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Genesis 45

Joseph maketh himself known to his brethren.

Genesis 45:1 Ioseph coulde no longer refrayne before all them that stode by hym. Wherfore he cryed: brynge furth all the men fro me. And there remayned no man wyth him, whyle Ioseph vttred hym selfe vnto hys brethren. Genesis 45:2 And he wepte alowde, so that the Egypcyans, and the house of Pharao herde it. Genesis 45:3 And Ioseph sayde vnto hys brethren: I am Ioseph, doth my father yet lyue? And hys brethren coulde not answere hym, they were so abasshed at hys presence. Genesis 45:4 And Ioseph sayde vnto his brethren: come nere to me, and they came nere. And he sayde: I am Ioseph youre brother whom ye solde in to Egypte.

He comforteth them in God's providence.

Genesis 45:5 Nowe therfore be not greued ther wyth, nether let it seme a cruel thynge in your eyes, that ye solde me hyther. For God dyd send me before you to saue lyfe. Genesis 45:6 For thys is the seconde yeare of derth in the lande, and fyue moo are behynde, in whych there shall nether be earynge nor heruest. Genesis 45:7 Wherfore God sent me before you to make prouisyon, that ye myghte contynue in the erth, and to saue youre lyues by a greate delyueraunce. Genesis 45:8 So nowe it was not ye that sent me hyther, but God: which hath made me a father vnto Pharao & Lorde of all hys house, & ruler thorowe out all the lande of Egypte.

He sendeth for his father.

Genesis 45:9 Hast you, and goo vp to my father and tell him. This sayeth thy sonne Ioseph: God hath made me Lorde of all Egypte. Come downe therfore vnto me, tarye not. Genesis 45:10 And þu shalt dwell in the lande of Gosan and be by me: thou and thy chyldren, and thy chyldrens chyldren: thy shepe, and thy beestes, & all that thou hast. Genesis 45:11 And there wyll I make prouisyon for the, for there remayne yet .v. yeares of derth, lest thou & thy houshold and all that thou hast come to pouertye. Genesis 45:12 And beholde, youre eyes do se, & the eyes also of my brother Ben Iamin, that myne awne mouth speaketh to you. Genesis 45:13 Therfore tell my father of all my honoure in Egypt and of all that ye haue sene, and make hast and brynge my father hyther. Genesis 45:14 And he fell on hys brother Ben Iamins necke and wepte, and Ben Iamin wepte on hys necke. Genesis 45:15 Moreouer he kyssed all hys brethren and wepte vpon them. And after that, hys brethren talked wyth hym.

Pharaoh confirmeth it.

Genesis 45:16 And the tydynges came vnto Pharaos house, so that they sayde: Iosephs brethren are come, & it pleased Pharao well and all hys seruauntes. Genesis 45:17 And Pharao spake vnto Ioseph: saye vnto thy brethren, this do ye: lade your beestes and get you hence, vnto the lande of Canaan, Genesis 45:18 Take youre father, and your housholdes and come vnto me, and I wyll geue you the good of the lande of Egypte, and ye shall eate the fatt of the lande. Genesis 45:19 And thou also shalt commaunde them. Thys do ye: take charettes wyth you out of the lande of Egypte, for youre chyldren and for youre wyues: and brynge your father, and come. Genesis 45:20 Also, regarde not youre stuffe, for the good of all the lande of Egypt is youres.

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

Genesis 45:21 And the chyldren of Israel dyd euen so, And Ioseph gaue them charettes according to the commaundement of Pharao, and gaue them vytayle also to spende by the waye. Genesis 45:22 And he gaue vnto eche of them chaunge of rayment: but vnto Ben Iamin he gaue .iij. hundred peces of syluer and .v. chaunge of rayment. Genesis 45:23 And vnto hys father he sent after the same maner .x. asses laden wyth good, out of Egypt, and .x. she asses laden wyth corne, bred and meate: for hys father by the waye. Genesis 45:24 So sent he hys brethren awaye to departe: And he sayde vnto them: se that ye fall not out by the waye.

Jacob is revived with the news.

Genesis 45:25 They departed therfore from Egypt and came in to the lande of Canaan vnto Iacob theyr father, and tolde hym sayinge: Genesis 45:26 Ioseph is yet alyue, & is gouerner ouer all the lande of Egypte. And Iacobs hert wauered, for he beleued them not. Genesis 45:27 And they tolde hym all the wordes of Ioseph, whych he had sayde vnto them. And when he sawe the charettes whych Ioseph had sent to carye hym, the sprete of Iacob theyr father reuyued. Genesis 45:28 And Israel sayde: I haue ynough that Ioseph my sonne is yet alyue: I wyll goo, and se hym, yer that I dye.

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