Genesis 47

Posted on May 26, 2020No Comment
Joseph went and told Pharaoh,
“My father and brothers, with
their flocks and herds and
everything they own, have come
from the land of Canaan and are
now in Goshen.” He chose five of
his brothers and presented them
before Pharaoh.

Pharaoh asked the brothers,
“What is your occupation?”
“Your servants are shepherds,”
they replied to Pharaoh, “just
as our fathers were.” They also
said to him, “We have come to
live here for a while, because
the famine is severe in Canaan
and your servants’ flocks have
no pasture. So now, please let
your servants settle in Goshen.”

Pharaoh said to Joseph, “Your
father and your brothers have
come to you, and the land of
Egypt is before you; settle
your father and your brothers
in the best part of the land.
Let them live in Goshen. And if
you know of any among them
with special ability, put them
in charge of my own livestock.”

Then Joseph brought his father
Jacob in and presented him
before Pharaoh. After Jacob
blessed Pharaoh, Pharaoh
asked him, “How old are you?”

And Jacob said to Pharaoh,
“The years of my pilgrimage
are a hundred and thirty. My
years have been few and difficult,
and they do not equal the
years of the pilgrimage of my
fathers.” Then Jacob blessed
Pharaoh and went out from his presence.

So Joseph settled his father
and his brothers in Egypt and
gave them property in the best
part of the land, the district
of Rameses, as Pharaoh directed.
Joseph also provided his father
and his brothers and all his
father’s household with food,
according to the number of
their children.

There was no food, however,
in the whole region because
the famine was severe; both
Egypt and Canaan wasted away
because of the famine. Joseph
collected all the money that
was to be found in Egypt and
Canaan in payment for the grain
they were buying, and he
brought it to Pharaoh’s palace.
When the money of the people
of Egypt and Canaan was gone,
all Egypt came to Joseph and
said, “Give us food.
Why should we die before
your eyes? Our money is all gone.”

“Then bring your livestock,”
said Joseph. “I will sell you
food in exchange for your livestock,
since your money is gone.” So
they brought their livestock
to Joseph, and he gave them
food in exchange for their
horses, their sheep and goats,
their cattle and donkeys. And
he brought them through that
year with food in exchange for
all their livestock.  When that
year was over, they came to him
the following year and said,
“We cannot hide from our Lord
the fact that since our money
is gone and our livestock belongs
to you, there is nothing left
for our Lord except our bodies
and our land. Why should we
perish before your eyes—we and
our land as well? Buy us and
our land in exchange for food,
and we with our land will be
in bondage to Pharaoh. Give us
seed so that we may live and
not die, and that the land may
not become desolate.”

So Joseph bought all the land
in Egypt for Pharaoh. The Egyptians,
one and all, sold their fields,
because the famine was too severe
for them. The land became Pharaoh’s,
and Joseph reduced the people to
servitude, from one end of Egypt
to the other. However, he did not
buy the land of the priests,
because they received a regular
allotment from Pharaoh and had 
food enough from the allotment
Pharaoh gave them. That is why
they did not sell their land.

Joseph said to the people,
“Now that I have bought you
and your land today for Pharaoh,
here is seed for you so you can
plant the ground. But when the
crop comes in, give a fifth of
it to Pharaoh. The other four-fifths
you may keep as seed for the
fields and as food for yourselves
and your households and your children.”

“You have saved our lives,”
they said. “May we find favor
in the eyes of our Lord; we will
be in bondage to Pharaoh.”

So Joseph established it as
a law concerning land in Egypt
—still in force today—that a
fifth of the produce belongs
to Pharaoh. It was only the
land of the priests that did not become Pharaoh’s.

Now the Israelites settled
in Egypt in the region of Goshen.
They acquired property there
and were fruitful and
increased greatly in number.

Jacob lived in Egypt seventeen
years, and the years of his
life were a hundred and forty-seven.
When the time drew near for
Israel to die, he called for his
son Joseph and said to him,
“If I have found favor in your
eyes, put your hand under my thigh
and promise that you will show me
kindness and faithfulness. Do not
bury me in Egypt, but when I rest
with my fathers, carry me out of
Egypt and bury me where they are
buried.” “I will do as you say,” he said.

“Swear to me,” he said. Then
Joseph swore to him, and Israel
worshiped as he leaned on the
top of his staff.

Genesis 47:1‭-‬31 NIV

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