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Genesis 47:20-21

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47:20 So Joseph bought all the land of Egypt for Pharaoh. Each 1  of the Egyptians sold his field, for the famine was severe. 2  So the land became Pharaoh’s. 47:21 Joseph 3  made all the people slaves 4  from one end of Egypt’s border to the other end of it.

1 tn The Hebrew text connects this clause with the preceding one with a causal particle (כִּי, ki). The translation divides the clauses into two sentences for stylistic reasons.

2 tn The Hebrew text adds “upon them.” This has not been included in the translation for stylistic reasons.

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

4 tc The MT reads “and the people he removed to the cities,” which does not make a lot of sense in this context. The Samaritan Pentateuch and the LXX read “he enslaved them as slaves.”



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