Joseph and the Famine
13 And there was no bread in all the land; for the famine was very sore, so that the land of Egypt and all the land of Canaan fainted by reason of the famine.
14 And Joseph gathered up all the money that was found in the land of Egypt, and in the land of Canaan, for the corn which they bought: and Joseph brought the money into Pharaoh’s house.
15 And when money failed in the land of Egypt, and in the land of Canaan, all the Egyptians came unto Joseph, and said, Give us bread: for why should we die in thy presence? for the money faileth.
16 And Joseph said, Give your cattle; and I will give you for your cattle, if money fail.
17 And they brought their cattle unto Joseph: and Joseph gave them bread in exchange for horses, and for the flocks, and for the cattle of the herds, and for the asses: and he fed them with bread for all their cattle for that year.
18 When that year was ended, they came unto him the second year, and said unto him, We will not hide it from my lord, how that our money is spent; my lord also hath our herds of cattle; there is not ought left in the sight of my lord, but our bodies, and our lands:
19 Wherefore shall we die before thine eyes, both we and our land? buy us and our land for bread, and we and our land will be servants unto Pharaoh: and give us seed, that we may live, and not die, that the land be not desolate.
K.J.V. Bible Text
As I began to read the passages for today, I saw immediately what great good fortune the Israelites had in their relationship with Joseph. They fared far better than native Egyptians because the Egyptians had to pay for their food with money, and after a while all of their money was gone.
After they ran out of money, Joseph continued to feed them, taking their livestock in exchange for food, impoverishing them even more.
After another year passed, the Egyptians had no money and no livestock and were forced to pay for their food with their bodies and land. So in return for food, the Egyptians went into bondage to Pharaoh.
In my former casual knowledge of the Bible, I had not previously known about this. Now I am very interested in continuing my reading to see what happens when the famine finally ends.
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