Genesis 47:13-26New American Standard Bible (NASB)
13 Now there was no [a]food in all the land, because the famine was very severe, so that the land of Egypt and the land of Canaan languished because of the famine.14 Joseph gathered all the money that was found in the land of Egypt and in the land of Canaan for the grain which they bought, and Joseph brought the money into Pharaoh’s house.15 When the money was all spent in the land of Egypt and in the land of Canaan, all the Egyptians came to Joseph [b]and said, “Give us [c]food, for why should we die in your presence? For our money [d]is gone.”16 Then Joseph said, “Give up your livestock, and I will give you food for your livestock, since your money [e]is gone.”17 So they brought their livestock to Joseph, and Joseph gave them [f]food in exchange for the horses and the [g]flocks and the herds and the donkeys; and he [h]fed them with [i]food in exchange for all their livestock [j]that year.18 When that year was ended, they came to him the [k]next year and said to him, “We will not hide from my lord that our money is all spent, and the [l]cattle are my lord’s. There is nothing left [m]for my lord except our bodies and our lands.19 Why should we die before your eyes, both we and our land? Buy us and our land for [n]food, and we and our land will be slaves to Pharaoh. So give us seed, that we may live and not die, and that the land may not be desolate.”
Result of the Famine
20 So Joseph bought all the land of Egypt for Pharaoh, for [o]every Egyptian sold his field, because the famine was severe upon them. Thus the land became Pharaoh’s.21 As for the people, he removed them to the cities from one end of Egypt’s border to the other.22 Only the land of the priests he did not buy, for the priests had an allotment from Pharaoh, and they [p]lived off the allotment which Pharaoh gave them. Therefore, they did not sell their land.23 Then Joseph said to the people, “Behold, I have today bought you and your land for Pharaoh; now, here is seed for you, and you may sow the land.24 [q]At the harvest you shall give a fifth to Pharaoh, and [r]four-fifths shall be your own for seed of the field and for your food and for those of your households and as food for your little ones.”25 So they said, “You have saved our lives! Let us find favor in the sight of my lord, and we will be Pharaoh’s slaves.”26 Joseph made it a statute concerning the land of Egypt valid to this day, that Pharaoh should have the fifth; only the land of the priests [s]did not become Pharaoh’s.
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