Some Notes:

The English language has no gender-neutral pronouns. So when the words man, he, him, etc are used, they mean "Generic human being" unless the context specifically says otherwise. Only women get words devoted just to them.

Thou, Thee, and Thine are singular pronouns. You and Your are plural in the 16th Century English the King James Bible was translated into. This actually makes the message clearer than our habit of using "you" as both a singular and a plural.

In many scriptures I have changed the King James (English) spelling to American spelling (labour=labor, for example. I understand those in England still spell it with a u). Also, in some scriptures I have changed the "-eth" to a simple "s." Spelling standards weren't set in English until the mid 1800's, well after the translating of the KJV. So I see no problem with making these simple changes that don't affect the meaning of the scripture but make it easier for our modern mouths and ears to deal with.

Genesis 47- The Famine



1 Then Joseph came and told Pharaoh, and said, “My father and my brothers, and their flocks, and their herds, and all that they have, are come out of the land of Canaan; and, behold, they are in the land of Goshen.”

2 And he took some of his brothers, even five men, and presented them unto Pharaoh.

The Bible doesn’t tell us which five he brought to Pharaoh. Probably whichever were the best looking and spoke the best.

3 And Pharaoh said unto his breothers, “What is your occupation?” And they said unto Pharaoh, “Thy servants are shepherds, both we, and also our fathers.”

4 They said moreover unto Pharaoh, “For to live in the land are we come; for thy servants have no pasture for their flocks; for the famine is very bad in the land of Canaan: now therefore, we pray thee, let thy servants live in the land of Goshen.”

5 And Pharaoh spoke unto Joseph, saying, “Thy father and thy brothers are come unto thee:

6 “The land of Egypt is before thee; in the best of the land make thy father and brethren to live; in the land of Goshen let them live: and if thou know any men of activity among them, then make them rulers over my cattle.”

Pharaoh had so much confidence in Joseph that he figured he could only profit by putting his own cattle under the control of his brothers. If one is good, two …or twelve… must be better!

7 And Joseph brought in Jacob his father, and set him before Pharaoh: and Jacob blessed Pharaoh.

8 And Pharaoh said unto Jacob, “How old are thou?”

9 And Jacob said unto Pharaoh, “The days of the years of my pilgrimage are 130 years: few and evil have the days of the years of my life been, and have not attained unto the days of the years of the life of my fathers in the days of their pilgrimage.”

“I’m 130 years old and I’ve had a hard life and am not nearly as old as my ancestors lived to be.”

This would then be year 2298AH (1748BC).

10 And Jacob blessed Pharaoh, and went out from before Pharaoh.

11 And Joseph placed his father and his brothers, and gave them a possession in the land of Egypt, in the best of the land, in the land of Rameses, as Pharaoh had commanded.

Rameses means “child of the sun.” Because of the Pharaohs by this name, many place this incident and the Exodus during their reign. However, Rameses was a common name and may very well have been the name of the community long before any pharaohs went by it.

Also, when a city changes names, future editors often change it in the records in order to let the reader know where they are talking about (For example, historical records would call my community China Town, but anyone writing about this area’s history now would call it by its current name even if referring to its "China Town" era.)

This and the scripture in Exodus mentioning Rameses are the ones most secular historians use to coordinate the Bible with Archeology. Doing this, there is no correlation whatsoever between the two since there is no evidence of "Asian" (east from Egypt) slaves or large famines in the time of the Rameses (19th Dynasty).

However, if you assume this town is not named after the pharaoh (but possibly the other way around) Archeology coordinates perfectly with the Bible. There is a great deal of evidence for Asian slaves during the late 12th dynasty, who, for some “unknown reason” picked up and left suddenly. There is also evidence for a very large famine that the people were well prepared to handle in the early 12th dynasty.

So the reason secular archeologists can’t find evidence for the Bible to be true is simply that they are looking in the wrong places.

12 And Joseph nourished his father, and his brethren, and all his father's household, with bread, according to their families.

13 And there was no bread in all the land; for the famine was very sore, so that the land of Egypt and all the land of Canaan fainted by reason of the famine.

14 And Joseph gathered up all the money that was found in the land of Egypt, and in the land of Canaan, for the grain which they bought: and Joseph brought the money into Pharaoh's house.

15 And when money ran out in the land of Egypt, and in the land of Canaan, all the Egyptians came unto Joseph, and said, “Give us bread: for why should we die in thy presence? For the money has run out.”

16 And Joseph said, “Give your cattle; and I will give you for your cattle, if the money is gone.”

17 And they brought their cattle unto Joseph: and Joseph gave them bread in exchange for horses, and for the flocks, and for the cattle of the herds, and for the donkeys: and he fed them with bread for all their cattle for that year.

18 When that year was ended, they came unto him the second year, and said unto him, “We will not hide it from my boss, how that our money is gone; my boss also has our herds of cattle; there is nothing left in the sight of my boss, but our bodies, and our lands:

19 “Why shall we die before thine eyes, both we and our land? Buy us and our land for bread, and we and our land will be slaves unto Pharaoh: and give us seed, that we may live, and not die, that the land be not desolate.”

20 And Joseph bought all the land of Egypt for Pharaoh; for the Egyptians sold every man his field, because the famine prevailed over them: so the land became Pharaoh's.

From this point on, the pharaohs are very rich and have ownership of all the land of Egypt (including its people) and are the acknowledged bosses of all of Canaan. Later, when there are problems between peoples in Canaan, they write to Egypt to help them. This incident is why Egypt is expected to care.

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.

City people are easier to feed (and control) than country people because of the lesser distances. This would also have broken any loyalties to the land itself.

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: so they sold not their lands.

This is recorded in the various temples in Egypt.

23 Then Joseph said unto the people, “See, I have bought you this day and your land for Pharaoh: Here is seed for you, and ye shall sow the land.

24 “And it shall come to pass in the harvest, that ye shall give 1/5 part unto Pharaoh, and 4/5 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.”

This is a very low tax (20%) for slaves to pay (though very high for free men.)

Once you figure all the hidden taxes, Americans pay about 40%, and Europeans pay more.

25 And they said, “Thou have saved our lives: let us find grace in the sight of my boss, and we will be Pharaoh's slaves.”

26 And Joseph made it a law over the land of Egypt unto this day, that Pharaoh should have 1/5 part, except the land of the priests only, which became not Pharaoh's.

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

28 And Jacob lived in the land of Egypt seventeen years: so the whole age of Jacob was an 147 years.

Year 2315 (1731BC).

29 And the time drew near that Israel must die: and he called his son Joseph, and said unto him, “If now I have found grace in thy sight, put, I pray thee, thy hand under my thigh, and deal kindly and truly with me; bury me not, I pray thee, in Egypt:

30 “But I will lie with my fathers, and thou shall carry me out of Egypt, and bury me in their burying place.” And he said, “I will do as thou have said.”

31 And he said, “Swear unto me.” And he swore unto him. And Israel bowed himself upon the bed's head.

Jacob didn't want to be buried in Egypt but in the family burying ground that Abraham bought. Joseph promised he would make this happen.