Genesis 45:14 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Genesis 45:14, NIV: Then he threw his arms around his brother Benjamin and wept, and Benjamin embraced him, weeping.

Genesis 45:14, ESV: Then he fell upon his brother Benjamin’s neck and wept, and Benjamin wept upon his neck.

Genesis 45:14, KJV: And he fell upon his brother Benjamin's neck, and wept; and Benjamin wept upon his neck.

Genesis 45:14, NASB: Then he fell on his brother Benjamin’s neck and wept, and Benjamin wept on his neck.

Genesis 45:14, NLT: Weeping with joy, he embraced Benjamin, and Benjamin did the same.

Genesis 45:14, CSB: Then Joseph threw his arms around his brother Benjamin and wept, and Benjamin wept on his shoulder.

What does Genesis 45:14 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

After holding back the truth for so long (Genesis 42:7–8), it has come out of Joseph in an urgent rush (Genesis 45:1–13). This burst of emotion and love was driven by years of hardship and uncertainty. Emotionally exhausted, Joseph embraces his younger brother Benjamin (Genesis 35:24) and the pair weep together. This reunion would have seemed impossible, but God made it happen (Genesis 45:7).

Joseph is understandably overwhelmed—one can only image the swirling feelings which his brothers must be experiencing.