New International Version

Genesis 46:1-34

Jacob Goes to Egypt

1So Israel set out with all that was his, and when he reached Beersheba, he offered sacrifices to the God of his father Isaac.

2And God spoke to Israel in a vision at night and said, “Jacob! Jacob!”

“Here I am,” he replied.

3“I am God, the God of your father,” he said. “Do not be afraid to go down to Egypt, for I will make you into a great nation there. 4I will go down to Egypt with you, and I will surely bring you back again. And Joseph’s own hand will close your eyes.”

5Then Jacob left Beersheba, and Israel’s sons took their father Jacob and their children and their wives in the carts that Pharaoh had sent to transport him. 6So Jacob and all his offspring went to Egypt, taking with them their livestock and the possessions they had acquired in Canaan. 7Jacob brought with him to Egypt his sons and grandsons and his daughters and granddaughters—all his offspring.

8These are the names of the sons of Israel (Jacob and his descendants) who went to Egypt:

Reuben the firstborn of Jacob.

9The sons of Reuben:

Hanok, Pallu, Hezron and Karmi.

10The sons of Simeon:

Jemuel, Jamin, Ohad, Jakin, Zohar and Shaul the son of a Canaanite woman.

11The sons of Levi:

Gershon, Kohath and Merari.

12The sons of Judah:

Er, Onan, Shelah, Perez and Zerah (but Er and Onan had died in the land of Canaan).

The sons of Perez:

Hezron and Hamul.

13The sons of Issachar:

Tola, Puah,46:13 Samaritan Pentateuch and Syriac (see also 1 Chron. 7:1); Masoretic Text Puvah Jashub46:13 Samaritan Pentateuch and some Septuagint manuscripts (see also Num. 26:24 and 1 Chron. 7:1); Masoretic Text Iob and Shimron.

14The sons of Zebulun:

Sered, Elon and Jahleel.

15These were the sons Leah bore to Jacob in Paddan Aram,46:15 That is, Northwest Mesopotamia besides his daughter Dinah. These sons and daughters of his were thirty-three in all.

16The sons of Gad:

Zephon,46:16 Samaritan Pentateuch and Septuagint (see also Num. 26:15); Masoretic Text Ziphion Haggi, Shuni, Ezbon, Eri, Arodi and Areli.

17The sons of Asher:

Imnah, Ishvah, Ishvi and Beriah.

Their sister was Serah.

The sons of Beriah:

Heber and Malkiel.

18These were the children born to Jacob by Zilpah, whom Laban had given to his daughter Leah—sixteen in all.

19The sons of Jacob’s wife Rachel:

Joseph and Benjamin. 20In Egypt, Manasseh and Ephraim were born to Joseph by Asenath daughter of Potiphera, priest of On.46:20 That is, Heliopolis

21The sons of Benjamin:

Bela, Beker, Ashbel, Gera, Naaman, Ehi, Rosh, Muppim, Huppim and Ard.

22These were the sons of Rachel who were born to Jacob—fourteen in all.

23The son of Dan:

Hushim.

24The sons of Naphtali:

Jahziel, Guni, Jezer and Shillem.

25These were the sons born to Jacob by Bilhah, whom Laban had given to his daughter Rachel—seven in all.

26All those who went to Egypt with Jacob—those who were his direct descendants, not counting his sons’ wives—numbered sixty-six persons. 27With the two sons46:27 Hebrew; Septuagint the nine children who had been born to Joseph in Egypt, the members of Jacob’s family, which went to Egypt, were seventy46:27 Hebrew (see also Exodus 1:5 and note); Septuagint (see also Acts 7:14) seventy-five in all.

28Now Jacob sent Judah ahead of him to Joseph to get directions to Goshen. When they arrived in the region of Goshen, 29Joseph had his chariot made ready and went to Goshen to meet his father Israel. As soon as Joseph appeared before him, he threw his arms around his father46:29 Hebrew around him and wept for a long time.

30Israel said to Joseph, “Now I am ready to die, since I have seen for myself that you are still alive.”

31Then Joseph said to his brothers and to his father’s household, “I will go up and speak to Pharaoh and will say to him, ‘My brothers and my father’s household, who were living in the land of Canaan, have come to me. 32The men are shepherds; they tend livestock, and they have brought along their flocks and herds and everything they own.’ 33When Pharaoh calls you in and asks, ‘What is your occupation?’ 34you should answer, ‘Your servants have tended livestock from our boyhood on, just as our fathers did.’ Then you will be allowed to settle in the region of Goshen, for all shepherds are detestable to the Egyptians.”

Kiswahili Contemporary Version (Neno: Bibilia Takatifu)

Mwanzo 46:1-34

Yakobo Aenda Misri

1Hivyo Israeli akaondoka na vyote vilivyokuwa mali yake, naye alipofika Beer-Sheba, akamtolea dhabihu Mungu wa Isaki baba yake.

246:2 Mwa 15:1Mungu akanena na Israeli katika maono usiku na kusema, “Yakobo! Yakobo!”

Akajibu, “Mimi hapa.”

346:3 Mwa 12:2; 28:13Mungu akamwambia, “Mimi ndimi Mungu wa baba yako, usiogope kushuka Misri, kwa maana huko nitakufanya taifa kubwa. 446:4 Mwa 5:16Nitashuka Misri pamoja nawe, nami hakika nitakurudisha tena Kanaani. Mikono ya Yosefu mwenyewe ndiyo itakayofunga macho yako.”

546:5 Mwa 45:19Ndipo Yakobo akaondoka Beer-Sheba nao wana wa Israeli wakamchukua baba yao Yakobo na watoto wao na wake zao katika magari ya kukokotwa yale Farao aliyokuwa amempelekea kumsafirisha. 646:6 Kum 26:5; Mdo 7:15Wakachukua pia mifugo yao na mali walizokuwa wamezipata Kanaani, Yakobo na uzao wake wote wakashuka Misri. 7Akawachukua wanawe na binti zake, wajukuu wake wa kiume na wa kike, yaani uzao wake wote mpaka Misri.

8Haya ndiyo majina ya wana wa Israeli (Yakobo na wazao wake), waliokwenda Misri:

Reubeni mzaliwa wa kwanza wa Yakobo.

9Wana wa Reubeni ni:

Hanoki, Palu, Hesroni na Karmi.

1046:10 Kut 6:15Wana wa Simeoni ni:

Yemueli, Yamini, Ohadi, Yakini, Sohari na Shauli mwana wa mwanamke Mkanaani.

11Wana wa Lawi ni:

Gershoni, Kohathi na Merari.

1246:12 1Nya 2:5; Mt 1:3Wana wa Yuda ni:

Eri, Onani, Shela, Peresi na Zera (lakini Eri na Onani walifariki katika nchi ya Kanaani).

Wana wa Peresi ni:

Hesroni na Hamuli.

13Wana wa Isakari ni:

Tola, Puva, Yashubu na Shimroni.

1446:14 Mwa 30:20Wana wa Zabuloni ni:

Seredi, Eloni na Yaleeli.

1546:15 Mwa 30:21Hawa ndio wana wa Lea aliomzalia Yakobo huko Padan-Aramu pamoja na binti yake Dina. Jumla ya wanawe na binti zake walikuwa thelathini na watatu.

1646:16 Hes 26:15Wana wa Gadi ni:

Sefoni, Hagi, Shuni, Esboni, Eri, Arodi na Areli.

1746:17 Mwa 30:13Wana wa Asheri ni:

Imna, Ishva, Ishvi na Beria.

Dada yao alikuwa Sera.

Wana wa Beria ni:

Heberi na Malkieli.

18Hawa ndio watoto Zilpa aliomzalia Yakobo, ambao Labani alimpa binti yake Lea; jumla yao walikuwa kumi na sita.

19Wana wa Raheli mke wa Yakobo ni:

Yosefu na Benyamini. 2046:20 Mwa 41:51Huko Misri, Asenathi binti wa Potifera, aliyekuwa kuhani wa mji wa Oni,46:20 Yaani Heliopoli (Mji wa Jua). alimzalia Yosefu wana wawili, Manase na Efraimu.

2146:21 1Nya 7:6-12Wana wa Benyamini ni:

Bela, Bekeri, Ashbeli, Gera, Naamani, Ehi, Roshi, Mupimu, Hupimu na Ardi.

22Hawa ndio wana wa Raheli aliomzalia Yakobo; jumla yao ni kumi na wanne.

23Mwana wa Dani ni:

Hushimu.

2446:24 Mwa 30:8Wana wa Naftali ni:

Yaseeli, Guni, Yeseri na Shilemu.

2546:25 Mwa 30:8Hawa walikuwa wana wa Bilha aliomzalia Yakobo, ambaye Labani alikuwa amempa Raheli binti yake; jumla yao walikuwa saba.

2646:26 Kut 1:5; Kum 10:22Wote waliokwenda Misri pamoja na Yakobo, waliokuwa wazao wake hasa pasipo kuhesabu wakwe zake, walikuwa watu sitini na sita. 2746:27 Mdo 7:14Pamoja na wana wawili waliozaliwa na Yosefu huko Misri, jumla yote ya jamaa ya Yakobo, waliokwenda Misri, walikuwa sabini.

2846:28 Mwa 45:10Basi Yakobo akamtanguliza Yuda aende kwa Yosefu ili amwelekeze njia ya Gosheni. Walipofika nchi ya Gosheni, 2946:29 Mwa 29:11gari kubwa zuri la Yosefu liliandaliwa, naye akaenda Gosheni kumlaki baba yake Israeli. Mara Yosefu alipofika mbele yake, alimkumbatia baba yake, akalia kwa muda mrefu.

3046:30 Mwa 44:28Israeli akamwambia Yosefu, “Sasa niko tayari kufa, kwa kuwa nimejionea mwenyewe kwamba bado uko hai.”

3146:31 Mwa 45:10Ndipo Yosefu akawaambia ndugu zake na watu wa nyumbani mwa baba yake, “Nitapanda kwa Farao na kumwambia, ‘Ndugu zangu na watu wa nyumbani mwa baba yangu, waliokuwa wakiishi katika nchi ya Kanaani, wamekuja kwangu. 3246:32 Mwa 42:20Watu hao ni wachunga mifugo, huchunga mifugo, wamekuja na makundi ya kondoo, mbuzi na ngʼombe pamoja na kila kitu walicho nacho.’ 3346:33 Mwa 47:3Farao atakapowaita na kuwaulizeni, ‘Kazi yenu ni nini?’ 3446:34 Mwa 43:32Mjibuni, ‘Watumwa wako wamekuwa wachunga mifugo tangu ujana wetu mpaka sasa, kama baba zetu walivyofanya.’ Ndipo mtakaporuhusiwa kukaa katika nchi ya Gosheni, kwa kuwa wachunga mifugo wote ni chukizo kwa Wamisri.”