Genesis 47:21

“And as for the people, he remoued them to cities from one end of the borders of Egypt, euen to the other ende thereof.”

1611 King James Version (KJV)




Viewing the original 1611 KJV with archaic English spelling.
Click to switch to the Standard KJV.

Other Translations

And as for the people, he removed them to cities from [one] end of the borders of Egypt even to the [other] end thereof.
- King James Version

As for the people, he removed them to the cities from one end of Egypt's border to the other.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

And as for the people, he removed them to the cities from one end of the border of Egypt even to the other end thereof.
- American Standard Version (1901)

And as for the people, he made servants of them, town by town, from one end of Egypt to the other.
- Basic English Bible

And as for the people, he removed them into the cities, from [one] end of the borders of Egypt even to the [other] end of it.
- Darby Bible

And as for the people, he removed them to cities from one end of the borders of Egypt even to the other end thereof.
- Webster's Bible

As for the people, he moved them to the cities from one end of the border of Egypt even to the other end of it.
- World English Bible

as to the people he hath removed them to cities from the [one] end of the border of Egypt even unto its [other] end.
- Youngs Literal Bible

And as for the people, he removed them city by city, from one end of the border of Egypt even to the other end thereof.
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Genesis 47:21


47:21 He removed them to cities - He transplanted them, to shew Pharaoh's sovereign power over them, and that they might, in time, forget their titles to their lands, and be the easier reconciled to their new condition of servitude. How hard soever this seems to have been upon them, they themselves were sensible of it as a great kindness, and were thankful they were not worse used.


Discussion for Genesis 47

  • Rhonda L.
    This scripture being in the 1st book of the Bible gives clear meaning that money can fail and to always be prepared even unto this day. And God being the beginning and the end is revealing to us that money will fail again but this time Christ will return and the government will be on his shoulders. Amen!
  • Esther
    Joseph understands the ranks and respect them and also he has a strong respect to the elderly. He has a forging heart.
  • Mark Nyondo
    Very encouraging indeed to all christians.The grace of GOD that Joseph possesed made the pharoah to favour and acknowledge and appoint him as governer and accept his family in Egypt. Hence it is the Grace that makes us whom we are and how we serve GOD. With less power we receive miracles according to our understanding of the word. For example in a classroom, same teacher,same chalk,same black board,same desks and same headteacher but we get different results, and different careers.AMEN!!!!
  • Timothy Wayne George
    Joseph is given wisdom from God how to provide for his people when the money failed. How many people worry today about not having enough money, and we too have to trust in the Lord with all our hearts, and lean not to our understanding, but in all our ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct our path. Our God shall provide all our needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus. Joseph gives a principle for how government shall collect taxes from the people which is twenty percent, and the priest should be exempt. Joseph is concerned to see that his father's request for burial is honored which tells us the respect that he has for the elderly. The bible tells us if any man lacks wisdom, let him ask of God who gives to all men freely, yet we must ask in faith, for the just shall live by faith. The same wisdom that was given to Joseph, is there for us if we will just ask of God, and believe that he is able to provide for us the wisdom that we need for every situation in life.
  • ABUTU JOSHUA for verse 8
    IS IT THE NORMAL CUSTOM OF THE EGYPTIAN TO ASK THEIR FIRST TIME VISITOR THEIR AGE? AN OLD MAN FOR THAT MATTER.
  • Doris Early
    Looks like Joseph was the first economist. He exchanged (bartered) bread for their cattle...the money had failed. SOUND FAMILAR

What Do You Think of Genesis 47?

Share your own thoughts or commentary here...

Notify me if someone responds on this discussion/thread

Bible Options

Sponsored Listings