Genesis 47:17

17 So they brought their livestock to Joseph, and he gave them food in exchange for their horses, their sheep and goats, their cattle and donkeys. And he brought them through that year with food in exchange for all their livestock.

Read Genesis 47:17 Using Other Translations

And they brought their cattle unto Joseph: and Joseph gave them bread in exchange for horses, and for the flocks, and for the cattle of the herds, and for the asses: and he fed them with bread for all their cattle for that year.
So they brought their livestock to Joseph, and Joseph gave them food in exchange for the horses, the flocks, the herds, and the donkeys. He supplied them with food in exchange for all their livestock that year.
So they brought their livestock to Joseph in exchange for food. In exchange for their horses, flocks of sheep and goats, herds of cattle, and donkeys, Joseph provided them with food for another year.

What does Genesis 47:17 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
Genesis 47:17

And they brought their cattle unto Joseph
Which they might the more readily do, since there was scarce any grass to feed them with; and though some of them were creatures used for food, yet might be so lean and poor for want of grass, as not to be fit to eat; and besides, they could do better without flesh than without bread: and Joseph gave them bread [in exchange] for horses;
with which Egypt abounded, to which many places of Scripture have respect, ( Deuteronomy 17:16 ) ( 1 Kings 10:28 ) ( Song of Solomon 1:9 ) ( Isaiah 31:1 Isaiah 31:3 ) ; and for the flocks, and for the cattle of the herds;
the sheep and the oxen; which shows that these creatures were bred and fed by them, and were, no doubt, slain, and used for food: and for the asses;
which were used for carrying burdens: and he fed them with bread for all their cattle, for that year;
which seems to be the sixth year of the famine: one would wonder what Joseph should do with all their cattle, where put them, and feed them, in such a time of drought; though it is probable the number was not exceeding large, since they only fetched one year's provision of bread.

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