Joseph-a long time in the making

Researchers: We know secret of Joseph's biblical pest control - Haaretz - Israel News
(Beware of giving Joseph too much credit, as this article does.
Remember to give God the glory.)
Gen 37:1  And Jacob dwelt in the land wherein his father was a
stranger, in the land of Canaan.
Gen 37:2 These are the generations of Jacob. Joseph, being seventeen
years old, was feeding the flock with his brethren; and the lad was
with the sons of Bilhah, and with the sons of Zilpah, his father's
wives: and Joseph brought unto his father their evil report.
Gen 37:3 Now Israel loved Joseph more than all his children, because
he was the son of his old age: and he made him a coat of many colours.
Gen 37:4 And when his brethren saw that their father loved him more
than all his brethren, they hated him, and could not speak peaceably
unto him.
Gen 37:5 And Joseph dreamed a dream, and he told it his brethren: and
they hated him yet the more.
Gen 37:6 And he said unto them, Hear, I pray you, this dream which I
have dreamed:
Gen 37:7 For, behold, we were binding sheaves in the field, and, lo,
my sheaf arose, and also stood upright; and, behold, your sheaves
stood round about, and made obeisance to my sheaf.
Gen 37:8 And his brethren said to him, Shalt thou indeed reign over
us? or shalt thou indeed have dominion over us? And they hated him yet
the more for his dreams, and for his words.
Gen 37:9 And he dreamed yet another dream, and told it his brethren,
and said, Behold, I have dreamed a dream more; and, behold, the sun
and the moon and the eleven stars made obeisance to me.
Gen 37:10 And he told it to his father, and to his brethren: and his
father rebuked him, and said unto him, What is this dream that thou
hast dreamed? Shall I and thy mother and thy brethren indeed come to
bow down ourselves to thee to the earth?
Gen 37:11 And his brethren envied him; but his father observed the
Gen 37:12 And his brethren went to feed their father's flock in
Gen 37:13 And Israel said unto Joseph, Do not thy brethren feed the
flock in Shechem? come, and I will send thee unto them. And he said to
him, Here am I.
Gen 37:14 And he said to him, Go, I pray thee, see whether it be well
with thy brethren, and well with the flocks; and bring me word again.
So he sent him out of the vale of Hebron, and he came to Shechem.
Gen 37:15 And a certain man found him, and, behold, he was wandering
in the field: and the man asked him, saying, What seekest thou?
Gen 37:16 And he said, I seek my brethren: tell me, I pray thee,
where they feed their flocks.
Gen 37:17 And the man said, They are departed hence; for I heard them
say, Let us go to Dothan. And Joseph went after his brethren, and
found them in Dothan.
Gen 37:18 And when they saw him afar off, even before he came near
unto them, they conspired against him to slay him.
Gen 37:19 And they said one to another, Behold, this dreamer cometh.
Gen 37:20 Come now therefore, and let us slay him, and cast him into
some pit, and we will say, Some evil beast hath devoured him: and we
shall see what will become of his dreams.
Gen 37:21 And Reuben heard it, and he delivered him out of their
hands; and said, Let us not kill him.
Gen 37:22 And Reuben said unto them, Shed no blood, but cast him into
this pit that is in the wilderness, and lay no hand upon him; that he
might rid him out of their hands, to deliver him to his father again.
Gen 37:23 And it came to pass, when Joseph was come unto his
brethren, that they stript Joseph out of his coat, his coat of many
colours that was on him;
Gen 37:24 And they took him, and cast him into a pit: and the pit was
empty, there was no water in it.
Gen 37:25 And they sat down to eat bread: and they lifted up their
eyes and looked, and, behold, a company of Ishmeelites came from
Gilead with their camels bearing spicery and balm and myrrh, going to
carry it down to Egypt.
Gen 37:26 And Judah said unto his brethren, What profit is it if we
slay our brother, and conceal his blood?
Gen 37:27 Come, and let us sell him to the Ishmeelites, and let not
our hand be upon him; for he is our brother and our flesh. And his
brethren were content.
Gen 37:28 Then there passed by Midianites merchantmen; and they drew
and lifted up Joseph out of the pit, and sold Joseph to the
Ishmeelites for twenty pieces of silver: and they brought Joseph into
Gen 37:29 And Reuben returned unto the pit; and, behold, Joseph was
not in the pit; and he rent his clothes.
Gen 37:30 And he returned unto his brethren, and said, The child is
not; and I, whither shall I go?
Gen 37:31 And they took Joseph's coat, and killed a kid of the goats,
and dipped the coat in the blood;
Gen 37:32 And they sent the coat of many colours, and they brought it
to their father; and said, This have we found: know now whether it be
thy son's coat or no.
Gen 37:33 And he knew it, and said, It is my son's coat; an evil
beast hath devoured him; Joseph is without doubt rent in pieces.
Gen 37:34 And Jacob rent his clothes, and put sackcloth upon his
loins, and mourned for his son many days.
Gen 37:35 And all his sons and all his daughters rose up to comfort
him; but he refused to be comforted; and he said, For I will go down
into the grave unto my son mourning. Thus his father wept for him.
Gen 37:36 And the Midianites sold him into Egypt unto Potiphar, an
officer of Pharaoh's, and captain of the guard.

Gen 39:1 And Joseph was brought down to Egypt; and Potiphar, an
officer of Pharaoh, captain of the guard, an Egyptian, bought him of
the hands of the Ishmeelites, which had brought him down thither.
Gen 39:2 And the LORD was with Joseph, and he was a prosperous man;
and he was in the house of his master the Egyptian.
Gen 39:3 And his master saw that the LORD was with him, and that the
LORD made all that he did to prosper in his hand.
Gen 39:4 And Joseph found grace in his sight, and he served him: and
he made him overseer over his house, and all that he had he put into
his hand.
Gen 39:5 And it came to pass from the time that he had made him
overseer in his house, and over all that he had, that the LORD blessed
the Egyptian's house for Joseph's sake; and the blessing of the LORD
was upon all that he had in the house, and in the field.
Gen 39:6 And he left all that he had in Joseph's hand; and he knew
not ought he had, save the bread which he did eat. And Joseph was a
goodly person, and well favoured.
Gen 39:7 And it came to pass after these things, that his master's
wife cast her eyes upon Joseph; and she said, Lie with me.
Gen 39:8 But he refused, and said unto his master's wife, Behold, my
master wotteth not what is with me in the house, and he hath committed
all that he hath to my hand;
Gen 39:9 There is none greater in this house than I; neither hath he
kept back any thing from me but thee, because thou art his wife: how
then can I do this great wickedness, and sin against God?
Gen 39:10 And it came to pass, as she spake to Joseph day by day,
that he hearkened not unto her, to lie by her, or to be with her.
Gen 39:11 And it came to pass about this time, that Joseph went into
the house to do his business; and there was none of the men of the
house there within.
Gen 39:12 And she caught him by his garment, saying, Lie with me: and
he left his garment in her hand, and fled, and got him out.
Gen 39:13 And it came to pass, when she saw that he had left his
garment in her hand, and was fled forth,
Gen 39:14 That she called unto the men of her house, and spake unto
them, saying, See, he hath brought in an Hebrew unto us to mock us; he
came in unto me to lie with me, and I cried with a loud voice:
Gen 39:15 And it came to pass, when he heard that I lifted up my
voice and cried, that he left his garment with me, and fled, and got
him out.
Gen 39:16 And she laid up his garment by her, until his lord came
Gen 39:17 And she spake unto him according to these words, saying,
The Hebrew servant, which thou hast brought unto us, came in unto me
to mock me:
Gen 39:18 And it came to pass, as I lifted up my voice and cried,
that he left his garment with me, and fled out.
Gen 39:19 And it came to pass, when his master heard the words of his
wife, which she spake unto him, saying, After this manner did thy
servant to me; that his wrath was kindled.
Gen 39:20 And Joseph's master took him, and put him into the prison,
a place where the king's prisoners were bound: and he was there in the
Gen 39:21 But the LORD was with Joseph, and shewed him mercy, and
gave him favour in the sight of the keeper of the prison.
Gen 39:22 And the keeper of the prison committed to Joseph's hand all
the prisoners that were in the prison; and whatsoever they did there,
he was the doer of it.
Gen 39:23 The keeper of the prison looked not to any thing that was
under his hand; because the LORD was with him, and that which he did,
the LORD made it to prosper.

Gen 40:1 And it came to pass after these things, that the butler of
the king of Egypt and his baker had offended their lord the king of
Gen 40:2 And Pharaoh was wroth against two of his officers, against
the chief of the butlers, and against the chief of the bakers.
Gen 40:3 And he put them in ward in the house of the captain of the
guard, into the prison, the place where Joseph was bound.
Gen 40:4 And the captain of the guard charged Joseph with them, and
he served them: and they continued a season in ward.
Gen 40:5 And they dreamed a dream both of them, each man his dream in
one night, each man according to the interpretation of his dream, the
butler and the baker of the king of Egypt, which were bound in the
Gen 40:6 And Joseph came in unto them in the morning, and looked upon
them, and, behold, they were sad.
Gen 40:7 And he asked Pharaoh's officers that were with him in the
ward of his lord's house, saying, Wherefore look ye so sadly to day?
Gen 40:8 And they said unto him, We have dreamed a dream, and there
is no interpreter of it. And Joseph said unto them, Do not
interpretations belong to God? tell me them, I pray you.
Gen 40:9 And the chief butler told his dream to Joseph, and said to
him, In my dream, behold, a vine was before me;
Gen 40:10 And in the vine were three branches: and it was as though
it budded, and her blossoms shot forth; and the clusters thereof
brought forth ripe grapes:
Gen 40:11 And Pharaoh's cup was in my hand: and I took the grapes,
and pressed them into Pharaoh's cup, and I gave the cup into Pharaoh's
Gen 40:12 And Joseph said unto him, This is the interpretation of it:
The three branches are three days:
Gen 40:13 Yet within three days shall Pharaoh lift up thine head, and
restore thee unto thy place: and thou shalt deliver Pharaoh's cup into
his hand, after the former manner when thou wast his butler.
Gen 40:14 But think on me when it shall be well with thee, and shew
kindness, I pray thee, unto me, and make mention of me unto Pharaoh,
and bring me out of this house:
Gen 40:15 For indeed I was stolen away out of the land of the
Hebrews: and here also have I done nothing that they should put me
into the dungeon.
Gen 40:16 When the chief baker saw that the interpretation was good,
he said unto Joseph, I also was in my dream, and, behold, I had three
white baskets on my head:
Gen 40:17 And in the uppermost basket there was of all manner of
bakemeats for Pharaoh; and the birds did eat them out of the basket
upon my head.
Gen 40:18 And Joseph answered and said, This is the interpretation
thereof: The three baskets are three days:
Gen 40:19 Yet within three days shall Pharaoh lift up thy head from
off thee, and shall hang thee on a tree; and the birds shall eat thy
flesh from off thee.
Gen 40:20 And it came to pass the third day, which was Pharaoh's
birthday, that he made a feast unto all his servants: and he lifted up
the head of the chief butler and of the chief baker among his servants.
Gen 40:21 And he restored the chief butler unto his butlership again;
and he gave the cup into Pharaoh's hand:
Gen 40:22 But he hanged the chief baker: as Joseph had interpreted to
Gen 40:23 Yet did not the chief butler remember Joseph, but forgat

Gen 41:1 And it came to pass at the end of two full years, that
Pharaoh dreamed: and, behold, he stood by the river.
Gen 41:2 And, behold, there came up out of the river seven well
favoured kine and fatfleshed; and they fed in a meadow.
Gen 41:3 And, behold, seven other kine came up after them out of the
river, ill favoured and leanfleshed; and stood by the other kine upon
the brink of the river.
Gen 41:4 And the ill favoured and leanfleshed kine did eat up the
seven well favoured and fat kine. So Pharaoh awoke.
Gen 41:5 And he slept and dreamed the second time: and, behold, seven
ears of corn came up upon one stalk, rank and good.
Gen 41:6 And, behold, seven thin ears and blasted with the east wind
sprung up after them.
Gen 41:7 And the seven thin ears devoured the seven rank and full
ears. And Pharaoh awoke, and, behold, it was a dream.
Gen 41:8 And it came to pass in the morning that his spirit was
troubled; and he sent and called for all the magicians of Egypt, and
all the wise men thereof: and Pharaoh told them his dream; but there
was none that could interpret them unto Pharaoh.
Gen 41:9 Then spake the chief butler unto Pharaoh, saying, I do
remember my faults this day:
Gen 41:10 Pharaoh was wroth with his servants, and put me in ward in
the captain of the guard's house, both me and the chief baker:
Gen 41:11 And we dreamed a dream in one night, I and he; we dreamed
each man according to the interpretation of his dream.
Gen 41:12 And there was there with us a young man, an Hebrew, servant
to the captain of the guard; and we told him, and he interpreted to us
our dreams; to each man according to his dream he did interpret.
Gen 41:13 And it came to pass, as he interpreted to us, so it was; me
he restored unto mine office, and him he hanged.
Gen 41:14 Then Pharaoh sent and called Joseph, and they brought him
hastily out of the dungeon: and he shaved himself, and changed his
raiment, and came in unto Pharaoh.
Gen 41:15 And Pharaoh said unto Joseph, I have dreamed a dream, and
there is none that can interpret it: and I have heard say of thee,
that thou canst understand a dream to interpret it.
Gen 41:16 And Joseph answered Pharaoh, saying, It is not in me: God
shall give Pharaoh an answer of peace.
Gen 41:17 And Pharaoh said unto Joseph, In my dream, behold, I stood
upon the bank of the river:
Gen 41:18 And, behold, there came up out of the river seven kine,
fatfleshed and well favoured; and they fed in a meadow:
Gen 41:19 And, behold, seven other kine came up after them, poor and
very ill favoured and leanfleshed, such as I never saw in all the land
of Egypt for badness:
Gen 41:20 And the lean and the ill favoured kine did eat up the first
seven fat kine:
Gen 41:21 And when they had eaten them up, it could not be known that
they had eaten them; but they were still ill favoured, as at the
beginning. So I awoke.
Gen 41:22 And I saw in my dream, and, behold, seven ears came up in
one stalk, full and good:
Gen 41:23 And, behold, seven ears, withered, thin, and blasted with
the east wind, sprung up after them:
Gen 41:24 And the thin ears devoured the seven good ears: and I told
this unto the magicians; but there was none that could declare it to
Gen 41:25 And Joseph said unto Pharaoh, The dream of Pharaoh is one:
God hath shewed Pharaoh what he is about to do.
Gen 41:26 The seven good kine are seven years; and the seven good
ears are seven years: the dream is one.
Gen 41:27 And the seven thin and ill favoured kine that came up after
them are seven years; and the seven empty ears blasted with the east
wind shall be seven years of famine.
Gen 41:28 This is the thing which I have spoken unto Pharaoh: What
God is about to do he sheweth unto Pharaoh.
Gen 41:29 Behold, there come seven years of great plenty throughout
all the land of Egypt:
Gen 41:30 And there shall arise after them seven years of famine; and
all the plenty shall be forgotten in the land of Egypt; and the famine
shall consume the land;
Gen 41:31 And the plenty shall not be known in the land by reason of
that famine following; for it shall be very grievous.
Gen 41:32 And for that the dream was doubled unto Pharaoh twice; it
is because the thing is established by God, and God will shortly bring
it to pass.
Gen 41:33 Now therefore let Pharaoh look out a man discreet and wise,
and set him over the land of Egypt.
Gen 41:34 Let Pharaoh do this, and let him appoint officers over the
land, and take up the fifth part of the land of Egypt in the seven
plenteous years.
Gen 41:35 And let them gather all the food of those good years that
come, and lay up corn under the hand of Pharaoh, and let them keep
food in the cities.
Gen 41:36 And that food shall be for store to the land against the
seven years of famine, which shall be in the land of Egypt; that the
land perish not through the famine.
Gen 41:37 And the thing was good in the eyes of Pharaoh, and in the
eyes of all his servants.
Gen 41:38 And Pharaoh said unto his servants, Can we find such a one
as this is, a man in whom the Spirit of God is?
Gen 41:39 And Pharaoh said unto Joseph, Forasmuch as God hath shewed
thee all this, there is none so discreet and wise as thou art:
Gen 41:40 Thou shalt be over my house, and according unto thy word
shall all my people be ruled: only in the throne will I be greater
than thou.
Gen 41:41 And Pharaoh said unto Joseph, See, I have set thee over all
the land of Egypt.
Gen 41:42 And Pharaoh took off his ring from his hand, and put it
upon Joseph's hand, and arrayed him in vestures of fine linen, and put
a gold chain about his neck;
Gen 41:43 And he made him to ride in the second chariot which he had;
and they cried before him, Bow the knee: and he made him ruler over
all the land of Egypt.
Gen 41:44 And Pharaoh said unto Joseph, I am Pharaoh, and without
thee shall no man lift up his hand or foot in all the land of Egypt.
Gen 41:45 And Pharaoh called Joseph's name Zaphnathpaaneah; and he
gave him to wife Asenath the daughter of Potipherah priest of On. And
Joseph went out over all the land of Egypt.
Gen 41:46 And Joseph was thirty years old when he stood before
Pharaoh king of Egypt. And Joseph went out from the presence of
Pharaoh, and went throughout all the land of Egypt.
Gen 41:47 And in the seven plenteous years the earth brought forth by
Gen 41:48 And he gathered up all the food of the seven years, which
were in the land of Egypt, and laid up the food in the cities: the
food of the field, which was round about every city, laid he up in the
Gen 41:49 And Joseph gathered corn as the sand of the sea, very much,
until he left numbering; for it was without number.
Gen 41:50 And unto Joseph were born two sons before the years of
famine came, which Asenath the daughter of Potipherah priest of On
bare unto him.
Gen 41:51 And Joseph called the name of the firstborn Manasseh: For
God, said he, hath made me forget all my toil, and all my father's
Gen 41:52 And the name of the second called he Ephraim: For God hath
caused me to be fruitful in the land of my affliction.
Gen 41:53 And the seven years of plenteousness, that was in the land
of Egypt, were ended.
Gen 41:54 And the seven years of dearth began to come, according as
Joseph had said: and the dearth was in all lands; but in all the land
of Egypt there was bread.
Gen 41:55 And when all the land of Egypt was famished, the people
cried to Pharaoh for bread: and Pharaoh said unto all the Egyptians,
Go unto Joseph; what he saith to you, do.
Gen 41:56 And the famine was over all the face of the earth: And
Joseph opened all the storehouses, and sold unto the Egyptians; and
the famine waxed sore in the land of Egypt.
Gen 41:57 And all countries came into Egypt to Joseph for to buy
corn; because that the famine was so sore in all lands.

Gen 42:1 Now when Jacob saw that there was corn in Egypt, Jacob said
unto his sons, Why do ye look one upon another?
Gen 42:2 And he said, Behold, I have heard that there is corn in
Egypt: get you down thither, and buy for us from thence; that we may
live, and not die.
Gen 42:3 And Joseph's ten brethren went down to buy corn in Egypt.
Gen 42:4 But Benjamin, Joseph's brother, Jacob sent not with his
brethren; for he said, Lest peradventure mischief befall him.
Gen 42:5 And the sons of Israel came to buy corn among those that
came: for the famine was in the land of Canaan.
Gen 42:6 And Joseph was the governor over the land, and he it was
that sold to all the people of the land: and Joseph's brethren came,
and bowed down themselves before him with their faces to the earth.
Gen 42:7 And Joseph saw his brethren, and he knew them, but made
himself strange unto them, and spake roughly unto them; and he said
unto them, Whence come ye? And they said, From the land of Canaan to
buy food.
Gen 42:8 And Joseph knew his brethren, but they knew not him.
Gen 42:9 And Joseph remembered the dreams which he dreamed of them,
and said unto them, Ye are spies; to see the nakedness of the land ye
are come.
Gen 42:10 And they said unto him, Nay, my lord, but to buy food are
thy servants come.
Gen 42:11 We are all one man's sons; we are true men, thy servants
are no spies.
Gen 42:12 And he said unto them, Nay, but to see the nakedness of the
land ye are come.
Gen 42:13 And they said, Thy servants are twelve brethren, the sons
of one man in the land of Canaan; and, behold, the youngest is this
day with our father, and one is not.
Gen 42:14 And Joseph said unto them, That is it that I spake unto
you, saying, Ye are spies:
Gen 42:15 Hereby ye shall be proved: By the life of Pharaoh ye shall
not go forth hence, except your youngest brother come hither.
Gen 42:16 Send one of you, and let him fetch your brother, and ye
shall be kept in prison, that your words may be proved, whether there
be any truth in you: or else by the life of Pharaoh surely ye are
Gen 42:17 And he put them all together into ward three days.
Gen 42:18 And Joseph said unto them the third day, This do, and live;
for I fear God:
Gen 42:19 If ye be true men, let one of your brethren be bound in the
house of your prison: go ye, carry corn for the famine of your houses:
Gen 42:20 But bring your youngest brother unto me; so shall your
words be verified, and ye shall not die. And they did so.
Gen 42:21 And they said one to another, We are verily guilty
concerning our brother, in that we saw the anguish of his soul, when
he besought us, and we would not hear; therefore is this distress come
upon us.
Gen 42:22 And Reuben answered them, saying, Spake I not unto you,
saying, Do not sin against the child; and ye would not hear?
therefore, behold, also his blood is required.
Gen 42:23 And they knew not that Joseph understood them; for he spake
unto them by an interpreter.
Gen 42:24 And he turned himself about from them, and wept; and
returned to them again, and communed with them, and took from them
Simeon, and bound him before their eyes.
Gen 42:25 Then Joseph commanded to fill their sacks with corn, and to
restore every man's money into his sack, and to give them provision
for the way: and thus did he unto them.
Gen 42:26 And they laded their asses with the corn, and departed
Gen 42:27 And as one of them opened his sack to give his ass
provender in the inn, he espied his money; for, behold, it was in his
sack's mouth.
Gen 42:28 And he said unto his brethren, My money is restored; and,
lo, it is even in my sack: and their heart failed them, and they were
afraid, saying one to another, What is this that God hath done unto us?
Gen 42:29 And they came unto Jacob their father unto the land of
Canaan, and told him all that befell unto them; saying,
Gen 42:30 The man, who is the lord of the land, spake roughly to us,
and took us for spies of the country.
Gen 42:31 And we said unto him, We are true men; we are no spies:
Gen 42:32 We be twelve brethren, sons of our father; one is not, and
the youngest is this day with our father in the land of Canaan.
Gen 42:33 And the man, the lord of the country, said unto us, Hereby
shall I know that ye are true men; leave one of your brethren here
with me, and take food for the famine of your households, and be gone:
Gen 42:34 And bring your youngest brother unto me: then shall I know
that ye are no spies, but that ye are true men: so will I deliver you
your brother, and ye shall traffick in the land.
Gen 42:35 And it came to pass as they emptied their sacks, that,
behold, every man's bundle of money was in his sack: and when both
they and their father saw the bundles of money, they were afraid.
Gen 42:36 And Jacob their father said unto them, Me have ye bereaved
of my children: Joseph is not, and Simeon is not, and ye will take
Benjamin away: all these things are against me.
Gen 42:37 And Reuben spake unto his father, saying, Slay my two sons,
if I bring him not to thee: deliver him into my hand, and I will bring
him to thee again.
Gen 42:38 And he said, My son shall not go down with you; for his
brother is dead, and he is left alone: if mischief befall him by the
way in the which ye go, then shall ye bring down my gray hairs with
sorrow to the grave.

Gen 43:1 And the famine was sore in the land.
Gen 43:2 And it came to pass, when they had eaten up the corn which
they had brought out of Egypt, their father said unto them, Go again,
buy us a little food.
Gen 43:3 And Judah spake unto him, saying, The man did solemnly
protest unto us, saying, Ye shall not see my face, except your brother
be with you.
Gen 43:4 If thou wilt send our brother with us, we will go down and
buy thee food:
Gen 43:5 But if thou wilt not send him, we will not go down: for the
man said unto us, Ye shall not see my face, except your brother be
with you.
Gen 43:6 And Israel said, Wherefore dealt ye so ill with me, as to
tell the man whether ye had yet a brother?
Gen 43:7 And they said, The man asked us straitly of our state, and
of our kindred, saying, Is your father yet alive? have ye another
brother? and we told him according to the tenor of these words: could
we certainly know that he would say, Bring your brother down?
Gen 43:8 And Judah said unto Israel his father, Send the lad with me,
and we will arise and go; that we may live, and not die, both we, and
thou, and also our little ones.
Gen 43:9 I will be surety for him; of my hand shalt thou require him:
if I bring him not unto thee, and set him before thee, then let me
bear the blame for ever:
Gen 43:10 For except we had lingered, surely now we had returned this
second time.
Gen 43:11 And their father Israel said unto them, If it must be so
now, do this; take of the best fruits in the land in your vessels, and
carry down the man a present, a little balm, and a little honey,
spices, and myrrh, nuts, and almonds:
Gen 43:12 And take double money in your hand; and the money that was
brought again in the mouth of your sacks, carry it again in your hand;
peradventure it was an oversight:
Gen 43:13 Take also your brother, and arise, go again unto the man:
Gen 43:14 And God Almighty give you mercy before the man, that he may
send away your other brother, and Benjamin. If I be bereaved of my
children, I am bereaved.
Gen 43:15 And the men took that present, and they took double money
in their hand, and Benjamin; and rose up, and went down to Egypt, and
stood before Joseph.
Gen 43:16 And when Joseph saw Benjamin with them, he said to the
ruler of his house, Bring these men home, and slay, and make ready;
for these men shall dine with me at noon.
Gen 43:17 And the man did as Joseph bade; and the man brought the men
into Joseph's house.
Gen 43:18 And the men were afraid, because they were brought into
Joseph's house; and they said, Because of the money that was returned
in our sacks at the first time are we brought in; that he may seek
occasion against us, and fall upon us, and take us for bondmen, and
our asses.
Gen 43:19 And they came near to the steward of Joseph's house, and
they communed with him at the door of the house,
Gen 43:20 And said, O sir, we came indeed down at the first time to
buy food:
Gen 43:21 And it came to pass, when we came to the inn, that we
opened our sacks, and, behold, every man's money was in the mouth of
his sack, our money in full weight: and we have brought it again in
our hand.
Gen 43:22 And other money have we brought down in our hands to buy
food: we cannot tell who put our money in our sacks.
Gen 43:23 And he said, Peace be to you, fear not: your God, and the
God of your father, hath given you treasure in your sacks: I had your
money. And he brought Simeon out unto them.
Gen 43:24 And the man brought the men into Joseph's house, and gave
them water, and they washed their feet; and he gave their asses
Gen 43:25 And they made ready the present against Joseph came at
noon: for they heard that they should eat bread there.
Gen 43:26 And when Joseph came home, they brought him the present
which was in their hand into the house, and bowed themselves to him to
the earth.
Gen 43:27 And he asked them of their welfare, and said, Is your
father well, the old man of whom ye spake? Is he yet alive?
Gen 43:28 And they answered, Thy servant our father is in good
health, he is yet alive. And they bowed down their heads, and made
Gen 43:29 And he lifted up his eyes, and saw his brother Benjamin,
his mother's son, and said, Is this your younger brother, of whom ye
spake unto me? And he said, God be gracious unto thee, my son.
Gen 43:30 And Joseph made haste; for his bowels did yearn upon his
brother: and he sought where to weep; and he entered into his chamber,
and wept there.
Gen 43:31 And he washed his face, and went out, and refrained
himself, and said, Set on bread.
Gen 43:32 And they set on for him by himself, and for them by
themselves, and for the Egyptians, which did eat with him, by
themselves: because the Egyptians might not eat bread with the
Hebrews; for that is an abomination unto the Egyptians.
Gen 43:33 And they sat before him, the firstborn according to his
birthright, and the youngest according to his youth: and the men
marvelled one at another.
Gen 43:34 And he took and sent messes unto them from before him: but
Benjamin's mess was five times so much as any of theirs. And they
drank, and were merry with him.

Gen 44:1 And he commanded the steward of his house, saying, Fill the
men's sacks with food, as much as they can carry, and put every man's
money in his sack's mouth.
Gen 44:2 And put my cup, the silver cup, in the sack's mouth of the
youngest, and his corn money. And he did according to the word that
Joseph had spoken.
Gen 44:3 As soon as the morning was light, the men were sent away,
they and their asses.
Gen 44:4 And when they were gone out of the city, and not yet far
off, Joseph said unto his steward, Up, follow after the men; and when
thou dost overtake them, say unto them, Wherefore have ye rewarded
evil for good?
Gen 44:5 Is not this it in which my lord drinketh, and whereby indeed
he divineth? ye have done evil in so doing.
Gen 44:6 And he overtook them, and he spake unto them these same
Gen 44:7 And they said unto him, Wherefore saith my lord these words?
God forbid that thy servants should do according to this thing:
Gen 44:8 Behold, the money, which we found in our sacks' mouths, we
brought again unto thee out of the land of Canaan: how then should we
steal out of thy lord's house silver or gold?
Gen 44:9 With whomsoever of thy servants it be found, both let him
die, and we also will be my lord's bondmen.
Gen 44:10 And he said, Now also let it be according unto your words:
he with whom it is found shall be my servant; and ye shall be
Gen 44:11 Then they speedily took down every man his sack to the
ground, and opened every man his sack.
Gen 44:12 And he searched, and began at the eldest, and left at the
youngest: and the cup was found in Benjamin's sack.
Gen 44:13 Then they rent their clothes, and laded every man his ass,
and returned to the city.
Gen 44:14 And Judah and his brethren came to Joseph's house; for he
was yet there: and they fell before him on the ground.
Gen 44:15 And Joseph said unto them, What deed is this that ye have
done? wot ye not that such a man as I can certainly divine?
Gen 44:16 And Judah said, What shall we say unto my lord? what shall
we speak? or how shall we clear ourselves? God hath found out the
iniquity of thy servants: behold, we are my lord's servants, both we,
and he also with whom the cup is found.
Gen 44:17 And he said, God forbid that I should do so: but the man in
whose hand the cup is found, he shall be my servant; and as for you,
get you up in peace unto your father.
Gen 44:18 Then Judah came near unto him, and said, Oh my lord, let
thy servant, I pray thee, speak a word in my lord's ears, and let not
thine anger burn against thy servant: for thou art even as Pharaoh.
Gen 44:19 My lord asked his servants, saying, Have ye a father, or a
Gen 44:20 And we said unto my lord, We have a father, an old man, and
a child of his old age, a little one; and his brother is dead, and he
alone is left of his mother, and his father loveth him.
Gen 44:21 And thou saidst unto thy servants, Bring him down unto me,
that I may set mine eyes upon him.
Gen 44:22 And we said unto my lord, The lad cannot leave his father:
for if he should leave his father, his father would die.
Gen 44:23 And thou saidst unto thy servants, Except your youngest
brother come down with you, ye shall see my face no more.
Gen 44:24 And it came to pass when we came up unto thy servant my
father, we told him the words of my lord.
Gen 44:25 And our father said, Go again, and buy us a little food.
Gen 44:26 And we said, We cannot go down: if our youngest brother be
with us, then will we go down: for we may not see the man's face,
except our youngest brother be with us.
Gen 44:27 And thy servant my father said unto us, Ye know that my
wife bare me two sons:
Gen 44:28 And the one went out from me, and I said, Surely he is torn
in pieces; and I saw him not since:
Gen 44:29 And if ye take this also from me, and mischief befall him,
ye shall bring down my gray hairs with sorrow to the grave.
Gen 44:30 Now therefore when I come to thy servant my father, and the
lad be not with us; seeing that his life is bound up in the lad's life;
Gen 44:31 It shall come to pass, when he seeth that the lad is not
with us, that he will die: and thy servants shall bring down the gray
hairs of thy servant our father with sorrow to the grave.
Gen 44:32 For thy servant became surety for the lad unto my father,
saying, If I bring him not unto thee, then I shall bear the blame to
my father for ever.
Gen 44:33 Now therefore, I pray thee, let thy servant abide instead
of the lad a bondman to my lord; and let the lad go up with his
Gen 44:34 For how shall I go up to my father, and the lad be not with
me? lest peradventure I see the evil that shall come on my father.

Gen 45:1 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
Gen 45:2 And he wept aloud: and the Egyptians and the house of
Pharaoh heard.
Gen 45:3 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.
Gen 45:4 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.
Gen 45:5 Now therefore be not grieved, nor angry with yourselves,
that ye sold me hither: for God did send me before you to preserve
Gen 45:6 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.
Gen 45:7 And God sent me before you to preserve you a posterity in
the earth, and to save your lives by a great deliverance.
Gen 45:8 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.
Gen 45:9 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:
Gen 45:10 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:
Gen 45:11 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.
Gen 45:12 And, behold, your eyes see, and the eyes of my brother
Benjamin, that it is my mouth that speaketh unto you.
Gen 45:13 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
Gen 45:14 And he fell upon his brother Benjamin's neck, and wept; and
Benjamin wept upon his neck.
Gen 45:15 Moreover he kissed all his brethren, and wept upon them:
and after that his brethren talked with him.
Gen 45:16 And the fame thereof was heard in Pharaoh's house, saying,
Joseph's brethren are come: and it pleased Pharaoh well, and his
Gen 45:17 And Pharaoh said unto Joseph, Say unto thy brethren, This
do ye; lade your beasts, and go, get you unto the land of Canaan;
Gen 45:18 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.
Gen 45:19 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.
Gen 45:20 Also regard not your stuff; for the good of all the land of
Egypt is yours.
Gen 45:21 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.
Gen 45:22 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
Gen 45:23 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.
Gen 45:24 So he sent his brethren away, and they departed: and he
said unto them, See that ye fall not out by the way.
Gen 45:25 And they went up out of Egypt, and came into the land of
Canaan unto Jacob their father,
Gen 45:26 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.
Gen 45:27 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:
Gen 45:28 And Israel said, It is enough; Joseph my son is yet alive:
I will go and see him before I die.

Seems we don't always know the plans of God. And, even when we do,
they may take longer than we expect for them to come to fruition.

This entry was posted in Christian faith. Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.