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1 Then Joseph came and told Pharaoh, and said, My father and my brethren, and their flocks, and their herds, and all that they have, are come out of the land of Canaan; and, behold, they are in the land of Goshen.

2 And he took some of his brethren, even five men, and presented them unto Pharaoh.

3 And Pharaoh said unto his brethren, What is your occupation? And they said unto Pharaoh, Thy servants are shepherds, both we, and also our fathers.

4 They said morever unto Pharaoh, For to sojourn in the land are we come; for thy servants have no pasture for their flocks; for the famine is sore in the land of Canaan: now therefore, we pray thee, let thy servants dwell in the land of Goshen.

5 And Pharaoh spake unto Joseph, saying, Thy father and thy brethren are come unto thee:

6 The land of Egypt is before thee; in the best of the land make thy father and brethren to dwell; in the land of Goshen let them dwell: and if thou knowest any men of activity among them, then make them rulers over my cattle.

7 And Joseph brought in Jacob his father, and set him before Pharaoh: and Jacob blessed Pharaoh.

8 And Pharaoh said unto Jacob, How old art thou?

9 And Jacob said unto Pharaoh, The days of the years of my pilgrimage are an hundred and thirty years: few and evil have the days of the years of my life been, and have not attained unto the days of the years of the life of my fathers in the days of their pilgrimage.

10 And Jacob blessed Pharaoh, and went out from before Pharaoh.

11 And Joseph placed his father and his brethren, and gave them a possession in the land of Egypt, in the best of the land, in the land of Rameses, as Pharaoh had commanded.

12 And Joseph nourished his father, and his brethren, and all his father’s household, with bread, according to their families.

K.J.V. Bible Text

My thoughts:

According to plan, Joseph told Pharaoh that his father and brothers, their flocks and herds were come from Canaan to Goshen.

He also presented five of his brothers to Pharaoh and when asked their occupation, all the brothers said they were shepherds. They asked Pharaoh’s permission to settle in Goshen. Pharaoh agreed.

Then Joseph brought his father and presented him to Pharaoh.

Following the meeting, Joseph was able to settle his father and brothers in Egypt in the best part of the land, the district of Rameses.  In addition to settling them on the land, Joseph provided food for his father and brothers and all in their households, apportioning the food according to the number of children.

It must have been a great blessing for the entire party to have enough food as the famine was to continue for another five years. I assume it would have been difficult even to find grazing for all of their herds during that time of famine, but they did not suffer because Joseph took care of them.

Betty Killebrew

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