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Genesis 46

46
Joseph Brings His Family to Egypt
1So Israel took his journey with all that he had and came to #ch. 21:31, 33; 26:33; 28:10 Beersheba, and offered sacrifices #ch. 26:24, 25; 28:13; 31:42to the God of his father Isaac. 2And God spoke to Israel #ch. 15:1; Job 33:14, 15in visions of the night and said, “Jacob, Jacob.” And he said, “Here I am.” 3Then he said, “I am God, #ch. 28:13 the God of your father. Do not be afraid to go down to Egypt, for there I will #ch. 35:11; [ch. 12:2; Ex. 1:7, 9; Deut. 26:5]make you into a great nation. 4I myself will go down with you to Egypt, and I will also #ch. 15:16; 28:15; 48:21; 50:24; Ex. 3:8 bring you up again, and #ch. 50:1Joseph’s hand shall close your eyes.”
5Then Jacob set out from Beersheba. The sons of Israel carried Jacob their father, their little ones, and their wives, in the wagons #ch. 45:19, 21, 27that Pharaoh had sent to carry him. 6They also took their livestock and their goods, which they had gained in the land of Canaan, and #Josh. 24:4; Ps. 105:23; Isa. 52:4; Acts 7:14, 15came into Egypt, Jacob and all his offspring with him, 7his sons, and his sons’ sons with him, his daughters, and his sons’ daughters. All his offspring he brought with him into Egypt.
8 # For ver. 8-11, see Ex. 6:14-16 Now #Ex. 1:1-5 these are the names of the descendants of Israel, who came into Egypt, Jacob and his sons. #Num. 26:5; 1 Chr. 5:1-3Reuben, Jacob’s firstborn, 9and the sons of Reuben: Hanoch, Pallu, Hezron, and Carmi. 10The sons of Simeon: Jemuel, Jamin, Ohad, Jachin, Zohar, and Shaul, the son of a Canaanite woman. 11The sons of #1 Chr. 6:1Levi: Gershon, Kohath, and Merari. 12The sons of #1 Chr. 2:3; 4:21 Judah: Er, Onan, Shelah, Perez, and Zerah (but #ch. 38:3, 7, 10 Er and Onan died in the land of Canaan); and the sons of #ch. 38:29; 1 Chr. 2:5Perez were Hezron and Hamul. 13#1 Chr. 7:1The sons of Issachar: Tola, Puvah, Yob, and Shimron. 14The sons of Zebulun: Sered, Elon, and Jahleel. 15These are the sons of Leah, #See ch. 29:32-35; 30:1-21whom she bore to Jacob in Paddan-aram, together with his daughter Dinah; altogether his sons and his daughters numbered thirty-three.
16The sons of Gad: Ziphion, Haggi, Shuni, Ezbon, Eri, Arodi, and Areli. 17#1 Chr. 7:30The sons of Asher: Imnah, Ishvah, Ishvi, Beriah, with Serah their sister. And the sons of Beriah: Heber and Malchiel. 18#See ch. 30:10-13 These are the sons of Zilpah, #ch. 29:24whom Laban gave to Leah his daughter; and these she bore to Jacob—sixteen persons.
19The sons of Rachel, Jacob’s wife: Joseph and Benjamin. 20And #ch. 41:50-52 to Joseph in the land of Egypt were born Manasseh and Ephraim, whom Asenath, the daughter of Potiphera the priest of #ch. 41:45On, bore to him. 21And #See Num. 26:38-40; 1 Chr. 7:6-12; 8:1the sons of Benjamin: Bela, Becher, Ashbel, Gera, Naaman, Ehi, Rosh, Muppim, Huppim, and Ard. 22These are the sons of Rachel, who were born to Jacob—fourteen persons in all.
23The son#46:23 Hebrew sons of Dan: Hushim. 24#1 Chr. 7:13The sons of Naphtali: Jahzeel, Guni, Jezer, and Shillem. 25#See ch. 30:5-8 These are the sons of Bilhah, #ch. 29:29whom Laban gave to Rachel his daughter, and these she bore to Jacob—seven persons in all.
26All the persons belonging to Jacob who came into Egypt, who were his own descendants, not including Jacob’s sons’ wives, were sixty-six persons in all. 27And the sons of Joseph, who were born to him in Egypt, were two. #Ex. 1:5; Deut. 10:22; [Acts 7:14]All the persons of the house of Jacob who came into Egypt were seventy.
Jacob and Joseph Reunited
28He had sent Judah ahead of him to Joseph to show the way before him in Goshen, and they came #See ch. 45:10into the land of Goshen. 29Then Joseph prepared his chariot and went up to meet Israel his father in Goshen. He presented himself to him and #[ch. 45:14]fell on his neck and wept on his neck a good while. 30Israel said to Joseph, #[Luke 2:29, 30]“Now let me die, since I have seen your face and know that you are still alive.” 31Joseph said to his brothers and to his father’s household, #ch. 47:1“I will go up and tell Pharaoh and will say to him, ‘My brothers and my father’s household, who were in the land of Canaan, have come to me. 32#ch. 47:3And the men are shepherds, for they have been keepers of livestock, and they have brought their flocks and their herds and all that they have.’ 33When Pharaoh calls you and says, #[See ver. 32 above]‘What is your occupation?’ 34you shall say, #[See ver. 32 above] ‘Your servants have been keepers of livestock #ch. 37:12 from our youth even until now, both we and our fathers,’ in order that you may dwell #ver. 28 in the land of Goshen, for every shepherd is #ch. 43:32; Ex. 8:26an abomination to the Egyptians.”
46
Jacob goes to Egypt
1So Israel set out with all that was his, and when he reached Beersheba, he offered sacrifices to the God of his father Isaac.
2And God spoke to Israel in a vision at night and said, ‘Jacob! Jacob!’
‘Here I am,’ he replied.
3‘I am God, the God of your father,’ he said. ‘Do not be afraid to go down to Egypt, for I will make you into a great nation there. 4I will go down to Egypt with you, and I will surely bring you back again. And Joseph’s own hand will close your eyes.’
5Then Jacob left Beersheba, and Israel’s sons took their father Jacob and their children and their wives in the carts that Pharaoh had sent to transport him. 6So Jacob and all his offspring went to Egypt, taking with them their livestock and the possessions they had acquired in Canaan. 7Jacob brought with him to Egypt his sons and grandsons and his daughters and granddaughters – all his offspring.
8These are the names of the sons of Israel (Jacob and his descendants) who went to Egypt:
Reuben the firstborn of Jacob.
9The sons of Reuben:
Hanok, Pallu, Hezron and Karmi.
10The sons of Simeon:
Jemuel, Jamin, Ohad, Jakin, Zohar and Shaul the son of a Canaanite woman.
11The sons of Levi:
Gershon, Kohath and Merari.
12The sons of Judah:
Er, Onan, Shelah, Perez and Zerah (but Er and Onan had died in the land of Canaan).
The sons of Perez:
Hezron and Hamul.
13The sons of Issachar:
Tola, Puah,#46:13 Samaritan Pentateuch and Syriac (see also 1 Chron. 7:1); Masoretic Text Puvah Jashub#46:13 Samaritan Pentateuch and some Septuagint manuscripts (see also Num. 26:24 and 1 Chron. 7:1); Masoretic Text Iob and Shimron.
14The sons of Zebulun:
Sered, Elon and Jahleel.
15These were the sons Leah bore to Jacob in Paddan Aram,#46:15 That is, North-west Mesopotamia besides his daughter Dinah. These sons and daughters of his were thirty-three in all.
16The sons of Gad:
Zephon,#46:16 Samaritan Pentateuch and Septuagint (see also Num. 26:15); Masoretic Text Ziphion Haggi, Shuni, Ezbon, Eri, Arodi and Areli.
17The sons of Asher:
Imnah, Ishvah, Ishvi and Beriah. Their sister was Serah.
The sons of Beriah:
Heber and Malkiel.
18These were the children born to Jacob by Zilpah, whom Laban had given to his daughter Leah – sixteen in all.
19The sons of Jacob’s wife Rachel:
Joseph and Benjamin.
20In Egypt, Manasseh and Ephraim were born to Joseph by Asenath daughter of Potiphera, priest of On.#46:20 That is, Heliopolis
21The sons of Benjamin:
Bela, Beker, Ashbel, Gera, Naaman, Ehi, Rosh, Muppim, Huppim and Ard.
22These were the sons of Rachel who were born to Jacob – fourteen in all.
23The son of Dan:
Hushim.
24The sons of Naphtali:
Jahziel, Guni, Jezer and Shillem.
25These were the sons born to Jacob by Bilhah, whom Laban had given to his daughter Rachel – seven in all.
26All those who went to Egypt with Jacob – those who were his direct descendants, not counting his sons’ wives – numbered sixty-six persons. 27With the two sons#46:27 Hebrew; Septuagint the nine children who had been born to Joseph in Egypt, the members of Jacob’s family, which went to Egypt, were seventy#46:27 Hebrew (see also Exodus 1:5 and note); Septuagint (see also Acts 7:14) seventy-five in all.
28Now Jacob sent Judah ahead of him to Joseph to get directions to Goshen. When they arrived in the region of Goshen, 29Joseph had his chariot made ready and went to Goshen to meet his father Israel. As soon as Joseph appeared before him, he threw his arms around his father#46:29 Hebrew around him and wept for a long time.
30Israel said to Joseph, ‘Now I am ready to die, since I have seen for myself that you are still alive.’
31Then Joseph said to his brothers and to his father’s household, ‘I will go up and speak to Pharaoh and will say to him, “My brothers and my father’s household, who were living in the land of Canaan, have come to me. 32The men are shepherds; they tend livestock, and they have brought along their flocks and herds and everything they own.” 33When Pharaoh calls you in and asks, “What is your occupation?” 34you should answer, “Your servants have tended livestock from our boyhood on, just as our fathers did.” Then you will be allowed to settle in the region of Goshen, for all shepherds are detestable to the Egyptians.’