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Genesis 46:27-31

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46:27 Counting the two sons 1  of Joseph who were born to him in Egypt, all the people of the household of Jacob who were in Egypt numbered seventy. 2 

46:28 Jacob 3  sent Judah before him to Joseph to accompany him to Goshen. 4  So they came to the land of Goshen. 46:29 Joseph harnessed his chariot and went up to meet his father Israel in Goshen. When he met him, 5  he hugged his neck and wept on his neck for quite some time.

46:30 Israel said to Joseph, “Now let me die since I have seen your face and know that you are still alive.” 6  46:31 Then Joseph said to his brothers and his father’s household, “I will go up and tell Pharaoh, 7  ‘My brothers and my father’s household who were in the land of Canaan have come to me.

1 tn The LXX reads “nine sons,” probably counting the grandsons of Joseph born to Ephraim and Manasseh (cf. 1 Chr 7:14-20).

2 tn Heb “And the sons of Joseph who were born to him in Egypt were two people; all the people belonging to the house of Jacob who came to Egypt were seventy.”

sn The number seventy includes Jacob himself and the seventy-one descendants (including Dinah, Joseph, Manasseh, and Ephraim) listed in vv. 8-25, minus Er and Onan (deceased). The LXX gives the number as “seventy-five” (cf. Acts 7:14).

3 tn Heb “and he”; the referent (Jacob) has been specified in the translation for clarity.

4 tn Heb “to direct before him to Goshen.”

5 tn Heb “and he appeared to him.”

6 tn Heb “after my seeing your face that you are still alive.”

7 tn Heb “tell Pharaoh and say to him.”



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