Joseph and the Famine

13 There was no food, however, in the whole region because the famine was severe; both Egypt and Canaan wasted away because of the famine.(A) 14 Joseph collected all the money that was to be found in Egypt and Canaan in payment for the grain they were buying,(B) and he brought it to Pharaoh’s palace.(C) 15 When the money of the people of Egypt and Canaan was gone,(D) all Egypt came to Joseph(E) and said, “Give us food. Why should we die before your eyes?(F) Our money is all gone.”

16 “Then bring your livestock,(G)” said Joseph. “I will sell you food in exchange for your livestock, since your money is gone.(H) 17 So they brought their livestock to Joseph, and he gave them food in exchange for their horses,(I) their sheep and goats, their cattle and donkeys.(J) And he brought them through that year with food in exchange for all their livestock.

18 When that year was over, they came to him the following year and said, “We cannot hide from our lord the fact that since our money is gone(K) and our livestock belongs to you,(L) there is nothing left for our lord except our bodies and our land. 19 Why should we perish before your eyes(M)—we and our land as well? Buy us and our land in exchange for food,(N) and we with our land will be in bondage to Pharaoh.(O) Give us seed so that we may live and not die,(P) and that the land may not become desolate.”

20 So Joseph bought all the land in Egypt for Pharaoh. The Egyptians, one and all, sold their fields, because the famine was too severe(Q) for them. The land became Pharaoh’s, 21 and Joseph reduced the people to servitude,[a](R) from one end of Egypt to the other. 22 However, he did not buy the land of the priests,(S) because they received a regular allotment from Pharaoh and had food enough from the allotment(T) Pharaoh gave them. That is why they did not sell their land.

23 Joseph said to the people, “Now that I have bought you and your land today for Pharaoh, here is seed(U) for you so you can plant the ground.(V) 24 But when the crop comes in, give a fifth(W) of it to Pharaoh. The other four-fifths you may keep as seed for the fields and as food for yourselves and your households and your children.”

25 “You have saved our lives,” they said. “May we find favor in the eyes of our lord;(X) we will be in bondage to Pharaoh.”(Y)

26 So Joseph established it as a law concerning land in Egypt—still in force today—that a fifth(Z) of the produce belongs to Pharaoh. It was only the land of the priests that did not become Pharaoh’s.(AA)

27 Now the Israelites settled in Egypt in the region of Goshen.(AB) They acquired property there(AC) and were fruitful and increased greatly in number.(AD)

28 Jacob lived in Egypt(AE) seventeen years, and the years of his life were a hundred and forty-seven.(AF) 29 When the time drew near for Israel(AG) to die,(AH) he called for his son Joseph and said to him, “If I have found favor in your eyes,(AI) put your hand under my thigh(AJ) and promise that you will show me kindness(AK) and faithfulness.(AL) Do not bury me in Egypt, 30 but when I rest with my fathers,(AM) carry me out of Egypt and bury me where they are buried.”(AN)

“I will do as you say,” he said.

31 “Swear to me,”(AO) he said. Then Joseph swore to him,(AP) and Israel(AQ) worshiped as he leaned on the top of his staff.[b](AR)

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  1. Genesis 47:21 Samaritan Pentateuch and Septuagint (see also Vulgate); Masoretic Text and he moved the people into the cities
  2. Genesis 47:31 Or Israel bowed down at the head of his bed

17 So Ephron’s field in Machpelah(A) near Mamre(B)—both the field and the cave in it, and all the trees within the borders of the field—was deeded 18 to Abraham as his property(C) in the presence of all the Hittites(D) who had come to the gate(E) of the city. 19 Afterward Abraham buried his wife Sarah in the cave in the field of Machpelah(F) near Mamre (which is at Hebron(G)) in the land of Canaan.(H) 20 So the field and the cave in it were deeded(I) to Abraham by the Hittites as a burial site.(J)

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20 But our citizenship(A) is in heaven.(B) And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ,(C)

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13 All these people were still living by faith when they died. They did not receive the things promised;(A) they only saw them and welcomed them from a distance,(B) admitting that they were foreigners and strangers on earth.(C) 14 People who say such things show that they are looking for a country of their own. 15 If they had been thinking of the country they had left, they would have had opportunity to return.(D) 16 Instead, they were longing for a better country—a heavenly one.(E) Therefore God is not ashamed(F) to be called their God,(G) for he has prepared a city(H) for them.

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Dear friends,(A) now we are children of God,(B) and what we will be has not yet been made known. But we know that when Christ appears,[a](C) we shall be like him,(D) for we shall see him as he is.(E) All who have this hope in him purify themselves,(F) just as he is pure.(G)

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  1. 1 John 3:2 Or when it is made known

13 their work will be shown for what it is,(A) because the Day(B) will bring it to light. It will be revealed with fire, and the fire will test the quality of each person’s work.(C) 14 If what has been built survives, the builder will receive a reward.(D) 15 If it is burned up, the builder will suffer loss but yet will be saved—even though only as one escaping through the flames.(E)

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