Joseph Makes Himself Known
1Then 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.
3 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.
4 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.
5 Now therefore be not grieved, nor angry with yourselves, that ye sold me hither: for God did send me before you to preserve life.
6 For these two years hath the famine been in the land: and yet there are five years, in the which there shall neither be earing nor harvest.
7 And God sent me before you to preserve you a posterity in the earth, and to save your lives by a great deliverance.
8 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.
9 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:
K.J.V. Bible Text
Finally Joseph could no longer contain himself and sent all of his attendants away so he could reveal himself to his brothers.
After telling them who he was, he revealed himself to be a man worthy of the great success he had known. He told his brothers not to distress themselves for having sold him into slavery and explained to them that their action had been prompted by God in order to place Joseph in Egypt to preserve food to save their lives. He explained to them that the famine, now having gone on for two years, would continue for another five.
Then Joseph asked his brothers to hurry back to their father and tell him he had been made lord of all Egypt and to come down to him right away.
Surely, these brothers, not truly bad people, had suffered much guilt over the years over what they had done. Can you imagine how their spirits were lightened by Joseph’s words? Can you appreciate the wisdom Joseph exhibited with his insight?
Joseph was an amazing person, not only for biblical times but for all time.
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