Jacob and His Family Go to Egypt
- 1 Jacob packed up everything he owned and left for Egypt.
On the way he stopped near the town of Beersheba and offered
sacrifices to the God his father Isaac had worshiped. 2 That
night, God spoke to him and said, Jacob! Jacob!
Here I am, Jacob answered.
3 God said, I am God, the same
God your father worshiped. Dont be afraid to go to Egypt.
I will give you so many descendants that one day they will become
a nation. 4 I will go with you to Egypt, and later I will bring
your descendants back here. Your son Joseph will be at your side
when you die.
5 Jacob and his family set out from Beersheba
and headed for Egypt. His sons put him in the wagon that the
king had sent for him, and they put their small children and
their wives in the other wagons. Jacobs whole family went
to Egypt, including his sons, his grandsons, his daughters, and
his granddaughters. They took along their animals and everything
else they owned.
8 When Jacob went to Egypt, his children
who were born in northern Syria also went along with their families.
Jacob and his wife Leah had a total of
thirty-three children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren,
but two of their grandchildren had died in Canaan.
- Their oldest son Reuben took his
sons Hanoch, Pallu, Hezron, and Carmi.
Their son Simeon took his sons Jemuel,
Jamin, Ohad, Jachin, Zohar, and Shaul, whose mother was a Canaanite.
Their son Levi took his sons Gershon,
Kohath, and Merari.
Their son Judah took his sons Shelah,
Perez, and Zerah. Judahs sons Er and Onan had died in Canaan.
Judahs son Perez took his sons Hezron and Hamul.
Their son Issachar took his sons Tola,
Puvah, Jashub, and Shimron.
Their son Zebulun took his sons Sered,
Elon, and Jahleel.
Their daughter Dinah also went.
- 16 Jacob and Zilpah, the servant
woman Laban had given his daughter Leah, had a total of sixteen
children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.
- Their son Gad took his sons Ziphion,
Haggi, Shuni, Ezbon, Eri, Arodi, and Areli.
Their son Asher took his sons Imnah,
Ishvah, Ishvi, and Beriah, who took his sons, Heber and Malchiel.
Serah, the daughter of Asher, also went.
- 19 Jacob and Rachel had fourteen
children and grandchildren.
- Their son Joseph was already in Egypt,
where he had married Asenath, daughter of Potiphera, the priest
of Heliopolis. Joseph and Asenath had two sons, Manasseh and
Jacob and Rachels son Benjamin
took his sons Bela, Becher, Ashbel, Gera, Naaman, Ehi, Rosh,
Muppim, Huppim, and Ard.
- 23 Jacob and Bilhah, the servant
woman Laban had given his daughter Rachel, had seven children
- Their son Dan took his son Hushim.
Their son Naphtali took his sons Jahzeel,
Guni, Jezer, and Shillem.
- 26 Sixty-six members of Jacobs
family went to Egypt with him, not counting his daughters-in-law.
27 Jacobs two grandsons who were born there made it a total
of seventy members of Jacobs family in Egypt.
28 Jacob had sent his son Judah ahead
of him to ask Joseph to meet them in Goshen. 29
So Joseph got in his chariot and went to meet his father. When
they met, Joseph hugged his father around the neck and cried
for a long time. 30 Jacob said to Joseph, Now that I have
seen you and know you are still alive, I am ready to die.
31 Then Joseph said to his brothers and
to everyone who had come with them:
- I must go and tell the king that
you have arrived from Canaan. 32 I will tell him that you are
shepherds and that you have brought your sheep, goats, cattle,
and everything else you own. 33 The king will call you in and
ask what you do for a living. 34 When he does, be sure to say,
We are shepherds. Our families have always raised sheep.
If you tell him this, he will let you settle in the region of
- Joseph wanted them to say this to
the king, because the Egyptians did not like to be around anyone
who raised sheep.
The Contemporary English Version, c1995 by the American Bible Society.
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