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Abraham said about his wife Sarah, “She is my sister.” So Abimelech, king of Gerar, sent for Sarah and took her.
He answered, ‘The Lord, before whom I have walked, 1 will send his angel with you. He will make your journey a success and you will find a wife for my son from among my relatives, from my father’s family.
But while he was still alive, Abraham gave gifts to the sons of his concubines 1 and sent them off to the east, away from his son Isaac. 2
so that 1 you will not do us any harm, just as we have not harmed 2 you, but have always treated you well 3 before sending you away 4 in peace. Now you are blessed by the Lord.” 5
So Isaac sent Jacob on his way, and he went to Paddan Aram, to Laban son of Bethuel the Aramean and brother of Rebekah, the mother of Jacob and Esau.
After Rachel had given birth 1 to Joseph, Jacob said to Laban, “Send 2 me on my way so that I can go 3 home to my own country. 4
Why did you run away secretly 1 and deceive me? 2 Why didn’t you tell me so I could send you off with a celebration complete with singing, tambourines, and harps? 3
I have oxen, donkeys, sheep, and male and female servants. I have sent 1 this message 2 to inform my lord, so that I may find favor in your sight.’”
then you must say, 1 ‘They belong 2 to your servant Jacob. 3 They have been sent as a gift to my lord Esau. 4 In fact Jacob himself is behind us.’” 5
Israel said to Joseph, “Your brothers 1 are grazing the flocks near Shechem. Come, I will send you to them.” “I’m ready,” 2 Joseph replied. 3
So Jacob 1 said to him, “Go now and check on 2 the welfare 3 of your brothers and of the flocks, and bring me word.” So Jacob 4 sent him from the valley of Hebron.
Then they brought the special tunic to their father 1 and said, “We found this. Determine now whether it is your son’s tunic or not.”
Then Judah had his friend Hirah 1 the Adullamite take a young goat to get back from the woman the items he had given in pledge, 2 but Hirah 3 could not find her.
Judah said, “Let her keep the things 1 for herself. Otherwise we will appear to be dishonest. 2 I did indeed send this young goat, but you couldn’t find her.”
Then Pharaoh summoned 1 Joseph. So they brought him quickly out of the dungeon; he shaved himself, changed his clothes, and came before Pharaoh.
But Jacob did not send Joseph’s brother Benjamin with his brothers, 1 for he said, 2 “What if some accident 3 happens 4 to him?”
But if you will not send him, we won’t go down there because the man said to us, ‘You will not see my face unless your brother is with you.’”
May the sovereign God 1 grant you mercy before the man so that he may release 2 your other brother 3 and Benjamin! As for me, if I lose my children I lose them.” 4
Now, do not be upset and do not be angry with yourselves because you sold me here, 1 for God sent me 2 ahead of you to preserve life!
So now, it is not you who sent me here, but God. He has made me an adviser 1 to Pharaoh, lord over all his household, and ruler over all the land of Egypt.