New International Reader’s Version

Genesis 46:1-34

Jacob Goes Down to Egypt

1So Israel started out with everything that belonged to him. When he reached Beersheba, he offered sacrifices to the God of his father Isaac.

2God spoke to Israel in a vision at night. “Jacob! Jacob!” he said.

“Here I am,” Jacob replied.

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

5Then Jacob left Beersheba. Israel’s sons put their father Jacob and their families in the carts that Pharaoh had sent to carry him. 6So Jacob and his whole family went to Egypt. They took their livestock with them. And they took everything they had acquired in Canaan. 7Jacob brought his sons and grandsons with him to Egypt. He also brought his daughters and granddaughters. He brought his whole family with him.

8Here are the names of Israel’s children and grandchildren who went to Egypt. Jacob and his whole family are included.

Reuben was Jacob’s oldest son.

9The sons of Reuben were

Hanok, Pallu, Hezron and Karmi.

10The sons of Simeon were

Jemuel, Jamin, Ohad, Jakin, Zohar and Shaul. Shaul was the son of a woman from Canaan.

11The sons of Levi were

Gershon, Kohath and Merari.

12The sons of Judah were

Er, Onan, Shelah, Perez and Zerah. But Er and Onan had died in the land of Canaan.

The sons of Perez were

Hezron and Hamul.

13The sons of Issachar were

Tola, Puah, Jashub and Shimron.

14The sons of Zebulun were

Sered, Elon and Jahleel.

15These were the sons and grandsons born to Jacob and Leah in Paddan Aram. Leah also had a daughter by Jacob. Her name was Dinah. The total number of people in the family line of Jacob and Leah was 33.

16The sons of Gad were

Zephon, Haggi, Shuni, Ezbon, Eri, Arodi and Areli.

17The sons of Asher were

Imnah, Ishvah, Ishvi and Beriah. Their sister was Serah.

The sons of Beriah were

Heber and Malkiel.

18These were the children and grandchildren born to Jacob and Zilpah. Laban had given Zilpah to his daughter Leah. The total number of people in the family line of Jacob and Zilpah was 16.

19The sons of Jacob’s wife Rachel were

Joseph and Benjamin.

20In Egypt, Asenath had Manasseh and Ephraim by Joseph. Asenath was the daughter of Potiphera. Potiphera was the priest of On.

21The sons of Benjamin were

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

22These were the sons and grandsons born to Jacob and Rachel. The total number of people in the family line of Jacob and Rachel was 14.

23The son of Dan was

Hushim.

24The sons of Naphtali were

Jahziel, Guni, Jezer and Shillem.

25These were the sons and grandsons born to Jacob and Bilhah. Laban had given Bilhah to his daughter Rachel. The total number of people in the family line of Jacob and Bilhah was seven.

26The total number of people who went to Egypt with Jacob was 66. That number includes only his own children and grandchildren. It doesn’t include his sons’ wives or his grandsons’ wives. 27The total number of the members of Jacob’s family who went to Egypt was 70. That includes the two sons who had been born to Joseph in Egypt.

28Jacob sent Judah ahead of him to Joseph. He sent him to get directions to Goshen. And so they arrived in the area of Goshen. 29Then Joseph had his servants get his chariot ready. He went to Goshen to meet his father Israel. As soon as he came to his father, Joseph threw his arms around him. Then Joseph wept for a long time.

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

31Then Joseph spoke to his brothers and to the rest of his father’s family. He said, “I will go up and speak to Pharaoh. I’ll say to him, ‘My brothers and the rest of my father’s family have come to me. They were living in the land of Canaan. 32The men are shepherds. They take care of livestock. They’ve brought along their flocks and herds and everything they own.’ 33Pharaoh will send for you. He’ll ask, ‘What do you do for a living?’ 34You should answer, ‘We’ve taken care of livestock from the time we were boys. We’ve done just as our fathers did.’ It’s the practice of the people of Egypt not to mix with shepherds. So Pharaoh will let you settle in the area of Goshen.”

Asante Twi Contemporary Bible

1 Mose 46:1-34

Yakob Kɔ Misraim

1Enti, Israel de nʼahodeɛ nyinaa siim kɔduruu Beer-Seba. Ɔbɔɔ Onyankopɔn a na nʼagya Isak somm no no afɔdeɛ wɔ hɔ.

2Anadwo anisoadehunu mu no, Onyankopɔn frɛɛ Yakob sɛ, “Yakob! Yakob!”

Yakob gyee so sɛ, “Me nie.”

3Onyankopɔn ka kyerɛɛ no sɛ, “Mene Onyankopɔn. Onyankopɔn a wʼagya somm no. Nsuro sɛ wobɛkɔ Misraim, ɛfiri sɛ, mɛma wʼase adɔre ayɛ ɔman kɛseɛ wɔ hɔ. 4Mʼankasa me ne wo bɛkɔ Misraim, na masane ne wo aba ha bio. Ɛduru ɛberɛ a worebɛwu a, wobɛwu Yosef anim.”

5Afei, Yakob siim firii Beer-Seba. Israel mma no de wɔn agya Yakob, wɔn yerenom ne wɔn mma tenatenaa nteaseɛnam a Farao soma maa wɔde bɛfaa wɔn no mu. 6Wɔfaa wɔn mmoa ne wɔn agyapadeɛ a wɔanya wɔ Kanaan asase so nyinaa kaa wɔn ho kɔɔ Misraim. Yakob ne nʼasefoɔ nyinaa siim kɔɔ Misraim. 7Israel de ne mmammarima, ne nananom, ne mmammaa ne wɔn mma a wɔn nyinaa yɛ nʼasefoɔ kaa ne ho kɔɔ Misraim.

8Edin a ɛdidi so yi yɛ Israelfoɔ, Yakob asefoɔ a ɔde wɔn kɔɔ Misraim.

Ruben yɛ Yakob abakan.

9Ruben nso mmammarima edin na ɛdidi so yi:

Hanok, Palu, Hesron ne Karmi.

10Simeon nso mmammarima yɛ:

Yemuel, Yamin, Ohad, Yakin, Sohar ne Saulo a ne na yɛ Kanaanni.

11Lewi mmammarima din na ɛdidi so yi:

Gerson, Kohat ne Merari.

12Yuda nso mmammarima yɛ:

Er, Onan, Sela, Peres ne Serah. Nanso Er ne Onan deɛ, wɔwuwuiɛ wɔ Kanaan asase so, ansa na Israel reba Misraim asase so.

Peres mmammarima yɛ:

Hesron ne Hamul.

13Isakar mmammarima nso yɛ:

Tola, Puwa, Hiob ne Simron.

14Sebulon mmammarima nso yɛ:

Sered, Elon ne Yakleel.

15Wɔn a wɔabobɔ wɔn din yi yɛ Lea mma a ɔne Yakob woeɛ wɔ Paddan-Aram a ne babaa Dina nso ka ho. Saa mmammarima ne ne babaa yi nyinaa dodoɔ si nnipa aduasa mmiɛnsa.

16Gad nso mma din na ɛdidi so yi:

Sifion, Hagi, Suni, Esbon, Eri, Arodi ne Areli.

17Aser nso mma din na ɛdidi so yi:

Yimna, Isua, Isui ne Beria ne wɔn nuabaa Sera.

Beria nso mma yɛ:

Heber ne Malkiel.

18Yeinom nso ne Silpa, afenaa a Laban de no maa ne babaa Lea a ɔno nso de no maa ne kunu Yakob wareeɛ no mma. Wɔn nyinaa dodoɔ ano si nnipa dunsia.

19Yakob yere Rahel mma yɛ:

Yosef ne Benyamin.

20Yosef ne ne yere Asnat, a ɔyɛ Potifera a ɔyɛ On bosomfoɔ babaa woo Manase ne Efraim wɔ Misraim.

21Benyamin nso mmammarima din na ɛdidi so yi:

Bela, Beker, Asbel, Gera, Naaman, Ehi, Ros, Mupim, Hupim ne Ard.

22Saa nnipa a wɔabobɔ wɔn din yi yɛ Rahel mmammarima a ɔne Yakob woeɛ. Wɔn nyinaa dodoɔ ano si nnipa dunan.

23Dan babarima yɛ

Husim.

24Naftali nso mmammarima din na ɛdidi so yi:

Yahseel, Guni, Yeser ne Silem.

25Bilha a ɔyɛ Laban afenaa a ɔde no maa ne babaa Rahel mmammarima a ɔne Yakob woeɛ no na wɔabobɔ wɔn din yi. Na wɔn dodoɔ ano si nnipa baason.

26Nnipa a Yakob de wɔn kɔɔ Misraim nyinaa, a wɔyɛ nʼasefoɔ ankasa, a ne mmammarima yerenom nka ho dodoɔ ano si aduosia nsia. 27Sɛ wɔde Yosef mmammarima baanu a ɔwoo wɔn wɔ Misraim no ka ho a, na Yakob asefoɔ a ɔde wɔn kɔɔ Misraim no nyinaa dodoɔ ano si nnipa aduɔson.

Farao Bɔ Yakob Atenaseɛ Wɔ Gosen

28Israel somaa Yuda, ma ɔdii ɛkan kɔɔ Yosef hɔ kɔbisaa no Gosen ɛkwan. Akyire no, wɔkɔduruu Gosen. 29Yosef siesiee ne nteaseɛnam ma wɔkɔɔ Gosen kɔhyiaa nʼagya Israel. Yosef duruu nʼagya Yakob anim pɛ, ɔbam no, suiɛ ara kwansin.

30Israel ka kyerɛɛ Yosef sɛ, “Ohunu a mahunu wo sɛ wote ase yi enti, sɛ owuo bɛfa me ɛnnɛ koraa a, mepɛ.”

31Yosef ka kyerɛɛ ne nuanom no ne nʼagya fiefoɔ no sɛ, “Mɛkɔ makɔka makyerɛ Farao sɛ, ‘Me nuammarimanom ne mʼagya fiefoɔ a na anka wɔte Kanaan asase so nyinaa aba ha abɛka me ho. 32Mmarima no yɛ nnwanhwɛfoɔ. Wɔhwɛ mmoa so. Na wɔde wɔn nnwan ne wɔn anantwie ne biribiara a wɔwɔ aba.’ 33Sɛ Farao frɛ mo, na ɔbisa mo sɛ, ‘Adwuma bɛn na moyɛ a,’ 34momma no mmuaeɛ sɛ, ‘Wo nkoa ayɛn mmoa firi wɔn mmɔfraase, te sɛ deɛ yɛn agyanom yɛeɛ no ara pɛpɛɛpɛ.’ Sɛ moka saa kyerɛ no a, ɔbɛma mode Gosen ayɛ mo atenaeɛ, ɛfiri sɛ, Misraimfoɔ kyiri nnwanhwɛfoɔ kɔkɔɔkɔ.”