To get what Genesis 47:26 means based on its source text, scroll down or follow these links for the original scriptural meaning , biblical context and relative popularity.

“And Joseph made it a law over the land of Egypt unto this day, that Pharaoh should have the fifth part; except the land of the priests only, which became not Pharaoh's.”

Very low popularity: < 10 searches a month
Popularity relative to other verses in Genesis chapter 47 using average monthly Google searches.

Genesis 47:26 Translation & Meaning

What does this verse really mean? Use this table to get a word-for-word translation of the original Hebrew Scripture. This shows the English words related to the source biblical texts along with brief definitions. Follow the buttons in the right-hand column for detailed definitions and verses that use the same root words. Use this reference information to gain deeper insight into the Bible and enrich your understanding. Information based on Strong's Exhaustive Concordance[1].

KJV Verse Original Hebrew Meaning/ Definition
This is a simplified translation of the original Hebrew word. Follow the buttons on the right to get more detail.
Use the buttons below to get details on the Hebrew word and view related Bible verses that use the same root word.
And Joseph יוֹסֵ֡ף Joseph, the name of seven Israelites Joseph
made וַיָּ֣שֶׂם To put (used in a great variety of applications, literal, figurative, inferentially, and elliptically) made
it a law לְחֹק֩ An enactment; hence, an appointment (of time, space, quantity, labor or usage) law
over עַל Above, over, upon, or against (yet always in this last relation with a downward aspect) in a great variety of applications over
the land אַדְמַ֥ת Soil (from its general redness) land
of Egypt מִצְרַ֛יִם Mitsrajim, i.e., Upper and Lower Egypt Egypt
unto עַד As far (or long, or much) as, whether of space (even unto) or time (during, while, until) or degree (equally with) unto
this הַזֶּ֜ה The masculine demonstrative pronoun, this or that this
day, הַיּ֨וֹם 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
that (No Hebrew definition. English implied.)
Pharaoh לְפַרְעֹ֖ה Paroh, a general title of Egyptian kings Pharaoh
should have the fifth לַחֹ֑מֶשׁ A fifth tax should fifth
part; (No Hebrew definition. English implied.)
except רַ֞ק Properly, leanness, i.e., (figuratively) limitation; only adverbial, merely, or conjunctional, although except
the land אַדְמַ֤ת Soil (from its general redness) land
of the priests הַכֹּֽהֲנִים֙ Literally one officiating, a priest; also (by courtesy) an acting priest (although a layman) priests
only, לְבַדָּ֔ם Properly, separation; by implication, a part of the body, branch of a tree, bar for carrying; figuratively, chief of a city; especially (with prepositional prefix) as an adverb, apart, only, besides only
which (No Hebrew definition. English implied.)
became הָֽיְתָ֖ה To exist, i.e., be or become, come to pass (always emphatic, and not a mere copula or auxiliary) became
not לֹ֥א Not (the simple or abs. negation); by implication, no; often used with other particles not
Pharaoh's. לְפַרְעֹֽה׃ Paroh, a general title of Egyptian kings Pharaohs

Verse Context

See Genesis 47:26 with its adjacent verses in bold below. Follow either of the two large buttons below to see these verses in their broader context of the King James Bible or a Bible concordance.

Very High
Verse Search Popularity Levels What do people search for?

Use the scale on the left to tell how often the verses below are googled compared to each other.

Very Low
  • 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.

  • 26  And Joseph made it a law over the land of Egypt unto this day, that Pharaoh should have the fifth part; except the land of the priests only, which became not Pharaoh's.

  • 27  And Israel dwelt in the land of Egypt, in the country of Goshen; and they had possessions therein, and grew, and multiplied exceedingly.

  • 28  And Jacob lived in the land of Egypt seventeen years: so the whole age of Jacob was an hundred forty and seven years.


The King James Bible (1611) and Strong's Concordance (1890) with Hebrew and Greek dictionaries are sourced from the BibleForgeDB database ( within the BibleForge project ( Popularity rankings are based on search volume data from the Google AdWords Keyword Planner tool.

Share This Page:

Popular Bible Topics What does the Bible say about...?

Most Searched Bible Verses
Translations, Meanings, Complete Red Letter Bible
Words of God in dark red
Words of Jesus in light red