Jacob’s Family Settles in Goshen
1Then Joseph went in and told Pharaoh and said, “My father and my brothers and their flocks and their herds and all that they have, have come out of the land of Canaan; and behold, they are in the land of Goshen.” 2And he took five men from among his brothers and set them before Pharaoh. 3Then Pharaoh said to his brothers, “What is your occupation?” So they said to Pharaoh, “Your servants are shepherds, both we and our fathers.” 4And they said to Pharaoh, “We have come to sojourn in the land, for there is no pasture for your servants’ flocks, for the famine is heavy in the land of Canaan. So now, please let your servants #47:4 Lit dwelllive in the land of Goshen.” 5Then Pharaoh said to #47:5 Lit Joseph, sayingJoseph, “Your father and your brothers have come to you. 6The land of Egypt is #47:6 Lit before youat your disposal; have your father and your brothers settle in the best of the land, let them settle in the land of Goshen; and if you know any excellent men among them, then #47:6 Lit appoint them rulersput them in charge of my livestock.”
7Then Joseph brought his father Jacob and stood him before Pharaoh; and Jacob blessed Pharaoh. 8And Pharaoh said to Jacob, “How many are the days of the years of your life?” 9So Jacob said to Pharaoh, “The days of the years of my sojourning are #47:9 Lit 130 years130; few and evil have been the days of the years of my life, and they have not #47:9 Lit reachedattained to the days of the years #47:9 Lit of the life of my fathersthat my fathers lived during the days of their sojourning.” 10And Jacob blessed Pharaoh and went out from the presence of Pharaoh. 11So Joseph settled his father and his brothers and gave them a possession in the land of Egypt, in the best of the land, in the land of Rameses, as Pharaoh had commanded. 12And Joseph provided his father and his brothers and all his father’s household with #47:12 Or breadfood, according to their little ones.
Joseph and the Famine
13Now there was no #47:13 Or breadfood in all the land because the famine was very heavy, so that the land of Egypt and the land of Canaan languished because of the famine. 14And Joseph gathered all the money that was found in the land of Egypt and in the land of Canaan for the grain which they bought, and Joseph brought the money into Pharaoh’s house. 15Then the money came to an end in the land of Egypt and in the land of Canaan. So all the Egyptians came to Joseph #47:15 Lit sayingand said, “Give us #47:15 Or breadfood, for why should we die in your presence? For our money #47:15 Lit ceasesis gone.” 16Then Joseph said, “Give up your livestock, and I will give you food for your livestock, since your money #47:16 Lit ceasesis gone.” 17So they brought their livestock to Joseph, and Joseph gave them #47:17 Or breadfood in exchange for the horses and the #47:17 Lit livestock of the flocks and livestock of the herdsflocks and the herds and the donkeys; and he #47:17 Lit led them as a shepherdfed them with #47:17 Or breadfood in exchange for all their livestock #47:17 Lit in that yearthat year. 18Then that year came to an end. And they came to him the #47:18 Lit secondnext year and said to him, “We will not hide from my lord that our money has come to an end, and the #47:18 Lit livestock of the cattlelivestock are my lord’s. There is nothing left #47:18 Lit in the presence offor my lord except our bodies and our land. 19Why should we die before your eyes, both we and our land? Buy us and our land for #47:19 Or breadfood, and we and our land will be slaves to Pharaoh. So give us seed, that we may live and not die, and that the land may not be desolate.”
20So Joseph bought all the land of Egypt for Pharaoh, for #47:20 Lit Egypt, every manevery Egyptian sold his field because the famine was severe upon them. Thus the land became Pharaoh’s. 21As for the people, he moved them to the cities from one end of Egypt’s border to the other end. 22Only the land of the priests he did not buy, for the priests had an allotment from Pharaoh, and they ate off the allotment which Pharaoh gave them. Therefore, they did not sell their land. 23Then Joseph said to the people, “Behold, I have today bought you and your land for Pharaoh; now, here is seed for you, and you may sow the land. 24And it will be, at the harvest you shall give a fifth to Pharaoh, and #47:24 Lit four partsfour-fifths shall be your own for seed of the field and for your food and for those of your households and as food for your little ones.” 25So they said, “You have kept us alive! Let us find favor in the sight of my lord, and we will be Pharaoh’s slaves.” 26And Joseph made it a statute concerning the land of Egypt valid to this day, that Pharaoh should have the fifth; only the land of the priests #47:26 Lit alone diddid not become Pharaoh’s.
27Now Israel #47:27 Lit dweltlived in the land of Egypt, #47:27 Lit in the land of Goshenin Goshen, and they took possession of property in it and were fruitful and became very numerous. 28And Jacob lived in the land of Egypt seventeen years; so the days of Jacob, the years of his life, were 147 years.
29Then the days for Israel to die drew near, and he called his son Joseph and said to him, “Please, if I have found favor in your sight, place now your hand under my thigh and deal with me in lovingkindness and truth. Please do not bury me in Egypt. 30But I will lie down with my fathers, and you will carry me out of Egypt and bury me in their burial place.” And he said, “I will do as you have said.” 31Then he said, “Swear to me.” So he swore to him. Then Israel bowed in worship at the head of the bed.