Genesis 46:32

32 The men are shepherds; they tend livestock, and they have brought along their flocks and herds and everything they own.’

Read Genesis 46:32 Using Other Translations

And the men are shepherds, for their trade hath been to feed cattle; and they have brought their flocks, and their herds, and all that they have.
And the men are shepherds, for they have been keepers of livestock, and they have brought their flocks and their herds and all that they have.'
These men are shepherds, and they raise livestock. They have brought with them their flocks and herds and everything they own.’”

What does Genesis 46:32 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
Genesis 46:32

And the men [are] shepherds
That was their occupation and employment, by which they got their livelihood. Joseph was not ashamed of the business his father and brethren followed, even though mean; and besides, such men were an abomination to the Egyptians: this he thought proper to tell Pharaoh, lest he should think of putting them into some offices of the court or army, which would expose them to the envy of the Egyptians, and might endanger the corruption of their religion and manners, as well as be the means of separating them one from another, which he was careful to guard against, as Josephus F2 the historian suggests:

for their trade hath been to feed cattle;
this was what they were brought up to from their youth, and were always employed in, and for which only they were fit:

and they have brought their flocks and their herds, and all that they
have;
in order to carry on the same business, and lead the same course of life.


FOOTNOTES:

F2 Ut supra. (Antiqu. l. 2. c. 7. sect. 5.)
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