Genesis 46

Jacob's Journey to Egypt

So Israel set out with all that he had, and when he came to Beersheba, he offered sacrifices to the God of his father Isaac. And that night God spoke to Israel in a vision: “Jacob, Jacob!” He said. “Here I am,” replied Jacob. “I am God,” He said, “the God of your father. Do not be afraid to go down to Egypt, for I will make you into a great nation there. I will go down with you to Egypt, and I will surely bring you back. And Joseph’s own hands will close your eyes.” Then Jacob departed from Beersheba, and the sons of Israel took their father Jacob in the wagons Pharaoh had sent to carry him, along with their children and wives. They also took their livestock and the possessions they had acquired in the land of Canaan, and Jacob and all his offspring went to Egypt. He took with him to Egypt his sons and grandsons, [and] his daughters and granddaughters— all his offspring.

Those who Went to Egypt: The Children of Leah

Now these are the names of the sons of Israel ( Jacob and his descendants ) who went to Egypt: Reuben, Jacob’s firstborn. The sons of Reuben: Hanoch, Pallu, Hezron, and Carmi. 10  The sons of Simeon: Jemuel, Jamin, Ohad, Jachin, Zohar, and Shaul the son of a Canaanite woman. 11  The sons of Levi: Gershon, Kohath, and Merari. 12  The sons of Judah: Er, Onan, Shelah, Perez, and Zerah; but Er and Onan died in the land of Canaan. The sons of Perez: Hezron and Hamul. 13  The sons of Issachar: Tola, Puvah,
SP and Syriac (see also 1 Chronicles 7:1) Puah
SP and some LXX manuscripts (see also Numbers 26:24 and 1 Chronicles 7:1) Jashub
and Shimron.
14  The sons of Zebulun: Sered, Elon, and Jahleel. 15  These are the sons of Leah born to Jacob in Paddan-aram,
That is, Northwest Mesopotamia
. . . in addition to his daughter Dinah. The total number of sons and daughters [was] thirty-three.

The Children of Zilpah

16  The sons of Gad: Ziphion,
SP and LXX (see also Num. 26:15) Zephon
Haggi, Shuni, Ezbon, Eri, Arodi, and Areli.
17  The sons of Asher: Imnah, Ishvah, Ishvi, Beriah, and their sister Serah. The sons of Beriah: Heber and Malchiel. 18  These are the sons of Jacob born to Zilpah— whom Laban gave to his daughter Leah— sixteen in all.

The Children of Rachel

19  The sons of Jacob’s wife Rachel: Joseph and Benjamin. 20  Manasseh and Ephraim were born to Joseph in the land of Egypt by Asenath daughter of Potiphera, priest of On.
That is, Heliopolis
21  The sons of Benjamin: Bela, Becher, Ashbel, Gera, Naaman, Ehi, Rosh, Muppim, Huppim, and Ard. 22  These are the sons of Rachel born to Jacob— fourteen in all.

The Children of Bilhah

23  The son of Dan: Hushim. 24  The sons of Naphtali: Jahzeel, Guni, Jezer, and Shillem. 25  These are the sons of Jacob born to Bilhah, whom Laban gave to his daughter Rachel— seven in all. 26  All those belonging to Jacob who came to Egypt— his direct descendants, besides the wives of Jacob’s sons— [numbered] sixty-six persons. 27  And along with Joseph’s two sons
Hebrew; LXX nine children
who were born to him in Egypt, in all there were seventy
Hebrew (see also Exodus 1:5); LXX (see also Acts 7:14) seventy-five
members of Jacob’s household in Egypt.

Jacob Arrives in Egypt

28  Now Jacob had sent Judah ahead of him to Joseph to get directions to Goshen. When [Jacob’s family] arrived in the land of Goshen, 29  Joseph prepared his chariot and went [there] to meet his father Israel. Joseph presented himself to him, embraced him, and wept profusely. 30  Then Israel said to Joseph, “Finally I can die, now that I have seen your face [and know] that you are still alive!” 31  Joseph said to his brothers and to his father’s household, “I will go up and inform Pharaoh: ‘My brothers and my father’s household from the land of Canaan have come to me. 32  The men are shepherds; they raise livestock, and they have brought their flocks and herds and all that they own.’ 33  When Pharaoh summons you and asks, ‘What is your occupation?’ 34  you are to say, ‘Your servants have raised livestock ever since our youth— both we and our fathers.’ Then you will be allowed to settle in the land of Goshen, since all shepherds are detestable to the Egyptians.”
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