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Genesis 47:1-31

47  And Joseph went in and reported to the Pharaoh “My father and brothers and their sheep and goats and cattle and everything they own have come out of Canaan, and here they are in Goshen”; 2  and from among his brothers he took five men and presented them before the Pharaoh. 3  And the Pharaoh said to his brothers “What is your business?” and they said to the Pharaoh “Your servants are shepherds, both we and our fathers.” 4  And they said to the Pharaoh “We have come to live in the country as immigrants, because there is no pasture for those sheep and goats of your servants’, because the famine is severe in Canaan; now let your servants live in Goshen.” 5  And the Pharaoh said to Joseph “Let them live in Goshen, and if you know there are efficient men among them place them as chiefs of stock over mine.” 6  And Jacob and his sons came to Joseph in Egypt; and the Pharaoh, the king of Egypt, heard of it, and the Pharaoh said to Joseph “Your father and brothers have come to you: you have Egypt before you, settle your father and brothers in the best of the country.” 7  And Joseph brought his father Jacob in and introduced him before the Pharaoh; and Jacob blessed the Pharaoh. 8*  And the Pharaoh said to Jacob “How many years old are you?” 9  and Jacob said to the Pharaoh “I have lived on alien soil a hundred and thirty years; few and disastrous the years of my life have been, and not equaled the years of my fathers’ lives in their days on alien soil.” 10  And Jacob blessed the Pharaoh and went out from before the Pharaoh. 11  And Joseph settled his father and brothers and gave them a property in Egypt in the best of the country, in the country about Raʽmeses, as the Pharaoh had ordered. 12  And Joseph supplied his father and brothers and all his father’s family with bread proportionate to their children. 13  And there was no bread anywhere in the country, because the famine was very severe; and Egypt and Canaan were desperate with the famine. 14  And Joseph picked up for the grain they were buying all the money that was to be found in Egypt and in Canaan; and Joseph took the money into the Pharaoh’s palace. 15  And the money in Egypt and Canaan came to an end; and all the Egyptians came to Joseph saying “Hand us out some bread: why should we die before your face because the money is gone?” 16  And Joseph said “Hand in your stock and I will give you bread for your stock if the money is gone.” 17  And they brought their stock to Joseph, and Joseph gave them bread for their ponies and stock in sheep and cattle and their donkeys, and carried them on with bread that year for all their stock. 18  And that year came to an end, and they came to him the next year and said to him “We will not conceal from your highness that the money is gone and the stock of cattle, gone to your highness; there remains before your highness nothing save our bodies and our land. 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 slave to the Pharaoh; and give seed, and let us not die and the land be desolate.” 20  And Joseph bought all the land in Egypt for the Pharaoh, because the Egyptians sold their fields because the famine was pressing them hard; and the land became the Pharaoh’s, 21*  and the people he reduced to serfdom from one end of Egypt to the other. 22  Only the priests’ land he did not buy, because the priests had rations from the Pharaoh and ate their rations that the Pharaoh gave them; for this reason they did not sell their land. 23  And Joseph said to the people “Here I have bought you today, and your land, for the Pharaoh; here is seed for you, sow the land, 24  and in the crops you shall give a fifth to the Pharaoh and have the four fifths for seed for the fields and food for you and those who are in your houses.” 25  And they said “You have saved our lives; we thank your highness, and we will be slaves to the Pharaoh.” 26  And Joseph established it as a rule for all the land in Egypt to this day to give the Pharaoh a fifth; only the land of the priests alone did not become the Pharaoh’s. 27  And the Israelites stayed in Egypt, in Goshen, and held real estate in it, and bred and multiplied greatly. 28  And Jacob lived seventeen years in Egypt, and Jacob’s age, the years he lived, came to be a hundred and forty-seven years. 29  And Israel’s time for dying drew near; and he called his son Joseph and said to him “If you have any goodwill for me, put your hand under my thigh and do kindly and loyally by me: do not bury me in Egypt; 30  I am to lie down to rest with my fathers and you are to carry me out of Egypt and bury me in their grave.” And he said “I will do as you say.” 31  And he said “Swear to me”; and he swore to him; and Israel did reverence on the head of his bed.


47:8-9 Lit. “How many are the days of the years of your life?” and Jacob said to the Pharaoh “The days of the years of my immigrant life are a hundred and thirty years
47:21 Var. the people he transferred to the cities from