Daily Bible Reading
Today's reading: Genesis 47-48
Look for the promises in God’s word. As you read and find them, write them in your journal along with the scripture reference.
Joseph’s Wise Administration
1. Joseph went and told Pharaoh, “My father, my brothers, their flocks and herds, and all that they own have arrived from the land of Canaan. They are now in the land of Goshen.”
2. He took five of his brothers and introduced them to Pharaoh.
3. Pharaoh said to Joseph’s brothers, “What is your occupation?” They said to Pharaoh, “Your servants take care of flocks, just as our ancestors did.”
4. Then they said to Pharaoh, “We have come to live as temporary residents in the land. There is no pasture for your servants’ flocks because the famine is severe in the land of Canaan. So now, please let your servants live in the land of Goshen.”
5. Pharaoh said to Joseph, “Your father and your brothers have come to you.
6. The land of Egypt is before you; settle your father and your brothers in the best region of the land. They may live in the land of Goshen. If you know of any highly capable men among them, put them in charge of my livestock.”
7. Then Joseph brought in his father Jacob and presented him before Pharaoh. Jacob blessed Pharaoh.
8. Pharaoh said to Jacob, “How long have you lived?”
9. Jacob said to Pharaoh, “All the years of my travels are 130. All the years of my life have been few and painful; the years of my travels are not as long as those of my ancestors.”
10. Then Jacob blessed Pharaoh and went out from his presence.
11. So Joseph settled his father and his brothers. He gave them territory in the land of Egypt, in the best region of the land, the land of Rameses, just as Pharaoh had commanded.
12. Joseph also provided food for his father, his brothers, and all his father’s household, according to the number of their little children.
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 because of the famine.
14. Joseph collected all the money that could be found in the land of Egypt and in the land of Canaan as payment for the grain they were buying. Then Joseph brought the money into Pharaoh’s palace.
15. When the money from the lands of Egypt and Canaan was used up, all the Egyptians came to Joseph and said, “Give us food! Why should we die before your very eyes because our money has run out?”
16. Then Joseph said, “If your money is gone, bring your livestock, and I will give you food in exchange for your livestock.”
17. So they brought their livestock to Joseph, and Joseph gave them food in exchange for their horses, the livestock of their flocks and herds, and their donkeys. He got them through that year by giving them food in exchange for livestock.
18. When that year was over, they came to him the next year and said to him, “We cannot hide from our lord that the money is used up and the livestock and the animals belong to our lord. Nothing remains before our lord except our bodies and our land.
19. Why should we die before your very eyes, both we and our land? Buy us and our land in exchange for food, and we, with our land, will become Pharaoh’s slaves. Give us seed that we may live and not die. Then the land will not become desolate.”
20. So Joseph bought all the land of Egypt for Pharaoh. Each of the Egyptians sold his field, for the famine was severe. So the land became Pharaoh’s.
21. Joseph made all the people slaves from one end of Egypt’s border to the other end of it.
22. But he did not purchase the land of the priests because the priests had an allotment from Pharaoh and they ate from their allotment that Pharaoh gave them. That is why they did not sell their land.
23. Joseph said to the people, “Since I have bought you and your land today for Pharaoh, here is seed for you. Cultivate the land.
24. When you gather in the crop, give one-fifth of it to Pharaoh, and the rest will be yours for seed for the fields and for you to eat, including those in your households and your little children.”
25. They replied, “You have saved our lives! You are showing us favor, and we will be Pharaoh’s slaves.”
26. So Joseph made it a statute, which is in effect to this day throughout the land of Egypt: One-fifth belongs to Pharaoh. Only the land of the priests did not become Pharaoh’s.
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.
28. Jacob lived in the land of Egypt seventeen years; the years of Jacob’s life were 147 in all.
29. The time 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 and show me kindness and faithfulness. Do not bury me in Egypt,
30. but when I rest with my fathers, carry me out of Egypt and bury me in their burial place.” Joseph said, “I will do as you say.”
31. Jacob said, “Swear to me that you will do so.” So Joseph gave him his word. Then Israel bowed down at the head of his bed.
Manasseh and Ephraim
1. After these things Joseph was told, “Your father is weakening.” So he took his two sons Manasseh and Ephraim with him.
2. When Jacob was told, “Your son Joseph has just come to you,” Israel regained strength and sat up on his bed.
3. Jacob said to Joseph, “The sovereign God appeared to me at Luz in the land of Canaan and blessed me.
4. He said to me, ‘I am going to make you fruitful and will multiply you. I will make you into a group of nations, and I will give this land to your descendants as an everlasting possession.’
5. “Now, as for your two sons, who were born to you in the land of Egypt before I came to you in Egypt, they will be mine. Ephraim and Manasseh will be mine just as Reuben and Simeon are.
6. Any children that you father after them will be yours; they will be listed under the names of their brothers in their inheritance.
7. But as for me, when I was returning from Paddan, Rachel died – to my sorrow – in the land of Canaan. It happened along the way, some distance from Ephrath. So I buried her there on the way to Ephrath” (that is, Bethlehem).
8. When Israel saw Joseph’s sons, he asked, “Who are these?”
9. Joseph said to his father, “They are the sons God has given me in this place.” His father said, “Bring them to me so I may bless them.”
10. Now Israel’s eyes were failing because of his age; he was not able to see well. So Joseph brought his sons near to him, and his father kissed them and embraced them.
11. Israel said to Joseph, “I never expected to see you again, but now God has allowed me to see your children too.”
12. So Joseph moved them from Israel’s knees and bowed down with his face to the ground.
13. Joseph positioned them; he put Ephraim on his right hand across from Israel’s left hand, and Manasseh on his left hand across from Israel’s right hand. Then Joseph brought them closer to his father.
14. Israel stretched out his right hand and placed it on Ephraim’s head, although he was the younger. Crossing his hands, he put his left hand on Manasseh’s head, for Manasseh was the firstborn.
15. Then he blessed Joseph and said, “May the God before whom my fathers Abraham and Isaac walked – the God who has been my shepherd all my life long to this day,
16. the Angel who has protected me from all harm – bless these boys. May my name be named in them, and the name of my fathers Abraham and Isaac. May they grow into a multitude on the earth.”
17. When Joseph saw that his father placed his right hand on Ephraim’s head, it displeased him. So he took his father’s hand to move it from Ephraim’s head to Manasseh’s head.
18. Joseph said to his father, “Not so, my father, for this is the firstborn. Put your right hand on his head.”
19. But his father refused and said, “I know, my son, I know. He too will become a nation and he too will become great. In spite of this, his younger brother will be even greater and his descendants will become a multitude of nations.”
20. So he blessed them that day, saying, “By you will Israel bless, saying, ‘May God make you like Ephraim and Manasseh.’” So he put Ephraim before Manasseh.
21. Then Israel said to Joseph, “I am about to die, but God will be with you and will bring you back to the land of your fathers.
22. As one who is above your brothers, I give to you the mountain slope, which I took from the Amorites with my sword and my bow.”