45 Joseph couldn’t control himself anymore in front of all of his attendants. He cried out, “Have everyone leave me!”
But his brothers weren’t able to answer him. They were too afraid of him.
Then he said, “I am your brother Joseph. I’m the one you sold into Egypt. 5But don’t be upset. And don’t be angry with yourselves because you sold me here. God sent me ahead of you to save many lives.
6“For two years now, there hasn’t been enough food in the land. And for the next five years, people won’t be plowing or gathering crops. 7But God sent me ahead of you to keep some of you alive on earth. He sent me here to save your lives by an act of mighty power.
9“Now hurry back to my father. Say to him, ‘Your son Joseph says, “God has made me master of the whole land of Egypt. Come down to me. Don’t waste any time. 10You will live in the area of Goshen. You, your children and grandchildren, your flocks and herds, and everything you have will be near me. 11There I will provide everything you need.
“ ‘ “Five years without enough food are still coming. If you don’t come down here, you and your family and everyone who belongs to you will lose everything.” ’
14Then Joseph threw his arms around his brother Benjamin and sobbed. Benjamin also hugged him and sobbed. 15Joseph kissed all of his brothers and sobbed over them. After that, his brothers talked with him.
17Pharaoh said to Joseph, “Here’s what I want you to tell your brothers. Say to them, ‘Load your animals. Return to the land of Canaan. 18Bring your father and your families back to me. I’ll give you the best land in Egypt. You can enjoy all of the good things in the land.’
19“And here’s something else I want you to tell them. Say to them, ‘Take some carts from Egypt. Your children and your wives can use them. Get your father and come back. 20Don’t worry about the things you have back there. The best of everything in Egypt will belong to you.’ ”
But he gave more than seven pounds of silver to Benjamin. He also gave him five sets of clothes.