28 And he sent Judah before him unto Joseph, to direct his face unto Goshen; and they came into the land of Goshen.
29 And Joseph made ready his chariot, and went up to meet Israel his father, to Goshen, and presented himself unto him; and he fell on his neck, and wept on his neck a good while.
30 And Israel said unto Joseph, Now let me die, since I have seen thy face, because thou art yet alive.
31 And Joseph said unto his brethren, and unto his father’s house, I will go up, and shew Pharaoh, and say unto him, My brethren, and my father’s house, which were in the land of Canaan, are come unto me;
32 And the men are shepherds, for their trade hath been to feed cattle; and they have brought their flocks, and their herds, and all that they have.
33 And it shall come to pass, when Pharaoh shall call you, and shall say, What is your occupation?
34 That ye shall say, Thy servants’ trade hath been about cattle from our youth even until now, both we, and also our fathers: that ye may dwell in the land of Goshen; for every shepherd is an abomination unto the Egyptians.
K.J.V. Bible Text
Judah was sent ahead by Jacob (Israel) to get directions to Goshen from Joseph. As they came into the region, Joseph made haste to his father’s side by chariot. Even after the time it took to get to Egypt, it still must have been difficult for Jacob to believe Joseph was really alive because he said to Joseph, “Now let me die, since I have seen thy face, because thou art yet alive.”
Joseph, understanding the Egyptians after so many years among them, was able to advise his father how best to approach them. He made a plan to tell Pharaoh that his father and brothers were all shepherds and brought their flocks and herds with them.
Joseph advised his father to tell Pharaoh the same, that they had tended livestock all their lives.
Joseph knew that shepherds were detestable to the Egyptians and that because of their occupation they would be allowed to settle in Goshen. (A place which I assume was a little bit beyond Egypt proper.)
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