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~ 45 ~

Parashah 11: Vayigash (continued)
“He approached” • 44:18–47:27
(Small Roman numerals in the text indicate each 'aliyah.)

B. Joseph Reveals His Identity (45:1-15) [1678 BCE]

1Then Yosef could no longer control himself in front of all his attendants, and he cried out, “Send everyone away from me!” No one else was with him when Yosef revealed himself to his brothers. 2But he wept so loudly that the Egyptians heard, and even Pharaoh’s household heard. 3Yosef said to his brothers, “I am Yosef! Is my my father still alive?”

His brothers couldn’t answer him because they were terrified in his presence.[3] 4Then Yosef said to his brothers, “Please come close to me.”

They came close to him, and he said, “I am Yosef, your brother, whom you sold into Egypt! 5Now don’t be grieved nor angry with yourselves for selling me here, for Elohim[GN] sent me before you to preserve life. 6For the past two years the famine has been throughout the land, and there are five more years to come in which there will be no plowing or harvesting. 7Elohim sent me ahead of you to establish for you as a remnant in the earth,[7a] and to keep you alive by a great deliverance.[7b]

(iii) 8“So now it wasn’t you who sent me here, but Elohim; and He has made me Pharaoh’s advisor, master of all his household and ruler over all the land of Egypt. 9Hurry and go up to my father and tell him, ‘This is what your son Yosef says, “Elohim has made me lord of all Egypt. Come down to me without delay! 10You shall settle in the land of Goshen [MAP] and be near to me — you, your children, your grandchildren, your flocks, your herds, and everything you own. 11I will provide for you there, for there are still five years of famine. Otherwise, you, your household, and everything have will become destitute.”’ 12Hinneh,[GN] your eyes and the eyes of my brother Binyamin can see that it is I, Yosef, speaking to you.13You must tell my father about all my glory in Egypt, and everything that you have seen here. You’ve got to hurry and bring my father down here.” 14Then Yosef threw his arms arout his brother Binyamin and wept, and Binyamin wept as they embraced. 15Then he kissed each his brothers and wept over them, and afterwards his brothers talked with him.

C. Joseph Sends for Jacob (45:16-28)

16When Pharaoh’s household heard the news that Yosef’s brothers had come, Pharaoh and his servants were very pleased. 17Pharaoh said to Yosef, “Tell your brothers, ‘Do this: Load your animals and return to the land of Kena'an. 18Then bring your father and your families and return to me. I will give you the best of the land of Egypt, and you will eat from the richness of the land.’

(iv) 19Now this is an order: Take wagons from the land of Egypt for your young children and your wives, and bring your father and come back. 20Also, don’t be concerned about your belongings, for the best of all the land of Egypt is yours.”

21The sons of Israel did so. Yosef gave them wagons as Pharaoh had commanded, and also gave them provision for the journey. 22He gave each one of them changes of clothing, but to Binyamin he gave three hundred pieces of silver and five changes of clothing. 23He sent the following to his father: ten donkeys loaded with the best products of Egypt, and ten female donkeys loaded with grain and bread and provisions for his father for the journey. 24And so he sent his brothers on their way, and as they were leaving he told them, “Don’t argue on the way.”

25So they went up from Egypt and came to their father Ya'akov in the land of Kena'an. 26They told him, “Yosef is still alive, and he is ruler over all the land of Egypt.” Ya'akov was stunned, for he didn’t believe them. 27When they told him everything that Yosef had said to them and saw the wagons that Yosef had sent to carry him, the spirit of their father Ya'akov revived.

(v) 28Israel said, “Enough! My son Yosef is still alive. I will go and see him before I die.”

Chapter 46


Prince Yosef of Egypt 3. Imagine how terrified they must have been. They’re standing quaking in front of the Prince of Egypt, the Vice Pharaoh, second in command of the most powerful empire in the world, complete with headdress and eye makeup, behaving like a crazy person, weeping so loudly that everyone in the building could hear him, claiming that he is the brother that they sold as a slave to a caravan of Midianite traders 22 years earlier. If he isn’t their brother, how can he possibly know so much about them, and why is he behaving like a total lunatic? If he is their brother, what kind of terrible revenge will he exact on them? [RETURN]

7a. The God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob will always preserve a remnant of His people; how else could He have made a single everlasting covenant with them (e.g., Jer 32:40; Jer 50:5; Ezek 37:26; Ps 105:10; 1Chron 16:17). [RETURN]

7b. The Complete Jewish Bible renders this verse: “God sent me ahead of you to ensure that you will have descendants on earth and to save your lives in a great deliverance.” [RETURN]

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