Genesis 46-47 Bible in Basic English

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Jacob and His Family in Egypt

46 1  And Israel went on his journey with all he had, and came to Beer-sheba, where he made offerings to the God of his father Isaac. 2  And God said to Israel in a night-vision, Jacob, Jacob. And he said, Here am I. 3  And he said, I am God, the God of your father: go down to Egypt without fear, for I will make a great nation of you there: 4  I will go down with you to Egypt, and I will see that you come back again, and at your death Joseph will put his hands on your eyes.

5  Then Jacob went on from Beer-sheba; and the sons of Jacob took their father and their little ones and their wives in the carts which Pharaoh had sent for them. 6  And they took their cattle and all the goods which they had got in the land of Canaan, and came to Egypt, even Jacob and all his seed: 7  His sons and his sons' sons, his daughters and his daughters' sons and all his family he took with him into Egypt. 8  And these are the names of the children of Israel who came into Egypt, even Jacob and all his sons: Reuben, Jacob's oldest son; 9  And the sons of Reuben: Hanoch and Pallu and Hezron and Carmi; 10  And the sons of Simeon: Jemuel and Jamin and Ohad and Jachin and Zohar and Shaul, the son of a woman of Canaan; 11  And the sons of Levi: Gershon, Kohath, and Merari; 12  And the sons of Judah: Er and Onan and Shelah and Perez and Zerah: but Er and Onan had come to their death in the land of Canaan; and the sons of Perez were Hezron and Hamul. 13  And the sons of Issachar: Tola and Puah and Job and Shimron; 14  And the sons of Zebulun: Sered and Elon and Jahleel; 15  All these, together with his daughter Dinah, were the children of Leah, whom Jacob had by her in Paddan-aram; they were thirty-three in number. 16  And the sons of Gad: Ziphion and Haggi, Shuni and Ezbon, Eri and Arodi and Areli; 17  And the sons of Asher: Jimnah and Ishvah and Ishvi and Beriah, and Sarah, their sister; and the sons of Beriah: Heber and Malchiel. 18  These are the children of Zilpah, whom Laban gave to his daughter Leah, and Jacob had these sixteen children by her. 19  The sons of Jacob's wife Rachel: Joseph and Benjamin. 20  And Joseph had Manasseh and Ephraim in the land of Egypt, by Asenath, the daughter of Poti-phera, priest of On. 21  And the sons of Benjamin were Belah and Becher and Ashbel, Gera and Naaman, Ehi and Rosh, Muppim and Huppim and Ard. 22  All these were the children of Rachel whom Jacob had by her, fourteen persons. 23  And the son of Dan was Hushim. 24  And the sons of Naphtali: Jahzeel and Guni and Jezer and Shillem. 25  These were the children of Bilhah, whom Laban gave to his daughter Rachel, seven persons. 26  All the persons who came with Jacob into Egypt, the offspring of his body, were sixty-six, without taking into account the wives of Jacob's sons. 27  And the sons of Joseph whom he had in Egypt were two. Seventy persons of the family of Jacob came into Egypt.

28  Now he had sent Judah before him to Goshen, to get word from Joseph; and so they came to the land of Goshen. 29  And Joseph got his carriage ready and went to Goshen for the meeting with his father; and when he came before him, he put his arms round his neck, weeping. 30  And Israel said to Joseph, Now that I have seen you living again, I am ready for death. 31  And Joseph said to his brothers and to his father's people, I will go and give the news to Pharaoh, and say to him, My brothers and my father's people, from the land of Canaan, have come to me; 32  And these men are keepers of sheep and owners of cattle, and have with them their flocks and their herds and all they have. 33  Now when Pharaoh sends for you and says, What is your business? 34  You are to say, Your servants have been keepers of cattle from our early days up to now, like our fathers; in this way you will be able to have the land of Goshen for yourselves; because keepers of sheep are unclean in the eyes of the Egyptians.

47 1  Then Joseph went to Pharaoh, and said, My father and my brothers with their flocks and their herds and all they have, are come from Canaan, and are now in the land of Goshen. 2  And he took five of his brothers to Pharaoh. 3  And Pharaoh said to them, What is your business? And they said, Your servants are keepers of sheep, as our fathers were before us. 4  And they said to Pharaoh, We have come to make a living in this land, because we have no grass for our flocks in the land of Canaan; so now let your servants make a place for themselves in the land of Goshen. 5  And Pharaoh said to Joseph, Let them have the land of Goshen; and if there are any able men among them, put them over my cattle. 6  And Jacob and his sons came to Joseph in Egypt, and when word of it came to the ears of Pharaoh, king of Egypt, he said to Joseph, Your father and brothers have come to you; all the land of Egypt is before you; let your father and your brothers have the best of the land for their resting-place. 7  Then Joseph made his father Jacob come before Pharaoh, and Jacob gave him his blessing. 8  And Pharaoh said to him, How old are you? 9  And Jacob said, The years of my wanderings have been a hundred and thirty; small in number and full of sorrow have been the years of my life, and less than the years of the wanderings of my fathers. 10  And Jacob gave Pharaoh his blessing, and went out from before him. 11  And Joseph made a place for his father and his brothers, and gave them a heritage in the land of Egypt, in the best of the land, the land of Rameses, as Pharaoh had given orders. 12  And Joseph took care of his father and his brothers and all his father's people, giving them food for the needs of their families.

13  Now there was no food to be had in all the land, so that all Egypt and Canaan were wasted from need of food. 14  And all the money in Egypt and in the land of Canaan which had been given for grain, came into the hands of Joseph: and he put it in Pharaoh's house. 15  And when all the money in Egypt and Canaan was gone, the Egyptians came to Joseph, and said, Give us bread; would you have us come to destruction before your eyes? for we have no more money. 16  And Joseph said, Give me your cattle; I will give you grain in exchange for your cattle if your money is all gone. 17  So they took their cattle to Joseph and he gave them bread in exchange for their horses and flocks and herds and asses, so all that year he gave them food in exchange for their cattle. 18  And when that year was ended, they came to him in the second year, and said, We may not keep it from our lord's knowledge that all our money is gone, and all the herds of cattle are my lord's; there is nothing more to give my lord but our bodies and our land; 19  Are we to come to destruction before your eyes, we and our land? take us and our land and give us bread; and we and our land will be servants to Pharaoh; and give us seed so that we may have life and the land may not become waste. 20  So Joseph got all the land in Egypt for Pharaoh; for every Egyptian gave up his land in exchange for food, because of their great need; so all the land became Pharaoh's. 21  And as for the people, he made servants of them, town by town, from one end of Egypt to the other. 22  Only he did not take the land of the priests, for the priests had their food given them by Pharaoh, and having what Pharaoh gave them, they had no need to give up their land. 23  Then Joseph said to the people, I have made you and your land this day the property of Pharaoh; here is seed for you to put in your fields. 24  And when the grain is cut, you are to give a fifth part to Pharaoh, and four parts will be yours for seed and food, and for your families and your little ones. 25  And they said to him, Truly you have kept us from death; may we have grace in your eyes, and we will be Pharaoh's servants. 26  Then Joseph made a law which is in force to this day, that Pharaoh was to have the fifth part; only the land of the priests did not become his.

27  And so Israel was living among the Egyptians in the land of Goshen; and they got property there, and became very great in numbers and in wealth. 28  And Jacob was living in the land of Goshen for seventeen years; so the years of his life were a hundred and forty-seven. 29  And the time of his death came near, and he sent for his son Joseph and said to him, If now I am dear to you, put your hand under my leg and take an oath that you will not put me to rest in Egypt; 30  But when I go to my fathers, you are to take me out of Egypt and put me to rest in their last resting-place. And he said, I will do so. 31  And he said, Take an oath to me; and he took an oath to him: and Israel gave worship on the bed's head.

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