“ For My thoughts are not your thoughts, Nor are your ways My ways,” declares the Lord.“ For as the heavens are higher than the earth, So are My ways higher than your ways And My thoughts than your thoughts.
Therefore the Lord longs to be gracious to you, And therefore He waits on high to have compassion on you. For the Lord is a God of justice; How blessed are all those who long for Him.
Then Joseph could not control himself in front of everyone standing before him, and he shouted,“ Have everyone leave me!” So there was no one with him when Joseph made himself known to his brothers.Then he wept so loudly that the Egyptians heard it, and the household of Pharaoh heard about it.And Joseph said to his brothers,“ I am Joseph! Is my father still alive?” But his brothers could not answer him, for they were terrified in his presence.Then Joseph said to his brothers,“ Please come closer to me.” And they came closer. And he said,“ I am your brother Joseph, whom you sold to Egypt.Now do not be grieved or angry with yourselves because you sold me here, for God sent me ahead of you to save lives.
Then he commanded his house steward, saying,“ Fill the men’s sacks with food, as much as they can carry, and put each man’s money in the opening of his sack.And put my cup, the silver cup, in the opening of the sack of the youngest, and his money for the grain.” And he did as Joseph had told him.As soon as it was light, the men were sent away, they with their donkeys.They had just left the city, and were not far away, when Joseph said to his house steward,“ Up, follow the men; and when you overtake them, say to them,‘ Why have you repaid evil for good?Is this not that from which my lord drinks, and which he indeed uses for divination? You have done wrong in doing this!’ ”
And Abraham named that place The Lord Will Provide, as it is said to this day,“ On the mountain of the Lord it will be provided.”
Then he turned away from them and wept. But when he returned to them and spoke to them, he took Simeon from them and bound him before their eyes.
And as he raised his eyes and saw his brother Benjamin, his mother’s son, he said,“ Is this your youngest brother, of whom you spoke to me?” Then he said,“ May God be gracious to you, my son.”Joseph then hurried out, for he was deeply stirred over his brother, and he looked for a place to weep; so he entered his chamber and wept there.Then he washed his face and came out; and he controlled himself and said,“ Serve the meal.”
And a Canaanite woman from that region came out and began to cry out, saying,“ Have mercy on me, Lord, Son of David; my daughter is severely demon possessed.”But He did not answer her with even a word. And His disciples came up and urged Him, saying,“ Send her away, because she keeps shouting at us!”But He answered and said,“ I was sent only to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.”But she came and began to bow down before Him, saying,“ Lord, help me!”Yet He answered and said,“ It is not good to take the children’s bread and throw it to the dogs.”And she said,“ Yes, Lord; but please help, for even the dogs feed on the crumbs that fall from their masters’ table.”Then Jesus said to her,“ O woman, your faith is great; it shall be done for you as you desire.” And her daughter was healed at once.