1 So JosephI wentII and toldIII Pharaoh,IV
“My fatherV and my brothers,VI with their flocksVII and herdsVIII and all that they possess,
have comeIX from the landX of Canaan;XI they are nowXII in the land of Goshen.”XIII
2 From amongXIV his brothers he tookXV fiveXVI menXVII and presentedXVIII them toXIX Pharaoh.
3 Pharaoh said to his brothers, “What is your occupation?”XX
And they said to Pharaoh, “Your servantsXXI are shepherds,XXII as our ancestorsXXIII were.”
4 They said to Pharaoh, “We have come to reside as aliensXXIV in the land; for there is no pastureXXV for your servants’ flocks because the famineXXVI is severeXXVII in the land of Canaan. Now, we ask you,XXVIII let your servants settleXXIX in the land of Goshen.”
5 Then Pharaoh said to Joseph, “Your father and your brothers have come to you. 6 The land of EgyptXXX is beforeXXXI you; settle your father and your brothers in the bestXXXII part of the land;
let them liveXXXIII in the land of Goshen; and if you knowXXXIV that there are capableXXXV menXXXVI among them, put them in charge ofXXXVII my livestock.”XXXVIII
7 Then Joseph broughtXXXIX in his father Jacob,XL and presentedXLI him beforeXLII Pharaoh,
and Jacob blessedXLIII Pharaoh. 8 Pharaoh said to Jacob, “How many are theXLIV years of your life?”XLV
9 Jacob said to Pharaoh, “TheXLVI years of my earthly sojournXLVII are one hundred thirty;XLVIII
fewXLIX and hardL have beenLI theLII years of my life.
They do not compareLIII with theLIV years of the life of my ancestors duringLV their long sojourn.”LVI
10 Then Jacob blessed Pharaoh, and went outLVII from the presenceLVIII of Pharaoh. 11 Joseph settled his father and his brothers, and grantedLIX them a holdingLX in the land of Egypt, in the best part of the land, in the land of Rameses,LXI as Pharaoh had instructed.LXII
12 And Joseph providedLXIII his father, his brothers, and all his father’s householdLXIV with food,LXV according toLXVI the number of their dependents.LXVII
13 Now there was no food in all the land, for the famine was very severe. The land of Egypt and the land of Canaan languishedLXVIII becauseLXIX of the famine. 14 Joseph collectedLXX all the moneyLXXI to be foundLXXII in the land of Egypt and in the land of Canaan, in exchange for the grainLXXIII that they bought;LXXIV and Joseph brought the money into Pharaoh’s house.
15 When the money from the land of Egypt and from the land of Canaan was spent,LXXV all the EgyptiansLXXVI came to Joseph, and said, “GiveLXXVII us food! Why should we dieLXXVIII beforeLXXIX your eyes? For our money is gone.”LXXX
16 And Joseph answered, “GiveLXXXI me your livestock, and I will give you food in exchange for your livestock, if your money is gone.” 17 So they brought their livestock to Joseph; and Joseph gave them food in exchange for the horses,LXXXII, LXXXIII the flocks,LXXXIV the herds, and the donkeys.LXXXV That year he suppliedLXXXVI them with food in exchange for all their livestock.
18 When that year was ended,LXXXVII they came to him the followingLXXXVIII year, and said to him, “We can not hideLXXXIX from my lordXC that our money is all spent; and the herdsXCI of cattleXCII are my lord’s.
There is nothing leftXCIII in the sightXCIV of my lord butXCV our bodiesXCVI and our lands.XCVII
19 Shall we die before your eyes,XCVIII both we and our land? BuyXCIX us and our land in exchange for food. We with our land will becomeC slavesCI to Pharaoh;
just giveCII us seed,CIII so that we may liveCIV and not die, and that the land may not become desolate.”CV
20 So Joseph bought all the land of Egypt for Pharaoh. All the Egyptians soldCVI their fields,CVII because the famine was severeCVIII upon them; and the land became Pharaoh’s.
21 As for the people,CIX he made slavesCX of them from one endCXI ofCXII Egypt to the other.CXIII
22 OnlyCXIV the land of the priestsCXV he did not buy; for the priests had a fixed allowanceCXVI from Pharaoh, and livedCXVII on the allowance that Pharaoh gaveCXVIII them; therefore they did not sell their land.
23 Then Joseph said to the people, “Now that I have this dayCXIX bought you and your land for Pharaoh, hereCXX is seed for you; sowCXXI the land. 24 AndCXXII at the harvestsCXXIII you shall giveCXXIV one-fifthCXXV to Pharaoh,
and four-fifthsCXXVI shall be your own, as seed for the field and as foodCXXVII for yourselves and your households, and as foodCXXVIII for your little ones.”CXXIX
25 They said, “You have saved our lives;CXXX may it please my lord,CXXXI we will be slaves to Pharaoh.” 26 So Joseph madeCXXXII it a statuteCXXXIII concerning the land of Egypt,
and it stands to this day, that Pharaoh should have the fifth.CXXXIV TheCXXXV land of the priests aloneCXXXVI did not become Pharaoh’s.
27 Thus IsraelCXXXVII settled in the land of Egypt, in the regionCXXXVIII of Goshen; and they gained possessionsCXXXIX in it,
and were fruitfulCXL and multipliedCXLI exceedingly. 28 Jacob lived in the land of Egypt seventeenCXLII years; so the days of Jacob, the years of his life, were one hundred fortyCXLIII-seven years.
29 When the timeCXLIV of Israel’s deathCXLV drew near,CXLVI he calledCXLVII his sonCXLVIII Joseph and said to him,
“IfCXLIX I have found favorCL with you,CLI putCLII your handCLIII under my thighCLIV
and promise to dealCLV loyallyCLVI and trulyCLVII with me. Do notCLVIII buryCLIX me in Egypt.
30 When I lie downCLX with my ancestors, carryCLXI me out of Egypt and bury me in their burial place.”CLXII
He answered, “I will doCLXIII as you have said.”CLXIV
31 And he said, “SwearCLXV to me”; and he swore to him. Then Israel bowedCLXVI himself on the headCLXVII of his bed.CLXVIII
Image credit: “Joseph, Overseer of Pharaoh’s Granaries” by Lawrence Alma-Tadema, 1874.