The Bible in Its Traditions

Genesis 46:28–34

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28  And he sent Judah before him unto Joseph, to show the way before him unto Goshen; and they came into the land of Goshen.

28  Then he sent Judah ahead of himself, to Joseph, in order to report to him, and so that he would meet him in Goshen.

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29  And Joseph made ready his chariot, and went up to meet Israel his father, to Goshen; and he presented himself unto him, and fell on his neck, and wept on his neck a good while.

29  And Joseph having made ready his chariots, went up to meet Israel his father, at the city of Heroes; and having appeared to him, fell on his neck, and wept with abundant weeping.

29  And when he had arrived there, Joseph harnessed his chariot, and he went up to meet his father at the same place. And seeing him, he fell upon his neck, and, amid embraces, he wept.

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30  And Israel said unto Joseph: 'Now let me die, since I have seen thy face, that thou art yet alive.'

30  And the father said to Joseph, “Now I will die happy, because I have seen your face, and I am leaving you behind alive.”

30  And Israel said to Joseph, Now let me die, since I have seen your face, my son, because you are still alive.

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31  And Joseph said unto his brethren, and unto his father's house: 'I will go up, and tell Pharaoh, and will say unto him: My brethren, and my father's house, who were in the land of Canaan, are come unto me;

31  And he said to his brothers and to all his father’s house: “I will go up and report to Pharaoh, and I will say to him: ‘My brothers, and my father’s house, who were in the land of Canaan, have come to me.

32  and the men are shepherds, for they have been keepers of cattle; and they have brought their flocks, and their herds, and all that they have.

32  And these honorable men are pastors of sheep, and they have the task of feeding the flock. Their cattle, and herds, and all that they were able to hold, they have brought with them.’

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33  And it shall come to pass, when Pharaoh shall call you, and shall say: What is your occupation?

33  If then Pharao call you, and say to you, What is you occupation?

33  And when he will call you and will say, ‘What is your work?’

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34  that ye shall say: Thy servants have been keepers of cattle from our youth even until now, both we, and our fathers; that ye may dwell in the land of Goshen; for every shepherd is an abomination unto the Egyptians.'

34  You will respond, ‘Your servants are pastors of honor, from our infancy even to the present time, both we and our fathers.’ Now you will say this so that you may be able to live in the land of Goshen, because the Egyptians detest all pastors of sheep.”