Joseph And The Famine
13There was no food,
however, in the whole region because the famine was severe; both
Egypt and Canaan wasted away because of the famine.
14Joseph collected all the
money that was to be found in Egypt and Canaan in payment for the grain they were buying, and he brought it
to Pharaoh’s palace.
15When the money of the people of Egypt and Canaan was gone, all Egypt came to Joseph
and said, “Give us food.
Why should we die before your eyes? Our money is all gone.”
16“Then bring your livestock,” said Joseph.
“I will sell you food in exchange for your livestock, since your money is gone.”
17So they brought their livestock to Joseph, and
he gave them food in
exchange for their horses, their sheep and goats, their cattle and donkeys. And he brought
them through that year with food in exchange for all their livestock.
18When 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 and our livestock
belongs to you, there is
nothing left for our lord
except our bodies and our land.
19Why should we perish
before your eyes—we and our land as well?
we with our land will be
in bondage to Pharaoh.
Give us seed so that we
may live and not die, and
that the land may not become desolate.”
20So Joseph bought all
the land in Egypt for Pharaoh. The Egyptians, one and all, sold their fields, because the famine was too severe
for them. The land became Pharaoh’s,
21and Joseph reduced the
people to servitude, from
one end of Egypt to the
22However, he did not
buy the land of the priests, because they received a regular allotment from Pharaoh
and had food enough
from the allotment Pharaoh gave them. That
is why they did not sell
23Joseph said to the people, “Now that I have
bought you and your land
today for Pharaoh, here is
seed for you so you can
plant the ground.
24But when the crop comes in, give a fifth 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
25“You have saved our
lives,” they said. “May
we find favor in the eyes
of our lord; we will be in
bondage to Pharaoh.”
26So Joseph established
it as a law concerning land in Egypt—still in force today—that a fifth
of the produce belongs to
Pharaoh. It was only the
land of the priests that
did not become Pharaoh’s.
27Now the Israelites
settled in Egypt in the region of Goshen. They acquired property there and were fruitful and increased greatly in number.
28Jacob lived in Egypt
seventeen years, and the years of his life were a hundred and forty-seven.
29When the time drew near for Israel to die, he
called for his son Joseph
and said to him, “If I
have found favor in your
eyes, put your hand under my thigh and promise that you will
show me kindness and
faithfulness. Do not bury
me in Egypt,
30but when I rest with
my fathers, carry me out
of Egypt and bury me where they are buried.”
“I will do as you say,” he
31“Swear to me,” he said. Then Joseph swore to him, and Israel worshiped as he leaned
on the top of his staff.
Joseph was placed in his
position by God to save