Genesis 45:16 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Genesis 45:16, NIV: When the news reached Pharaoh's palace that Joseph's brothers had come, Pharaoh and all his officials were pleased.

Genesis 45:16, ESV: When the report was heard in Pharaoh’s house, “Joseph’s brothers have come,” it pleased Pharaoh and his servants.

Genesis 45:16, KJV: And the fame thereof was heard in Pharaoh's house, saying, Joseph's brethren are come: and it pleased Pharaoh well, and his servants.

Genesis 45:16, NASB: Now when the news was heard in Pharaoh’s house that Joseph’s brothers had come, it pleased Pharaoh and his servants.

Genesis 45:16, NLT: The news soon reached Pharaoh's palace: 'Joseph's brothers have arrived!' Pharaoh and his officials were all delighted to hear this.

Genesis 45:16, CSB: When the news reached Pharaoh's palace, "Joseph's brothers have come," Pharaoh and his servants were pleased.

What does Genesis 45:16 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

Overcome with emotion, Joseph had sent everyone but his brothers out of the room before revealing himself to them (Genesis 45:1). The story soon came out, however. Even if Joseph had wanted to delay, his dramatic cries were heard by others in the household (Genesis 45:2). The rapidly circulating news was that the 11 Hebrews from Canaan were, in fact, Joseph's own brothers. Though technically a slave, Joseph was also a beloved ruler in Egypt (Genesis 41:44) credited with saving many lives from the severe famine afflicting the land.

In a heartwarming response, Pharaoh seems joyous to learn that Joseph not only had a family, but also that they were visiting in Egypt. He and all of the servants of his household seem to share this response. This is further evidence that Joseph acted honorably over the course of his life in Egypt. His reputation gained him the respect and admiration of others.