Genesis 45:10 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Genesis 45:10, NIV: "You shall live in the region of Goshen and be near me--you, your children and grandchildren, your flocks and herds, and all you have."

Genesis 45:10, ESV: "You shall dwell in the land of Goshen, and you shall be near me, you and your children and your children’s children, and your flocks, your herds, and all that you have."

Genesis 45:10, KJV: "And thou shalt dwell in the land of Goshen, and thou shalt be near unto me, thou, and thy children, and thy children's children, and thy flocks, and thy herds, and all that thou hast:"

Genesis 45:10, NASB: "For you shall live in the land of Goshen, and you shall be near me, you and your children and your grandchildren, and your flocks and your herds and all that you have."

Genesis 45:10, NLT: "You can live in the region of Goshen, where you can be near me with all your children and grandchildren, your flocks and herds, and everything you own."

Genesis 45:10, CSB: "You can settle in the land of Goshen and be near me--you, your children, and your grandchildren, your flocks, your herds, and all you have."

What does Genesis 45:10 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

Reading this account, it's difficult to feel "sympathy" for Joseph's brothers. However, one can certainly understand if they felt overwhelmed and confused. Even 22 years later, they have been wracked with guilt over selling Joseph into slavery, deciding their terrible treatment in Egypt must be God's punishment (Genesis 42:21–23). In the course of mere moments, they learned the powerful Egyptian whom they feared is actually their brother Joseph (Genesis 42:7–8). In a rush of emotion, Joseph revealed both who he is and his conviction that God is the one responsible for sending him to Egypt for the good of their family and the world (Genesis 45:1–9).

Before they can possibly process what all this means, Joseph rushes on. They must return to Canaan and bring their father Jacob back to Egypt. In fact, Joseph insists, the entire family must move to Egypt under Joseph's protection and provision. He will settle them all in the fertile region of Goshen, along the Nile River. They must bring everyone and all the cattle and everything they own. Rather than seeking revenge against his brothers, Joseph desperately wants to protect them from harm.