Genesis 47:26

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.
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Genesis 47:26  (King James Version)
And Joseph made it a law over the land of Egypt unto this day, that Pharaoh should have the fifth part; except the land of the priests only, which became not Pharaoh's.

made it a law
From this history, and from Diodorus Siculus (lib
i.), we learn that the land of Egypt was divided into three parts: one belonged to the Priests, (ver. 22, 26;) a second was the king's, (which appears to have been the land of Rameses, or Goshen, ver
11;) the remainder was the subjects'. Now Joseph, having purchased the land of the people (ver. 19, 20), restored it, on the condition of their paying a fifth
part of the produce to the king, beyond which he appears to have made no demand.* except.
22 Eze 7:24

or, princes.