1 Then Yoseph went and told Pharaoh and said, “My father and my brothers, their flocks and their herds and all that they possess have come from the land of Canaan and indeed they are in the land of Goshen”. 2 And he took five men from among his brothers and presented them to Pharaoh. 3 Then Pharaoh said to his brothers, “What is your occupation”? And they said to Pharaoh, “Your servants are shepherds both we and also our fathers”. 4 And they said to Pharaoh, “We have come to dwell in the land because your servants have no pasture for their flocks, for the famine is severe in the land of Canaan. Now therefore, please let your servants dwell in the land of Goshen”. 5 Then Pharaoh spoke to Yoseph saying, “Your father and your brothers have come to you”. 6 “The land of Egypt is before you. Have your father and brothers dwell in the best of the land. Let them dwell in the land of Goshen. And if you know any competent men among them, then make them chief herdsmen over my livestock”. 7 Then Yoseph brought in his father Yahqob and set him before Pharaoh and Yahqob blessed Pharaoh. 8 Pharaoh said to Yahqob, “How old are you”? 9 And Yahqob said to Pharaoh, “The days of the years of my pilgrimage are one hundred and thirty years. Few and evil have been the days of the years of my life and they have not attained to the days of the years of the life of my fathers in the days of their pilgrimage”. 10 So Yahqob blessed Pharaoh and went out from before Pharaoh. 11 And Yoseph situated his father and his brothers 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. 12 Then Yoseph provided his father, his brothers and all his father’s household with bread according to the number of their families.
Yoseph Deals with the Famine
13 Now there was no bread in the land for the famine was very severe so that the land of Egypt and the land of Canaan languished because of the famine. 14 And Yoseph gathered up all the money that was found in the land of Egypt and in the land of Canaan, for the grain which they bought and Yoseph brought the money into Pharaoh’s house. 15 So when the money failed in the land of Egypt and in the land of Canaan, all the Egyptians came to Yoseph and said, “Give us bread for why should we die in your presence? For the money has failed”. 16 Then Yoseph said, “Give your livestock and I will give you bread for your livestock, if the money is gone”. 17 So they brought their livestock to Yoseph and Yoseph gave them bread in exchange for the horses, the flocks, the cattle of the herds and for the donkeys. Thus he fed them with bread in exchange for all their livestock that year. 18 When that year had ended, they came to him the next year and said to him, “We will not hide from my master that our money is gone. My master also has our herds of livestock. There is nothing left in the sight of my master but our bodies and our lands. 19 “Why should we die before your eyes, both we and our land? Buy us and our land for bread and we and our land will be servants of Pharaoh. Give us seed that we may live and not die, that the land may not be desolate”. 20 Then Yoseph bought all the land of Egypt for Pharaoh. For every man of the Egyptians sold his field because the famine was severe upon them. So the land became Pharaoh’s. 21 And as for the people, he moved them into the cities (or made the people virtual slaves) from one end of the borders of Egypt to the other end. 22 Only the land of the priests he did not buy for the priests had rations allotted to them by Pharaoh and they ate their rations which Pharaoh gave them. Therefore, they did not sell their lands. 23 Then Yoseph said to the people, “Indeed I have brought you and your land this day for Pharaoh. Look, here is seed for you and you shall sow the land. 24 “And it shall come to pass in the harvest that you shall give one-fifth to Pharaoh. Four-fifths shall be your own, as seed for the field and for your food, for those of your households and as food for your little ones”. 25 So they said, “You have saved our lives. Let us find favor in the sight of my master and we will be Pharaoh’s servants”. 26 And Yospeh made it a law over the land of Egypt to this day that Pharaoh should have one-fifth except for the land of the priests only which did not become Pharaoh’s.
Yoseph’s Vow to Yahqob
27 So Ysrayl dwelt in the land of Egypt, in the country of Goshen and they had possessions there and grew and multiplied exceedingly. 28 And Yahqob lived in the land of Egypt seventeen years. So the length of Yahqob’s life was one hundred and forty-seven years. 29 When the time drew near that Ysrayl must die, he called his son Yoseph and said to him, “Now I have found favor in your sight. Please put your hand under my thigh and deal kindly and truly with me. Please do not bury me in Egypt”. 30 “But let me lie with my fathers. You shall carry me out of Egypt and bury me in their burial place”. And he said, “I will do as you have said”. 31 Then he said, “Swear to me”. And he swore to him. So Ysrayl bowed himself on the head of the bed.
Chapter 48: Yahqob Blesses Yoseph’s Sons
1 Now it came to pass after these things that Yoseph was told, “Indeed your father is sick” and he took with him his two sons, Manasseh and Ephraim. 2 And Yahqob was told, “Look your son Yoseph is coming to you” and Ysrayl strengthened himself and sat up on the bed. 3 Then Yahqob said to Yoseph, “Yah Almighty appeared to me at Luz in the land of Canaan and blessed me”. 4 “And said to me, Behold I will make you fruitful and multiply you and I will make of you a multitude of people and give this land to your descendants after you as an everlasting possession”. 5 “And now your two sons, Ephraim and Manasseh who were born to you in the land of Egypt before I came to you in Egypt are mine, as Reuben and Simeon they shall be mine”. 6 “Your offspring whom you beget after them shall be yours. They shall be called by the name of their brothers in their inheritance”. 7 “But as for me, when I came from Padan, Rachyl died beside me in the land of Canaan on the way, when there was but a little distance to go to Ephrath and I buried her there on the way to Ephrath (that is Bethlehem). 8 Then Ysrayl saw Yoseph’s sons and said, “Who are these”? 9 And Yoseph said to his father, “They are my sons whom Yah has given me in this place”. And he said, “Please bring them to me and I will bless them”. 10 Now the eyes of Ysrayl were dim with age so that he could not see. Then Yoseph brought them near him and he kissed them and embraced them. 11 And Ysrayl said to Yoseph, “I had not thought to see your face but in fact, Yah has also shown me your offspring”! 12 So Yoseph brought them from beside his knees and he bowed down with his face to the earth. 13 And Yoseph took them both, Ephraim with his right hand toward Ysrayl’s left hand and Manasseh with his left hand toward Ysray’s right hand and brought them near him. 14 Then Ysrayl stretched out his right hand and laid it on Ephraim’s head who was the younger and his left hand on Manasseh’s head guiding his hands knowingly for Mahasseh was the firstborn. 15 And he blessed Yoseph and said: “Yah before whom my fathers Abraham and Yitzshaq walked, the Almighty who has fed me all my life long to this day. 16 The angel who has redeemed me from all evil, bless the lads. Let my name be named upon them and the name of my fathers Abraham and Yitzshaq. And let them grow into a multitude in the midst of the earth”. 17 Now when Yoseph saw that his father laid his right hand on the head of Ephraim, it displeased him so he took hold of his father’s hand to remove it from Ephraim’s head to Manasseh’s head. 18 And Yoseph said to his father, “Not so, my father, for this one is the firstborn, put your right hand on his head”. 19 But his father refused and said, “I know, my son, I know. He also shall become a people and he also shall be great but truly his younger brother shall be greater than he and his descendants shall become a multitude of nations”. 20 So he blessed them that day saying, “By you Ysrayl will bless saying “May Yah make you as Ephraim and as Manasseh”! And thus he set Ephraim before Manasseh. 21 Then Ysrayl said to Yoseph, “Behold, I am dying but Yah will be with you and bring you back to the land of your fathers”. 22 “Moreover, I have given to you one portion above your brothers which I took from the hand of the Amorite with my sword and my bow”.