Genesis 47

1Joseph went in to Pharaoh and said, “My father and my brothers and all their families are here. They have all their animals and everything they own from the land of Canaan with them. They are now in the land of Goshen.” 2Joseph chose five of his brothers to be with him before the Pharaoh. 3Pharaoh said to the brothers, “What work do you do?” The brothers said to Pharaoh, “Sir, we are shepherds. And our ancestors were shepherds before us.” 4They said to Pharaoh, “The time of hunger is very bad in Canaan. There are no fields left with grass for our animals. So we have come to live in this land. We ask you to please let us live in Goshen.” 5Then Pharaoh said to Joseph, “Your father and your brothers have come to you. 6You can choose any place in Egypt for them to live. Give your father and your brothers the best land. Let them live in the land of Goshen. And if they are skilled shepherds, then they can also care for my cattle.” 7Then Joseph called his father Jacob to come in to meet Pharaoh. Jacob blessed Pharaoh. 8And Pharaoh said to him, “How old are you?” 9Jacob said to Pharaoh, “I have had a short life with many troubles. I have lived only 130 years. My father and his ancestors lived to be much older than I am.” 10Jacob blessed Pharaoh. Then Jacob left from his meeting with Pharaoh. 11Joseph did what Pharaoh said and gave his father and brothers land in Egypt. It was the best land in Egypt, in the eastern part of the country in the land of Rameses. 12Joseph also gave his father, his brothers, and all their people the food that they needed. 13The time of hunger became worse. There was no food anywhere in the land. Egypt and Canaan became very poor because of this bad time. 14People in the land bought more and more grain. Joseph saved the money and brought it to Pharaoh’s house. 15After some time, the people in Egypt and Canaan had no money left. They had spent all their money to buy grain. So the people of Egypt went to Joseph and said, “Please give us food. Our money is gone. If we don’t eat, we will die while you are watching.” 16But Joseph answered, “Give me your cattle, and I will give you food.” 17So the people used their cattle and horses and all their other animals to buy food. And that year, Joseph gave them food and took their animals. 18But the next year, people had no animals and nothing to buy food with. So the people went to Joseph and said, “You know that we have no money left. And all our animals belong to you. So we have nothing left—only what you see—our bodies and our land. 19Surely we will die while you are watching. But if you give us food, then we will give Pharaoh our land, and we will be his slaves. Give us seed so that we can plant. Then we will live and not die. And the land will grow food for us again.” 20So Joseph bought all the land in Egypt for Pharaoh. All the people in Egypt sold Joseph their fields. They did this because they were very hungry. 21And all the people became slaves of Pharaoh. Everywhere in Egypt, people were Pharaoh’s slaves. 22The only land Joseph didn’t buy was the land that the priests owned. The priests didn’t need to sell their land because Pharaoh paid them for their work. So they used this money to buy food to eat. 23Joseph said to the people, “Now I have bought you and your land for Pharaoh. So I will give you seed, and you can plant your fields. 24At harvest time, you must give one fifth of your crops to Pharaoh. You can keep four-fifths for yourselves. You can use the seed you keep for food and planting the next year. Now you can feed your families and your children.” 25The people said, “You have saved our lives. We are happy to be slaves to Pharaoh.” 26So Joseph made a law at that time in the land. And that law still continues today. The law says that one fifth of everything from the land belongs to the Pharaoh. The Pharaoh owns all the land. The only land he doesn’t own is the land of the priests. 27Israel ˻(Jacob)˼ stayed in Egypt. He lived in the land of Goshen. His family grew and became very large. They got that land in Egypt and did very well. 28Jacob lived in Egypt 17 years. So Jacob was 147 years old. 29The time came when Israel ˻(Jacob)˼ knew he would soon die, so he called his son Joseph to him. He said, “If you love me, then put your hand under my leg and make a promise. Promise that you will do what I say and that you will be truthful with me. When I die, don’t bury me in Egypt. 30Bury me in the place where my ancestors are buried. Carry me out of Egypt and bury me in our family grave.” Joseph answered, “I promise that I will do what you say.” 31Then Jacob said, “Make a vow to me.” And Joseph vowed to him that he would do this. Then Israel ˻(Jacob)˼ laid his head back down on the bed.

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