15 Realizing that their father was dead, Josephs brothers said, What if Joseph still bears a grudge against us and pays us back in full for all the wrong that we did to him? 16So they approached* Joseph, saying, Your father gave this instruction before he died, 17Say to Joseph: I beg you, forgive the crime of your brothers and the wrong they did in harming you. Now therefore please forgive the crime of the servants of the God of your father. Joseph wept when they spoke to him. 18Then his brothers also wept,* fell down before him, and said, We are here as your slaves. 19But Joseph said to them, Do not be afraid! Am I in the place of God? 20Even though you intended to do harm to me, God intended it for good, in order to preserve a numerous people, as he is doing today. 21So have no fear; I myself will provide for you and your little ones. In this way he reassured them, speaking kindly to them.
22 So Joseph remained in Egypt, he and his fathers household; and Joseph lived for one hundred and ten years. 23Joseph saw Ephraims children of the third generation; the children of Machir son of Manasseh were also born on Josephs knees.
24 Then Joseph said to his brothers, I am about to die; but God will surely come to you, and bring you up out of this land to the land that he swore to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob. 25So Joseph made the Israelites swear, saying, When God comes to you, you shall carry up my bones from here. 26And Joseph died, being one hundred and ten years old; he was embalmed and placed in a coffin in Egypt.
The New Revised Standard Version (Anglicized Edition), copyright 1989, 1995 by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.
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