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Joseph made known GENESIS. to his brtthren.

liana and tlie house .of Pharaoh beard. iSay unto thy brethren, This do ye; Jacob and his Jamil

3 And Joseph said unto his brethren, I am Joseph; doth ray father yet live? And hU brethren could not answer him; for they were troubled at his presence.

4 And Joseph eaid unto his brethren, Come near to me, I pray you: and they came Dear. And he said, 1 am Joseph your brother, whom ye sold into Egypt

6 Now therefore be not grieved, nor angry with yourselves that ye sold me hither; for God did send me before you to preserve life.

6 For these two years hath the famine been in the land : and yet there are five years, iu the which there shall neither be earing nor harvest.

7 And God^eent me before you, to] preserve you a posterity in the earth and to save your lives by a great de Uverance.

8 So now, it mas not you that sen I me hither, but God: and he hath made inea father to Pharaoh, and lord of all] bis house, and a ruler throughout all uie land of Egypt.

9 Haste ye, and go up to my father, and say unto him, Thus saith thy son Joseph, God hath made me lord of all Egypt; come down unto me, tarry not:

10 And thou shalt dwell in the land cf Goshen, and thou slialt be near unto me, thou, and thy children, and thy children's children, and thy flocks, and thy herds, and all that thou hast:

11 And there will I nourish thee, (for yeUhere areftve years of famine,)] lest thou, and thy household, and all] that thou hast, come to poverty

12 And, behold, your eyes see, and the eyes of my brother Benjamin, that it is my mouth that speaketh unto you.

13 And ye shall tell my lather of all my glory in Egypt, and of all that ye Uave seen: and ye shall haste, and Dring down my father hither.

1-1 And he fell upon his brother Benjamin's neck, and wept; and Benjamin wept upon his neck.

15 Moreover, he kissed all his brethren, and wept upon them: and after that his brethren talked with him.

16 1T And the fame thereof was heard in Pharaoh's house, saying, Joseph's brethren are come: and it pleased Pharaoh well, and his servants.

17 And Pharaoh said unto Joseph

lade your beasts, and go, get yo the land of Canaan; IS And take your father, and your households, and come unto me: and I will give you the good of the land of Egypt, and ye shall eat the fat of the land.

19 Now thou art commanded, this do ye; take you waggons out of the land of Egypt for your little ones, and for your wives, and bring your father, and come.

!0 Also regard not your stuff: for the good of all the land of Egypt w yours.

21TTAnd the children of Israel did so: and Joseph gave them waggons, according to the commandment of Pharaoh, and gave them provision foi the way.

22 To all of them he gave each marchanges of raiment; but to Benjamin he gave three hundred pieces of silver, and five changes of raiment.

23 And to his father he sent after thi» manner; ten asses laden with the good things ofEgypt,and ten she-asses laden with com and bread and meat for his father by the way.

24 So he sent his brethren away, and they departed: and he said unto them, See that ye fall not out by the way.

25 IT And they went up outof Egypt, and came into the landof Canaan unto Jacob their father,

2« And told him, saying, Joseph is yet alive, and he is governor over all the land of Egypt. And Jacob's heart fainted, for he believed them not.

27 And they told him all the words of Joseph, which he had .said unto them: and when he saw the waggons, which Joseph had sent to carry him, the spirit of Jacob their father revived.

28 And Israel said It is enough; Joseph my son is yet alive: I wiill go and see him before I die.


AND Israel took bis journey with all that he had, and came to Beersheba, and offered sacrifices unto the God of his father Isaac.

2 And God spake unto Israel in the visions of the night, and said, Jacob, Jacob 1 And he said, Here am I.

3 And he said, I am God, the God of thy father: fear not to go down into Egypt; for I will there make of tbeo a great nation. —'

4 1 will go down with thee into Egypt: and I will also surely bringI thee up again: and Joseph shall put his hand upon thine eyes.

5 IT And Jacob rose up from Beersheba; and the sons of Israel carried Jacob their father, and their little ones, and their wives, in the waggons | which Pharaoh had sent to carry him.'

6 And they took, their cattle, and their goods, which they had gotten in the land of Canaan, and came into E^ypt, Jacob, and all his seed with him:

7 His sons, and his sons' sons with him, his daughters, and his eons' daughters, and all his seed, brought he with him into EgypL

8 IT And these are the names of the children of Israel, which came into Egypt, Jacob and his sons: Reuben, Jacob's first born.

9 And the sons of Reuben: Hanoch and Pallu, and Hezron, and Carmi.

10 TT And the sons of Simeon: Jeuv uel, and Jamin, and Ohad, and Jachin. and Zohar, and Shaul, the eon of a Canaanilish woman.

11 TT And the sons of Levi; Gershon, Kohath, and Merari.

12 TT And the sons o( Judah: Er, and Onan, and Shclah, and Pharez, and Zarah: but Er and On an died in the land of Canaan. And the sons of Pharez were Hezron and Hamul.

13 IT And the eons of lssachar; Tola, and Phuvah, and Job, and Shimron.

14 IT And the sons of Zebulun; Sered. and Elon, and JahleeL

15 These be the sonsof Leah, which she bare tmto Jacob in Padan-aram, with his daughter Dinah: all the souls of his sons "and his daughters were thirty and three.

16 TT And the sons of Gad ; Ziphion, and Haggi Shuni, andEzbon, Eri, and Arodi, and Areli.

17 IT And the sons of Asher; Jimnah, nnd Ishua, and Isui, and Beriah, and Serah their sister. And the sons of Beriah; Heber, and Malchiel.

18 These are the sons of Zilpah, whom Laban gave to Leah h is daughter; and these she bare unto Jacob, even sixteen souls.

19 TT The sons of Rachel, Jacob's! wife; Joseph, and .Benjamin.

'20 And unto Joseph, in the land of Egypt, were born Manasseh and Epli

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raiin, whicn Asenath, the daughtei | of Poti-pherah priest of On, bare unto him.

21 TT And the eons of Benjamin were Belali,and Becher.and Ashbel, Gera, and Naaman,Ehi, and Rosh,Muppim, and Huppiin, and Ard.

22 These are the sons of Rachel, which were born to Jacob: all the

ouls loere fourteen.

23 TT And the sons of Dan; Hushim. 2-1 TT And the son3 of Naphtali; Jah

zeel, and Guni, and Jezer, and Shil


25 These are the eons of Bilhah, which Laban gave unto Rachel hU daughter; and she bare these unto Jacol): all the souls were seven.

26 All the souls that canie with Jacob ":to Egypt, which came out of his oins, Desides Jacob's sons' wives, all the souls were threescore and six.

27 And the sons of Joseph, which were born him in Egypt, xcere twe

all the souls of the house of Jacob, which came Into Egypt, uxrt hreescore and ten.

28 TT And he sent Judah before him into Joseph, to direct his face unto Goshen; and Uiey came into the land of Goshen.

29 And Joseph made ready his liariot, and went up to meet Israel

his father, to Goshen, and presented himself unto him; and he lell on hus neck, and wept on his neck a gooiZ vhile.

30 And Israel said unto Joseph, Now let me die, since I have seen thy face, because thou art yet alive.

31 And Joseph said unto his brethren, and unto his father's house, I will go up, and show Pharaoh, and say unto him, My brethren, and my father's house, which were in the land of Canaan, are come unto me:

32 And the men are shepherds, for their trade hath been to feed cattle; and they have brought their flocks,

their herds, and all that they


33 And it shall come to pass, when Pharaoh shall call you, and shall say, What is your occupation?

34 That ye shall say, Thy servants' trade hath been about cattle from our youth even until now, both we and also our fathers: that ye may dwell in the land of Goshen; for every sheep GENESIS. brethren before Pharaoh.

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nerd it an abomination unto the Egyptians.


THEN Joseph came and told Pharaoh, and said. My father, and my brethren, and their flocks^ their herds, and ail that the3' have, are come out of the land of Canaan ; and, behold, they are in the land of Goshen.

2 And he took some of his brethren, even five men, and presented thein unto Pharaoh.

3 And Pharaoh said unto his brethren, What is your occupation? And they said unto Pharaoh, Thy servant are shepherds, both we, antfalso ou fa (hers.

■I They said moreover unto Pharaoh For to sojourn in the land are w come: for thy servants have no pas lure for their flocks; for the famine i sore in the land of Canaan: now there fere, we pray thee, Jet thy servants dwell in the "land of Goshen.

5 And Pharaoh spake unto Joseph, 6aytng, Thy lather and thy brethren are come unto thee:

6 The land of Egypt is before thee; uUhebesloi'lhc land make thy father' nnd brethren to dwell; in the land of Goshen let them dwell: and if thou knowest any men of activity among] them, then make them rulers over my cattle.

7 And Joseph brought in Jacob hi father, and set him before Pharaoh: and Jacob blessed Pharaoh.

S And Pharaoh said unto Jacob, Ho' old ait thou?

9 And Jacob said unto PharaoIi,The days of the years of my pilgi are an hundred and thirty year: and evil have the days of the year9of my life been, and have not attained unto the days of the years of the life of my fathers, in Hie days of their pilgrimage.

10 And Jacob blessed Pharaoh, and went out from before Pharao'

11 IT And Joseph placed h and his brethren, and gave possession in the land of Egypt, in the Iwst of the land, in the lantfof Ramefiea, as Pharaoh had commanded.

12 .And Joseph nourished his father, aud his brethren, and all his father's household, with bread, according to their families.

13 TT And there ivas no bread in all the land; for the famine was very sore, Bo that the land of Egypt, and alt the land of Canaan,fainted by reason of the famine.

14 And Joseph gathered up all the money that was found in the land of Egypt, and in the land of Canaan, for the corn which they bought: and Joseph brought the money into Pharaoh's house.

15 And when money failed in the land of Egypt, ajid die land of Canaan, all the Egyptians came unto Joseph, and said, Give us bread: for why should we die iu thy presence? for the money faileth.

16 And Joseph said,G ive your cattle: and 1 will give you for your cattle, if money fail.

17 And they brought their cattle unto Joseph: and Joseph gave them bread in exchange for horses, and for the (locks, and for the cattle of the herds, and for the asses; and he fed them with bread for all their cattle, for that year.

18 When that year was ended, they came unto him the second year, and said unto him, We wiLl not hide it. from my lord, how that our money is spent; my lord also hath our herds of cattle: there is not aught left in the sight of my lord, but our bodies and our lands.

19 Wherefore shall we die before thine eyes, both we and our land? buy us and our land for bread, and we and our land will be servants unto Pharaoh: and give us seed, that we may live, and not die, that the land be not desolate.

20 And Joseph bought all (he land of Egypt for Pharaoh ; lor the Egyptians sold every man his field, because the famine prevailed over them: so tbe land became Pharaoh's.

21 And as for the people, he re moved them to cities from one end of tbe borders of Egypt.even to the other end thereof

22 Only the land of the priests bought he not; for the priests had a portion

'ned them of Pharaoh, and did eat portion which Pharaoh gave them; wherefore they sold riot their lands.

2.3 TT Then Joseph said unto the people. Behold, I have bought vou this

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day, and your land, for Pharaoh: lo, ntre is seed for you, and ye shall sow the land.

24 And it shall come to pass, in the increase, that ye shall give the fifth part unto Pharaoh; and four parts shall be your own( for 6eed of the field, and for your lood, and for them of your households, and for food for your little ones.

25 And they said, Thou hast saved our lives: let us find grace in the eight of my lord, and we will be Pharaoh's

26 And Joseph made it a law over the land of Egypt unto this day, that Pharaoh should have the fifth part; except the land of the priests only, which became not Pharaoh's.

27 H And Israel dwelt in the land of Egypt, in the country of Goshen ; and Xheyhad possessions therein, and grew, and multiplied exceedingly.

2$ And Jacob lived in the land of Egypt seventeen years: so the whole age of Jacob was a hundred forty and seven years.

29 And the time drew nigh that Israel must die: and he called his eon Joseph, and said unto him, If now I have found grace in thy sight, put, 1 pray thee, thy hand under my thigh, and deal kindly and truly with me; bury me not, I prav thee, in Egypt;

30 But I will lie with my lathers; and thou shalt carry me out of Egypt, and bury me in their burying-place: and he he said, 1 will do as thou hast said.

31 And he said, Swear unto me. And hesware unto him. And Israel bowed himself upon the bed's head.


AND it came to pass, after these things, that one told Joseph, Behold, thy Iktlier is sick: and he took with him his two sons, Mauasseh and Ephraim.

2 And one told Jacob, and said, Behold, thy son Joseph cornel!) unto thee : and Israel strengthened himself, and sat upon the bed.

3 1T And Jacob said unto Joseph, God Almighty appeared unto me at Luz, m the land of Canaan, and blessed

4 And said unto me, Behold, I will nuike thee irnitful, and multiply thee, and I will make of thee a multitude of people; and will give this land to thy

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seed after ikee,Jbr an everlasting possession.

5 And now, thy two sons, Ephraim and Manasseh, which were born unto thee in the land of Egypt, before I came unto thee into Egypt, are mine: as Reuben, and Simeon, they shall be

6 And thy issue, which thou begettest alter them shall be thine, and shall be 'called after the name of their brethren

in their inheritance.

7 And as for roe, when I came from Padan, Rachel died by me in the land of Canaan, in the way, when yet there was but a little way to come unto Ephrath; and I buried her there in the way of Ephrath: the 6ame is Bethlehem.

8 U And Israel beheld Joseph's sons, and said, Who are these?

9 And Joseph said unto his father, They are my sons, whom God hath given me in tin's place. And he said, Bring them, I pray thee, unto me, and 1 will bless them.

10 (Now the eyes of Israel were dim for age, so that he could not see.) And he brought them near unto him; and he kissed them, and embraced them.

11 And Israel said unto Joseph, I had not thought to see thy face; and, lo, God hath showed me also thy seed

12 And Joseph bronght them out from between his knees, and he how ed himself with his face to the earth.

13 And Joseph took them both,Ephraim in his right hand toward Israel's led hand, and Manasseh in his left hand, toward Israel's right hand, and brought them near unto him.

14 And Israel stretched out his right hand, and laid it upon Ephraim's head, who luas the younger, and his left hand upon Manasseh's head,guiding his hands wittingly; for Manasseh ivas the first-horn.

15 And he blessed Joseph, and said, God, before whom my lathers Abraham and Isaac did walk, the God which fed me all my life long unto this day,

16 The angel which redeemed me from all evil, bless the lads; and let my name be named on them, and the name of my fathers Abraham and Isaac; and let them grow into a mul

'titude in the midst of the earth.

17 And when Joseph saw that hie fe»

Jacob's prophecy G ther laid his right hand upon the head of Ephraim, it displeased him: and he held up his father's hand, to remove it from Ephraim'a head unto Manaseeh's head.

18 And Joseph said unto his father, Not eo, my lather: for this is the firstborn; put Lhy right hand upon his head.

19 And his father refused, and said. 1 know it, my son, I *now it: he shall become a people, and lie shall be great; but truly bis younger brother shall be greater than he, arid his seed shall become a multitude of nations.

20 And he blessed them that day, saying, In thee shall Israel bless, saying, God make thee as Ephraim, and as Manasseh; and he set Ephraim before Manasseh.

21 And Israel said unto Joseph, Behold, I die; But God shall be wit! you, and bring you again unto tin land of your fathers.

22 Moreover 1 have given to thee| one portion above thy brethren, \v I took out of the hand of the Amorite with my sword and with niy bow.


AND Jacob called unto his sons, and said, Gather yourselves together, that 1 may tell you that which shall befall you in the last days.

2 Gather yourselves together, and hear, ye sons of Jacob; aud hearken unlo Israel your father.

3 ft Reuben, thou art my first-born, my might, and the beginning of my strength, the excetlencyof dignity, and the excellency of power:

4 Unstable as water, thou shalt not excel; because thou wentest up to thy father's bed; then defiledst thou it: he went up to my couch.

6 ft Simeon and Levi are brethren; instruments of cruelty arc in their habitations.

6 O my soul, come not thou into their secret; unto their assembly, mine honour, be not thou united: for in their anger they slew a man, and in their selfwill they digged down a wall.

7 Cursed be their anger, for it was\ fierce; and their wrath, for rt was cruel: I will divide tbem in Jacob, tind scatter them in Israel. j

8 ft Judah, thou art he whom thy

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brethren sliall praise; thy band shall be in the neck of thine enemies: thy father's children shall bown clown before thee.

9 Judah is a lion's whelp; from the prey, my son, thou art gone up: lie stooped down, he couched as a lion, and as an old lion; who shall rouss him up?

10 The sceptre shall not depart from Judah, nor a law giver from between his feet, until Shiloh come; and unto him shall the gathering of the people be.

11 Binding his foal unto the vine, and his ass's colt unto the choice vme; lie washed his garments in wine, and his clothes in the blood of grapes:

12 His eyes shall be red with wine, and his teeth white with milk.

13 Zebulun shall dwell at tire haven of the sea; aud he shall be for a haven of ships; arid his border shall be into Zidon.

14 ft lssachar is a strong ass,couching lown between two burdens:

15 And he saw that rest was good, .nd the land that it was pleasant.; ind bowed his shoulder to bear, and

became a servant unto tribute.

16 ft Dan shall judge his people, as one of the tribes oI Israel.

17 Dan shall be a serpent by the ■ay, an adder in the path, that biteth

the horse-heels, so that his rider shall fall backward.

18 1 have waited for thy salvation, 0 Lord I

19 ft Gad, a troop shall overcome lim; but he shall overcome at the asU

20 TT Out of Asher his bread shall he fat, and he shall yield royal dainties.

21 ft Naphtali is a hind let loose : he ;iveth goodly words.

22 ft Joseph is a fruitful bough,even i fruitful bough by a well, whose branches run over the wall.

23 The archers have sorely grieved iim, and shot at him, and haled hiin:

24 But his bow abode in strength, and the arms of his hands were mady

rig by the hands of the mighty God of Jacob: (from thence is the Shepherd, the Stone of Israel:)

25 Even by the God of thy father, who shall help thee; and by the Almighty, who 6hall bless thee with blessings of heaven above, blessings

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