Josephs Loyalty To His Family
The news that Joseph's brothers had arrived became known in Pharaoh's
palace; and it pleased Pharaoh and his servants greatly. Pharaoh said to
Joseph, "Say to your brothers, 'Do this: load your beasts, go to the
land of Canaan, and take your father and your families and come to me,
and I will give you the best there is in the land of Egypt, and you
shall eat the best that the land can give. Now you are commanded to do
this: take wagons from the land of Egypt for your little ones and for
your wives, and bring your father and come. Also do not pay any
attention to your household goods, for the best of all there is in the
land of Egypt is yours.'" And the sons of Jacob did as they were
So Joseph gave them wagons, as Pharaoh ordered, and what was needed for
the journey. To each of them he gave a change of clothing, but to
Benjamin he gave three hundred pieces of silver and five changes of
clothing. To his father he sent this gift: ten asses loaded with the
best products of Egypt and ten asses loaded with grain and bread and
provisions for his father on the journey.
So he sent his brothers away, and, as they went, he said to them, "See
that you do not quarrel on the journey!" So they went up out of Egypt
and came into the land of Canaan to Jacob their father, and told him,
"Joseph is still alive, and he is ruler over all the land of Egypt!"
Then Jacob's heart stood still, for he could not believe them. But when
they told him all that Joseph had said to them and when he saw the
wagons which Joseph had sent to carry him, the spirit of Jacob their
father revived, and he said, "It is enough; Joseph my son is still
alive. I will go and see him before I die."
Then Jacob set out on his journey with all that he had. He first went to
Beersheba and offered sacrifices to the God of his father Isaac. God
spoke to him in a vision by night and said, "Jacob, Jacob." He answered,
"Here am I." God said, "I am God, the God of your father. Do not fear to
go down into Egypt, for there I will make of you a great nation. I
myself will go down with you into Egypt; I will surely bring you back
again; and Joseph shall close your dying eyes."
When Jacob left Beersheba, his sons carried him and their little ones
and their wives in the wagons that Pharaoh had sent. Jacob also sent
Judah before him to Joseph, that he might show him the way to Goshen.
When they came into the land of Goshen, Joseph made ready his chariot,
and went up to Goshen to meet Jacob his father. When he met him, Jacob
fell on his neck and wept there a long time.
Then Jacob said to Joseph, "Now let me die, for I have seen your face
and know that you are still alive." But Joseph said to his brothers and
to his father's household, "I will go up and tell Pharaoh and will say
to him, 'My brothers and my father's family who were in the land of
Canaan have come to me. Now the men are shepherds, for they have been
keepers of cattle; and they have brought their flocks and cattle and all
that they have.' When Pharaoh calls you, and asks, 'What is your
business?' you shall say, 'Your servants have been keepers of cattle
from our youth even until now, both we and our fathers.' Say this that
you may live in the land of Goshen, for every shepherd is looked down
upon by the Egyptians."
Then Joseph went in and told Pharaoh and said, "My father and my
brothers with their sheep and cattle and all that they possess have come
from the land of Canaan; and now they are in the province of Goshen."
And he took five of his brothers and presented them to Pharaoh. Pharaoh
said to them, "What is your business?" They answered, "Your servants are
shepherds, both we and our fathers." They also said to Pharaoh, "We have
come to live in your country; because the famine is severe in the land
of Canaan, and there is no pasture for your servants' flocks. Now,
therefore, we beg of you, let your servants stay in the land of Goshen."
Then Pharaoh said to Joseph, "Let them stay in the land of Goshen; and
if you know any able men among them, put them in charge of my cattle."
Joseph also brought in Jacob his father and presented him to Pharaoh;
and Jacob blessed Pharaoh. Then Pharaoh said to Jacob, "How many years
have you lived?" Jacob answered, "I have lived a hundred and thirty
years; few and evil have been the years of my life, and they have not
been as many as those that my forefathers lived on earth." After Jacob
had blessed Pharaoh, he went out from Pharaoh's presence. So Joseph gave
his father and his brothers a place to live in and a home in the land of
Goshen, in the best part of the land of Egypt, as Pharaoh had commanded.
Joseph also provided food for his father and his brothers and all his
father's family according to the number of the little children. So the
Israelites lived in Egypt, in the land of Goshen, and there they grew
wealthy and had many children.
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