Coverdale Bible

Genesis 47

Joseph presenteth five of his brethren,

Genesis 47:1 Then came Ioseph, and tolde Pharao & sayde: My father and my brethren, their small & greate catell, & all yt they haue, are come out of ye lande of Canaan: Genesis 47:2 & beholde, they are in the lande of Gesen. And he toke fyue of his brethren, & presented them vnto Pharao. Genesis 47:3 Then sayde Pharao vnto his brethren: What is youre occupacion? They answered: Thy seruauntes are kepers of catell, we and oure fathers also. Genesis 47:4 And they sayde morouer vnto Pharao: We are come to dwell with you in the lande, for yi seruautes haue no pasture for their catell, so sore doth the derth oppresse the lande of Canaan. Now therfore let yi seruauntes dwell in the lande of Gosen. Genesis 47:5 Pharao sayde vnto Ioseph: Thy father and thy brethren are come vnto the: Genesis 47:6 the lande of Egipte is open before the, let them dwell in the best place of the lande, & se yt they dwell euen in the lande of Gosen. And yf thou knowest that there be men of actiuyte amoge the, make the rulers of my catell.

and his father, before Pharaoh.

Genesis 47:7 Ioseph brought in Iacob his father also, & set him before Pharao. And Iacob thanked Pharao. Genesis 47:8 But Pharao axed Iacob: How olde art thou? Genesis 47:9 Iacob sayde: The tyme of my pylgremage is an hudreth and thirtie yeares: litle and euell is the tyme of my pilgremage, and attayneth not vnto the tyme of my fathers in their pylgremages. Genesis 47:10 And Iacob thanked Pharao, and wete out from him.

He giveth them habitation and maintenance.

Genesis 47:11 So Ioseph prepared dwellinges for his father and his brethren, & gaue them a possession in the lande of Egipte, euen in the best place of the lande, namely, in the lande of Raemses, as Pharao comaunded. Genesis 47:12 And he made prouysion for his father and his brethren, and all his fathers house with bred, euen as yonge children.

He getteth all the Egyptians' money,

Genesis 47:13 There was no bred in all the londe, for the derth was very sore: so yt the lande of Egipte & the lande of Canaan were fameshed by ye reason of the derth. Genesis 47:14 And Ioseph brought together all the money that was founde in Egipte and Canaan, for ye corne that they bought. And he layed vp all the money in Pharaos house. Genesis 47:15 Now whan money fayled in the lande of Egipte and Canaan, all the Egipcians came vnto Ioseph, & saide: Geue vs bred. Why suffrest thou vs to dye before ye, because weare without money?

their cattle,

Genesis 47:16 Ioseph saide: Brynge hither youre catell, so wil I geue you for youre catell, seynge ye are without money. Genesis 47:17 Then brought they their catell vnto Ioseph. And he gaue the bred for their horses, shepe, oxen and Asses. So he fed them with bred yt yeare, for all their catell.

their lands to Pharaoh.

Genesis 47:18 Whan yt yeare was ended, they came vnto him the next yeare, & sayde vnto him: We wil not hyde it from or lorde, yt not onely the money, but all the catell also is spent vnto or lorde: & there is nothinge left more for or lorde, but onely or body & oure lande. Genesis 47:19 Wherfore suffrest thou both vs to dye, and oure londe? Take vs and oure lade for bred, that we and oure lande maye be bonde vnto Pharao: geue vs sede, that we maye lyue and not dye, & yt the lande become not a wildernesse. Genesis 47:20 So Ioseph toke all the lande of Egipte in for Pharao: for the Egipcians solde euery man his lande, because ye derth was so mightie vpon them: and so the lode became Pharaos, Genesis 47:21 with the people that wente out and in at his cities, from one syde of Egipte vnto the other,

The priests' land was not bought.

Genesis 47:22 excepte the prestes londe, that toke he not in: For it was ordened of Pharao for the prestes, that they shulde eate that which was appoynted them, which he gaue them, therfore they neded not to sell their londes.

He letteth the land to them for a fifth part.

Genesis 47:23 Then sayde Ioseph vnto the people: Beholde, I haue taken possession of you and youre lande this daye for Pharao, Beholde, there haue ye sede, sowe the londe, Genesis 47:24 and of the corne ye shall geue the fifth parte vnto Pharao: foure partes shalbe youres, to sowe the londe for youre sustenaunce, and for youre houses and children. Genesis 47:25 They sayde: Let vs but lyue, & fynde grace before the oure lorde, we wyl gladly be Pharaos seruauntes: Genesis 47:26 So Ioseph made the a lawe vnto this daye ouer the Egipcians londe, to geue Pharao the fifth parte, excepte the prestes londe, which was not bonde vnto Pharao.

Genesis 47:27 So Israel dwelt in Egipte in the londe of Gosen, and had it in possession, and grew and multiplied exceadingly.

Jacob's age.

Genesis 47:28 And Iacob lyued seuentene yeare in the lande of Egipte, so that his whole age was an hudreth and seuen and fourtye yeares.

He sweareth Joseph to bury him with his fathers.

Genesis 47:29 Now whan the tyme came that Israel shulde dye, he called Ioseph his sonne, and sayde vnto him: Yf I haue founde grace in thy sight, then laye thine honde vnder my thye, yt thou shalt shewe mercy and faithfulnes vpon me, and not burye me in Egipte, Genesis 47:30 but I will lye by my fathers, and thou shalt carye me out of Egipte, & burye me in their buryall. He sayde: I wil do as thou hast sayde. Genesis 47:31 But he sayde: Then sweare vnto me. And he sware vnto him. The Israel bowed himself towarde the bed heade.

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