Pharoah to Joseph and his brothers, in Genesis 45:20: “Don’t be concerned about your possessions [when you move down here], because you will have the bounty of all the land of Egypt.”
Me: “Very clever—by encouraging them to leave their possessions behind, Pharoah is making Jacob’s family more dependent on him.”
My wife: “No, he’s giving them a chance to save face. They can say that they’re coming empty-handed at Pharoah’s request, and not because the famine has impoverished them.”
The commentators in Torat Chayyim, at least, are silent on this question. What say ye?