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Jehovah’s Witnesses


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Genesis 46:1-34


  • Jacob and his household move to Egypt (1-7)

  • Names of those moving to Egypt (8-27)

  • Joseph meets Jacob at Goshen (28-34)

46  So Israel took all that he had* and departed. When he arrived at Be′er-she′ba,+ he offered sacrifices to the God of his father Isaac.+  Then God spoke to Israel in a vision by night and said: “Jacob, Jacob!” to which he said: “Here I am!”  He said: “I am the true God, the God of your father.+ Do not be afraid to go down to Egypt, for there I will make you into a great nation.+  I myself will go down with you to Egypt, and I myself will also bring you back from there,+ and Joseph will lay his hand on your eyes.”*+  After that Jacob departed from Be′er-she′ba, and the sons of Israel transported Jacob their father and their children and their wives in the wagons that Phar′aoh had sent to transport him.  They took along their herds and their goods, which they had accumulated in the land of Ca′naan. And so they came into Egypt, Jacob and all his offspring with him.  He brought with him into Egypt his sons and his grandsons, his daughters and his granddaughters—all his offspring.  Now these are the names of Israel’s sons who came into Egypt,+ Jacob and his sons: Jacob’s firstborn was Reu′ben.+  The sons of Reu′ben were Ha′noch, Pal′lu, Hez′ron, and Car′mi.+ 10  The sons of Sim′e·on+ were Jem·u′el, Ja′min, O′had, Ja′chin, Zo′har, and Sha′ul+ the son of a Ca′naan·ite woman. 11  The sons of Le′vi+ were Ger′shon, Ko′hath, and Me·rar′i.+ 12  The sons of Judah+ were Er, O′nan, She′lah,+ Pe′rez,+ and Ze′rah.+ However, Er and O′nan died in the land of Ca′naan.+ The sons of Pe′rez came to be Hez′ron and Ha′mul.+ 13  The sons of Is′sa·char were To′la, Pu′vah, Iob, and Shim′ron.+ 14  The sons of Zeb′u·lun+ were Se′red, E′lon, and Jah′le·el.+ 15  These are the sons of Le′ah, whom she bore to Jacob in Pad′dan-a′ram, together with his daughter Di′nah.+ All his sons and his daughters* numbered 33. 16  The sons of Gad+ were Ziph′i·on, Hag′gi, Shu′ni, Ez′bon, E′ri, Ar·o′di, and A·re′li.+ 17  The sons of Ash′er+ were Im′nah, Ish′vah, Ish′vi, and Be·ri′ah, and their sister was Se′rah. The sons of Be·ri′ah were He′ber and Mal′chi·el.+ 18  These are the sons of Zil′pah,+ whom La′ban gave to his daughter Le′ah. She bore these to Jacob: 16 persons* in all. 19  The sons of Jacob’s wife Rachel were Joseph+ and Benjamin.+ 20  There were born to Joseph in the land of Egypt Ma·nas′seh+ and E′phra·im,+ whom As′e·nath+ the daughter of Pot·i′phe·ra the priest of On* bore to him. 21  The sons of Benjamin+ were Be′la, Be′cher, Ash′bel, Ge′ra,+ Na′a·man, E′hi, Rosh, Mup′pim, Hup′pim,+ and Ard.+ 22  These are the sons of Rachel who were born to Jacob: 14 persons* in all. 23  The son* of Dan+ was Hu′shim.+ 24  The sons of Naph′ta·li+ were Jah′ze·el, Gu′ni, Je′zer, and Shil′lem.+ 25  These are the sons of Bil′hah, whom La′ban gave to his daughter Rachel. She bore these to Jacob: seven persons* in all. 26  All those* who descended from Jacob and went into Egypt with him, aside from the wives of Jacob’s sons, were 66.+ 27  Joseph’s sons who were born to him in Egypt were two.* All the people* of the house of Jacob who came into Egypt were 70.+ 28  Jacob sent Judah+ ahead to tell Joseph that he was on the way to Go′shen. When they came into the land of Go′shen,+ 29  Joseph had his chariot prepared and went up to meet Israel his father at Go′shen. When he presented himself to him, he at once embraced him* and wept for some time.* 30  Then Israel said to Joseph: “Now I am ready to die; I have seen your face and know that you are still alive.” 31  Joseph then said to his brothers and to his father’s household: “Let me go up and report to Phar′aoh+ and tell him, ‘My brothers and my father’s household who were in the land of Ca′naan have come here to me.+ 32  The men are shepherds,+ and they raise livestock,+ and they have brought their flocks and their herds and all that they have.’+ 33  When Phar′aoh calls you and asks, ‘What is your occupation?’ 34  you must say, ‘Your servants have raised livestock from our youth until now, both we and our forefathers,’+ so that you may dwell in the land of Go′shen,+ for every herder of sheep is detestable to the Egyptians.”+


Or “all who were his.”
That is, to close them at Jacob’s death.
Or “All the souls of his sons and daughters.”
Or “16 souls.”
That is, Heliopolis.
Or “14 souls.”
Lit., “sons.”
Or “seven souls.”
Or “All the souls.”
Or “two souls.”
Or “souls.”
Lit., “fell upon his neck.”
Or “wept on his neck again and again.”

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