13 Now there was no [a]food in all the land, because the famine was very severe, so that (A)the land of Egypt and the land of Canaan languished because of the famine. 14 And (B)Joseph collected all the money that was found in the land of Egypt and in the land of Canaan in payment 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 saying, “Give us [b]food, for (C)why should we die in your presence? For our money is [c]gone.” 16 Then Joseph said, “Give up your livestock, and I will give you food for your livestock, since your money is [d]gone.” 17 So they brought their livestock to Joseph, and Joseph gave them [e]food in exchange for the horses and the [f]flocks and the herds and the donkeys; and he [g]fed them with [h]food in exchange for all their livestock [i]that year. 18 But when that year ended, they came to him the [j]next year and said to him, “We will not hide from my lord the fact that our money is all spent, and the [k]livestock are my lord’s. There is nothing left [l]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 [m]food, and we and our land will be slaves to Pharaoh. So give us seed, so 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 [n]every Egyptian sold his field, because the famine was severe upon them. So the land became Pharaoh’s. 21 As for the people, he relocated 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, because the priests had an allotment from Pharaoh, and they [o]lived off the allotment which Pharaoh gave them. Therefore, they did not sell their land. 23 Then Joseph said to the people, “Behold, today I have purchased you and your land for Pharaoh; now, here is seed for you, and you may sow the land. 24 [p]At the harvest you shall give a (D)fifth to Pharaoh, and [q]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 was to have the fifth; (E)only the land of the priests [r]did not become Pharaoh’s.

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Footnotes

  1. Genesis 47:13 Or bread
  2. Genesis 47:15 Or bread
  3. Genesis 47:15 Lit at an end
  4. Genesis 47:16 Lit at an end
  5. Genesis 47:17 Or bread
  6. Genesis 47:17 Lit livestock of the flocks and livestock of the herds
  7. Genesis 47:17 Lit led them as a shepherd
  8. Genesis 47:17 Or bread
  9. Genesis 47:17 Lit in that year
  10. Genesis 47:18 Lit second
  11. Genesis 47:18 Lit livestock of the cattle
  12. Genesis 47:18 Lit in the presence of
  13. Genesis 47:19 Or bread
  14. Genesis 47:20 Lit Egypt, every man
  15. Genesis 47:22 Lit ate their allotment
  16. Genesis 47:24 Lit It shall come about...that you shall
  17. Genesis 47:24 Lit four parts
  18. Genesis 47:26 Lit alone did