Israel Goes to Egypt (12:88 – 12:98)

Israel Goes to Egypt

[12:88] When they entered (Joseph’s) quarters, they said, “O you noble one, we have suffered a lot of hardship, along with our family, and we have brought inferior goods. But we hope that you will give us full measure and be charitable to us. GOD rewards the charitable.”
[12:89] He said, “Do you recall what you did to Joseph and his brother when you were ignorant?”
[12:90] They said, “You must be Joseph.” He said, “I am Joseph, and here is my brother. GOD has blessed us. That is because if one leads a righteous life, and steadfastly perseveres, GOD never fails to reward the righteous.”
[12:91] They said, “By GOD, GOD has truly preferred you over us. We were definitely wrong.”
[12:92] He said, “There is no blame upon you today. May GOD forgive you. Of all the merciful ones, He is the Most Merciful.
[12:93] “Take this shirt of mine; when you throw it on my father’s face, his vision will be restored. Bring your whole family and come back to me.”*
*12:93 This marks the beginning of the Children of Israel in Egypt. Moses led them out of Egypt a few centuries later.

[12:94] Even before the caravan arrived, their father said, “I can sense the smell of Joseph. Will someone enlighten me?”
[12:95] They said, “By GOD, you are still in your old confusion.”
[12:96] When the bearer of good news arrived, he threw (the shirt) on his face, whereupon his vision was restored. He said, “Did I not tell you that I knew from GOD what you did not know?”
[12:97] They said, “Our father, pray for our forgiveness; we were wrong indeed.”
[12:98] He said, “I will implore my Lord to forgive you; He is the Forgiver, Most Merciful.”

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