Genesis 47

Great(i) 1 Ioseph came therfore and tolde Pharao and sayde: my father and my brethren, theyr shepe and their oxen and all that they haue, are come out of the lande of Canaan, 2 and beholde, they are in the lande of Gosan. And Ioseph toke of the hynmost of hys brethren: euen fyue men, and presented them vnto Pharao. 3 And pharao sayde vnto hys brethren: what is youre occupacyon? And they answered Pharao: shepherdes are thy seruauntes, both we & also oure fathers. 4 They sayde moreouer vnto Pharao: for to sogeorne in the lande are we come, for thy seruauntes haue no pasture for theyr shepe, so sore is the fameshment in the lande of Canaan. Nowe therfore let thy seruauntes dwell in the lande of Gosan. 5 And Pharao sayde vnto Ioseph: thy father and thy brethren are come vnto the. 6 The land of Egypte is before the: In the best place of the lande make both thy father and thy brethren dwell: euen in the lande of Gosan let them dwell. Moreouer yf thou knowe any men of actiuite amonge them, make them ruelars ouer my catell. 7 And Ioseph brought in Iacob hys father, and sett hym before Pharao. And Iacob blessed Pharao. 8 And Pharao sayde vnto Iacob: howe olde art thou? 9 Iacob sayde vnto Pharao: the dayes of my pilgremage are an hundred and .xxx. yeares. Fewe & euell haue the dayes of my lyfe bene, and haue not attayned vnto the yeares of the lyfe of my fathers in the dayes of theyr pilgremages. 10 And Iacob blessed Pharao, and went out from hym. 11 And Ioseph prepared dwellynges for hys father and hys brethren, and gaue them possessyons in the land of Egypte, in the best of the lande: euen in the lande of Rameses, as Pharao had commaunded. 12 And Ioseph made prouisyon for hys father, hys brethren & all his fathers housholde wyth bread, euen as yonge chyldren are fedd. 13 There was no bread in all the lande, for the derth was exceadynge sore: so that the lande of Egypte and the lande of Canaan, were fameshed by the reason of the derth. 14 And Ioseph brought together all the money that was founde in the lande of Egypte and of Canaan, for the corne whych they boughte: and he layde vp the money in Pharaos house. 15 When money fayled in the lande of Egypte & of Canaan, all the Egypcyans came vnto Ioseph and sayde: geue vs bred: wherfore suffrest thou vs to dye before the whan oure money is spent? 16 Then sayde Ioseph: brynge youre catell, & I wyll geue yow for your catell, yf ye be without money. 17 And they brought theyr catell vnto Ioseph. And Ioseph gaue them bread for horses & shepe, and oxen, and asses, and fed them wyth bread for all theyr catell that yeare. 18 But when that yeare was ended, they came vnto hym the nexte yeare, & sayde vnto him: we will not hyde it from my Lord how that oure money is spent, my Lord also had our catell & beastes, neyther is there ought left in the syght of my Lorde, but euen oure bodies and our landes. 19 Wherfore lettest thou vs dye before thyne eyes, & the lande to goo to noughte? by vs & our landes for bread: & both we and oure landes will be bonde to Pharao. Onely geue vs seed, that we maye lyue and not dye, & that the lande goo nat to wast. 20 And so Ioseph boughte all the land of Egypte for Pharao. For the Egypcians solde euery man hys lande because the derth was sore vpon them: & so the lande became Pharaos. 21 And he appoynted the people vnto the cyties, from one syde of Egypte vnto the other: 22 only the lande of the Prestes bought he not. For the prestes had an ordinaunce of Pharao, that they shulde eate that which was appoynted vnto them: which Pharao had geuen them wherfore they solde not theyr landes. 23 Then Ioseph sayde vnto the folke: beholde I haue boughte you thys daye & youre lande for Pharao. Take there bread & sede & sowe the land. 24 And of the encrease, ye shall geue the fyfte parte vnto Pharao, & .iiij. partes shalbe youre awne, for seed of the feld: & for you, and them of youre housholdes, and for youre chyldren, to eate. 25 And they answered: Thou haste saued oure lyues. Let vs fynde grace in the syghte of my Lord, & we wyll be Pharaos seruauntes. 26 And Ioseph made it a lawe ouer the lande of Egypte vnto thys daye: that Pharao shulde haue the fyfte parte, excepte the lande of the preastes only, whych was not Pharaos. 27 And Israel dwelt in Egypte: euen in the countre of Gosan. And they had theyr possessyons therin, & grewe and multiplied exceadyngly. 28 Moreouer, Iacob lyued in the lande of Egypte .xvij. yeares, so that the hole age of Iacob was an hundred and .xlvij. yeare. 29 When the tyme drewe nye, that Israel must dye: he sent for his sonne Ioseph, & sayde vnto hym: If I haue founde grace in thy syghte, oh, put thy hande nowe vnder my thye, and deale mercyfully and truely wt me, that thou burye me not in Egypte: 30 but I will lye with my fathers, and thou shalt carye me out of Egypte, & burye me in theyr buryall. And he answered: I wyll do as thou hast sayd. 31 And he sayde swere vnto me. And he sware vnto hym. And Israel, worshypped towarde the beddes head.