28 And Israel said, “I’m convinced!(A) My son Joseph is still alive. I will go and see him before I die.”(B)

Jacob Goes to Egypt

46 So Israel(C) set out with all that was his, and when he reached Beersheba,(D) he offered sacrifices(E) to the God of his father Isaac.(F)

And God spoke to Israel(G) in a vision at night(H) and said, “Jacob! Jacob!”

“Here I am,”(I) he replied.

“I am God, the God of your father,”(J) he said. “Do not be afraid(K) to go down to Egypt,(L) for I will make you into a great nation(M) there.(N) I will go down to Egypt with you, and I will surely bring you back again.(O) And Joseph’s own hand will close your eyes.(P)

Then Jacob left Beersheba,(Q) and Israel’s(R) sons took their father Jacob and their children and their wives in the carts(S) that Pharaoh had sent to transport him. So Jacob and all his offspring went to Egypt,(T) taking with them their livestock and the possessions(U) they had acquired(V) in Canaan. Jacob brought with him to Egypt(W) his sons and grandsons and his daughters and granddaughters—all his offspring.(X)

These are the names of the sons of Israel(Y) (Jacob and his descendants) who went to Egypt:

Reuben the firstborn(Z) of Jacob.

The sons of Reuben:(AA)

Hanok, Pallu,(AB) Hezron and Karmi.(AC)

10 The sons of Simeon:(AD)

Jemuel,(AE) Jamin, Ohad, Jakin, Zohar(AF) and Shaul the son of a Canaanite woman.

11 The sons of Levi:(AG)

Gershon,(AH) Kohath(AI) and Merari.(AJ)

12 The sons of Judah:(AK)

Er,(AL) Onan,(AM) Shelah, Perez(AN) and Zerah(AO) (but Er and Onan had died in the land of Canaan).(AP)

The sons of Perez:(AQ)

Hezron and Hamul.(AR)

13 The sons of Issachar:(AS)

Tola, Puah,[a](AT) Jashub[b](AU) and Shimron.

14 The sons of Zebulun:(AV)

Sered, Elon and Jahleel.

15 These were the sons Leah bore to Jacob in Paddan Aram,[c](AW) besides his daughter Dinah.(AX) These sons and daughters of his were thirty-three in all.

16 The sons of Gad:(AY)

Zephon,[d](AZ) Haggi, Shuni, Ezbon, Eri, Arodi and Areli.

17 The sons of Asher:(BA)

Imnah, Ishvah, Ishvi and Beriah.

Their sister was Serah.

The sons of Beriah:

Heber and Malkiel.

18 These were the children born to Jacob by Zilpah,(BB) whom Laban had given to his daughter Leah(BC)—sixteen in all.

19 The sons of Jacob’s wife Rachel:(BD)

Joseph and Benjamin.(BE) 20 In Egypt, Manasseh(BF) and Ephraim(BG) were born to Joseph(BH) by Asenath daughter of Potiphera, priest of On.[e](BI)

21 The sons of Benjamin:(BJ)

Bela, Beker, Ashbel, Gera, Naaman, Ehi, Rosh, Muppim, Huppim and Ard.(BK)

22 These were the sons of Rachel(BL) who were born to Jacob—fourteen in all.

23 The son of Dan:(BM)


24 The sons of Naphtali:(BO)

Jahziel, Guni, Jezer and Shillem.

25 These were the sons born to Jacob by Bilhah,(BP) whom Laban had given to his daughter Rachel(BQ)—seven in all.

26 All those who went to Egypt with Jacob—those who were his direct descendants, not counting his sons’ wives—numbered sixty-six persons.(BR) 27 With the two sons[f] who had been born to Joseph in Egypt,(BS) the members of Jacob’s family, which went to Egypt, were seventy[g] in all.(BT)


  1. Genesis 46:13 Samaritan Pentateuch and Syriac (see also 1 Chron. 7:1); Masoretic Text Puvah
  2. Genesis 46:13 Samaritan Pentateuch and some Septuagint manuscripts (see also Num. 26:24 and 1 Chron. 7:1); Masoretic Text Iob
  3. Genesis 46:15 That is, Northwest Mesopotamia
  4. Genesis 46:16 Samaritan Pentateuch and Septuagint (see also Num. 26:15); Masoretic Text Ziphion
  5. Genesis 46:20 That is, Heliopolis
  6. Genesis 46:27 Hebrew; Septuagint the nine children
  7. Genesis 46:27 Hebrew (see also Exodus 1:5 and note); Septuagint (see also Acts 7:14) seventy-five

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