Genesis 47:20

“And Joseph bought all the land of Egypt for Pharaoh; for the Egyptians sold every man his field, because the famine prevailed over them: so the land became Pharaoh's.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

And Ioseph bought all the land of Egypt for Pharaoh: for the Egyptians sold euery man his field, because the famine preuailed ouer them: so the land became Pharaohs.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

So Joseph bought all the land of Egypt for Pharaoh, for every Egyptian sold his field, because the famine was severe upon them. Thus the land became Pharaoh's.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

So Joseph bought all the land of Egypt for Pharaoh; for the Egyptians sold every man his field, because the famine was sore upon them: and the land became Pharaoh's.
- American Standard Version (1901)

So Joseph got all the land in Egypt for Pharaoh; for every Egyptian gave up his land in exchange for food, because of their great need; so all the land became Pharaoh's.
- Basic English Bible

And Joseph bought all the soil of Egypt for Pharaoh; for the Egyptians sold every man his field, because the famine prevailed over them; and the land became Pharaoh's.
- Darby Bible

And Joseph bought all the land of Egypt for Pharaoh; for the Egyptians sold every man his field, because the famine prevailed over them: so the land became Pharaoh's.
- Webster's Bible

So Joseph bought all the land of Egypt for Pharaoh, for every man of the Egyptians sold his field, because the famine was severe on them, and the land became Pharaoh's.
- World English Bible

And Joseph buyeth all the ground of Egypt for Pharaoh, for the Egyptians have sold each his field, for the famine hath been severe upon them, and the land becometh Pharaoh's;
- Youngs Literal Bible

So Joseph bought all the land of Egypt for Pharaoh; for the Egyptians sold every man his field, because the famine was sore upon them; and the land became Pharaoh's.
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

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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

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