Genesis 47

Pharaoh Meets Five Of Jacob’s Brothers

(1) Then Joseph went and told Pharaoh, and said, "My father and my brothers, and their flocks, and their herds, and all that they have, came from the land of Canaan, and, behold, they are in the land of Goshen."

(2) He took some of his brothers, five men, and presented them to Pharaoh.

(3) Then 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 dwell in the land, for your servants have no pasture for their flocks, for the famine is severe in the land of Canaan. Now therefore, please, 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."

Pharaoh Offers Goshen For Joseph’s Family To Settle In

(6) The land of Egypt is before you. In the best of the land let your father and brothers dwell there. Let them dwell in the land of Goshen. And if you know any able men among them, then make them rulers over my cattle."

(7) Then Joseph brought in Jacob his father, and set him before Pharaoh, and Jacob blessed Pharaoh.

(8) Pharaoh said to Jacob, "How old are you?"

(9) Jacob said to Pharaoh, "The days of the years of my pilgrimage are 130 years. Few and evil have the days of the years of my life been, and have not attained to the days of the years of the life of my fathers in the days of their pilgrimage."

Jacob Blesses Pharaoh

(10) So Jacob blessed Pharaoh, and went out from before Pharaoh.

(11) 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, as Pharaoh had commanded.

(12) And Joseph nourished his father, and his brothers, and all his father’s household, with bread, according to the size of their families.

The Famine Continues

(13) There was no bread in all the land, for the famine was very severe, so that the land of Egypt and all the land of Canaan languished because of the famine.

(14) Joseph gathered up all the money that was found in the land of Egypt, and in the land of Canaan, in exchange for the corn which they bought, and Joseph brought the money into Pharaoh’s house.

(15) And when the money failed in the land of Egypt, and in the land of Canaan, all the Egyptians came to Joseph, and said, "Give us bread, for why should we die in your presence? For the money has failed."

The People Give Up Their Cattle and Their Land

(16) So Joseph said, "Give me your cattle, and I will give you food for your cattle, if your money fails."

(17) So they brought their cattle to Joseph, and Joseph gave them bread in exchange for horses, and for the flocks, and for the cattle of the herds, and for the donkeys, and he fed them with bread for all their cattle for that year.

(18) When that year had ended, they came to him the second year, and said to him, "We will not hide it from my lord, how that our money is spent. My lord also has our herds of cattle, there is nothing left in the sight of my lord, but our bodies, and our lands.

(19) Why shall 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 will not be desolate."

(20) So Joseph bought all the land of Egypt for Pharaoh, for every Egyptian man sold his field, because the famine prevailed over them, so the land became Pharaoh’s.

(21) As for the people, he moved them into cities from one end of the borders of Egypt to the other end of it.

(22) Only the land of the priests he did not buy, for the priests had a portion of food provided to them by Pharaoh, and ate their portion which Pharaoh gave them, thus they did not sell their lands.

(23) Then Joseph said to the people, "Behold, this day I have bought you and your land for Pharaoh. Behold, here is seed for you, and YOU shall sow the land.

(24) And it shall come to pass when you harvest the increase, that YOU shall give a fifth to Pharaoh, and four fifths shall be your own, as seed for the field, and for your food, and for those of your households, and food for your little ones.

The People Become Pharaoh’s Servants

(25) They said, "You have saved our lives; let us find grace in the sight of my lord, and we will be Pharaoh’s servants."

(26) So Joseph made it a law over the land of Egypt to this day, that Pharaoh should have a fifth of the harvest, except for the land of the priests, which did not become Pharaoh’s property.

(27) So Israel dwelt in the land of Egypt, in the country of Goshen, and they had possessions there, and grew, and multiplied exceedingly.

Jacob Asks to be Buried With His Fathers

(28) And Jacob lived in the land of Egypt 17 years, so the age of Jacob was 147 years.

(29) The time drew near that Israel must die, and he called his son Joseph, and said to him, "Now if I have found grace in your sight, please put your hand under my thigh, and deal kindly and truly with me. Please, do not bury me in Egypt,

(30) but I will lie with my fathers, and you shall carry me out of Egypt, and bury me in their buryingplace." And he said, "I will do as you have said."

(31) And he said, "Swear to me." And he swore to him. Then Israel bowed himself on the head of his bed.

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