Genesis 46:27

“And the sons of Joseph, which were born him in Egypt, were two souls: all the souls of the house of Jacob, which came into Egypt, were threescore and ten.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

And the sonnes of Ioseph, which were borne him in Egypt, were two soules: all the soules of the house of Iacob, which came into Egypt, were threescore and ten.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

and the sons of Joseph, who were born to him in Egypt were two; all the persons of the house of Jacob, who came to Egypt, {were} seventy.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

and the sons of Joseph, who were born to him in Egypt, were two souls: all the souls of the house of Jacob, that came into Egypt, were threescore and ten.
- American Standard Version (1901)

And the sons of Joseph whom he had in Egypt were two. Seventy persons of the family of Jacob came into Egypt.
- Basic English Bible

And the sons of Joseph who were born to him in Egypt, were two souls. All the souls of the house of Jacob that came to Egypt were seventy.
- Darby Bible

And the sons of Joseph who were born to him in Egypt, were two souls: all the souls of the house of Jacob, who came into Egypt, were seventy.
- Webster's Bible

The sons of Joseph, who were born to him in Egypt, were two souls. All the souls of the house of Jacob, who came into Egypt, were seventy.
- World English Bible

And the sons of Joseph who have been born to him in Egypt [are] two persons. All the persons of the house of Jacob who are coming into Egypt [are] seventy.
- Youngs Literal Bible

And the sons of Joseph, who were born to him in Egypt, were two souls; all the souls of the house of Jacob, that came into Egypt, were threescore and ten.
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

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Discussion for Genesis 46

  • Dennis
    JUST a thought. KJV often uses cattle to translate Hebrew word for livestock.
  • Dewey J
    Sandra, good question. It is a little confusing from Joseph 's conversation with his brothers and their conversation with Pharoah what he was asking them to say to Pharoah and what they said to Pharoah. It appears to me what the Holy Ghost is saying is what Matthew Henry said in his commentary of this chapter do not be ashamed of your occupation. Mr. Henry said its better to be a credit to a mean post-or occupation than a shame to a nigh one. It Seems to me according to the Scripture you quoted here that the Hebrews and the Egyptian both called sheep cattle as well in those days. Note Pharoah 's comments after Joseph 's brothers told him their occupation as shepherds 47:6 "the land of Egypt is before thee in the best of the land make thou father and thou brethren dwell: and if thou knowest any men of activity-or any hard workers among your brothers- then make them rulers of my cattle. Therefore, it seems that Pharoah himself had some sheep somewhere in his kingdom because they made it clear to him that they were shepherds. God bless us all and also in the understanding of his Word. Glory be to God in the highest through our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen!
  • Sandra
    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 SHEPARDS is an abomination unto the Egyptians. After Joseph ask his Bros. to say cattle in GEN 47: 3 his bros still say SHEPARDS, could someone explain this to me. Thank you, Sandra
  • Cindy
    Jennifer in verse 17 a2nd daughter is named. Hope that helps.
  • Yemi o
    jessica Gen 46v17 talk about the second daughter Serah as one of the children of Asher
  • Daniel
    Although it is written the English interpretation as to the fact that there were three score and ten I would like to point out that in fact 70 went down in to Egypt. Leah and her team = 33 in all ( but we have to cross off, Err and Onan, who were kill for their transgressions ) =30 Zilpah and her offspring = 16 .Bilhah and her line = 14 and Rachel/Benyamin = 70.
    All in all that amounts to 68 . Yocheveth , Moses' future mother was born between the borders of Canaan and Egypt = 69 .and the last but certainly not the least G-D.after all He promised Jacob that He would not abandon him and therefore went down into Egypt too , thus closing the list at 70.

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