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46 28 Judah was sent ahead that he might appear before Joseph in Goshen, and so they entered Goshen. 46 29 Joseph had his chariot made ready and went up to meet his father Israel in Goshen. When they met, he threw his arms round him and wept, and embraced him for a long time, weeping. 46 30 Israel said to Joseph, 'I have seen your face again, and you are still alive. Now I am ready to die.' 46 31 Joseph said to his brothers and to his father's household, 'I will go and tell Pharaoh; I will say to him, "My brothers and my father's household who were in Canaan have come to me." ' 46 32 Now his brothers were shepherds, men with their own flocks and herds, and they had brought them with them, their flocks and herds and all that they possessed. 46 33 So Joseph said, 'When Pharaoh summons you and asks you what your occupation is, 46 34 you must say, "My lord, we have been herdsmen all our lives, as our fathers were before us." You must say this if you are to settle in the land of Goshen, because all shepherds are an abomination to the Egyptians.'

47 1 Joseph came and told Pharaoh, 'My father and my brothers have arrived from Canaan, with their flocks and their cattle and all that they have, and they are now in Goshen.' 47 2 Then he chose five of his brothers and presented them to Pharaoh, 47 3 who asked them what their occupation was, and they answered, 'My lord, we are shepherds, we and our fathers before us, 47 4 and we have come to stay in this land; for there is no pasture in Canaan for our sheep, because the famine there is so severe. We beg you, my lord, to let us settle now in Goshen.' 47 5 Pharaoh said to Joseph, 'So your father and your brothers have come to you. 47 6 The land of Egypt is yours; settle them in the best part of it. Let them live in Goshen, and if you know of any capable men among them, make them chief herdsmen over my cattle.'

47 7 Then Joseph brought his father in and presented him to Pharaoh, and Jacob gave Pharaoh his blessing. 47 8 Pharaoh asked Jacob his age, 47 91 and he answered, 'The years of my earthly sojourn are one hundred and thirty; hard years they have been and few, not equal to the years that my fathers lived in their time.' 47 10 Jacob then blessed Pharaoh and went out from his presence. 47 11 So Joseph settled his father and his brothers, and gave them lands in Egypt, in the best part of the country, in the district of Rameses, as Pharaoh had ordered. 47 12 He supported his father, his brothers, and all his father's household with all the food they needed.

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