1Then Joseph, unable to keep back his feelings before those who were with him, gave orders for everyone to be sent away, and no one was present when he made clear to his brothers who he was.
2And so loud was his weeping, that it came to the ears of the Egyptians and all Pharaoh’s house.
3And Joseph said to his brothers, I am Joseph: is my father still living? But his brothers were not able to give him an answer for they were troubled before him.
4Then Joseph said to his brothers, Come near to me. And they came near, And he said, I am Joseph your brother, whom you sent into Egypt.
5Now do not be troubled or angry with yourselves for sending me away, because God sent me before you to be the saviour of your lives.
6For these two years have been years of need, and there are still five more years to come in which there will be no ploughing or cutting of grain.
7God sent me before you to keep you and yours living on earth so that you might become a great nation.
8So now it was not you who sent me here, but God: and he has made me as a father to Pharaoh, and lord of all his house, and ruler over all the land of Egypt.
9Now go quickly to my father, and say to him, Your son Joseph says, God has made me ruler over all the land of Egypt: come down to me straight away:
10The land of Goshen will be your living-place, and you will be near me; you and your children and your children’s children, and your flocks and herds and all you have:
11And there I will take care of you, so that you and your family may not be in need, for there are still five bad years to come.
12Now truly, your eyes see, and the eyes of my brother Benjamin see, that it is my mouth which says these things to you.
13Give my father word of all my glory in Egypt and of all you have seen; and come back quickly with my father.
14Then, weeping, he took Benjamin in his arms, and Benjamin himself was weeping on Joseph’s neck.
15Then he gave a kiss to all his brothers, weeping over them; and after that his brothers had no fear of talking to him.
16And news of these things went through Pharaoh’s house, and it was said that Joseph’s brothers were come; and it seemed good to Pharaoh and his servants.
17And Pharaoh said to Joseph, Say to your brothers, Put your goods on your beasts and go back to the land of Canaan;
18And get your father and your families and come back to me: and I will give you all the good things of Egypt, and the fat of the land will be your food.
19And say to them, This you are to do: take carts from the land of Egypt for your little ones and for your wives, and get your father and come back.
20And take no thought for your goods, for the best of all the land of Egypt is yours.
21And the children of Israel did as he said; and Joseph gave them carts as had been ordered by Pharaoh, and food for their journey.
22To every one of them he gave three changes of clothing; but to Benjamin he gave three hundred bits of silver and five changes of clothing.
23And to his father he sent ten asses with good things from Egypt on their backs, and ten she-asses with grain and bread and food for his father on the journey.
24And he sent his brothers on their way, and said to them, See that you have no argument on the road.
25So they went up from Egypt and came to the land of Canaan, to their father Jacob.
26And they said to him, Joseph is living, and is ruler over all the land of Egypt. And at this word Jacob was quite overcome, for he had no faith in it.
27And they gave him an account of everything Joseph had said to them; and when he saw the carts which Joseph had sent for them, his spirit came back to him:
28And Israel said, It is enough: Joseph my son is still living; I will go and see him before my death.
1And Israel went on his journey with all he had, and came to Beer-sheba, where he made offerings to the God of his father Isaac.
2And God said to Israel in a night-vision, Jacob, Jacob. And he said, Here am I.
3And he said, I am God, the God of your father: go down to Egypt without fear, for I will make a great nation of you there:
4I will go down with you to Egypt, and I will see that you come back again, and at your death Joseph will put his hands on your eyes.
5Then Jacob went on from Beer-sheba; and the sons of Jacob took their father and their little ones and their wives in the carts which Pharaoh had sent for them.
6And they took their cattle and all the goods which they had got in the land of Canaan, and came to Egypt, even Jacob and all his seed:
7His sons and his sons’ sons, his daughters and his daughters’ sons and all his family he took with him into Egypt.
8And these are the names of the children of Israel who came into Egypt, even Jacob and all his sons: Reuben, Jacob’s oldest son;
9And the sons of Reuben: Hanoch and Pallu and Hezron and Carmi;
10And the sons of Simeon: Jemuel and Jamin and Ohad and Jachin and Zohar and Shaul, the son of a woman of Canaan;
11And the sons of Levi: Gershon, Kohath, and Merari;
12And the sons of Judah: Er and Onan and Shelah and Perez and Zerah: but Er and Onan had come to their death in the land of Canaan; and the sons of Perez were Hezron and Hamul.
13And the sons of Issachar: Tola and Puah and Job and Shimron;
14And the sons of Zebulun: Sered and Elon and Jahleel;
15All these, together with his daughter Dinah, were the children of Leah, whom Jacob had by her in Paddan-aram; they were thirty-three in number.
16And the sons of Gad: Ziphion and Haggi, Shuni and Ezbon, Eri and Arodi and Areli;
17And the sons of Asher: Jimnah and Ishvah and Ishvi and Beriah, and Sarah, their sister; and the sons of Beriah: Heber and Malchiel.
18These are the children of Zilpah, whom Laban gave to his daughter Leah, and Jacob had these sixteen children by her.
19The sons of Jacob’s wife Rachel: Joseph and Benjamin.
20And Joseph had Manasseh and Ephraim in the land of Egypt, by Asenath, the daughter of Poti-phera, priest of On.
21And the sons of Benjamin were Belah and Becher and Ashbel, Gera and Naaman, Ehi and Rosh, Muppim and Huppim and Ard.
22All these were the children of Rachel whom Jacob had by her, fourteen persons.
23And the son of Dan was Hushim.
24And the sons of Naphtali: Jahzeel and Guni and Jezer and Shillem.
25These were the children of Bilhah, whom Laban gave to his daughter Rachel, seven persons.
26All the persons who came with Jacob into Egypt, the offspring of his body, were sixty-six, without taking into account the wives of Jacob’s sons.
27And the sons of Joseph whom he had in Egypt were two. Seventy persons of the family of Jacob came into Egypt.
To the chief music-maker. Of the servant of the Lord. Of David.
1 The sin of the evil-doer says in his heart, There is no fear of the Lord before his eyes.
2For he takes comfort in the thought that his sin will not be uncovered and hated.
3In the words of his mouth are evil and deceit; he has given up being wise and doing good.
4He gives thought to evil on his bed; he takes a way which is not good; he is not a hater of evil.
5Your mercy, O Lord, is in the heavens, and your strong purpose is as high as the clouds.
6Your righteousness is like the mountains of God; your judging is like the great deep; O Lord, you give life to man and beast.
7How good is your loving mercy, O God! the children of men take cover under the shade of your wings.
8The delights of your house will be showered on them; you will give them drink from the river of your pleasures.
9For with you is the fountain of life: in your light we will see light.
10O let there be no end to your loving mercy to those who have knowledge of you, or of your righteousness to the upright in heart.
11Let not the foot of pride come against me, or the hand of the evil-doers put me out of my place.
12There the workers of evil have come down: they have been made low, and will not be lifted up.
1In times past the word of God came to our fathers through the prophets, in different parts and in different ways;
2But now, at the end of these days, it has come to us through his Son, to whom he has given all things for a heritage, and through whom he made the order of the generations;
3Who, being the outshining of his glory, the true image of his substance, supporting all things by the word of his power, having given himself as an offering making clean from sins, took his seat at the right hand of God in heaven;
4Having become by so much better than the angels, as the name which is his heritage is more noble than theirs.
5To which of the angels did God say at any time, You are my Son, this day I have given you being? or, I will be his Father, and he will be my Son?
6And again, when he is sending his only Son into the world, he says, Let all the angels of God give him worship.
7And of the angels he says, Who makes his angels winds, and his servants flames of fire:
8But of the Son he says, Your seat of power, O God, is for ever and ever; and the rod of your kingdom is a rod of righteousness.
9You have been a lover of righteousness and a hater of evil; and so God, your God, has put the oil of joy on your head more than on the heads of those who are with you.
10You, Lord, at the first did put the earth on its base, and the heavens are the works of your hands:
11They will come to their end; but you are for ever; they will become old as a robe;
12They will be rolled up like a cloth, even like a robe, and they will be changed: but you are the same and your years will have no end.
13But of which of the angels has he said at any time, Take your seat at my right hand till I put all those who are against you under your feet?
14Are they not all helping spirits, who are sent out as servants to those whose heritage will be salvation?