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The Catholic Study Bible A special version of the New American Bible, with a wealth of background information useful to Catholics.

Chapter 46

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Migration to Egypt. 1Israel set out with all that was his. When he arrived at Beer‐sheba, he offered sacrifices to the God of his father Isaac. 2There God, speaking to Israel in a vision by night, called, “Jacob! Jacob!” “Here I am,” he answered. 3Then he said: “I am God,* the God of your father. Do not be afraid to go down to Egypt, for there I will make you a great nation. 4Not only will I go down to Egypt with you; I will also bring you back here, after Joseph has closed your eyes.”

5So Jacob departed from Beer‐sheba, and the sons of Israel put their father and their wives and children on the wagons that Pharaoh had sent for his transport. 6They took with them their livestock and the possessions they had acquired in the land of Canaan. Thus Jacob and all his descendants migrated to Egypt. l Ex 1, 1; Jos 24, 4; Jdt 5, 10; Acts 7, 15 . 7His sons and his grandsons, his daughters and his granddaughters—all his descendants—he took with him to Egypt.

8These are the names of the Israelites, Jacob and his descendants, who migrated to Egypt.

*Reuben, Jacob's first‐born, m Ex 1, 2 . 9and the sons of Reuben: Hanoch, Pallu, Hezron and Carmi. n Ex 6, 14; Nm 26, 5; 1 Chr 5, 3 . 10The sons of Simeon: Nemuel, Jamin, Ohad, Jachin, Zohar, and Shaul, son of a Canaanite woman. o Ex 6, 15; Nm 26, 12; 1 Chr 4, 24 . 11The sons of Levi: Gershon, Kohath and Merari. p Ex 6, 16; Nm 3, 17; 26, 57; 1 Chr 6, 1 . 12The sons of Judah: Er, Onan, Shelah, Perez and Zerah—but Er and Onan had died in the land of Canaan; and the sons of Perez were Hezron and Hamul. q Gn 38, 3–10. 29f; Nm 26, 19; Rv 4, 18–22; 1 Chr 2, 5 . 13The sons of Issachar: Tola, Puah, Jashub and Shimron. r Nm 26, 23f; 1 Chr 7, 1 . 14The sons of Zebulun: Sered, Elon and Jahleel. s Nm 26, 26 . 15These were the sons whom Leah bore to Jacob in Paddan‐aram, along with his daughter Dinah—thirty‐three persons in all, male and female.

16The sons of Gad: Zephon, Haggi, Shuni, Ezbon, Eri, Arod and Areli. t Nm 26, 15f . 17The sons of Asher: Imnah, Ishvah, Ishvi and Beriah, with their sister Serah; and the sons of Beriah: Heber and Malchiel. u Nm 26, 44; 1 Chr 7, 30f . 18These were the descendants of Zilpah, whom Laban had given to his daughter Leah; these she bore to Jacob—sixteen persons in all.

19The sons of Jacob's wife Rachel: Joseph and Benjamin. 20In the land of Egypt Joseph became the father of Manasseh and Ephraim, whom Asenath, daughter of Potiphera, priest of Heliopolis, bore to him. v Gn 41, 50; Nm 26, 28. 35 . 21The sons of Benjamin: Bela, Becher, Ashbel, Gera, Naaman, Ahiram, Shupham, Hupham and Ard. w Nm 26, 38; 1 Chr 7, 6; 8, 1–4 . 22These were the sons whom Rachel bore to Jacob—fourteen persons in all.

23The sons of Dan: Hushim. x Nm 26, 42 . 24The sons of Naphtali: Jahzeel, Guni, Jezer and Shillem. y Nm 26, 48f; 1 Chr 7, 13 . 25These were the sons of Bilhah, whom Laban had given to his daughter Rachel; these she bore to Jacob—seven persons in all.

26Jacob's people who migrated to Egypt—his direct descendants, not counting the wives of Jacob's sons—numbered sixty‐six persons in all. z Ex 1, 5 . 27Together with Joseph's sons who were born to him in Egypt—two persons—all the people comprising Jacob's family who had come to Egypt amounted to seventy persons* in all. a Ex 1, 5; Dt 10, 22; Acts 7, 14 .

28Israel had sent Judah ahead to Joseph, so that he might meet him in Goshen. On his arrival in the region of Goshen, 29Joseph hitched the horses to his chariot and rode to meet his father Israel in Goshen. As soon as he saw him, he flung himself on his neck and wept a long time in his arms. 30And Israel said to Joseph, “At last I can die, now that I have seen for myself that Joseph is still alive.”

31Joseph then said to his brothers and his father's household: “I will go and inform Pharaoh, telling him: ‘My brothers and my father's household, whose home is in the land of Canaan, have come to me. 32The men are shepherds, having long been keepers of livestock; and they have brought with them their flocks and herds, as well as everything else they own.’ 33So when Pharaoh summons you and asks what your occupation is, 34you must answer, ‘We your servants, like our ancestors, have been keepers of livestock from the beginning until now,’ in order that you may stay in the region of Goshen, since all shepherds are abhorrent to the Egyptians.”

Notes:

l: Ex 1, 1; Jos 24, 4; Jdt 5, 10; Acts 7, 15 .

m: Ex 1, 2 .

n: Ex 6, 14; Nm 26, 5; 1 Chr 5, 3 .

o: Ex 6, 15; Nm 26, 12; 1 Chr 4, 24 .

p: Ex 6, 16; Nm 3, 17; 26, 57; 1 Chr 6, 1 .

q: Gn 38, 3–10. 29f; Nm 26, 19; Rv 4, 18–22; 1 Chr 2, 5 .

r: Nm 26, 23f; 1 Chr 7, 1 .

s: Nm 26, 26 .

t: Nm 26, 15f .

u: Nm 26, 44; 1 Chr 7, 30f .

v: Gn 41, 50; Nm 26, 28. 35 .

w: Nm 26, 38; 1 Chr 7, 6; 8, 1–4 .

x: Nm 26, 42 .

y: Nm 26, 48f; 1 Chr 7, 13 .

z: Ex 1, 5 .

a: Ex 1, 5; Dt 10, 22; Acts 7, 14 .

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