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Joseph sends for his father. GENESIS

Jacob goes into Egypt. 5 Now therefore be not grieved, nor gave three hundred pieces of silver, and angry with yourselves, that ye sold me five changes of raiment. hither: for God did send me before you to 23 And to his father he sent after this

manner; ten asses laden with the good 6 For these two years hath the famine things of Egypt, and ten she-asses ladeu been in the land: and yet there are five with corn and bread and meat for his fayears, in the which there shall neither be ther by the way. earing nor harvest.

24 So he sent his brethren away, and 7 And God sent me before you,'to pre- they departed: and he said unto them, serve you a posterity in the earth, and to see that ye fall not out by the way. save your lives by a great deliverance. 25 1 And they went up out of Egypt,

8 So now it was not you that sent me and came into the land of Canaan unto Jahither, but God: and he hath made me a fa-cob their father, ther to Pharaoh, and lord of all his house, 26 And told him, saying, Joseph is yet anda ruler throughout all the land of Egypt. alive, and he is governor over all the

9 Haste ye, and go up to my father, and land of Egypt. And Jacob's heart faintsay unto him, Thus saith thy son Joseph, ed, for he believed them not. God hath made me lord of all Egypt; come 27 And they told him all the words of down unto me, tarry not:

Joseph, which he had said unto them: and 10 And thou shalt dwell in the land of when he saw the wagons which Joseph had Goshen, and thou shalt be near unto me, sent to carry him, the spirit of Jacob their thou, and thy children, and thy children's father revived: children, and thy flocks, and thy herds, 28 And Israel said, It is enough: Joand all that thou hast :

seph my son is yet alive: I will go and 11 And there will I nourish thee, (for see him before I die. yet there are five years of famine ;) lest

CHAP. XLVI. thou, and thy household, and all that thou A i Israel took his journey with all

12 And behold, your eyes see, and the and offered sacrifices unto the God of his eyes of my brother Benjamin, that it is my father Isaac. mouth that speaketh unto you.

2 And God spake unto Israel in the vi13 And ye shall tell my father of all my sions of the night, and said, Jacob, Jacob ! glory in Egypt, and of all that ye have and he said, Here am I. seen: and ye shall haste, and bring down 3 And he said, I am God, the God of my father hither.

thy father: fear not to go down into Egypt; 14 And he fell upon his brother Benja- for I will there make of thee a great nation: min's neck, and wept; and Benjamin 41 will go down with thee into Egypt; wept upon his neck.

and I will also surely bring thee up again: 15 Moreover, he kissed all his brethren, and Joseph shall put his hand upon thine and wept upon them: and after that his eyes. brethren talked with him.

5 And Jacob rose up from Beer-sheba : 16 | And the fame thereof was heard in and the sons of Israel carried Jacob their Pharaoh's house, saying, Joseph's brethren father, and their little ones, and their are come: and it pleased Pharaoh ell, wives, in the wagons which Pharaoh had and his servants.

sent to carry bim. 17 And Pharaoh said unto Joseph, Say 6 And they took their cattle, and their unto thy brethren, This do ye ; lade your goods which they had gotten in the land beasts, and go, get you unto the land of Ca- of Canaan, and came into Egypt, Jacob, naan ;

and all his seed with him : 18 And take your father, and your house 7 His sons, and his sons' sons with him, holds, and come unto me: and I will give his daughters, and his sons' daughters, and you the good of the land of Egypt, and ye all his seed brought he with him into Egypt. shall eat the fat of the land.

8 | And these are the names of the chil19 Now thou art commanded, this do dren of Israel, which came into Egypt, Ja

you wagons out of the land of cob and his sons: Reuben, Jacob's firstEgypt for your little ones, and for your born. wives, and bring your father, and come. 9 And the sons of Reuben; Hanoch,

20 Also regard not your stuff: for the and Phallu, and Hezron, and Carmi. good of all the land of Egypt is yours. 10 And the sons of Simeon ; Jemuel,

21 And the children of Israel did so : and Jamin, and Ohad, and Jachin, and and Joseph gave them wagons, according Zohar, and Shaul the son of a Canaanitish to the commandment of Pharaoh, and gave woman. them provision for the way.

11 | And the sons of Levi; Gerslion, 22 To all of them he gave each man Kohath, and Merari. changes of raiment : but to Benjamin bel 12 T And the sons of Judah; Er, and

ye; take

Joseph goes to meet Jacob. CHAP. XLVII. Jacob confers with Pharaoh. Onan, and Shelah, and Pharez, and Za- were in the land of Canaan, are come unto rah : but Er and Onan died in the land of me : Canaan. And the sons of Pharez were 32 And the men are shepherds, for their Hezron, and Hamul.

trade hath been to feed cattle; and they 13 11 And the sons of Issachar; Tola, have brought their flocks, and their herds, and Phuvah, and Job, and Shimron. and all that they have. 14 9 And the sons of Zebulun ; Sered, 33 And it shall come to pass,

when and Elon, and Jahleel.

Pharaoh shall call you, and shall say, 15 These be the sons of Leah, which What is your occupation ? she bare unto Jacob in Padan-aram, with 34 That ye shall say, Thy servants' his daughter Dinah: all the souls of his trade hath been about cattle from our youth sonsand his daughters were thirty and three. even until now, both we, and also our fa

16 | And the sons of Gad; Ziphion, and thers : that ye may dwell in the land of Haggi, Shuni, and Ezbon, Éri, and Arodi, Goshen; for every shepherd is an abomiand Areli.

nation unto the Egyptians. -17 T And the sons of Asher; Jimnah,

CHAP. XLVII.
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Hieber, and Malchiel.

and their flocks, and their herds, and all 18 These are the sons of Zilpah, whom that they have, are come out of the land of Laban gave to Leah his daughter: and these Canaan ; and behold, they are in the land 'she bare unto Jacob, even sixteen souls. of Goshen.

19 The sons of Rachel, Jacob's wife; 2 And he took some of his brethren, Joseph, and Benjamin.

even five men, and presented them untó 20 And unto Joseph in the land of Egypt Pharaoh. were born Manasseh and Ephraim, which 3 And Pharaoh said unto his brethren, Asenath the daughter of Poti-pherah priest What is your occupation ? And they said of On bare unto him.

unto Pharaoh, Thy servants are shepherds, 21 | And the sons of Benjamin were both we, and also our fathers. Belah, and Becher, and Ashbel, Gera, and 4 They said moreover unto Pharaoh, Naaman, Ehi, and Rosh, Muppim, and For to sojourn in the land are we come : Huppim, and Ard.

for thy servants have no pasture for their 22 These are the sons of Rachel, which flocks, for the famine is sore in the land of were born to Jacob; all the souls were Canaan: now therefore, we pray thee, let fourteen.

thy servants dwell in the land of Goshen. 23 | And the sons of Dan; Hushim. *5 And Pharaoh spake unto Joseph, say

24 And the sons of Naphtali; Jahzeel, ing, Thy father and thy brethren are come and Guni, and Jezer, and Shillem. unto thee :

25 These are the sons of Bilhah, which 6 The land of Egypt is before thee; in Laban gave unto Rachel his daughter, and the best of the land make thy father and she bare these unto Jacob: all the souls brethren to dwell; in the land of Goshen

let them dwell; and if thou knowest any 26 All the souls that came with Jacob men of activity among them, then make into Egypt, which came out of his loins, them rulers over my cattle. besides Jacob's sons' wives, all the souls 7 And Joseph brought in Jacob his fawere threescore and six;

ther, and set him before Pharaoh : and 27 And the sons of Joseph which were Jacob blessed Pharaoh. born him in Egypt, were two souls: all the 8 And Pharaoh said unto Jacob, How souls of the house of Jacob, which came old art thou? into Egypt, were threescore and ten. 9 And Jacob said unto Pharaoh, The

28 1 And he sent Judah before him unto days of the years of my pilgrimage are a Joseph, to direct his face unto Goshen; hundred and thirty years : few and evil and they came into the land of Goshen. have the days of the years of my life been,

29 And Joseph made ready his chariot, and have not attained unto the days of the and went up to meet Israel his father to years of the life of my fathers in the days Goshen; and presented himself unto him: of their pilgrimage, and he fell on his neck, and wept on his 10 And Jacob blessed Pharaoh, and neck a good while.

went out from before Pharaoh. 30 And Israel said unto Joseph, Now 11 9 And Joseph placed his father and let me die, since I have seen thy face, be- his brethren, and gave them a possession cause thou art yet alive.

in the land of Egypt, in the best of the 31 And Joseph said unto his brethren, land, in the land of Rameses, as Pharaoh and unto his father's house, I will go up, had commanded. and shew Pharaoh, and say unto him, My 12 And Joseph nourished his father, brethren, and my father's house, whichland his brethren, and all his fathe'

were seven,

ney fail.

Joseph's dealing in the famine. GENESIS.

He visits his sick father. household, with bread according to their land of Egypt unto this day, that Pharaoh families.

should have the fifth part ; except the land 13 | And there was no bread in all the of the priests only, which became not Phaland; for the famine was very sore, so that raoh's. the land of Egypt, and all the land of Ca 27 | And Israel dwelt in the land of naan, fainted by reason of the famine.

Egypt, in the country of Goshen; and they 14 And Joseph gathered up all the mo- had possessions therein, and grew, and ney that was found in the land of Egypt, multiplied exceedingly. and in the land of Canaan, for the corn 28 And Jacob lived in the land of Egypt which they bought: and Joseph brought seventeen years : so the whole age of Jathe money into Pharaoh's house.

cob was a hundred forty and seven years. 15 And when money failed in the land 29 And the time drew nigh that Israel of Egypt, and in the land of Canaan, all must die :' and he called his son Joseph, the Egyptians came unto Joseph, and said, and said unto him, If now I have found Give us bread: for why should we die in grace in thy sight, put, I pray thee, thy thy presence ? for the money faileth. hand under my thigh, and deal kindly

16 And Joseph said, Give your cattle ; and truly with me; bury me not, I pray and I will give you for your cattle, if mo- thee, in Egypt:

30 But I will lie with my fathers, and 17 And they brought their cattle unto thou shalt carry me out of Egypt, and bury Joseph: and Joseph gave them bread in me in their burying-place. And he said, exchange for horses, and for the flocks, and I will do as thou hast said. for the cattle of the herds, and for the asses; 31 And he said, Swear unto me: and and he fed them with bread, for all their he sware unto him. And Israel bowed cattle, for that year.

himself upon the bed's head. came unto him the second year, and said Abait cne told Joseph, Behold, thy 18 When that year was ended, they

CHAP. XLVIII. unto him, We will not hide it from my lord, how that our money is spent; my father is sick: and he took with him his lord also hath our herds of cattle: there is two sons, Manasseh and Ephraim. not aught left in the sight of my lord, but 2 | And one told Jacob, and said, Beour bodies and our lands:

hold, thy son Joseph cometh unto thee : 19 Wherefore shall we die before thine and Israel strengthened himself, and sat eyes, both we and our land ? buy us and upon the bed. our land for bread, and we and our land 3 And Jacob said unto Joseph, God will be servants unto Pharaoh : and give Almighty appeared unto me at Luz in the us seed, that we .may live, and not die, land of Canaan, and blessed me, that the land be not desolate.

4 And said unto me, Behold, I will 20 And Joseph bought all the land of make thee fruitful, and multiply thee, and Egypt for Pharaoh; for the Egyptians sold I will make of thee a multitude of people; every man his field, because the famine and will give this land to thy seed after prevailed over them: so the land became thee, for an everlasting possession. Pharaoh's.

5 T And now, thy two sons, Ephraim 21 And as for the people, he removed and Manasseh, which were born unto thee them to cities from one end of the borders in the land of Egypt, before I came unto of Egypt even to the other end thereof. thee into Egypt, are mine: as Reuben

22 Only the land of the priests bought and Simeon, they shall be mine. he not; for the priests had a portion as 6 And thy issue, which thou begettest signed them of Pharaoh, and did eat their after them, shall be thine, and shall be portion which Pharaoh gave them; where called after the name of their brethren in fore they sold not their lands.

their inheritance. 23 Then Joseph said unto the people, 7 And as for me, when I came from Behold, I have bought you this day and Padan, Rachel died by me in the land of your land for Pharaoh: lo, here is seed for Canaan, in the way, when yet there was you, and ye shall sow the land. but a little way to come unto Ephrath: and

24 And it shall come to pass in the in-|I buried her there in the way of Ephrath, crease, that ye shall give the fifth part unto the same is Bethlehem. Pharaoh, and four parts shall be your own, 8 And Israel beheld Joseph's sons, and for seed of the field, and for your food, and said, Who are these? for them of your households, and for food 9 And Joseph said unto his father, They

are my sons, whom God hath given me in 25 And they said, Thou hast saved our this place. And he said, Bring them, I lives: let us find grace in the sight of my pray thee, unto me, and I will bless them. lord, and we will be Pharaoh's servants. 10 (Now the eyes of Israel were dim

26 And Joseph made it a law over the for age, so that he could not see :) And he

for your

little ones.

Jacob blesses Joseph's sons : CHAP. XLIX. He blesses his own sons. brought them near unto him; and he kiss 4 Unstable as water, thou shalt not exed them, and embraced them.

cel; because thou wentest up to thy fa11 And Israel said unto Joseph, I had ther's bed; then defiledst thou it: he went not thought to see thy face: and lo, God up to my couch. hath shewed me also thy seed.

5 | Simeon and Levi are brethren: in12 And Joseph brought them out from struments of cruelty are in their habitabetween his knees, and he bowed himself tions. with his face to the earth.

6 O my soul, come not thou into their 13 And Joseph took them both, Ephraim secret; unto their assembly, mine honour, in his right hand toward Israel's left hand, be not thou united! for in their anger they and Manasseh in his left hand toward Is- slew a man, and in their self-will they rael's right hand, and brought them near digged down a wall. unto bim.

7 Cursed be their anger, for it was 14 And Israel stretched out his right fierce: and their wrath, for it was cruel : hand, and laid it upon Ephraim's head, I will divide them in Jacob, and scatter who was the younger, and his left hand them in Israel. upon Manasseh's head, guiding his hands 8 Judah, thou art he whom thy brethwittingly; for Manasseh was the first born. ren shall praise; thy hand shall be in the

15 T And he blessed Joseph, and said, neck of thine enemies: thy father's chil. God, before whom my fathers Abraham dren shall bow down before thee. and Isaac did walk, the God which fed me 9 Judah is a lion's whelp; from the all my life long unto this day,

prey, my son, thou art gone up: he stooped 16 The Angel which redeemed me from down, he couched as a lion, and as an old all evil, bless the lads; and let my name lion: who shall rouse him up? be named on them, and the name of my 10 The sceptre shall not depart from fathers Abraham and Isaac: and let them Judah, nor a lawgiver from between his grow into a multitude in the midst of the feet, until Shiloh come: and unto him earth.

shall the gathering of the people be. 17 And when Joseph saw that his fa 11 Binding his foal unto the vine, and ther laid his right hand upon the head of his ass's colt unto the choice vine; he Ephraim, it displeased him: and he held washed his garments in wine, and his up his father's hand, to remove it from clothes in the blood of grapes: Ephraim's head unto Manasseh's head. 12 His eyes shall be red with wine, and

18 And Joseph said unto his father, Not his teeth white with milk. so, my father: for this is the first-born; 13 | Zebulun shall dwell at the haven put thy right hand upon his head. of the sea; and he shall be for a haven

19 And his father refused, and said, I of ships ; and his border shall be unto know it, my son, I know it: he also shall Zidon. become a people, and he also shall be 14 T Issachar is a strong ass, couching great: but truly his younger brother shall down between two burdens : be greater than he, and his seed shall be 15 And he saw that rest was good, and come a multitude of nations.

the land that it was pleasant; and bowed 20 And he blessed them that day, say- his shoulder to bear, and became a servant ing, In thee shall Israel bless, saying, God unto tribute. make thee as Ephraim and as Manasseh : 16 | Dan shall judge his people, as one and he set Ephraim before Manasseh. of the tribes of Israel.

21 And Israel said unto Joseph, Behold, 17 Dan shall be a serpent by the way, I die; but God shall be with you, and bring an adder in the path, that biteth the horseyou again unto the land of your fathers. heels, so that his rider shall fall backward.

22 Moreover I have given to thee one 18 'I have waited for thy salvation, O portion above thy brethren, which I took LORD. out of the hand of the Amorite with my 19 | Gad, a troop shall overcome him: sword and with my bow.

but he shall overcome at the last. CHAP. XLIX.

20 | Out of Asher his bread shall be A Said, aber apledsuntes Friges her, the fat, and he shall bied rond deintiese I may tell you that which shall befall you giveth goodly words. in the last days.

22 | Joseph is a fruitful bough, even a 2 Gather yourselves together, and hear, fruitful bough by a well, whose branches ye sons of Jacob; and hearken unto Israel run over the wall: your father.

23 The archers have sorely grieved 3 | Reuben, thou art my first-born, my him, and shot at him, and hated him: might, and the beginning of my strength, 24 But his bow abode in strength, and the excellency of dignity, and the excel- the arms of his hands were made strong by lency of power:

I the hands of the mighty God of Jacob:

The mourning for Jacob. GENESIS. Joseph comforts his brethren. (from thence is the Shepherd, the Stone of father: and with him went up all the serIsrael :)

vants of Pharaoh, the elders of his house, 25 Even by the God of thy father, who and all the elders of the land of Egypt, shall help thee, and by the Almighty, who 8 And all the house of Joseph, and his shall bless thee with blessings of heaven brethren, and his father's house : only above, blessings of the deep that lieth un-their little ones, and their flocks, and thicir der, blessings of the breasts, and of the herds, they left in the land of Goshen. womb :

9 And there went up with him both 26 The blessings of thy father have pre- chariots and horsemen: and it was a very vailed above the blessings of my progeni- great company. tors unto the utmost bound of the everlast 10 And they came to the threshing-floor ing hills; they shall be on the head of Jo- of Atad, which is beyond Jordan, and seph, and on the crown of the head of him there they mourned with a great and very that was separate from his brethren. sore lamentation : and he made a mourn.

27 | Benjamin shall ravin as a wolf; ing for his father seven days. in the morning he shall devour the prey, 11 And when the inhabitants of the and at night he shall divide the spoil. land, the Canaanites, saw the mourning

28 | All these are the twelve tribes of in the floor of Atad, they said, This is a Israel: and this is it that their father spake grievous mourning to the Egyptians : unto them, and blessed them: every one wherefore the name of it was called Abelaccording to his blessing he blessed them. mizraim, which is beyond Jordan.

29 And he charged them, and said unto 12 And his sons did unto him accord. them, I am to be gathered unto my people : ing as he commanded them : bury me with my fathers in the cave that 13 Forhissons carriedhim into the landof is in the field of Ephron the Hittite, Canaan, and buried him in the cave of the

30 In the cave that is in the field of field of Machpelah, wbich Abraham bought Machpelah, which is before Mamre, in the with the field for a possession of a huryingland of Canaan, which Abraham bought place of Ephron the Hittite, before Mamre with the field of Ephron the Hittite for a 14 1 And Joseph returned into Egypt, possession of a burying-place.

he and his brethren, and all that went up 31 (There they buried Abraham and with him to bury his father, after he had : Sarah his wife; there they buried Isaac buried his father. and Rebekah his wife; and there I buried 15 || And when Joseph's brethren saw Leah.)

that their father was dead, they said, Jo32 The purchase of the field and of the seph will peradventure hate us, and will cave that is therein was from the children certainly requite us all the evil which we of Heth.

did unto him. 33 And when Jacob had made an end 16 And they sent a messenger unto Joof commanding his sons, he gathered up seph, saying, Thy father did command his feet into the bed, and yielded up the before he died, saying, ghost, and was gathered unto his people. 17 So shall ye say unto Joseph, ForCHAP. L.

give, I pray thee now, the trespass of thy and wept upon him, and kissed him. thee evil': and now, we pray thee, for2 And Joseph commanded his servants give the trespass of the servants of the God the physicians to embalm his father: and of thy father. And Joseph wept when the physicians embalmed Israel. they spake unto him.

3 And forty days were fulfilled for him; 18 And his brethren also went and fell for so are fulfilled the days of those which down before his face: and they said, Beare embalmed: and the Egyptians mourn-hold, we be thy servants. ed for him threescore and ten days. 19 And Joseph said unto them, Fear

4 And when the days of his mourning not: for am I in the place of God.? were past, Joseph spake unto the house of 20 But as for you,ye thought evil against Pharaoh saying, If now I have found grace me; but God meant it unto good, to bring in your eyes, speak, I pray you, in the towpass, as it is this day, to save much peoears of Pharaoh, saying,

ple alive. 5 My father made me swear saying, 21 Now therefore fear ye not: I will Lo, I die: in my grave which I have dig- nourish you, and your little ones. And ged for me in the land of Canaan, there he comforted them, and spake kindly unto shalt thou bury me. Now therefore let them. me go up, I pray thee, and bury my fa 22 And Joseph dwelt in Egypt, he, ther, and I will come again.

and his father's house: and Joseph lived 6 'And Pharaoh said, Go up, and bury a hundred and ten years. thy father, according as he made theeswear. 23 And Joseph saw Ephraim's chil7 | And Joseph went up to bury his dren of the third generation : the children

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