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“Then Joseph said unto the people, Behold, I have bought you this day and your land for Pharaoh: lo, here is seed for you, and ye shall sow the land.”

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Genesis 47:23 Translation & Meaning

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Then Joseph יוֹסֵף֙ Joseph, the name of seven Israelites Then Joseph
said וַיֹּ֤אמֶר To say (used with great latitude) said
unto אֶל Near, with or among; often in general, to unto
the people, הָעָ֔ם A people (as a congregated unit); specifically, a tribe (as those of Israel); hence (collectively) troops or attendants; figuratively, a flock people
Behold, הֵן֩ Lo!; also (as expressing surprise) if Behold
I have bought קָנִ֨יתִי To erect, i.e., create; by extension, to procure, especially by purchase (causatively, sell); by implication to own bought
you this day הַיּ֛וֹם A day (as the warm hours), whether literal (from sunrise to sunset, or from one sunset to the next), or figurative (a space of time defined by an associated term), (often used adverb) day
and your land אַדְמַתְכֶ֖ם Soil (from its general redness) land
for Pharaoh: לְפַרְעֹ֑ה Paroh, a general title of Egyptian kings Pharaoh
lo, הֵֽא Lo! lo
here is (No Hebrew definition. English implied.)
seed זֶ֔רַע Seed; figuratively, fruit, plant, sowing-time, posterity seed
for you, and ye shall sow וּזְרַעְתֶּ֖ם To sow; figuratively, to disseminate, plant, fructify sow
the land. הָֽאֲדָמָֽה׃ Soil (from its general redness) land

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  • 21  And as for the people, he removed them to cities from one end of the borders of Egypt even to the other end thereof.

  • 22  Only the land of the priests bought he not; for the priests had a portion assigned them of Pharaoh, and did eat their portion which Pharaoh gave them: wherefore they sold not their lands.

  • 23  Then Joseph said unto the people, Behold, I have bought you this day and your land for Pharaoh: lo, here is seed for you, and ye shall sow the land.

  • 24  And it shall come to pass in the increase, that ye shall give the fifth part unto Pharaoh, and four parts shall be your own, for seed of the field, and for your food, and for them of your households, and for food for your little ones.

  • 25  And they said, Thou hast saved our lives: let us find grace in the sight of my lord, and we will be Pharaoh's servants.


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