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Genesis 47:26-30

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47:26 So Joseph made it a statute, 1  which is in effect 2  to this day throughout the land of Egypt: One-fifth belongs to Pharaoh. Only the land of the priests did not become Pharaoh’s.

47:27 Israel settled in the land of Egypt, in the land of Goshen, and they owned land there. They were fruitful and increased rapidly in number.

47:28 Jacob lived in the land of Egypt seventeen years; the years 3  of Jacob’s life were 147 in all. 47:29 The time 4  for Israel to die approached, so he called for his son Joseph and said to him, “If now I have found favor in your sight, put your hand under my thigh 5  and show me kindness and faithfulness. 6  Do not bury me in Egypt, 47:30 but when I rest 7  with my fathers, carry me out of Egypt and bury me in their burial place.” Joseph 8  said, “I will do as you say.”

1 tn On the term translated “statute” see P. Victor, “A Note on Hoq in the Old Testament,” VT 16 (1966): 358-61.

2 tn The words “which is in effect” have been supplied in the translation for stylistic reasons.

3 tn Heb “the days of the years.”

4 tn Heb “days.”

5 sn On the expression put your hand under my thigh see Gen 24:2.

6 tn Or “deal with me in faithful love.”

7 tn Heb “lie down.” Here the expression “lie down” refers to death.

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



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