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Gênesis 47

1 Joseph took five of his brothers and went to the king. He told him: »My father and my brothers have come from Canaan with their flocks, their herds, and all that they own. They are now in the region of Goshen.«

2 Then he presented his brothers to the king.

3 The king asked: »What is your occupation?« »We are shepherds, Sir, just as our ancestors were,« they answered.

4 »We have come to live in this country. The famine is so severe in the land of Canaan that there is no pasture for our flocks. Please give us permission to live in the region of Goshen.«

5 The king said to Joseph: »Now that your father and your brothers have arrived,

6 »the land of Egypt is theirs. Let them settle in the region of Goshen, the best part of the land. If there are any capable men among them, put them in charge of my own livestock.«

7 Joseph brought his father Jacob and presented him to the king. Jacob gave the king his blessing.

8 The king asked him: »How old are you?«

9 Jacob answered: »My life of wandering has lasted a hundred and thirty years. Those years have been few and difficult, unlike the long years of my ancestors in their wanderings.«

10 Jacob gave the king a farewell blessing and left.

11 Joseph settled his father and his brothers in Egypt. He gave them property in the best of the land near the city of Rameses. This was as the king had commanded.

12 Joseph provided food for his father, his brothers, and all the rest of his father’s family, including the very youngest.

13 The famine was so severe that there was no food anywhere. The people of Egypt and Canaan became weak with hunger.

14 They bought grain from Joseph. Joseph collected all the money and took it to the palace.

15 When all the money in Egypt and Canaan was spent, the Egyptians came to Joseph and said: »Give us food! Do not let us die. Do something! Our money is all gone.«

16 Joseph answered: »Bring your livestock. I will give you food in exchange for it if your money is all gone.«

17 They brought their livestock to Joseph. He gave them food in exchange for their horses, sheep, goats, cattle, and donkeys. That year he supplied them with food in exchange for all their livestock.

18 The following year they said to him: »We will not hide the fact from you, Sir, that our money is all gone and our livestock belongs to you. There is nothing left to give you except our bodies and our lands.

19 »Do not let us die. Do something! Do not let our fields be deserted. Buy us and buy our land in exchange for food. We will be the king’s slaves. He will own our land. Give us grain to keep us alive and seed so that we can plant our fields.«

20 Joseph bought all the land in Egypt for the king. Every Egyptian was forced to sell his land, because the famine was so severe. All the land became the king’s property.

21 He Joseph removed the people into the cities from one end of the borders of Egypt to the other.

22 The only land he did not buy was the land that belonged to the priests. The king gave the priests an allowance to live on. So they did not have to sell their lands.

23 Joseph said to the people: »I have now bought you and your lands for the king. Here is seed for you to sow in your fields.

24 »You must give one-fifth to the king at the time of harvest. You can use the rest for seed and for food for yourselves and your families.«

25 They answered: »You have saved our lives. You have been good to us. We will be the king’s slaves.«

26 Joseph made it a law for the land of Egypt that one-fifth of the harvest should belong to the king. This law still remains in force today. Only the lands of the priests did not become the king’s property.

27 The Israelites lived in Egypt in the region of Goshen. They became rich and had many children.

28 Jacob lived in Egypt seventeen years, until he was a hundred and forty-seven years old.

29 When the time drew near for him to die, he called for his son Joseph and said to him: »Place your hand under my thighs and make a solemn vow that you will not bury me in Egypt.

30 »I want to be buried where my fathers are. Carry me out of Egypt and bury me where they are buried.« Joseph answered: »I will do as you say.«

31 Jacob said: »Make a vow that you will.« Joseph made the vow. Jacob gave thanks there on his bed.

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