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Génesis 47:1-31

1José veio à presença do Faraó e anunciou-lhe: “Meu pai e meus irmãos chegaram de Canaã com os rebanhos, o gado e tudo quanto têm. Encontram-se, para já, instalados na terra de Gosen.”

2E tinha trazido consigo cinco dos seus irmãos que apresentou ao Faraó. 3Este perguntou-lhes: “Qual é a vossa atividade?” Responderam, “Somos pastores, tal como os nossos antepassados. 4Viemos viver aqui para o Egito porque lá em Canaã não há pastagens para os rebanhos; a fome é muito maior do que cá. Queríamos pedir-te que nos deixasses viver na terra de Gosen.”

5Faraó disse a José: “O teu pai e teus irmãos vieram ter contigo. 6Escolhe tu onde queres que eles vivam. Dá-lhes mesmo a melhor terra do Egito. Se querem a terra de Gosen está muito bem; e se houver entre eles alguns que sejam bastante capazes, põe-nos como responsáveis dos meus rebanhos.”

7Então José trouxe o seu pai Jacob para o apresentar ao Faraó. E Jacob abençoou o rei. 8“Qual é a tua idade?”, perguntou-lhe o Faraó.

9“Tenho 130 anos; anos difíceis e de labutas, e não são tantos quantos os meus antepassados viveram.” 10Antes de sair da presença do rei, Jacob abençoou-o de novo.

11Assim, José reservou a melhor terra do Egito, a terra de Ramessés, para o seu pai e os irmãos viverem lá, tal como o Faraó tinha indicado. 12E forneceu-lhes alimentos, de acordo com os seus agregados familiares.

José e a fome

13A fome era cada vez maior. As pessoas morriam de miséria, tanto na terra de Canaã como no Egito. 14José conseguiu arrecadar todo o dinheiro do Egito e de Canaã, em troca de trigo, e mando-o depositar nos cofres reais. 15Quando já não havia mais dinheiro, a população veio ter com José, chorando outra vez por mais comida. “Já não temos dinheiro. Arranja-nos contudo maneira de termos o que comer. Porque haveríamos de morrer?”

16“Bom, então deem-me o vosso gado. Recebê-lo-ei em troca de comida.” 17Trouxeram assim o gado a José para terem com que se alimentar. E depressa toda a espécie de animais, cavalos, ovelhas, bois e jumentos, que havia no Egito, se tornaram propriedade do Faraó.

18No ano seguinte vieram de novo: “Não temos dinheiro, os animais já são todos teus, só temos as nossas vidas e as terras. Não queremos morrer! Compra-nos a nós e às nossas terras para servirmos o rei. 19Se nos vendermos por alimento, ao menos não morreremos, e nem as terras ficarão abandonadas.”

20Dessa forma, José comprou toda a terra do Egito para o Faraó 21e os egípcios venderam-se para o seu serviço. 22As únicas terras que não comprou foram as que pertenciam aos sacerdotes, porque estes recebiam a alimentação do Faraó e não necessitaram de vender coisa nenhuma.

23José disse ao povo: “Comprei-vos, vocês e as vossas terras, para o Faraó. Portanto, aqui está o trigo. Agora vão e semeiem a terra. 24Quando fizerem as colheitas, um quinto de tudo o que obtiverem pertencerá ao Faraó. Das quatro partes que ficam, terão de pôr de lado um tanto para semearem de novo no ano seguinte, e o resto é para se alimentarem, vocês, as vossas famílias e os vossos meninos.”

25“Salvaste-nos a vida”, disseram. “De bom grado seremos servos do rei.”

26Foi dessa forma que José fez a lei, válida para todo o território do Egito e que ainda hoje está em vigor, que deve ser pago ao Faraó um imposto de um quinto de todos os cereais, exceto quanto do que for produzido nas terras pertencentes aos sacerdotes.

27E viveu Israel na terra de Gosen, no Egito, tomando posse da terra e trabalhando-a, começando a prosperar e multiplicando-se muito. 28Jacob viveu ainda 17 anos depois que veio para o Egito. Ao todo foram 147 os anos da sua vida.

29Quando sentiu que se aproximava o fim, chamou José e disse-lhe: “Quero pedir-te que dês solenemente a garantia em como respeitarás este último pedido que te vou fazer, e que mostrarás assim a tua bondade para comigo: não me enterres aqui no Egito; 30mas que me leves daqui e ponhas o meu corpo, depois de eu morrer, junto com o dos meus pais.” José garantiu-lhe que faria assim. 31Jacob insistiu: “Mas jura-me.” E ele jurou-lhe. Israel adorou, inclinando a cabeça sobre a cabeceira da cama.

King James Version

Genesis 47:1-31

1Then 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. 2And he took some of his brethren, even five men, and presented them unto Pharaoh. 3And Pharaoh said unto his brethren, What is your occupation? And they said unto Pharaoh, Thy servants are shepherds, both we, and also our fathers. 4They 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. 5And Pharaoh spake unto Joseph, saying, Thy father and thy brethren are come unto thee: 6The 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. 7And Joseph brought in Jacob his father, and set him before Pharaoh: and Jacob blessed Pharaoh. 8And Pharaoh said unto Jacob, How old art thou?47.8 How…: Heb. How many are the days of the years of thy life? 9And Jacob said unto Pharaoh, The days of the years of my pilgrimage are an 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. 10And Jacob blessed Pharaoh, and went out from before Pharaoh.

11¶ 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. 12And Joseph nourished his father, and his brethren, and all his father’s household, with bread, according to their families.47.12 according…: or, as a little child is nourished: Heb. according to the little ones

13¶ 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. 14And 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. 15And 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. 16And Joseph said, Give your cattle; and I will give you for your cattle, if money fail. 17And 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.47.17 fed…: Heb. led them 18When 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 ought left in the sight of my lord, but our bodies, and our lands: 19Wherefore 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. 20And 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. 21And as for the people, he removed them to cities from one end of the borders of Egypt even to the other end thereof. 22Only 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.47.22 priests: or, princes 23Then 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. 24And 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. 25And they said, Thou hast saved our lives: let us find grace in the sight of my lord, and we will be Pharaoh’s servants. 26And 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.47.26 priests: or, princes

27¶ And Israel dwelt in the land of Egypt, in the country of Goshen; and they had possessions therein, and grew, and multiplied exceedingly. 28And Jacob lived in the land of Egypt seventeen years: so the whole age of Jacob was an hundred forty and seven years.47.28 the whole…: Heb. the days of the years of his life 29And 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: 30But 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. 31And he said, Swear unto me. And he sware unto him. And Israel bowed himself upon the bed’s head.