1約瑟來到法老面前，對他說：「我父親和我的弟兄們已經帶著他們的羊群、牛群和所有的一切從迦南來了，現在就在歌珊。」 2約瑟從弟兄中帶了五個人去見法老。 3法老問他們：「你們做什麼工作？」他們回答說：「僕人們祖祖輩輩都是牧羊的。 4迦南的饑荒很嚴重，羊群沒有草吃，所以我們到這裡來寄居，求你准許僕人們住在歌珊。」 5法老對約瑟說：「你父親和弟兄們都來了， 6整個埃及就在你面前，儘管安排他們住在國中最好的地方。他們可以住在歌珊。如果你知道他們中間有能幹的人，可以派他們看管我的牲畜。」
7約瑟又帶父親雅各去見法老，雅各就為法老祝福。 8法老問雅各：「你多大歲數了？」 9雅各回答說：「我在世上寄居一百三十年了，我的日子又苦又短，不像我祖先那樣高壽。」 10雅各為法老祝福後，就告退了。 11約瑟遵照法老之命把埃及最好的地方——蘭塞境內的土地給他父親和弟兄們居住，作他們的產業。 12約瑟按各家人口提供糧食給父親、弟兄及其他家人。
13饑荒很嚴重，到處都缺糧，埃及和迦南都飽受饑荒之苦。 14約瑟把埃及人和迦南人向他買糧的銀子收集起來，存放在法老的庫房裡。 15埃及人和迦南人的銀子都用光了，埃及人就來見約瑟，對他說：「我們的錢財都用光了，求你給我們糧食，免得我們餓死在你面前。」 16約瑟說：「你們的錢財如果用盡了，可以用你們的牲畜來交換糧食。」 17於是，他們把牲畜趕到約瑟那裡，用他們的牛、羊、驢和馬跟約瑟換糧食。那一年，他們就依靠換來的糧食生活。
20埃及人為饑荒所迫，紛紛賣掉自己的田地。約瑟替法老收購了埃及全國的田地，最後，所有的田地都歸法老了。 21約瑟使埃及全境的人都成為法老的奴僕。 22約瑟唯獨沒有買祭司的田地，因為祭司吃法老的俸祿，有足夠的供給，不用賣地。 23約瑟對百姓說：「我為法老買了你們和你們的土地，這裡有種子，你們可以拿去耕種。 24但是你們要把收成的五分之一給法老，其餘的，你們可以留下來作種子和全家人的口糧。」 25他們說：「你救了我們的命，求你恩待我們，讓我們做法老的奴僕吧。」 26於是，約瑟立下一條法令，到今天還有效，就是埃及出產的五分之一歸給法老。只有祭司的田地不歸法老。
29他快要離世的時候，把兒子約瑟叫來，說：「你如果恩待我，請你把手放在我大腿底下起誓，你會以慈愛和信實待我，不把我葬在埃及。 30我與祖先同眠後，你要把我帶出埃及安葬在我祖先的身邊。」約瑟說：「我必照你說的做。」 31雅各要約瑟起誓，約瑟照做了。於是，以色列在床頭47·31 「在床頭」或譯「拄著拐杖」。敬拜上帝。
1Joseph went to Pharaoh. He told him, “My father and brothers have come from the land of Canaan. They’ve brought along their flocks and herds and everything they own. They are now in Goshen.” 2Joseph had chosen five of his brothers to meet with Pharaoh.
3Pharaoh asked the brothers, “What do you do for a living?”
“We’re shepherds,” they replied to Pharaoh. “And that’s what our fathers were.” 4They also said to him, “We’ve come to live in Egypt for a while. There isn’t enough food anywhere in Canaan. There isn’t any grass for our flocks. So please let us live in Goshen.”
5Pharaoh said to Joseph, “Your father and your brothers have come to you. 6The land of Egypt is open to you. Let your father and brothers live in the best part of the land. Let them live in Goshen. Do any of them have special skills? If they do, put them in charge of my own livestock.”
7Then Joseph brought his father Jacob in to meet Pharaoh. Jacob gave Pharaoh his blessing. 8Then Pharaoh asked him, “How old are you?”
9Jacob said to Pharaoh, “The years of my journey through life are 130. My years have been few and hard. They aren’t as many as the years of my father and grandfather before me.” 10Jacob gave Pharaoh his blessing. Then he left him.
11So Joseph helped his father and his brothers make their homes in Egypt. He gave them property in the best part of the land, just as Pharaoh had directed him to do. That part was known as the territory of Rameses. 12Joseph also provided food for his father and brothers. He provided for them and the rest of his father’s family. He gave them enough for all their children.
Joseph Saves Many Lives
13But there wasn’t any food in the whole area. In fact, there wasn’t enough food anywhere. The people of Egypt and Canaan lost their strength because there wasn’t enough food to go around. 14Joseph collected all the money in Egypt and Canaan. People paid it to him for the grain they were buying. And Joseph brought it to Pharaoh’s palace. 15When the money of the people of Egypt and Canaan was gone, all the Egyptians came to Joseph. They said, “Give us food. What good would it do you to watch us all die? Our money is all gone.”
16“Then bring your livestock,” said Joseph. “You say your money is gone. So I’ll trade you food for your livestock.” 17They brought their livestock to Joseph. He traded them food for their animals. They gave him their horses, sheep, goats, cattle and donkeys. He helped the people live through that year by trading them food for all their livestock.
18When that year was over, they came to him the next year. They said, “We can’t hide the truth from you. Our money is gone. Our livestock belongs to you. We don’t have anything left to give you except our bodies and our land. 19What good would it do you to watch us die? Why should our land be destroyed? Trade us food for ourselves and our land. Then we and our land will belong to Pharaoh. Give us some seeds so we can live and not die. We don’t want the land to become a desert.”
20So Joseph bought all the land in Egypt for Pharaoh. All the people of Egypt sold their fields. They did that because there wasn’t enough food anywhere. So the land became Pharaoh’s. 21Joseph made the people slaves from one end of Egypt to the other. 22But Joseph didn’t buy the land that belonged to the priests. They received a regular share of food from Pharaoh. They had enough food from what Pharaoh gave them. That’s why they didn’t have to sell their land.
23Joseph said to the people, “I’ve bought you and your land today for Pharaoh. So here are some seeds for you to plant in the ground. 24But when the crop comes in, give a fifth of it to Pharaoh. Keep the other four-fifths for yourselves. They will be seeds for the fields. And they will be food for yourselves, your children, and the other people who live with you.”
25“You have saved our lives,” they said. “If you are pleased with us, we will be Pharaoh’s slaves.”
26So Joseph made a law about land in Egypt. It’s still the law today. A fifth of the produce belongs to Pharaoh. Only the land belonging to the priests didn’t become Pharaoh’s.
27The people of Israel lived in Egypt in the area of Goshen. They received property there. They had children and so became many.
28Jacob lived 17 years in Egypt. He lived a total of 147 years. 29The time came near for Israel to die. So he sent for his son Joseph. He said to him, “If you are pleased with me, put your hand under my thigh. Promise me that you will be kind and faithful to me. Don’t bury me in Egypt. 30When I join the members of my family who have already died, carry me out of Egypt. Bury me where they are buried.”
“I’ll do exactly as you say,” Joseph said.
31“Give me your word that you will do it,” Jacob said. So Joseph gave him his word. And Israel worshiped God as he leaned on the top of his walking stick.