Genesis 46:34

Overview - Genesis 46
Jacob is comforted by God at Beer-sheba.
Thence he with his company goes into Egypt.
The number of his family that went into Egypt.
28 Joseph meets Jacob.
31 He instructs his brethren how to answer Pharaoh.
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Genesis 46:34  (King James Version)
That 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.

Thy servants
32 ; 30:35 34:5 37:12

for every
From the fragments of Manetho, preserved in Josephus and Africanus, it appears that hordes of marauders, call {hycassos,} or shepherd kings, whose chief occupation, like
the Bedouin Arabs of the present day, was to keep flocks, made a powerful irruption into Egypt, which they subdued, and ruled, by a succession of kings, with great tyranny for 259 ; years. Hence the persons, and even the very name of shepherds were execrated, and held in the greatest odium by the Egyptians. 43:32 Exodus 8:26