New International Version

Genesis 47

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.” He chose five of his brothers and presented them before Pharaoh.

Pharaoh asked the brothers, “What is your occupation?”

“Your servants are shepherds,” they replied to Pharaoh, “just as our fathers were.” They 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.”

Pharaoh said to Joseph, “Your father and your brothers have come to you, and 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.”

Then Joseph brought his father Jacob in and presented him before Pharaoh. After Jacob blessed[a] Pharaoh, Pharaoh asked him, “How old are you?”

And 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.” 10 Then Jacob blessed[b] Pharaoh and went out from his presence.

11 So 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. 12 Joseph 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

13 There was no food, however, in the whole region because the famine was severe; both Egypt and Canaan wasted away because of the famine. 14 Joseph 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. 15 When 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.” 17 So 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.

18 When 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. 19 Why 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.”

20 So 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, 21 and Joseph reduced the people to servitude,[c] from one end of Egypt to the other. 22 However, 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.

23 Joseph 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. 24 But 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.”

26 So 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.

27 Now the Israelites settled in Egypt in the region of Goshen. They acquired property there and were fruitful and increased greatly in number.

28 Jacob lived in Egypt seventeen years, and the years of his life were a hundred and forty-seven. 29 When 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, 30 but 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.[d]

Footnotes

  1. Genesis 47:7 Or greeted
  2. Genesis 47:10 Or said farewell to
  3. Genesis 47:21 Samaritan Pentateuch and Septuagint (see also Vulgate); Masoretic Text and he moved the people into the cities
  4. Genesis 47:31 Or Israel bowed down at the head of his bed

Chinese Contemporary Bible (Traditional)

創世記 47

雅各全家定居埃及

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。」 約瑟從弟兄中帶了五個人去見法老。 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。 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。」 法老對約瑟說:「你父親和弟兄們都來了, 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。」

約瑟又帶父親雅各去見法老,雅各就為法老祝福。 法老問雅各:「你多大歲數了?」 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。

饑荒

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。

18 到了第二年,他們又來見約瑟,對他說:「不瞞我主,我們的錢都用光了,牲畜也給你了,除了我們自己和田地以外,我們一無所有。 19 求你不要讓我們人死地荒。我們願意用自己和我們的田地來換糧食,我們和我們的田地都歸法老。求你給我們種子,我們好活下去,不致餓死,土地也不致荒廢。」

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。

27 以色列人住在埃及的歌珊,在那裡獲得了產業,人口興旺。 28 雅各在埃及住了十七年,他一共活了一百四十七歲。

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[a]敬拜上帝。

Footnotes

  1. 47·31 在床頭」或譯「拄著拐杖」。