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

Japanese Living Bible

創世記 47

1ヨセフはさっそく、王宮へ報告に出かけました。「父が全家族を連れてカナンからまいりました。羊や牛の群れ、財産もいっしょです。お許し願えれば、ゴシェンの地に住みたいと申しております。」 そう言うと、同行した兄弟五人を王に紹介しました。

「して、おまえたちの職業は?」

「先祖代々、ずっと羊飼いでございます。 このたびは、ありがたいおことばに甘え、お国に住まわせていただこうとやってまいりました。カナンは不作続きで、もう牧草がありません。そのひどさはたいへんなものです。どうか、ゴシェンの地に住む許可をお与えください。」

5-6 王はヨセフに言いました。「ご一族の皆さんには、どこでも好きな所に住んでいただこう。万事おまえに任せる。エジプトの一番良い土地を見つけてあげればよい。まあ、ゴシェンの地はふさわしいかもしれない。もし兄弟に有能な者がいれば、遠慮はいらん。私の家畜の管理責任者に取り立てるがよい。」

次にヨセフは、父ヤコブを王に引き合わせました。ヤコブはていねいにあいさつしました。 「これはこれは、ヨセフの父上。だいぶお年のようだが、幾つにおなりかな?」

「百三十歳になります。苦労が多く、こんなに老いぼれてしまいました。先祖には、もっともっと長生きした者も大ぜいおりますのに。」 10 こう言って、もう一度あいさつすると、ヤコブは王の前から下がりました。

11 ヨセフは王の命じたように、一族にエジプトでも最上のラメセス(ゴシェンの北部)の地を割り当てました。 12 それぞれの家族の人数に応じて食物も与えました。

ヨセフの政策

13 そうしている間にもききんはますますひどくなり、カナンばかりかエジプトでも飢える人がたくさん出てきました。 14 ヨセフはどんどん穀物を売り、エジプトとカナンに出回っていた銀を、ほとんど全部と言っていいくらい王のもとに集めてしまいました。王の金庫にはますます銀がたまる一方です。 15 銀を使い果たした人々は、ヨセフに泣きつくしかありません。「穀物を売っていただこうにも、財布は空っぽです。かといってこのままでは、飢え死にするしかありません。どうか食べ物をお恵みください。」

16 「わかった。それなら家畜をよこしなさい。引き換えに食糧を与えよう。」

17 背に腹は代えられません。人々は食べ物を買うために、家畜を連れて来ました。まもなく、エジプト中の馬、羊、牛、ろばが王のものになりました。

18 翌年になると、人々はまたやって来ました。「もう銀もなくなり、家畜も全部あなた様に差し上げました。残っているものといえば、自分の体と土地しかありません。 19 このままでは死ぬのを待つだけです。どうぞ、私どもと土地を買ってください。王様の農奴となりますから、食糧と引き換えにしてください。そうすれば生き延びられるし、土地を耕すこともできますから。」

20 ヨセフはエジプト中の土地を買い上げました。エジプト人がみな自分の土地を手放さなければならないほど、ききんはひどかったのです。土地は全部、王のものになり、 21 国民もみな王の農奴になりました。 22 王が買い取らなかったのは祭司の土地だけでした。祭司は王から食糧をあてがわれていたので、土地を売る必要がなかったのです。

23 ヨセフは人々に言いました。「今からは、あなたがたもあなたがたの土地も王様のものです。さあ、種を渡すから、行ってまきなさい。 24 収穫の五分の一は王様に納め、あなたがたの取り分は五分の四です。それを、次の年にまく種や家族の食糧にするのです。」

25 「おかげさまで助かります。喜んで王様の奴隷になりましょう。」

26 ヨセフは法律をつくり、全エジプトに公布しました。祭司が所有する土地の産物以外は、全収穫の二〇パーセントを王が徴収するというものです。この法律は今も効力を持っています。

ヤコブの遺言

27 さてイスラエルは、エジプトのゴシェンの地に住みつきました。そこで大いに繁栄し、人口も急激に増え続けていきました。 28 ヤコブは、エジプトに着いてから十七年目に、百四十七歳で死にました。 29 最期が迫った時、ヤコブはわが子ヨセフを呼んで言いました。「最後の願いだ。必ず守ると誓ってくれ。決して私をエジプトに葬ってはならない。 30 私が死んだらエジプトから運び出し、先祖のかたわらに葬ってくれ。」ヨセフが約束すると答えると、 31 ヤコブは重ねて言いました。「いや、必ずそうすると誓わなければいけない。」それでヨセフは誓いました。ヤコブは横になったまま礼を言いました。