THE FIRST BOOK OF
G E N E S I S
Genesis 47 ©
Joseph acquaints Pharaoh with his father’s arrival, and presents five of his brethren before him, vs. 1, etc. Who, after some inquiry, gives them the land of Goshen, 3. Joseph brings his father likewise before Pharaoh, who asks him concerning his age, and is blessed by Jacob, 7. Joseph maintains his father and all his house in Goshen, 11. The Egyptians, having spent all their money for corn, they sell away their cattle, by reason of the famine, and after that both body and land to Pharaoh for corn, 13. (The priests excepted, 22, 26). The land is left to the people to till and husband the same, giving Pharaoh the fifth part of the crop, 23. Jacob’s life in Egypt, and full age, 27. He takes an oath of Joseph, touching his burial, 29.
THEN Joseph came and told Pharaoh, and said, My father and my brethren, and their flocks, and their herds, and all that they have, are come out of the land of Canaan; and, behold,a they are in the land of Goshen.
And he took 1some of his brethren, even five men, and presented them unto Pharaoh.
And Pharaoh said unto 2his brethren, What is your occupation? And they said unto Pharaoh, Thyb servants are 3shepherds, both we, and also our fathers.
They said moreover unto Pharaoh, 4For to sojourn in the land are we come; for thy servants have no pasture for their flocks; for the famine is sore in the land of Canaan: now therefore, we pray thee, let thy servants dwell in the land of Goshen.
And Pharaoh spake unto Joseph, saying, Thy father and thy brethren are come unto thee:
The land of Egypt is 5before thee; in the best of the land make thy father and brethren to dwell; in the land of Goshen let them dwell: and if thou knowest any men of 6activity among them, then make them rulers over my cattle.
And Joseph brought in Jacob his father, and set him before Pharaoh: and Jacob 7blessed Pharaoh.
And Pharaoh said unto Jacob, 8How old art thou?
And Jacob said unto Pharaoh, 9The days of the years of myc pilgrimage are an hundred and thirty years: few and 10evil have the days of the years of my life been, 11and have not attained unto the days of the years of the life of my fathers in the days of their pilgrimage.
And Jacob blessed Pharaoh, and went out from before Pharaoh.
¶And Joseph placed his father and his brethren, and gave them a possession in the land of Egypt, in the best of the land, 12in the land of Rameses, as Pharaoh had commanded.
And Joseph 13nourished his father, and his brethren, and all his father's household, with bread, 14according to their families.
¶And there was 15no bread in all the land; for the famine was very sore, so that the land of Egypt and all the land of Canaan 16fainted by reason of the famine.
And Joseph gathered up all the money that was found in the land of Egypt, and in the land of Canaan, for the corn which they bought: and Joseph brought the money into Pharaoh's house.
And when money failed in the land of Egypt, and in the land of Canaan, all the Egyptians came unto Joseph, and said, Give us bread: for 17why should we die in thy presence? for the money faileth.
And Joseph said, Give your cattle; and I will give you for your cattle, if money fail.
And they brought their cattle unto Joseph: and Joseph gave them bread in exchange for horses, and for 18the flocks, and for the cattle of the herds, and for the asses: and he 19fed them with bread for all their cattle for that year.
When that year was ended, they came unto him 20the second year, and said unto him, We will not hide it from my lord, how that our money is spent; 21my lord also hath our herds of cattle; there is not ought left 22in the sight of my lord, but our bodies, and our lands:
Wherefore shall we die before thine eyes, both we and 23our land? buy us and our land for bread, and we and our land will be 24servants unto Pharaoh: and give us 25seed, that we may live, and not die, that the land be not desolate.
And Joseph bought all the land of Egypt for Pharaoh; for the Egyptians sold every man his field, because the famine prevailed over them: 26so the land became Pharaoh's.
And as for the people, 27he removed them to cities 28from one end of the borders of Egypt even to the other end thereof.
Only the land 29of the priests bought he not; for the priests had a portion assigned them of Pharaoh, and did eat their portion which Pharaoh gave them: wherefore they sold not their lands.
Then Joseph said unto the people, Behold, I have bought you this day and your land for Pharaoh: lo, here is seed for you, 30and ye shall sow the land.
And it shall come to pass in the increase, that ye shall give the fifth part unto Pharaoh, and four 31parts shall be your own, for seed of the field, and for your food, and for them of your households, and for food for your little ones.
And they said, Thou hast saved 32our lives: let us find 33grace in the sight of my lord, and we will be Pharaoh’s 34servants.
And Joseph made it 35a law over the land of Egypt 36unto this day, 37that Pharaoh should have the fifth part; except the land of the priests only, which became not Pharaoh's.
¶And Israel dwelt in the land of Egypt, in the country of Goshen; and they had possessions therein, and grew, and multiplied exceedingly.
And Jacob lived in the land of Egypt seventeen years: so the whole age of Jacob was an hundred forty and seven years.
And the time drew nigh that Israel must die: and he called his son Joseph, and said unto him, If now I have found grace in thy sight, 38put,d I pray thee, thy hand under my thigh, and deal kindly and truly with me; 39bury me not, I pray thee, in Egypt:
But I will lie with my fathers, and thou shalt carry me out of Egypt, and bury me in 40their buryingplace. And he said, I will do as thou hast said.
And 41he said, Swear unto me. And 42he sware unto him. Ande Israel 43bowed himself upon the bed’s 44head.