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Genesis 47:13-15

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47:13 But there was no food in all the land because the famine was very severe; the land of Egypt and the land of Canaan wasted away 1  because of the famine. 47:14 Joseph collected all the money that could be found in the land of Egypt and in the land of Canaan as payment 2  for the grain they were buying. Then Joseph brought the money into Pharaoh’s palace. 3  47:15 When the money from the lands of Egypt and Canaan was used up, all the Egyptians 4  came to Joseph and said, “Give us food! Why should we die 5  before your very eyes because our money has run out?”

1 tn The verb לַהַה (lahah, = לָאָה, laah) means “to faint, to languish”; it figuratively describes the land as wasting away, drooping, being worn out.

2 tn Or “in exchange.” On the use of the preposition here see BDB 90 s.v. בְּ.

3 tn Heb “house.”

4 tn Heb “all Egypt.” The expression is a metonymy and refers to all the people of Egypt.

5 tn The imperfect verbal form has a deliberative force here.



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