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Genesis 46:34

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46:34 Tell him, ‘Your servants have taken care of cattle 1  from our youth until now, both we and our fathers,’ so that you may live in the land of Goshen, 2  for everyone who takes care of sheep is disgusting 3  to the Egyptians.”

1 tn Heb “your servants are men of cattle.”

2 sn So that you may live in the land of Goshen. Joseph is apparently trying to stress to Pharaoh that his family is self-sufficient, that they will not be a drain on the economy of Egypt. But they will need land for their animals and so Goshen, located on the edge of Egypt, would be a suitable place for them to live. The settled Egyptians were uneasy with nomadic people, but if Jacob and his family settled in Goshen they would represent no threat.

3 tn Heb “is an abomination.” The Hebrew word תּוֹעֵבָה (toevah, “abomination”) describes something that is loathsome or off-limits. For other practices the Egyptians considered disgusting, see Gen 43:32 and Exod 8:22.



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