Israel and His Family Go to Egypt
1Israel packed up all he had and went to Beersheba, where he offered sacrifices to the God of his father Isaac. 2God spoke to him in visions of the night, and called, “Jacob, Jacob!” # 46:2 For the first time in twenty-two years, God appeared to Jacob. He was now one hundred and thirty years old. See Gen. 47:9.
“Yes, I’m here,” he answered.
3“I am God, the God of your father. Do not be afraid to go to Egypt; for I will make your descendants a great nation there. 4I will go with you to Egypt, and I will bring your descendants back to this land. And the hand of Joseph will be there to close your eyes when you die.” # 46:4 Within Jewish culture, even to this day, the nearest relative or oldest son would gently close the eyes of a loved one at death. Indeed, Joseph did as God had promised Jacob. See Gen. 49:33–50:1.
5Then Jacob set out from Beersheba. His sons put him, their little ones, and their wives in the wagons that Pharaoh had sent. 6-7They took their livestock and the possessions they had acquired in Canaan and went to Egypt. Jacob took all his descendants with him: his sons, his grandsons, his daughters, his granddaughters.
The Family of Jacob
8Now these are the names of Jacob’s descendants, the Israelites who went to Egypt with him:
Reuben, Jacob’s firstborn, 9and his sons: Hanoch, Pallu, Hezron, and Carmi.
10Simeon and his sons: Jemuel, Jamin, Ohad, Jachin, Zohar, and Shaul (the son of a Canaanite woman).
11Levi and his sons: Gershon, Kohath, and Merari.
12Judah and his sons: Shelah, Perez, and Zerah. (Judah’s other sons, Er and Onan, had died in Canaan.) Perez’s sons were Hezron and Hamul.
13Issachar and his sons: Tola, Puah, # 46:13 The Masoretic text reads “Puvah.” This translation follows the Samaritan Pentateuch and Syriac (see 1 Chron. 7:1). Jashub, # 46:13 The Masoretic text reads “Job.” This translation follows the Samaritan Pentateuch and some Septuagint manuscripts which read “Jashub,” following Num. 26:24 and 1 Chron. 7:1. and Shimron.
14Zebulun and his sons: Sered, Elon, and Jahleel.
15These thirty-three were the sons that Jacob and Leah had while in Paddan-Aram, besides his daughter Dinah.
16Gad and his sons: Zephon, # 46:16 The Masoretic text reads “Ziphion.” This translation follows the Samaritan Pentateuch and the Septuagint which read “Zephon,” following Num. 26:15. Haggi, Shuni, Ezbon, Eri, Arodi, and Areli.
17Asher and his sons: Imnah, Ishvah, Ishvi, Beriah, and their sister Serah. Beriah’s sons were Heber and Malchiel.
18These sixteen were the descendants of Jacob and Zilpah (the slave woman whom Laban gave to his daughter Leah).
19Jacob’s sons with Rachel were Joseph and Benjamin. 20In Egypt, Joseph had two sons, Manasseh and Ephraim, by Asenath (the daughter of Potiphera, a priest of On). 21Benjamin’s sons were Bela, Becher, Ashbel, Gera, Naaman, Ehi, Rosh, Muppim, Huppim, and Ard. 22These fourteen were the descendants of Jacob by Rachel.
23Dan and his son: Hushim.
24Naphtali and his sons: Jahzeel, Guni, Jezer, and Shillem. 25These seven are the descendants of Jacob and Bilhah (the slave woman Laban gave to his daughter Rachel).
26The total number of the direct descendants of Jacob who went to Egypt was sixty-six, not including his sons’ wives. 27Two sons were born to Joseph in Egypt, bringing the total number of Jacob’s family who went there to seventy.
Joseph and His Father Jacob
28Jacob sent Judah ahead to ask Joseph to lead them in Goshen. When they arrived, 29Joseph got in his chariot and rode to Goshen to meet his father, Israel. As soon as Joseph saw his father, he threw his arms around his father’s neck and wept for a long time. # 46:29 Words completely fail to describe the emotion of this scene as father and son embraced! The great Egyptian lord was once more only a boy needing his father. After two decades, Jacob saw the son he had given up for dead. The two men stood holding each other and weeping. What a family reunion this was! 30Israel said to Joseph, “I am ready to die, now that I have seen you and know that you are still alive.”
31Then Joseph said to his brothers and all his father’s family, “I must go and tell the king that my brothers and all my father’s family have come to me from Canaan. 32I will tell him that you are shepherds and take care of livestock and that you have brought with you your flocks and herds and all you own. 33When the king calls for you and asks what your occupation is, 34be sure to tell him that you and your fathers before you have herded livestock all your lives. Then he will let you live in the region of Goshen.” Joseph said this because Egyptians despise shepherds.
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1And Israel took his journey with all that he had, and came to Beer-sheba, and offered sacrifices unto the God of his father Isaac. 2And God spake unto Israel in the visions of the night, and said, Jacob, Jacob. And he said, Here am I. 3And he said, I am God, the God of thy father: fear not to go down into Egypt; for I will there make of thee a great nation: 4I will go down with thee into Egypt; and I will also surely bring thee up again: and Joseph shall put his hand upon thine eyes. 5And Jacob rose up from Beer-sheba: and the sons of Israel carried Jacob their father, and their little ones, and their wives, in the wagons which Pharaoh had sent to carry him. 6And they took their cattle, and their goods, which they had gotten in the land of Canaan, and came into Egypt, Jacob, and all his seed with him: 7his sons, and his sons' sons with him, his daughters, and his sons' daughters, and all his seed brought he with him into Egypt.
8And these are the names of the children of Israel, which came into Egypt, Jacob and his sons: Reuben, Jacob's firstborn. 9And the sons of Reuben; Hanoch, and Phallu, and Hezron, and Carmi. 10And the sons of Simeon; Jemuel, and Jamin, and Ohad, and Jachin, and Zohar, and Shaul the son of a Canaanitish woman. 11And the sons of Levi; Gershon, Kohath, and Merari. 12And the sons of Judah; Er, and Onan, and Shelah, and Pharez, and Zarah: but Er and Onan died in the land of Canaan. And the sons of Pharez were Hezron and Hamul. 13And the sons of Issachar; Tola, and Phuvah, and Job, and Shimron. 14And the sons of Zebulun; Sered, and Elon, and Jahleel. 15These be the sons of Leah, which she bare unto Jacob in Padan-aram, with his daughter Dinah: all the souls of his sons and his daughters were thirty and three. 16And the sons of Gad; Ziphion, and Haggi, Shuni, and Ezbon, Eri, and Arodi, and Areli. 17And the sons of Asher; Jimnah, and Ishuah, and Isui, and Beriah, and Serah their sister: and the sons of Beriah; Heber, and Malchiel. 18These are the sons of Zilpah, whom Laban gave to Leah his daughter, and these she bare unto Jacob, even sixteen souls. 19The sons of Rachel Jacob's wife; Joseph, and Benjamin. 20And unto Joseph in the land of Egypt were born Manasseh and Ephraim, which Asenath the daughter of Poti-pherah priest of On bare unto him. 21And the sons of Benjamin were Belah, and Becher, and Ashbel, Gera, and Naaman, Ehi, and Rosh, Muppim, and Huppim, and Ard. 22These are the sons of Rachel, which were born to Jacob: all the souls were fourteen. 23And the sons of Dan; Hushim. 24And the sons of Naphtali; Jahzeel, and Guni, and Jezer, and Shillem. 25These are the sons of Bilhah, which Laban gave unto Rachel his daughter, and she bare these unto Jacob: all the souls were seven. 26All the souls that came with Jacob into Egypt, which came out of his loins, besides Jacob's sons' wives, all the souls were threescore and six; 27and the sons of Joseph, which were born him in Egypt, were two souls: all the souls of the house of Jacob, which came into Egypt, were threescore and ten.
Jacob Goes to Egypt
28And he sent Judah before him unto Joseph, to direct his face unto Goshen; and they came into the land of Goshen. 29And Joseph made ready his chariot, and went up to meet Israel his father, to Goshen, and presented himself unto him; and he fell on his neck, and wept on his neck a good while. 30And Israel said unto Joseph, Now let me die, since I have seen thy face, because thou art yet alive. 31And Joseph said unto his brethren, and unto his father's house, I will go up, and shew Pharaoh, and say unto him, My brethren, and my father's house, which were in the land of Canaan, are come unto me; 32and the men are shepherds, for their trade hath been to feed cattle; and they have brought their flocks, and their herds, and all that they have. 33And it shall come to pass, when Pharaoh shall call you, and shall say, What is your occupation? 34That ye shall say, Thy servants' trade hath been about cattle from our youth even until now, both we, and also our fathers: that ye may dwell in the land of Goshen; for every shepherd is an abomination unto the Egyptians.
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