Genesis Chapter 45 (Review)

  1. Then Joseph could not refrain himself before all them that stood by him; and he cried, Cause every man to go out from me. And there stood no man with him, while Joseph made himself known unto his brethren.
  2. And he wept aloud: and the Egyptians and the house of Pharaoh heard.

At that point, Joseph couldn’t hold himself anymore. He cried out and gave an order that all his officers be gone from his presence. And he was to make himself known to his brothers.
And he cried so loud that the people outside, even pharaoh heard.

  1. And Joseph said unto his brethren, I am Joseph; doth my father yet live? And his brethren could not answer him; for they were troubled at his presence.

And now in his dialect (Hebrew) he said. I am Joseph. Is my father alive?…and they just looked at him with mixed feelings. Second in command to pharaoh who could order them to be killed any second and the joy of seeing him again.

  1. And Joseph said unto his brethren, Come near to me, I pray you. And they came near. And he said, I am Joseph your brother, whom ye sold into Egypt.

And he continued speaking and said…come closer please…and they did.
I am Joseph your brother that you sold into Egypt.

  1. Now therefore be not grieved, nor angry with yourselves, that ye sold me hither: for God did send me before you to preserve life.

Now don’t be sad or angry with yourselves because God sent me here so that I can preserve life.

  1. For these two years hath the famine been in the land: and yet there are five years, in which there shall neither be earing nor harvest.

For two years there has been famine and for 5 more years it will last and there will be no harvest during this period.

  1. And God sent me before you to preserve you a posterity in the earth, and to save your lives by a great deliverance.

God sent me here to keep you alive on earth, to save and deliver your lives.

  1. So now it was not you that sent me hither, but God: and he hath made me a father to Pharaoh, and lord of all his house, and a ruler throughout all the land of Egypt.

So it really wasn’t you that sent me here but God and He made me to be like a father (adviser) to pharaoh, the ruler of his house and all through the land of Egypt.

  1. Haste ye, and go up to my father, and say unto him, Thus saith thy son Joseph, God hath made me lord of all Egypt: come down unto me, tarry not

Hurry up and go to my father and say…Joseph your son has said.., God has made me Lord over all of Egypt. Don’t stay back one minute. Come DOWN unto Egypt.

  1. and thou shalt dwell in the land of Goshen, and thou shalt be near unto me, thou, and thy children, and thy children’s children, and thy flocks, and thy herds, and all that thou hast:

And you will dwell in Goshen, close to me, you, your children and grandchildren, flocks and all that you have.

  1. and there will I nourish thee; for yet there are five years of famine; lest thou, and thy household, and all that thou hast, come to poverty.

And I will take care of you else you end up poor, as there are 5 more years of lack to endure.

  1. And, behold, your eyes see, and the eyes of my brother Benjamin, that it is my mouth that speaketh unto you.

Your eyes-(his brother’s eyes) see, and the eyes of Benjamin see as well, that it is I-Joseph who speaks to you.

  1. And ye shall tell my father of all my glory in Egypt, and of all that ye have seen; and ye shall haste and bring down my father hither.

Tell my father of all my glory in Egypt, and all that your eyes have seen, the. Hurry up and bring him DOWN here.

  1. And he fell upon his brother Benjamin’s neck, and wept; and Benjamin wept upon his neck.

And he hugged Benjamin and cried and Benjamin did the same.


  1. Moreover he kissed all his brethren, and wept upon them: and after that his brethren talked with him.

Then he kissed all his brothers and cried while doing so, and hot hen they began to talk and catch up.


  1. And the fame thereof was heard in Pharaoh’s house, saying, Joseph’s brethren are come: and it pleased Pharaoh well, and his servants.

Now word got around fast that Joseph’s brothers were around. And pharaoh was happy, and so were all the servants.

  1. And Pharaoh said unto Joseph, Say unto thy brethren, This do ye; lade your beasts, and go, get you unto the land of Canaan;
  2. and take your father and your households, and come unto me: and I will give you the good of the land of Egypt, and ye shall eat the fat of the land.

And pharaoh called Joseph and told him. Tell your brothers to get on their donkeys, go home and get your father and all that they have and bring them here. I will give you the good of the land and the fat of the land.

  1. Now thou art commanded, this do ye; take you wagons out of the land of Egypt for your little ones, and for your wives, and bring your father, and come.
  2. Also regard not your stuff; for the good of all the land of Egypt is yours.
  3. And the children of Israel did so: and Joseph gave them wagons, according to the commandment of Pharaoh, and gave them provision for the way.

So now -to Joseph’s brothers. You have been commanded. Do as you have been told.
Don’t look at your property like they have value, because we will give you the best here. Then Joseph gave them wagons to pack their belongings and provisions for the road.

  1. To all of them he gave each man changes of raiment; but to Benjamin he gave three hundred pieces of silver, and five changes of raiment.

Then he gave each of them one piece of clothing each and to Benjamin he gave 300pieces of clothing and 5 pieces of clothing. (Second time he would give him 5x)

  1. And to his father he sent after this manner; ten asses laden with the good things of Egypt, and ten she asses laden with corn and bread and meat for his father by the way.

To his father, he sent 10donkeys full of the good things of Egypt and 10 female donkeys carrying corn, bread and meat.

  1. So he sent his brethren away, and they departed: and he said unto them, See that ye fall not out by the way.

Then he told his brothers to embark on their journey and not to quarrel (I mean, it was a big moment. They could start saying. Oh it was you Judah who brought the suggestion and blah blah)…and they left.

  1. And they went up out of Egypt, and came into the land of Canaan unto Jacob their father,
  2. and told him, saying, Joseph is yet alive, and he is governor over all the land of Egypt. And Jacob’s heart fainted, for he believed them not.

They met with Israel and told him. Joseph is alive and is the governor of Egypt.
And his heart was weak, because he didn’t believe them. And the name brought back the grief that was almost gone.

  1. And they told him all the words of Joseph, which he had said unto them: and when he saw the wagons which Joseph had sent to carry him, the spirit of Jacob their father revived.

They told him all the words Joseph said unto them, and still he didn’t believe. Until he saw the wagons (sometimes words don’t do the trick, seeing is believing) and then he believed. and his heart was strong.


  1. And Israel said, It is enough; Joseph my son is yet alive: I will go and see him before I die.

Ah. This is enough. My son is alive. Let me go see him before I die.
(I don’t think Israel even knew that Joseph was sold away by his brothers)


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