18 Then Judah stepped up to him and said, O my lord, let your servant please speak a word in my lords ears, and do not be angry with your servant; for you are like Pharaoh himself. 19My lord asked his servants, saying, Have you a father or a brother? 20And we said to my lord, We have a father, an old man, and a young brother, the child of his old age. His brother is dead; he alone is left of his mothers children, and his father loves him. 21Then you said to your servants, Bring him down to me, so that I may set my eyes on him. 22We said to my lord, The boy cannot leave his father, for if he should leave his father, his father would die. 23Then you said to your servants, Unless your youngest brother comes down with you, you shall see my face no more. 24When we went back to your servant my father we told him the words of my lord. 25And when our father said, Go again, buy us a little food, 26we said, We cannot go down. Only if our youngest brother goes with us, will we go down; for we cannot see the mans face unless our youngest brother is with us. 27Then your servant my father said to us, You know that my wife bore me two sons; 28one left me, and I said, Surely he has been torn to pieces; and I have never seen him since. 29If you take this one also from me, and harm comes to him, you will bring down my grey hairs in sorrow to Sheol.
45Then Joseph could no longer control himself before all those who stood by him, and he cried out, Send everyone away from me. So no one stayed with him when Joseph made himself known to his brothers. 2And he wept so loudly that the Egyptians heard it, and the household of Pharaoh heard it. 3Joseph said to his brothers, I am Joseph. Is my father still alive? But his brothers could not answer him, so dismayed were they at his presence.
4 Then Joseph said to his brothers, Come closer to me. And they came closer. He said, I am your brother Joseph, whom you sold into Egypt. 5And now do not be distressed, or angry with yourselves, because you sold me here; for God sent me before you to preserve life.
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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