Genesis 47:1-12

Jacob's Family Settles in Goshen

1 So Joseph 1went in and told Pharaoh, "My father and my brothers, with their flocks and herds and all that they possess, have come from the land of Canaan. They are now in 2the land of Goshen."
2 And from among his brothers he took five men and 3presented them to Pharaoh.
3 Pharaoh said to his brothers, 4"What is your occupation?" And they said to Pharaoh, 5"Your servants are shepherds, as our fathers were."
4 They said to Pharaoh, 6"We have come to sojourn in the land, for there is no pasture for your servants' flocks, for the famine is severe in the land of Canaan. And now, please let your servants dwell 7in the land of Goshen."
5 Then Pharaoh said to Joseph, "Your father and your brothers have come to you.
6 The land of Egypt is before you. Settle your father and your brothers 8in the best of the land. 9Let them settle in the land of Goshen, and if you know any 10able men among them, put them in charge of my livestock."
7 Then Joseph brought in Jacob his father and stood him before Pharaoh, 11and Jacob blessed Pharaoh.
8 And Pharaoh said to Jacob, "How many are the days of the years of your life?"
9 And Jacob said to Pharaoh, "The days of the years of my 12sojourning are 130 years. 13Few and evil have been the days of the years of my life, and 14they have not attained to the days of the years of the life of my fathers in the days of their 15sojourning."
10 And Jacob 16blessed Pharaoh and went out from the presence of Pharaoh.
11 Then 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 17Rameses, 18as Pharaoh had commanded.
12 And Joseph 19provided his father, his brothers, and all his father's household with food, according to the number of their dependents.

Genesis 47:1-12 Meaning and Commentary

INTRODUCTION TO GENESIS 47

This chapter gives an account of the presentation of five of Joseph's brethren, and then of his father, to Pharaoh, and of what passed between them, Ge 47:1-10; of Joseph's settlement of them, according to the direction of Pharaoh, in the land of Rameses in Goshen, and of his provision for them there, Ge 47:11,12; of his getting into his hands, for Pharaoh, the money, cattle, and lands, of the Egyptians, excepting the lands belonging to the priests, for corn he had supplied them with, Ge 47:13-22; of his giving them seed to sow with, on condition of Pharaoh's having a fifth part of the produce, Ge 47:23-26, of the increase of Jacob's substance in Egypt, and that of his children; of the time of his living there, and his approaching death, when he called Joseph to him, and obliged him by an oath to bury him in the burying place of his fathers, Ge 47:27-31.

Genesis 47:1-12 In-Context

1 So Joseph went in and told Pharaoh, "My father and my brothers, with their flocks and herds and all that they possess, have come from the land of Canaan. They are now in the land of Goshen."
2 And from among his brothers he took five men and presented them to Pharaoh.
3 Pharaoh said to his brothers, "What is your occupation?" And they said to Pharaoh, "Your servants are shepherds, as our fathers were."
4 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 severe in the land of Canaan. And now, please let your servants dwell in the land of Goshen."
5 Then Pharaoh said to Joseph, "Your father and your brothers have come to you.
6 The land of Egypt is before you. Settle your father and your brothers in the best of the land. Let them settle in the land of Goshen, and if you know any able men among them, put them in charge of my livestock."
7 Then Joseph brought in Jacob his father and stood him before Pharaoh, and Jacob blessed Pharaoh.
8 And Pharaoh said to Jacob, "How many are the days of the years of your life?"
9 And Jacob said to Pharaoh, "The days of the years of my sojourning are 130 years. Few and evil have been the days of the years of my life, and they have not attained to the days of the years of the life of my fathers in the days of their sojourning."
10 And Jacob blessed Pharaoh and went out from the presence of Pharaoh.
11 Then 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.
12 And Joseph provided his father, his brothers, and all his father's household with food, according to the number of their dependents.
13 Now there was no food in all the land, for the famine was very severe, so that the land of Egypt and the land of Canaan languished by reason of the famine.
14 And Joseph gathered up all the money that was found in the land of Egypt and in the land of Canaan, in exchange for the grain that they bought. And Joseph brought the money into Pharaoh's house.
15 And when the money was all spent in the land of Egypt and in the land of Canaan, all the Egyptians came to Joseph and said, "Give us food. Why should we die before your eyes? For our money is gone."
16 And Joseph answered, "Give your livestock, and I will give you food in exchange for your livestock, if your money is gone."

Cross References 19

  • 1. Genesis 46:31
  • 2. See Genesis 45:10
  • 3. Acts 7:13
  • 4. Genesis 46:33
  • 5. Genesis 46:32, 34
  • 6. Genesis 15:13; Deuteronomy 26:5
  • 7. Genesis 46:34
  • 8. Genesis 45:18
  • 9. ver. 4
  • 10. Exodus 18:21, 25
  • 11. ver. 10
  • 12. 1 Chronicles 29:15; Psalms 39:12; Psalms 119:19, 54; Hebrews 11:9, 13
  • 13. Job 14:1; [Psalms 39:4, 5; James 4:14]
  • 14. Genesis 11:32; Genesis 25:7; Genesis 35:28
  • 15. 1 Chronicles 29:15; Psalms 39:12; Psalms 119:19, 54; Hebrews 11:9, 13
  • 16. ver. 7
  • 17. Exodus 1:11; Exodus 12:37; [Genesis 45:10]
  • 18. ver. 6
  • 19. Genesis 45:11; Genesis 50:21
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