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Passage Display[Printer-friendly Verses]   
 Genesis 47:13 - 26
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   Book of Genesis
   Chapter 47
47:13 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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There was no food, however, in the whole region because the famine was severe; both Egypt and Canaan wasted away because of the famine.
 
47:14 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
Joseph collected all the money that was to be found in Egypt and Canaan in payment for the grain they were buying, and he brought it to Pharaoh's palace.
 
47:15 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
When the money of the people of Egypt and Canaan was gone, all Egypt came to Joseph and said, "Give us food. Why should we die before your eyes? Our money is used up."
 
47:16 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
"Then bring your livestock," said Joseph. "I will sell you food in exchange for your livestock, since your money is gone."
 
47:17 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
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.
 
47:18 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
When that year was over, they came to him the following year and said, "We cannot hide from our lord the fact that since our money is gone and our livestock belongs to you, there is nothing left for our lord except our bodies and our land.
 
47:19 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
Why should we perish before your eyes - we and our land as well? Buy us and our land in exchange for food, and we with our land will be in bondage to Pharaoh. Give us seed so that we may live and not die, and that the land may not become desolate."
 
47:20 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
So Joseph bought all the land in Egypt for Pharaoh. The Egyptians, one and all, sold their fields, because the famine was too severe for them. The land became Pharaoh's,
 
47:21 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
and Joseph reduced the people to servitude, F223 from one end of Egypt to the other.
 
47:22 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
However, he did not buy the land of the priests, because they received a regular allotment from Pharaoh and had food enough from the allotment Pharaoh gave them. That is why they did not sell their land.
 
47:23 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
Joseph said to the people, "Now that I have bought you and your land today for Pharaoh, here is seed for you so you can plant the ground.
 
47:24 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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But when the crop comes in, give a fifth of it to Pharaoh. The other four-fifths you may keep as seed for the fields and as food for yourselves and your households and your children."
 
47:25 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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"You have saved our lives," they said. "May we find favor in the eyes of our lord; we will be in bondage to Pharaoh."
 
47:26 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
So Joseph established it as a law concerning land in Egypt - still in force today - that a fifth of the produce belongs to Pharaoh. It was only the land of the priests that did not become Pharaoh's.
 

FOOTNOTES:
F223 Samaritan Pentateuch and Septuagint (see also Vulgate); Masoretic Text and he moved the people into the cities

 
 

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