1Joseph was not able to control his feelings any longer. He did not want to cry in front of his servants, so he said to them loudly, “All of you go outside!” After they went outside, there was no one else there with Joseph when he told his brothers who he was.
2He cried so loudly that the people of Egypt who were outside heard it, and even the people in the king's palace heard it.
3Joseph said to his brothers, “I am Joseph! Is our father still alive?” But his brothers were not able to reply, because they were frightened because of what he said.
4Then Joseph said to his brothers, “Come close to me!” When they came closer, he said, “I am your brother Joseph! I am the one you sold to traders who brought me here to Egypt!
5But now, do not be distressed, and do not be angry with yourselves for having sold me to people who brought me here, because it was to save you from dying because of the famine that God sent me here ahead of you.
6There has been a famine in this country for two years, and it will continue for five more years, so that no one will plow ground, and there will be no crops to harvest.
7But God sent me here ahead of you, to keep you from starving, and to make sure that your descendants will survive.
8Therefore, it was not you who sent me here; it was God who sent me here! He has caused me to become like a father to the king. I am in charge of everything in his palace and the governor of everyone in Egypt!
9Now return to my father quickly, and say to him, ‘This is what your son Joseph says: “God has caused me to become the governor over the whole land of Egypt. Come down to me immediately!
10You can live in the Goshen region. You and your children and your grandchildren, your sheep and goats and cattle, and everything that you own, will be near me.
11Since there will be five more years of famine, I will make sure that you have food. If you do not come here, you and your family and all of your servants will starve. EUP”’
12Look closely, and all of you can see, including my brother Benjamin, that it is really I, Joseph, who am speaking to you.
13Go and tell my father about how greatly I am honored here in Egypt. And tell him about everything else that you have seen. And bring my father down here quickly!”
14Then he threw his arms around his younger brother Benjamin's neck and cried. And Benjamin hugged him and cried.
15And then as he kissed his older brothers on their cheeks, he cried. After that, his brothers started to talk with him.
16Someone went to the palace and told the news that Joseph's brothers had come. The king and all his officials were pleased.
17The king said to Joseph, “Tell your brothers this: ‘Put loads of grain on your animals and return to the Canaan region.
18Then bring your father and your families back here. I will give you the best land in Egypt, and you will have the best food in the land to eat.’
19Also tell this to your brothers: ‘Take some carts from Egypt to carry your children and your wives, and get them and your father and come back here quickly.
20Do not worry about bringing your possessions, because the best things in Egypt will be yours. Because of that, you will not need to bring any of your things from Canaan.’”
21Jacob's sons did what the king suggested. Joseph gave them carts and food to eat along the way, as the king had ordered.
22To each of them he gave new clothes, but he gave 300 pieces of silver and five sets of new clothes to Benjamin!
23And this is what he sent to his father: Ten male donkeys, loaded with some of the best goods that come from Egypt, and ten female donkeys loaded with grain and bread and other food for his father's trip to Egypt.
24Then he sent his brothers on their way, saying to them “Do not quarrel along the way!”
25So they left Egypt and came to their father Jacob in Canaan.
26One of them told him, “Joseph is still alive! In fact, he is the governor over all of Egypt!” Jacob was extremely astonished; he could not believe that it was true.
27But they told him everything that Joseph had said to them, and Jacob saw the carts that Joseph had sent to carry him and his family and possessions to Egypt. Then their father Jacob's shock ended.
28He said, “What you have said is enough to convince me! My son Joseph is still alive, and I will go and see him before I die!”