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Genesis 46:1-34

46  And Israel, with all that he had, moved and came to Beer-Shebaʽ and offered sacrifices to his father Isaac’s God. 2  And God said to Israel in night visions “Jacob, Jacob!” and he said “Here I am.” 3  And he said “I am the Deity, your father’s God; do not be afraid of going down to Egypt, because I will make you into a great nation there. 4  I will go down with you to Egypt, and I will bring you up too; and Joseph shall lay his hand on your eyes.” 5  And Jacob started from Beer-Shebaʽ; and Israel’s sons carried their father Jacob and their children and their wives in the wagons the Pharaoh had sent to carry him. 6  And they took their stock, and the chattels they had acquired in Canaan, and came to Egypt, Jacob and all his issue with him: 7  his sons and his grandsons with him, his daughters and his granddaughters, and all his issue he brought with him to Egypt. 8  And these are the names of Israel’s sons that came to Egypt, Jacob and his children. 9  Jacob’s eldest son was Reuben; and Reuben’s sons were Hanoc and Pallu and Hesron and Carmi. 10  And Simeon’s sons were Jemuel and Jamin and Ohad and Jakin and Sohar, and Saul the Canaanite woman’s son. 11  And Levi’s sons were Gershon, Kohath, and Merari. 12  And Judah’s sons were ʽEr and Onan and Peres and Zerah, but ʽEr and Onan died in Canaan; and Peres’s sons were Hesron and Hamul. 13  And Issacar’s sons were Tolaʽ and Puvah and Jashub and Shimron. 14  And Zebulun’s sons were Sered and Elon and Jahleel. 15  These were Leah’s sons whom she had borne to Jacob in Paddan-Aram, and her daughter Dinah; of all the persons, her sons and her daughters, there were thirty-three. 16  And Gad’s sons were Siphjon and Haggi, Shuni and Esbon, ʽEri and Arodi and Areli. 17  And Asher’s sons were Imnah and Ishvah and Ishvi and Beriʽah, and their sister Serah; and Beriʽah’s sons were Heber and Malkiel. 18  These were the sons of Zilpah, whom Laban had given to his daughter Leah and she had borne these to Jacob, sixteen persons. 19  The sons of Jacob’s wife Rachel were Joseph and Benjamin. 20  And there were born to Joseph in Egypt, borne to him by Asenath the daughter of Potipheraʽ the priest of On, Manasseh and Ephraim. 21  And Benjamin’s sons were Belaʽ and Beker and Ashbel, Gera and Naʽaman, Ehi and Rosh, Muppim and Huppim and Ard. 22  These were Rachel’s sons whom she had borne to Jacob, fourteen persons in all. 23  And Dan’s sons were Hushim. 24  And Naphtali’s sons were Jahseel and Guni and Jeser and Shillem. 25  These were the sons of Bilhah, whom Laban had given to his daughter Rachel and she had borne these to Jacob, seven persons in all. 26  Of all the persons of Jacob’s that came to Egypt, the issue of his body, aside from Jacob’s sons’ wives, the total was sixty-six persons. 27  And Joseph’s sons who had been born to him in Egypt were two persons; the total of the persons of Jacob’s family that came to Egypt was seventy. 28*  And he sent Judah ahead to Joseph to have him send instructions to Goshen ahead of him; and they came to Goshen, 29  and Joseph harnessed his chariot and went up to meet his father Israel in Goshen, and appeared to him and threw himself on his neck and kept weeping on his neck. 30  And Israel said to Joseph “Now let me die, now that I have seen your face and seen you are still alive.” 31*  And Joseph said to his brothers “I will go up and report to the Pharaoh ‘My brothers and family who were in Canaan have come to me; 32  and the men are shepherds, because they have been stockmen, and they have brought their sheep and goats and everything they had’; 33  and when the Pharaoh summons you and says ‘What is your business?’ 34  say ‘Your servants have been stockmen from our boyhood till now, both we and our fathers,’ in order that you may settle in Goshen; for every shepherd is an abomination to the Egyptians.”


46:28 Unc.; susp.
46:31 Var. to his brothers and his father’s family