesholdes, and come vnto me, and I wyll geue you the good of the land of Egypt, and ye shall eate the fat of the lande. Genesis 45:19 And thou also shalt comaunde [them] this do ye: take charets with you out of the lande of Egypt for your chyldren, and for your wyues, and bryng your father, and come. Genesis 45:20 Also regarde not your stuffe, for the good of all the lande of Egypt is yours.

Joseph furnisheth them for their journey, and exhorteth them to concord.

Genesis 45:21 And the children of Israel dyd euen so: and Ioseph gaue them charettes, accordyng to the commaundement of Pharao, and gaue them vitayle also to spende by the way. Genesis 45:22 And he gaue vnto eche of the chaunge of raiment: but vnto Beniamin he gaue three hundred peeces of siluer, and fiue chaunge of rayment. Genesis 45:23 And vnto his father he sent after the same maner ten asses laden with good out of Egypt, and ten she asses laden with corne, & bread, and meate, for his father by the way. Genesis 45:24 So sent he his brethren away, and they departed: and he sayd vnto them, see that ye fall to no stryfe on the way.

Jacob is revived with the news.

Genesis 45:25 They departed therfore from Egypt, and came into the lande of Chanaan, vnto Iacob theyr father. Genesis 45:26 And tolde him, saying: Ioseph is yet aliue, and is gouernour ouer al the land of Egypt. And Iacobs heart wauered, for he beleued them not. Genesis 45:27 And they tolde hym all the wordes of Ioseph, whiche he had said vnto them: And when he sawe the charets whiche Ioseph had sent to cary him, the spirite of Iacob their father reuiued. Genesis 45:28 And Israel saide: [I haue] inough, that Ioseph my sonne is yet alyue: I will go, and see him, yer that I dye.

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