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Genesis 47:13–22

Joseph and the Famine

13 There was no food, however, in the whole region because the famine was severe; both Egypt and Canaan wasted away because of the famine.x 14 Joseph collected all the money that was to be found in Egypt and Canaan in payment for the grain they were buying,y and he brought it to Pharaoh’s palace.z 15 When the money of the people of Egypt and Canaan was gone,a all Egypt came to Josephb and said, “Give us food. Why should we die before your eyes?c Our money is all gone.”

16 “Then bring your livestock,d” said Joseph. “I will sell you food in exchange for your livestock, since your money is gone.e17 So they brought their livestock to Joseph, and he gave them food in exchange for their horses,f their sheep and goats, their cattle and donkeys.g And he brought them through that year with food in exchange for all their livestock.

18 When that year was over, they came to him the following year and said, “We cannot hide from our lord the fact that since our money is goneh and our livestock belongs to you,i there is nothing left for our lord except our bodies and our land. 19 Why should we perish before your eyesj—we and our land as well? Buy us and our land in exchange for food,k and we with our land will be in bondage to Pharaoh.l Give us seed so that we may live and not die,m and that the land may not become desolate.”

20 So Joseph bought all the land in Egypt for Pharaoh. The Egyptians, one and all, sold their fields, because the famine was too severen for them. The land became Pharaoh’s, 21 and Joseph reduced the people to servitude,c o from one end of Egypt to the other. 22 However, he did not buy the land of the priests,p because they received a regular allotment from Pharaoh and had food enough from the allotmentq Pharaoh gave them. That is why they did not sell their land.

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