Genesis Chapter 47 (Review)

  1. Then Joseph came and told Pharaoh, and said, My father and my brethren, and their flocks, and their herds, and all that they have, are come out of the land of Canaan; and, behold, they are in the land of Goshen.

And Joseph went unto pharaoh, telling him that his family and flock and all they have, are here in Egypt and they are currently in the land of Goshen.

  1. And he took some of his brethren, even five men, and presented them unto Pharaoh.

And he took five of his brothers and presented them before pharaoh.

  1. And Pharaoh said unto his brethren, What is your occupation? And they said unto Pharaoh, Thy servants are shepherds, both we, and also our fathers.

And pharaoh did ask….what do you do? And they answered….we are shepherds, just like our fathers.

  1. They said moreover unto Pharaoh, For to sojourn in the land are we come; for thy servants have no pasture for their flocks; for the famine is sore in the land of Canaan: now therefore, we pray thee, let thy servants dwell in the land of Goshen.

We have come to stay a short while because there is no pasture for our flock to graze on, the famine is sore, so please, let us stay in Goshen.

  1. And Pharaoh spake unto Joseph, saying, Thy father and thy brethren are come unto thee:

And pharaoh told Joseph, your family has come before you.

  1. the land of Egypt is before thee; in the best of the land make thy father and brethren to dwell; in the land of Goshen let them dwell: and if thou knowest any men of activity among them, then make them rulers over my cattle.

Egypt is in front of you and is in your hands. Make your family dwell in the best of the land, they can stay in Goshen. And if any of them is hardworking, let him be in charge of my own cattle.

  1. And Joseph brought in Jacob his father, and set him before Pharaoh: and Jacob blessed Pharaoh.

And Joseph brought his father before pharaoh. And Israel blessed pharaoh. Weird eh?. He blessed pharaoh.

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  1. And Pharaoh said unto Jacob, How old art thou?

And pharaoh asked Israel. How old are you?

  1. And Jacob said unto Pharaoh, The days of the years of my pilgrimage are a hundred and thirty years: few and evil have the days of the years of my life been, and have not attained unto the days of the years of the life of my fathers in the days of their pilgrimage.

And he responded…the years of my journey on earth are 130. And I’ve experienced evil days and have not even attained the age that my fathers attained.

  1. And Jacob blessed Pharaoh, and went out from before Pharaoh

And Jacob blessed pharaoh -again and went out from his presence.

  1. And Joseph placed his father and his brethren, and gave them a possession in the land of Egypt, in the best of the land, in the land of Rameses, as Pharaoh had commanded.

And Joseph placed his family and gave them possession in the land of Egypt. He put them in the best of the land -Rameses just as pharaoh had commanded. Rameses is the same as Goshen. One is simply the Hebrew name and one is the Egyptian name

  1. And Joseph nourished his father, and his brethren, and all his father’s household, with bread, according to their families.

And Joseph took care of his father and all their household according to their number.

  1. And there was no bread in all the land; for the famine was very sore, so that the land of Egypt and all the land of Canaan fainted by reason of the famine.

And there was no food in the land anymore. The people in Canaan and Egypt we weak.

  1. And Joseph gathered up all the money that was found in the land of Egypt, and in the land of Canaan, for the corn which they bought: and Joseph brought the money into Pharaoh’s house.

And Joseph gathered all the money that was in Egypt, the money people brought to buy corn as well and brought it unto pharaoh.

  1. And when money failed in the land of Egypt, and in the land of Canaan, all the Egyptians came unto Joseph, and said, Give us bread: for why should we die in thy presence? for the money faileth.

And money failed. I mean, there was no more money in people’s hands. Money fails either when there’s money but there’s absolutely nothing to buy, then it has no use or when there’s enough to buy, but there’s no money. But  in this case, there was no money.
And the Egyptians came to Joseph. Feed us. Why should we die before you. There is no more money. The money of Egypt and Canaan (remember he sold to the whole world) was with Joseph.

  1. And Joseph said, Give your cattle; and I will give you for your cattle, if money fail.
  2. 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.

And Joseph said…bring your cattle. And they did. And Joseph gave them bread in exchange for horses, cattle, herd and flock 😳😳😳🙊🙊 and he fed them for that year.

  1. When that year was ended, they came unto him the second year, and said unto him, We will not hide it from my lord, how that our money is spent ; my lord also hath our herds of cattle; there is not aught left in the sight of my lord, but our bodies, and our lands:
  2. wherefore shall we die before thine eyes, both we and our land? buy us and our land for bread, and we and our land will be servants unto Pharaoh : and give us seed, that we may live, and not die, that the land be not desolate.

When that year ended again, they came to Joseph. We have no money or flock or herd. All we have is ourselves and our land.
Take us, take our land, we will be your servants, just feed us. (Buy us and our land with food). Please, don’t let us die.
An important point to note is that it wasn’t even Joseph that God showed these things unto. It was pharaoh. But Joseph was the manager

  1. And Joseph bought all the land of Egypt for Pharaoh; for the Egyptians sold every man his field, because the famine prevailed over them: so the land became Pharaoh’s.

And Joseph bought ALL the land of Egypt for pharaoh. ALL.

  1. And as for the people, he removed them to cities from one end of the borders of Egypt even to the other end thereof.

Then he moved people from one end of Egypt to the other.

  1. Only the land of the priests bought he not; for the priests had a portion assigned them of Pharaoh, and did eat their portion which Pharaoh gave them: wherefore they sold not their lands.

The only portion of land he didn’t buy was the portion belonging to the priests. Because pharaoh assigned the portion to them and they fed from pharaoh. So they didn’t have to sell their lands. (One who wasn’t even serving God, gave to his priests)

  1. Then Joseph said unto the people, Behold, I have bought you this day and your land for Pharaoh: lo, here is seed for you, and ye shall sow the land.
  2. And it shall come to pass in the increase, that ye shall give the fifth part unto Pharaoh, and four parts shall be your own, for seed of the field, and for your food, and for them of your households, and for food for your little ones.

And Joseph said…I have bought you and your land today. Take seed. Plant in the land.
In the time of increase, you will pay 1/5 of all your earnings to pharaoh.
4/5 is yours, your family, and your little ones.

  1. And they said, Thou hast saved our lives: let us find grace in the sight of my lord, and we will be Pharaoh’s servants.

And they said…you saved our lives. May we find grace in your sight. Let us serve.

  1. And Joseph made it a law over the land of Egypt unto this day, that Pharaoh should have the fifth part; except the land of the priests only, which became not Pharaoh’s.

And Joseph made it a law in the land. tIll this day. That at least 1/5 goes to pharaoh. Make your research. At least 20% is Egypt’s tax. It’s not below that. The lowest it has ever been is 20%. (See http://www.tradingeconomics.com/Egypt/personal-income-tax-rate) only the land of the priests don’t do that. Because it wasn’t acquired.

  1. And Israel dwelt in the land of Egypt, in the country of Goshen; and they had possessions therein, and grew, and multiplied exceedingly.

And Israel remained in Goshen, and they grew and multiplied greatly.

  1. And Jacob lived in the land of Egypt seventeen years: so the whole age of Jacob was a hundred forty and seven years.

Israel lived in Egypt for 17 years. And now he was 147.

  1. And the time drew nigh that Israel must die: and he called his son Joseph, and said unto him, If now I have found grace in thy sight, put, I pray thee, thy hand under my thigh, and deal kindly and truly with me ; bury me not, I pray thee, in Egypt:

When it was time for Israel to die, as he knew, he called unto Joseph and made him swear that Joseph would not bury him in Egypt.

  1. but I will lie with my fathers, and thou shalt carry me out of Egypt, and bury me in their buryingplace. And he said, I will do as thou hast said.

But I will die, and you will take me out of Egypt and bury me with my fathers.

  1. And he said, Swear unto me. And he sware unto him. And Israel bowed himself upon the bed’s head.

And Joseph swore. And Israel bowed his head in worship.

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