And he asked them of their welfare, and said, Is your father well, the old man of whom you spoke? Is he yet alive?
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Ephrem The Syrian
When Joseph entered the house, his brothers brought him an offering and bowed down to him trembling. He inquired about their welfare, and they took heart. He asked if their father was alive, and they were put at ease. He asked whether that one was their brother, and he blessed him and said, “God be gracious to you my son,” and all fear was taken from their mind. It was in the Egyptian language that Joseph blessed Benjamin, and it was through an interpreter that they heard these initial [exchanges].