Jacob Leaves for Egypt 46 1Israel set out with all that he had and came to Beer-sheba, and he offered sacrifices to the God of his father Isaac. 2That night God spoke to Israel in a vision: “Jacob, Jacob!” He said. And Jacob replied, “Here I am.” 3God said, “I am God, the God of your father. Do not be afraid to go down to Egypt, for I will make you into a great nation there. 4I will go down with you to Egypt, and I will also bring you back. Joseph will put his hands on your eyes.”[I] 5Jacob left Beer-sheba. The sons of Israel took their father Jacob in the wagons Pharaoh had sent to carry him, along with their children and their wives. 6They also took their cattle and possessions they had acquired in the land of Canaan. Then Jacob and all his children went with him to Egypt. 7His sons and grandsons, his daughters and granddaughters, indeed all his offspring, he brought with him to Egypt.   Jacob’s Family   8These are the names of the Israelites, Jacob and his sons, who went to Egypt:   Jacob’s firstborn: Reuben. 9Reuben’s sons: Hanoch, Pallu, Hezron, and Carmi. 10Simeon’s sons: Jemuel, Jamin, Ohad, Jachin, Zohar, and Shaul, the son of a Canaanite woman. 11Levi’s sons: Gershon, Kohath, and Merari. 12Judah’s sons: Er, Onan, Shelah, Perez, and Zerah; but Er and Onan died in the land of Canaan. Perez’s sons: Hezron and Hamul. 13Issachar’s sons: Tola, Puvah,[J] Jashub,[K] and Shimron. 14Zebulun’s sons: Sered, Elon, and Jahleel. 15These were Leah’s sons born to Jacob in Paddan-aram, as well as his daughter Dinah. The total number of persons:[L] 33. 16Gad’s sons: Ziphion, Haggi, Shuni, Ezbon, Eri, Arodi, and Areli. 17Asher’s sons: Imnah, Ishvah, Ishvi, Beriah, and their sister Serah. Beriah’s sons were Heber and Malchiel. 18These were the sons of Zilpah—whom Laban gave to his daughter Leah—that she bore to Jacob: 16 persons. 19The sons of Jacob’s wife Rachel: Joseph and Benjamin. 20Manasseh and Ephraim were born to Joseph in the land of Egypt. They were born to him by Asenath daughter of Potiphera, a priest at On.[M] 21Benjamin’s sons: Bela, Becher, Ashbel, Gera, Naaman, Ehi, Rosh, Muppim, Huppim, and Ard. 22These were Rachel’s sons who were born to Jacob: 14 persons. 23Dan’s son:[N] Hushim. 24Naphtali’s sons: Jahzeel, Guni, Jezer, and Shillem. 25These were the sons of Bilhah, whom Laban gave to his daughter Rachel. She bore to Jacob: seven persons. 26The total number of persons belonging to Jacob—his direct descendants,[O] not including the wives of Jacob’s sons—who came to Egypt: 66. 27And Joseph’s sons who were born to him in Egypt: two persons. All those of Jacob’s household who had come to Egypt: 70[P] persons.   Jacob Arrives in Egypt   28Now Jacob had sent Judah ahead of him to Joseph to prepare for his arrival[Q] at Goshen. When they came to the land of Goshen, 29Joseph hitched the horses to his chariot and went up to Goshen to meet his father Israel. Joseph presented himself to him, threw his arms around him, and wept for a long time. 30Then Israel said to Joseph, “At last I can die, now that I have seen your face and know you are still alive!” 31Joseph said to his brothers and to his father’s household, “I will go up and inform Pharaoh, telling him: My brothers and my father’s household, who were in the land of Canaan, have come to me. 32The men are shepherds; they also raise livestock. They have brought their sheep and cattle and all that they have. 33When Pharaoh addresses you and asks, ‘What is your occupation?’ 34you are to say, ‘Your servants, both we and our fathers, have raised livestock[R] from our youth until now.’ Then you will be allowed to settle in the land of Goshen, since all shepherds are abhorrent to Egyptians.”
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