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joy, he embraced Benjamin, and Benjamin did the same. 15Then Joseph kissed
each of his brothers and wept over
them, and after that they began talking
freely with him.
16 The news soon reached Pharaoh’s
palace: “Joseph’s brothers have arrived!”
Pharaoh and his officials were all delighted to hear this.
17 Pharaoh said to Joseph, “Tell your
brothers, ‘This is what you must do:
Load your pack animals, and hurry back
to the land of Canaan. 18Then get your
father and all of your families, and return here to me. I will give you the very
best land in Egypt, and you will eat from
the best that the land produces.’”
19 Then Pharaoh said to Joseph, “Tell
your brothers, ‘Take wagons from the
land of Egypt to carry your little children and your wives, and bring your father here. 20 Don’t worry about your
personal belongings, for the best of all
the land of Egypt is yours.’”
21 So the sons of Jacob* did as they
were told. Joseph provided them with
wagons, as Pharaoh had commanded,
and he gave them supplies for the journey. 22And he gave each of them new
clothes—but to Benjamin he gave five
changes of clothes and 300 pieces*
of silver. 23He also sent his father ten
male donkeys loaded with the finest
products of Egypt, and ten female donkeys loaded with grain and bread and
other supplies he would need on his
24 So Joseph sent his brothers off, and
as they left, he called after them, “Don’t
quarrel about all this along the way!”
25 And they left Egypt and returned to
their father, Jacob, in the land of Canaan.
26 “Joseph is still alive!” they told him.
“And he is governor of all the land of
Egypt!” Jacob was stunned at the news—
he couldn’t believe it. 27But when they
repeated to Jacob everything Joseph
had told them, and when he saw the
wagons Joseph had sent to carry him,
their father’s spirits revived.
28 Then Jacob exclaimed, “It must be
true! My son Joseph is alive! I must go
and see him before I die.”
44:5 As in Greek version; Hebrew lacks this phrase.
44:29 Hebrew to Sheol; also in 44:31. 45:7 Or and
to save you with an extraordinary rescue. The meaning
of the Hebrew is uncertain. 45:8 Hebrew a father.
45:21 Hebrew Israel; also in 45:28. See note on 35:21.
45:22 Hebrew 300 [shekels], about 7.5 pounds or
3.4 kilograms in weight.
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As soon as Jesus heard the news, he left
in a boat to a remote area to be alone.
But the crowds heard where he was
headed and followed on foot from many
towns. 14Jesus saw the huge crowd as he
stepped from the boat, and he had compassion on them and healed their sick.
15 That evening the disciples came to
him and said, “This is a remote place,
and it’s already getting late. Send the
crowds away so they can go to the villages and buy food for themselves.”
16 But Jesus said, “That isn’t necessary—you feed them.”
17 “But we have only five loaves of
bread and two fish!” they answered.
18 “Bring them here,” he said. 19 Then
he told the people to sit down on the
grass. Jesus took the five loaves and two
fish, looked up toward heaven, and
blessed them. Then, breaking the loaves
into pieces, he gave the bread to the disciples, who distributed it to the people.
20 They all ate as much as they wanted,
and afterward, the disciples picked up
twelve baskets of leftovers. 21 About
5,000 men were fed that day, in addition
to all the women and children!
22 Immediately after this, Jesus insisted that his disciples get back into
the boat and cross to the other side of
the lake, while he sent the people home.
23 After sending them home, he went up
into the hills by himself to pray. Night
fell while he was there alone.
24 Meanwhile, the disciples were in
trouble far away from land, for a strong
wind had risen, and they were fighting
heavy waves. 25About three o’clock in
the morning* Jesus came toward them,
walking on the water. 26When the disciples saw him walking on the water, they