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Josephs Forgiveness Of His Brot





When Judah and his brothers came back to Joseph's house, Joseph was
still there; and they threw themselves before him on the ground. Joseph
said to them, "What deed is this that you have done? Do you not know
that a man like me can always tell where things are?" Judah replied,
"What shall we say to my lord? What shall we speak or how shall we clear
ourselves? God has found out the guilt of your servants. See, both we
and he also with whom the cup was found are my lord's slaves." But
Joseph said, "Far be it from me that I should do so! The man with whom
the cup was found shall be my slave; but you yourselves go up in peace
to your father."

Then Judah came close to him and said, "Oh, my lord, let your servant, I
beg of you, speak a word in my lord's ears, and let not your anger be
aroused against your servant, for you are even as Pharaoh. My lord asked
his servants, saying, 'Have you a father or a brother?' And we said to
my lord, 'We have a father, an old man, and a child of his old age, a
little one. As his brother is dead, he is the only son of his mother who
is left; and his father loves him.' You said to your servants, 'Bring
him down to me, that I may see him.' But we said to my lord, 'The boy
cannot leave his father; for if he should leave his father, his father
would die.' Then you said to your servants, 'Unless your youngest
brother comes down with you, you shall not see me again.'

"When we went up to your servant, my father, we told him the words of my
lord; and our father said, 'Go again, buy us a little food.' But we
said, 'We cannot go down. If our youngest brother is with us, then we
will go; for we cannot see the man again unless our youngest brother is
with us.' Your servant, my father, said to us, 'You know that my wife
had two sons; and one went from me,' and I said, 'Surely he is torn in
pieces; and I have not seen him since. If you take this one also from
me, and harm come to him, you will bring down my gray hairs with sorrow
to the grave.' Now if I return to your servant, my father, and Benjamin
with whose life his heart is bound up is not with us, and he sees that
there is no boy, he will die, and your servants will bring down the gray
hairs of your servant our father with sorrow to the grave. For your
servant became responsible for the boy to my father, when I said, 'If I
do not bring him to you, then I will bear the blame before my father
forever.' Now, therefore, let me, instead of the boy, remain as a slave
to my lord, I beg of you; but let the boy go back with his brothers. For
how can I go back to my father, if the boy is not with me, lest I should
see the sorrow that would come upon my father?"

Then Joseph could not control himself before all those who were standing
by him; so he cried out, "Let every man leave me." So no Egyptian was
present while Joseph made himself known to his brothers. But he wept so
loudly that the Egyptians and Pharaoh's court heard.

And Joseph said to his brothers, "I am Joseph. Is my father still
alive?" But his brothers could not answer him, for they were too ashamed
to look him in the face. Then Joseph said to his brothers, "Come near to
me, I beg of you." So they came near. He said, "I am Joseph, your
brother, whom you sold into Egypt. Do not be troubled nor angry with
yourselves that you sold me here, for God sent me before you to save
your lives. For the famine has already been two years in the land, and
there are still five years in which there shall be neither ploughing nor
harvest. God sent me before you to save your lives through a great
deliverance and thus give you children on the earth. So now it is not
you who sent me here, but God. He has made me like a father to Pharaoh
and master of all his household and ruler over all the land of Egypt.

"Go up quickly to my father and say to him, 'Your son Joseph says: God
has made me master of all Egypt. Come down to me without delay. You
shall live in the land of Goshen, and you shall be near me with your
children and your grandchildren, with your flocks and your herds and all
that you have, so that you, with your household and all that you have,
may never want. There I will provide for you, for there will be five
more years of famine.' Now you and my brother Benjamin see that it is I
who am speaking to you. Tell my father all about my honor in Egypt and
what you have seen; and you must quickly bring him down here."

Then he fell upon his brother Benjamin's neck and wept, and Benjamin
wept upon his neck. He also kissed all his brothers and wept upon them.
After that his brothers talked with him.





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