1Joseph went and told Pharaoh, “My father and brothers, with their flocks and herds and everything they own, have come from the land of Canaan and are now in Goshen.” 2He chose five of his brothers and presented them before Pharaoh.
3Pharaoh asked the brothers, “What is your occupation?”
“Your servants are shepherds,” they replied to Pharaoh, “just as our fathers were.” 4They also said to him, “We have come to live here for a while, because the famine is severe in Canaan and your servants’ flocks have no pasture. So now, please let your servants settle in Goshen.”
5Pharaoh said to Joseph, “Your father and your brothers have come to you, 6and the land of Egypt is before you; settle your father and your brothers in the best part of the land. Let them live in Goshen. And if you know of any among them with special ability, put them in charge of my own livestock.”
7Then Joseph brought his father Jacob in and presented him before Pharaoh. After Jacob blessed47:7 Or greeted Pharaoh, 8Pharaoh asked him, “How old are you?”
9And Jacob said to Pharaoh, “The years of my pilgrimage are a hundred and thirty. My years have been few and difficult, and they do not equal the years of the pilgrimage of my fathers.” 10Then Jacob blessed47:10 Or said farewell to Pharaoh and went out from his presence.
11So Joseph settled his father and his brothers in Egypt and gave them property in the best part of the land, the district of Rameses, as Pharaoh directed. 12Joseph also provided his father and his brothers and all his father’s household with food, according to the number of their children.
Joseph and the Famine
13There was no food, however, in the whole region because the famine was severe; both Egypt and Canaan wasted away because of the famine. 14Joseph collected all the money that was to be found in Egypt and Canaan in payment for the grain they were buying, and he brought it to Pharaoh’s palace. 15When the money of the people of Egypt and Canaan was gone, all Egypt came to Joseph and said, “Give us food. Why should we die before your eyes? Our money is all gone.”
16“Then bring your livestock,” said Joseph. “I will sell you food in exchange for your livestock, since your money is gone.” 17So they brought their livestock to Joseph, and he gave them food in exchange for their horses, their sheep and goats, their cattle and donkeys. And he brought them through that year with food in exchange for all their livestock.
18When that year was over, they came to him the following year and said, “We cannot hide from our lord the fact that since our money is gone and our livestock belongs to you, there is nothing left for our lord except our bodies and our land. 19Why should we perish before your eyes—we and our land as well? Buy us and our land in exchange for food, and we with our land will be in bondage to Pharaoh. Give us seed so that we may live and not die, and that the land may not become desolate.”
20So Joseph bought all the land in Egypt for Pharaoh. The Egyptians, one and all, sold their fields, because the famine was too severe for them. The land became Pharaoh’s, 21and Joseph reduced the people to servitude,47:21 Samaritan Pentateuch and Septuagint (see also Vulgate); Masoretic Text and he moved the people into the cities from one end of Egypt to the other. 22However, he did not buy the land of the priests, because they received a regular allotment from Pharaoh and had food enough from the allotment Pharaoh gave them. That is why they did not sell their land.
23Joseph said to the people, “Now that I have bought you and your land today for Pharaoh, here is seed for you so you can plant the ground. 24But when the crop comes in, give a fifth of it to Pharaoh. The other four-fifths you may keep as seed for the fields and as food for yourselves and your households and your children.”
25“You have saved our lives,” they said. “May we find favor in the eyes of our lord; we will be in bondage to Pharaoh.”
26So Joseph established it as a law concerning land in Egypt—still in force today—that a fifth of the produce belongs to Pharaoh. It was only the land of the priests that did not become Pharaoh’s.
27Now the Israelites settled in Egypt in the region of Goshen. They acquired property there and were fruitful and increased greatly in number.
28Jacob lived in Egypt seventeen years, and the years of his life were a hundred and forty-seven. 29When the time drew near for Israel to die, he called for his son Joseph and said to him, “If I have found favor in your eyes, put your hand under my thigh and promise that you will show me kindness and faithfulness. Do not bury me in Egypt, 30but when I rest with my fathers, carry me out of Egypt and bury me where they are buried.”
“I will do as you say,” he said.
31“Swear to me,” he said. Then Joseph swore to him, and Israel worshiped as he leaned on the top of his staff.47:31 Or Israel bowed down at the head of his bed
147:1 Lub 46:31Awo Yusufu n’agenda eri Falaawo n’amugamba nti, “Kitange ne baganda bange n’amagana gaabwe n’ebisibo byabwe ne byonna bye balina bazze nga bava mu Kanani; kaakano bali Goseni.” 2Yalondako bataano ku baganda be, n’agenda nabo ewa Falaawo.
347:3 Lub 46:33Falaawo n’ababuuza nti, “Omulimu gwammwe mulimu ki?” Ne bamuddamu nti, “Abaweereza bo tuli balunzi nga bajjajjaffe. 447:4 a Lub 15:13; Ma 26:5 b Lub 43:1 c Lub 46:34Tuzze muno kunoonyeza bisibo byaffe muddo, kubanga abaddu bo tuva mu njala mpitirivu eri mu Kanani; ne kaakano abaddu bo tukusaba tubeere e Goseni.”
5Awo Falaawo n’agamba Yusufu nti, “Kitaawo ne baganda bo bazze gy’oli. 647:6 a Lub 45:18 b Kuv 18:21, 25Ensi y’e Misiri gw’ogirinako obuyinza, teeka kitaawo ne baganda bo awasinga obulungi; bateeke e Goseni. Era obanga omanyi asobola mu bo muwe akuume ente zange.”
747:7 nny 10; 2Sa 14:22Awo Yusufu n’ayingiza Yakobo, kitaawe n’amwanjula eri Falaawo. Yakobo n’asabira Falaawo omukisa. 8Falaawo n’abuuza Yakobo nti, “Olina emyaka emeka?” 947:9 a Lub 25:7 b Beb 11:9, 13 c Lub 35:28Yakobo n’addamu nti, “Emyaka egy’olugendo lwange mu nsi giri kikumi mu amakumi asatu; emyaka gyange gibadde mitono era mizibu; siwangadde nga bajjajjange.” 1047:10 nny 7Olwo Yakobo n’asabira Falaawo omukisa n’ava mu maaso ga Falaawo.
1147:11 Kuv 1:11; 12:37Awo Yusufu n’asenza kitaawe ne baganda be e Misiri, n’abawa ekitundu ekyali kisinga obulungi eky’e Goseni, mu Disitulikiti ey’e Lamusesi nga Falaawo bwe yalagira. 1247:12 Lub 45:11Yusufu n’awa kitaawe ne baganda be n’ab’ennyumba ya kitaawe emmere ng’omuwendo gw’abaana baabwe bwe gwali.
Yusufu mu Njala
1347:13 Lub 41:30; Bik 7:11Awo emmere n’eggwa mu kitundu ekyo kyonna kubanga enjala yayitirira obungi, ne kireetera ensi y’e Misiri ne Kanani okukosebwa ennyo. 1447:14 Lub 41:56Yusufu n’akuŋŋaanya ensimbi zonna ezaali mu Misiri ne mu Kanani ng’abaguza emmere; n’azireeta mu lubiri lwa Falaawo. 1547:15 nny 19; Kuv 16:3Awo ensimbi bwe zaggwa ku bantu b’e Misiri ne Kanani ne bajja eri Yusufu ne bamugamba nti, “Tuwe emmere. Ensimbi zituweddeko. Lwaki tufa?”
16Yusufu n’abagamba nti, “Kale obanga ensimbi zibaweddeko mundeetere ensolo zammwe mbaguze emmere.” 1747:17 Kuv 14:9Awo ne bamuleetera amagana g’ensolo zaabwe, omwali embalaasi, n’endiga, n’ente, n’endogoyi, okubiwaanyisaamu emmere; emmere eyo n’ebayisa mu mwaka ogwo.
18Omwaka ogwo bwe gwaggwaako, ne bajja eri Yusufu mu mwaka ogwaddirira ne bamugamba nti, “Tetuukukise mukama waffe, ensimbi zituweddeko n’ensolo zaffe zifuuse zizo tewali kye tusigazza, wabula emibiri gyaffe gino n’ebyalo byaffe. 19Tufiira ki nga w’oli? Tugule ffe n’ebyalo byaffe otuwe emmere tuleme okufa, naffe tuliba baddu ba Falaawo, ensi yaffe ereme okuzikirira.”
20Bw’atyo Yusufu n’agulira Falaawo ensi yonna ey’e Misiri. Abamisiri kinoomu, bonna ne batunda ebyalo byabwe kubanga enjala yali mpitirivu, ensi yonna n’efuuka ya Falaawo. 21Bwe batyo n’abantu baamu okuva ku njuyi zonna ne bafuuka baddu ba Falaawo. 2247:22 Ma 14:28-29; Ezr 7:24Ekitundu kya bakabona kye kyokka ky’ataagula, kubanga bo baasasulwanga Falaawo. Kye yabasasulanga kwe beeguliranga ebyokulya; bo kyebaava batatunda ttaka lyabwe.
23Awo Yusufu n’agamba abantu nti, “Mulabe, olwa leero mbaguze mmwe n’ebyalo byammwe; mbagulidde Falaawo. Kale kaakano ensigo zino zammwe munaazisiga. 2447:24 Lub 41:34Bwe mulikungula, muliwa Falaawo ekitundu kimu kyakutaano, ebitundu bina bya kutaano biriba byammwe, okuba ensigo mu nnimiro zammwe, n’emmere ku lwammwe n’ab’ennyumba zammwe n’abaana bammwe.” 2547:25 Lub 32:5Ne bamuddamu nti, “Otuwonyezza okufa; mukama waffe bw’anaasiima tuliba baddu ba Falaawo.”
2647:26 nny 22Awo Yusufu n’ateeka etteeka erikwata ku ttaka mu nsi y’e Misiri; weeliri n’okutuusa kaakano, nti ekitundu kimu kyakutaano kiba musolo gwa Falaawo; ettaka ly’abakabona lyokka lye litaafuuka lya Falaawo.
Ekisuubizo kya Yusufu eri Yakobo
2747:27 Lub 17:6; 46:3; Kuv 1:7Bw’atyo Isirayiri n’abantu be ne babeera mu nsi y’e Misiri, mu Goseni, ne bagaggawalira mu kitundu ekyo. Baazaala ne baala nnyo. 2847:28 Zab 105:23Yakobo n’amala mu Misiri emyaka kkumi na musanvu. Bw’atyo Yakobo n’awangaala emyaka kikumi mu ana mu musanvu. 2947:29 a Ma 31:14 b Lub 24:2 c Lub 24:49Ekiseera eky’okufa kwa Isirayiri bwe kyali kisembedde, n’ayita mutabani we Yusufu n’amugamba nti, “Obanga nfunye ekisa mu maaso go teeka omukono gwo wansi w’ekisambi kyange, ondayirire ng’onompulira n’otonkuusakuusa: tonziikanga mu Misiri, 3047:30 Lub 49:29-32; 50:5, 13; Bik 7:15-16onteekanga wamu ne bajjajjange. Olintwala n’onziika ku butaka.”
Yusufu n’amuddamu nti, “Ndikola nga bw’ogambye.”
3147:31 a Lub 21:23 b Lub 24:3 c 1Bk 1:47N’amugamba nti, “Ndayirira.” N’amulayirira. Awo Isirayiri n’akoteka omutwe gwe ng’atudde emitwetwe w’ekitanda kye.