Genesis 45:9 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Genesis 45:9, NIV: Now hurry back to my father and say to him, 'This is what your son Joseph says: God has made me lord of all Egypt. Come down to me; don't delay.

Genesis 45:9, ESV: Hurry and go up to my father and say to him, ‘Thus says your son Joseph, God has made me lord of all Egypt. Come down to me; do not tarry.

Genesis 45:9, KJV: Haste ye, and go up to my father, and say unto him, Thus saith thy son Joseph, God hath made me lord of all Egypt: come down unto me, tarry not:

Genesis 45:9, NASB: Hurry and go up to my father, and say to him, ‘This is what your son Joseph says: 'God has made me lord of all Egypt; come down to me, do not delay.

Genesis 45:9, NLT: 'Now hurry back to my father and tell him, 'This is what your son Joseph says: God has made me master over all the land of Egypt. So come down to me immediately!

Genesis 45:9, CSB: "Return quickly to my father and say to him, 'This is what your son Joseph says: "God has made me lord of all Egypt. Come down to me without delay.

What does Genesis 45:9 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

Joseph has just revealed his identity to his stunned, formerly estranged brothers. Despite all that has happened—and his brothers' role in his enslavement—Joseph recognizes this as a work of God meant to rescue Jacob's family (Genesis 45:1–8). His secret uncovered, Joseph seems eager to reunite with his father. He tells his brothers to rush home to Canaan and tell Jacob that Joseph is alive and God has given him great power (Genesis 41:44).

One can only imagine how Joseph thought Jacob would react to such news. So far as Jacob knows, Joseph has been dead for decades (Genesis 37:31–34). Joseph doesn't seem concerned about that. He adds they should tell Jacob to move to Egypt to be with him. He wants it all to happen as quickly as possible.