Genesis 45:13 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Genesis 45:13, NIV: Tell my father about all the honor accorded me in Egypt and about everything you have seen. And bring my father down here quickly.'

Genesis 45:13, ESV: You must tell my father of all my honor in Egypt, and of all that you have seen. Hurry and bring my father down here.”

Genesis 45:13, KJV: And ye shall tell my father of all my glory in Egypt, and of all that ye have seen; and ye shall haste and bring down my father hither.

Genesis 45:13, NASB: Now you must tell my father of all my splendor in Egypt, and all that you have seen; and you must hurry and bring my father down here.'

Genesis 45:13, NLT: Go tell my father of my honored position here in Egypt. Describe for him everything you have seen, and then bring my father here quickly.'

Genesis 45:13, CSB: Tell my father about all my glory in Egypt and about all you have seen. And bring my father here quickly."

What does Genesis 45:13 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

Joseph is urging his brothers to return to Canaan and bring their father Jacob back to Egypt. He wants them to move the entire family there, under his care, to save them from the famine (Genesis 45:1–12). Now Joseph asks them to tell his father how Joseph is honored in Egypt. Joseph sounds very much like a son who longs for his father to be proud of him. Despite what Jacob has long thought (Genesis 37:31–34), Joseph is not dead. In fact, he has become a great and important man (Genesis 41:44). One can only image how much he longed to show all of his success to his father.

The speech to Joseph's brothers concludes with a great sense of urgency. Joseph might have been worried that Jacob, quite old and in much distress, might not survive long enough to see him again.