16 And the fame thereof was heard in Pharaoh’s house, saying, Joseph’s brethren are come: and it pleased Pharaoh well, and his servants.
17 And Pharaoh said unto Joseph, Say unto thy brethren, This do ye; lade your beasts, and go, get you unto the land of Canaan;
18 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.
19 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.
20 Also regard not your stuff; for the good of all the land of Egypt is your’s.
21 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.
22 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.
23 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.
24 So he sent his brethren away, and they departed: and he said unto them, See that ye fall not out by the way.
25 And they went up out of Egypt, and came into the land of Canaan unto Jacob their father,
26 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.
27 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:
28 And Israel said, It is enough; Joseph my son is yet alive: I will go and see him before I die.
K.J.V. Bible Text
When Pharaoh heard that Joseph’s brothers had come, God was able to show once more how the puzzle pieces of Joseph’s life following the treachery of his brother worked together for good fortune. Because of what Joseph had done with the help of God to save Egypt from famine, Pharaoh now offered the best of land in Egypt and the best of all that was available there to Joseph’s family.
At the behest of Pharaoh, the brothers returned to their father in Canaan with ample provisions for their journey. Joseph sent his father ten donkeys loaded with the best things of Egypt and ten female donkeys loaded with grain, bread and other provisions for his journey to Egypt.
When Joseph heard all that the brothers had to tell him and saw all the gifts sent by Joseph, he believed that Joseph was indeed still alive and determined to go to him.
What a marvelous thing it must have been for Jacob to know that his son, gone many years and presumed dead, was actually alive and the catalyst of so much good fortune. How wonderful also that the brother left behind after the first trip to Egypt is safe and well and that no harm came to Benjamin in Egypt. His heart must have been, as we might say today, singing for joy.
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