|Genesis 47 |
1 Then Joseph came and told Pharaoh, "My father and my brothers, with their flocks and their herds and all that they own, have come out of the land of Canaan, and they are in the land of Goshen."
2 And he took five of his brothers and presented them to Pharaoh.
3 And Pharaoh said to his brothers, "What is your occupation?" And they said to Pharaoh, "Your servants are shepherds, both we and also our fathers."
4 They also said to Pharaoh, "We have come to sojourn in the land because your servants have no pasture for their flocks, for the famine is severe in the land of Canaan. Now therefore, we pray you, let your servants dwell in the land of Goshen."
5 And Pharaoh spoke to Joseph, saying, "Your father and your brothers have come to you.
6 The land of Egypt is before you; let your father and brothers dwell in the best of the land; in the land of Goshen let them live. And if you know any men of ability among them, put them in charge of my livestock."
7 Then Joseph brought in Jacob his father and presented him to Pharaoh; and Jacob blessed Pharaoh.
8 And Pharaoh said to Jacob, "How old are you?"
9 And Jacob said to Pharaoh, "The days of the years of my pilgrimage are a hundred and thirty years; my years have been few and evil, and I have not attained to the years of the life of my fathers in the days of their pilgrimage."
10 Then Jacob blessed Pharaoh and went out of his presence.
11 So Joseph settled his father and his brothers and gave them a possession in the land of Egypt, in the best of the land, in the land of Rameses [Goshen], as Pharaoh had commanded.
12 And Joseph provided his father, his brothers, and all his father's household with food, according to numbers in their families.
13 Now there came to be no food in all the land, for the famine was very severe, so that the land of Egypt and all the land of Canaan fainted because of the famine.
14 And Joseph gathered up all the money that was found in the land of Egypt and in the land of Canaan for the grain they bought, and Joseph brought the money into Pharaoh's house.
15 When money in the land of Egypt and in the land of Canaan was gone, all the Egyptians came to Joseph and said, "Give us food! Why should we die before your eyes? For the money is gone."
16 And Joseph said, "Give up your livestock, and I will give you food for your livestock, if your money is gone."
17 So they brought their livestock to Joseph, and Joseph gave them food in exchange for horses, flocks, herds, and donkeys; he traded them food in exchange for all their livestock that year.
18 When that year was ended, they came to him the second year and said to him, "We will not hide it from my lord, that our money is spent; my lord also has our herds of livestock; there is nothing left in the sight of my lord but our bodies and our lands.
19 Why should we die before your eyes, both we and our land? Buy us and our land for bread, and we and our land will be servants to Pharaoh. And give us seed, that we may live and not die, that the land may not be desolate."
20 So Joseph bought all the land of Egypt for Pharaoh; for all the Egyptians sold their fields because the famine was too severe for them. And the land became Pharaoh's.
21 And as for the people, he moved them to cities from one end of the borders of Egypt to the other.
22 Only the land of the priests he did not buy, for the priests had an allotment from Pharaoh and lived off their allotment that Pharaoh gave them. Therefore they did not sell their lands.
23 Then Joseph said to the people, "Behold, I have bought you and your land for Pharaoh this day. Now here is seed for you, and you shall sow the land."
24 And when the crop comes in you shall give a fifth of it to Pharaoh, and four fifths shall be your own to use for seed for the field and for food for you and those of your households and for your little ones."
25 And they said, "You have saved our lives. Let us find favor in the sight of my lord; and we will be Pharaoh's servants."
26 And Joseph made it a law over the land of Egypt to this day, that Pharaoh should have one fifth of the produce; only the land of the priests did not become Pharaoh's.
27 Now Israel dwelled in the land of Egypt, in the country of Goshen; and they gained possessions there and grew and multiplied exceedingly.
28 And Jacob lived in the land of Egypt seventeen years; so Jacob was a hundred forty seven years old.
29 And when the time drew near that Israel must die, and he called his son Joseph and said to him, "If now I have found favor in your sight, put your hand under my thigh and promise to deal kindly and truly with me, Do not bury me, I pray you, in Egypt,
30 But I will lie with my fathers; you shall carry me out of Egypt and bury me in their burying place." And Joseph said, "I will do as you have said."
31 And he said, "Swear to me." And he swore to him. Then Israel bowed himself down [worshiped] upon the head of his bed.
Previous Chapter | Next Chapter