Genesis 45:2

“And he wept aloud: and the Egyptians and the house of Pharaoh heard.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations for Genesis 45:2

And he wept aloud: and the Egyptians, and the house of Pharaoh heard.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

He wept so loudly that the Egyptians heard {it,} and the household of Pharaoh heard {of it.}
- New American Standard Version (1995)

And he wept aloud: and the Egyptians heard, and the house of Pharaoh heard.
- American Standard Version (1901)

And so loud was his weeping, that it came to the ears of the Egyptians and all Pharaoh's house.
- Basic English Bible

And he raised his voice in weeping; and the Egyptians heard, and the house of Pharaoh heard.
- Darby Bible

And he wept aloud; and the Egyptians and the house of Pharaoh heard.
- Webster's Bible

He wept aloud. The Egyptians heard, and the house of Pharaoh heard.
- World English Bible

and he giveth forth his voice in weeping, and the Egyptians hear, and the house of Pharaoh heareth.
- Youngs Literal Bible

And he wept aloud; and the Egyptians heard, and the house of Pharaoh heard.
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

Bible Commentary for Genesis 45:2

Wesley's Notes for Genesis 45:2

45:1 Judah and his brethren were waiting for an answer, and could not but be amazed to discover, instead of the gravity of a judge, the natural affection of a father or brother. [1.] Cause every man to go out - The private conversations of friends are the most free. When Joseph would put on love, he puts off state, which it was not fit his servants should be witnesses of. Thus Christ graciously manifests himself and his loving kindness to his people, out of the sight and hearing of the world. [2.] V. 2. Tears were the introduction to his discourse. He had dammed up this stream a great while, and with much ado, but now it swelled so high that he could no longer contain, but he wept aloud, so that those whom he had forbid to see him could not but hear him. These were tears of tenderness and strong affection, and with these he threw off that austerity, with which he had hitherto carried himself towards his brethren; for he could bear it no longer. This represents the Divine compassion towards returning penitents, as much as that of the father of the prodigal, #Luke 15:20 |#Hos 11:8|,9. [3.] V. 3. He abruptly tells them; I am Joseph - They knew him only by his Egyptian name, Zaphnath - paaneah, his Hebrew name being lost and forgot in Egypt; but now he teaches them to call him by that, I am Joseph: nay, that they might not suspect it was another of the same name, he explains himself. I am Joseph your brother. This would both humble them yet more for their sin in selling him, and encourage them to hope for kind treatment. This word, at first, startled Joseph's brethren, they started back through fear, or at least stood still astonished: but Joseph called kindly and familiarly to them. Come near, I pray you. Thus, when Christ manifests himself to his people he encourages them to draw near to him with a true heart. Perhaps being about to speak of their selling of him, he would not speak aloud, lest the Egyptians should overhear, and it should make the Hebrews to be yet more an abomination to them; therefore he would have them come near, that he might whisper with them, which, now the tide of his passion was a little over, he was able to do, whereas, at first, he could not but cry out. [4.] He endeavours to sweep their grief for the injuries they had done him, by shewing them, that, whatever they designed, God meant it for good, and had brought much good out of it.

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