Genesis 47:16

Overview - Genesis 47
Joseph presents his father, and five of his brethren before Pharaoh.
11 He gives them habitation and maintenance.
13 He gets the Egyptians' money;
16 their cattle;
18 and their lands, except the priests', to Pharaoh.
23 He restores the land for a fifth.
28 Jacob's age.
29 He swears Joseph to bury him with his fathers.
Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

Genesis 47:16  (King James Version)
And Joseph said, Give your cattle; and I will give you for your cattle, if money fail.

Give your cattle
This was the wisest measure that could be adopted, both for the preservation of the people and the cattle. As the people had not grain for their own sustenance, consequently they could have none for their cattle: hence they were in the most imminent danger of starving; and the people also were in equal danger; as they must have divided a portion of that bought for themselves with the cattle, which, for the sake of tillage, etc., they wished of course to preserve till the seven years' famine should end.
Daniel 6:5-7 ; Proverbs 12:17 ; 1 Corinthians 10:32 ; Philippians 4:8 ; Colossians 4:5