- And Joseph could not refrain himself
when all were standing by him, but said,
Dismiss all from me; and no one stood near
Joseph, when he made himself known to his
- And he uttered his voice with
weeping; and all the Egyptians heard, and it
was reported to the house of Pharao.
Joseph said to his brethren, I am Joseph;
doth my father yet live? And his brethren
could not answer him, for they were troubled.
- And Joseph said to his brethren,
Draw nigh to me; and they drew nigh; and
he said, I am your brother Joseph, whom ye
sold into Egypt.
- Now then be not grieved,
and let it not seem hard to you that ye sold
me hither, for God sent me before you for
- For this second year there is famine
on the earth, and there are yet five years
remaining, in which there is to be neither
ploughing, nor mowing.
- For God sent me
before you, that there might be left to you
a remnant upon the earth, even to nourish
a great remnant of you.
- Now then ye did
not send me hither, but God; and he hath
made me as a father of Pharao, and lord of
all his house, and ruler of all the land of
- Hasten, therefore, and go up to
my father, and say to him, These things
saith thy son Joseph; God has made me
lord of all the land of Egypt; come down
therefore to me, and tarry not.
- And thou
shalt dwell in the land of Gesem of Arabia;
and thou shalt be near me, thou and thy
sons, and thy sons' sons, thy sheep and thine
oxen, and whatsoever things are thine.
- And I will nourish thee there: for the
famine is yet for five years; lest thou be
consumed, and thy sons, and all thy possessions.
- Behold, your eyes see, and the eyes
of my brother Benjamin, that it is my
mouth that speaks to you.
- Report, therefore,
to my father all my glory in Egypt,
and all things that ye have seen, and make
haste and bring down my father hither.
- And he fell on his brother Benjamin's
neck, and wept on him; and Benjamin wept
on his neck.
- And he kissed all his brethren,
and wept on them; and after these
things his brethren spoke to him.
- And the report was carried into the
house of Pharao, saying, Joseph's brethren
are come; and Pharao was glad, and his
- And Pharao said to Joseph,
Say to thy brethren, Do this; fill your waggons,
and depart into the land of Chanaan.
- And take up your father, and your possessions,
and come to me; and I will give you
of all the goods of Egypt, and ye shall eat
the marrow of the land.
- And do thou
charge them thus; that they should take
for them waggons out of the land of Egypt,
for your little ones, and for your wives; and
take up your father, and come.
- And be
not sparing in regard to your property, for
all the good of Egypt shall be yours.
the children of Israel did so; and Joseph
gave to them waggons, according to the
words spoken by king Pharao; and he gave
them provision for the journey.
- And he
gave to them all two sets of raiment apiece;
but to Benjamin he gave three hundred
pieces of gold, and five changes of raiment.
- And to his father he sent presents at the
same rate, and ten asses, bearing some of all
the good things of Egypt, and ten mules,
bearing bread for his father for thy journey.
- And he sent away his brethren, and they
went; and he said to them, Be not angry
by the way.
- And they went up out of
Egypt, and came into the land of Chanaan,
to Jacob their father.
- And they reported
to him, saying, Thy son Joseph is living, and
he is ruler over all the land of Egypt; and
Jacob was [a] amazed, for he did not believe
- But they spoke to him all the
words uttered by Joseph, whatsoever he
said to them; and having seen the chariots
which Joseph sent to take him up, the spirit
of Jacob their father revived.
- And Israel
said, It is a great thing for me if Joseph my
son is yet alive. I will go and see him before
[a] Gr. amazed in mind.
[English translation of the Septuagint by Sir Lancelot Charles Lee
Brenton (1807-1862) originally published by Samuel Bagster & Sons,
Ltd., London, 1851]