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Genesis 46:1-4

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The Family of Jacob goes to Egypt

46:1 So Israel began his journey, taking with him all that he had. 1  When he came to Beer Sheba 2  he offered sacrifices to the God of his father Isaac. 46:2 God spoke to Israel in a vision during the night 3  and said, “Jacob, Jacob!” He replied, “Here I am!” 46:3 He said, “I am God, 4  the God of your father. Do not be afraid to go down to Egypt, for I will make you into a great nation there. 46:4 I will go down with you to Egypt and I myself will certainly bring you back from there. 5  Joseph will close your eyes.” 6 

1 tn Heb “and Israel journeyed, and all that was his.”

2 sn Beer Sheba. See Gen 21:31; 28:10.

3 tn Heb “in visions of the night.” The plural form has the singular meaning, probably as a plural of intensity.

4 tn Heb “the God.”

5 tn Heb “and I, I will bring you up, also bringing up.” The independent personal pronoun before the first person imperfect verbal form draws attention to the speaker/subject, while the infinitive absolute after the imperfect strongly emphasizes the statement: “I myself will certainly bring you up.”

6 tn Heb “and Joseph will put his hand upon your eyes.” This is a promise of peaceful death in Egypt with Joseph present to close his eyes.



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