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G enesis
was dead, Joseph’s brothers became fearful. “Now Joseph will show his
anger and pay us back for all the wrong we did to him,” they said.
So they sent this message to Joseph: “Before your father died, he instructed us to say to you: ‘Please forgive your brothers for the great wrong
they did to y­ ou—­for their sin in treating you so cruelly.’ So we, the servants of the God of your father, beg you to forgive our sin.” When Joseph
received the message, he broke down and wept. Then his brothers came
and threw themselves down before Joseph. “Look, we are your slaves!”
they said.
But Joseph replied, “Don’t be afraid of me. Am I God, that I can punish you? You intended to harm me, but God intended it all for good. He
brought me to this position so I could save the lives of many people. No,
don’t be afraid. I will continue to take care of you and your children.” So
he reassured them by speaking kindly to them.
So Joseph and his brothers and their families continued to live in Egypt.
Joseph lived to the age of 110. He lived to see three generations of descendants of his son Ephraim, and he lived to see the birth of the children of
Manasseh’s son Makir, whom he claimed as his own.
“Soon I will die,” Joseph told his brothers, “but God will surely come to
help you and lead you out of this land of Egypt. He will bring you back to
the land he solemnly promised to give to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob.”
Then Joseph made the sons of Israel swear an oath, and he said, “When
God comes to help you and lead you back, you must take my bones with
you.” So Joseph died at the age of 110. The Egyptians embalmed him, and
his body was placed in a coffin in Egypt.

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