The Famine Continued
Joseph (to Pharaoh): My father and my brothers, and their flocks, and their herds, and all that they have, are come out of the land of Canaan. They are in the land of Goshen.
Joseph took five of his brothers and presented them to Pharaoh.
Pharaoh (to Joseph’s brothers): What is your occupation?
The brothers: Your servants are shepherds, both we, and also our fathers. We are come to stay temporarily in the land, because we have no pasture for their flocks, because the famine is sore in the land of Canaan. Therefore, we beg you, let us dwell in the land of Goshen.
Pharaoh (to Joseph): Your father and your brothers have come to you. The land of Egypt is before you. Let your father and brothers dwell in the best of the land. Let them dwell in the land of Goshen. And if you know any able men among them, make them rulers over my cattle.
Joseph brought in Jacob his father and set him before Pharaoh. And Jacob blessed Pharaoh.
Pharaoh (to Jacob): How old are you?
Jacob (to Pharaoh): The days of the years of my pilgrimage are a hundred and thirty years. Few and evil have the days of the years of my life been. And I have not attained the days of the years of the life of my fathers in the days of their pilgrimage.
Jacob blessed Pharaoh and went out from before him.
Joseph placed 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. And Joseph nourished his father and his brothers and all his father’s household with bread, according to their families.
There was no bread in all the land; for the famine was very sore, so that the land of Egypt and all the land of Canaan fainted by reason of the famine. 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.
And when money failed in the land of Egypt and in the land of Canaan, all the Egyptians came to Joseph.
The people: Give us bread. Why should we die in your presence? We have no more money to buy corn.
Joseph: Give your cattle and I will give you corn in exchange for your cattle, if you have no money.
They brought their cattle to Joseph, and Joseph gave them bread in exchange for horses and for the flocks and for the cattle of the herds and for the donkeys. He fed them with bread in exchange for all their cattle for that year.
When that year was ended, they came to him the second year.
The people: We will not hide the truth from my lord. Our money is spent, and my lord also has our herds of cattle. There is nothing left in the sight of my lord, except our bodies and our lands. Wherefore shall we die before your eyes, both we and our land? Buy us and our land for bread. We and our land will be servants to Pharaoh. Give us seed, that we may live and not die, that the land will not be desolate.
Joseph bought all the land of Egypt for Pharaoh. Every Egyptians sold his field, because the famine prevailed over them. So the land became Pharaoh’s. The only land that Joseph did not buy was the land of the priests; because the priests had a portion assigned them of Pharaoh, and they ate their portion of corn which Pharaoh gave them: therefore they did not need to sell their lands.
As for the people, Joseph moved them to cities from one end of the borders of Egypt even to the other end of the borders.
Joseph (to the people): This day I have bought you and your land for Pharaoh. Here is seed for you. You shall sow the land. In the time of harvest, four parts shall be your own, for seed of the field, and for your food, and for them of your households, and for food for your little ones. You shall give the fifth part to Pharaoh.
The people: You have saved our lives. Let us find grace in the sight of my lord, and we will be Pharaoh’s servants.
Joseph made it a law over the land of Egypt to this day that Pharaoh should have the fifth part, except of the land of the priests only, which did not become Pharaoh’s.
Israel dwelt in the land of Egypt, in the country of Goshen; and they had possessions there, and grew, and multiplied exceedingly. Jacob lived in the land of Egypt seventeen years: so the whole age of Jacob was a hundred forty-seven years.
The time drew near that Israel must die, and he called his son Joseph.
Jacob (to Joseph): If I have found grace in your sight, put your hand under my thigh and deal kindly and truly with me; do not bury me in Egypt. Instead I will lie with my fathers, and you shall carry me out of Egypt, and bury me in their burying place.
Joseph: I will do as you have said.
Jacob: Swear to me.
And Joseph swore to him.
And Israel bowed himself on the bed’s head.