THE HOLY BIBLE Douay-Rheims

Book of Genesis (Author Moses)

47:1¤ Then Joseph went in and told Pharao, saying: My father and brethren, their sheep and their herds, and all that they possess, are come out of the land of Chanaan: and behold they stay in the land of Gessen.

47:2Five men also, the last of his brethren, he presented before the king:

47:3And he asked them: What is your occupation? They answered: We, thy servants, are shepherds, both we and our fathers.

47:4We are come to sojourn in thy land, because there is no grass for the flocks of thy servants, the famine being very grievous in the land of Chanaan: and we pray thee to give orders that we thy servants may be in the land of Gessen.

47:5The king therefore said to Joseph: Thy father and thy brethren are come to thee.

47:6The land of Egypt is before thee: and make them dwell in the best place, and give them the land of Gessen. And if thou knowest that there are industrious men among them, make them rulers over my cattle.

47:7After this Joseph brought in his father to the king, and presented him before him: and he blessed him.

47:8And being asked by him: How many are the days of the years of thy life?

47:9He answered: The days of my pilgrimage are a hundred and thirty years, few, and evil, and they are not come up to the days of the pilgrimage of my fathers.

47:10And blessing the king, he went out.

47:11But Joseph gave a possession to his father and his brethren in Egypt, in the best place of the land, in Ramesses, as Pharao had commanded.

47:12And he nourished them, and all his father's house, allowing food to every one.

47:13For in the whole world there was want of bread, and a famine had oppressed the land, more especially of Egypt and Chanaan;

47:14Out of which he gathered up all the money for the corn which they bought, and brought it in to the king's treasure.

47:15And when the buyers wanted money, all Egypt came to Joseph, saying: Give us bread: why should we die in thy presence, having now no money?

47:16And he answered them: Bring your cattle, and for them I will give you food, if you have no money.

47:17And when they had brought them, he gave them food in exchange for their horses, and sheep, and oxen, and asses: and he maintained them that year for the exchange of their cattle.

47:18And they came the second year, and said to him: We will not hide from our lord, how that our money is spent, and our cattle also are gone: neither art thou ignorant that we have nothing now left but our bodies and our lands.

47:19Why therefore shall we die before thy eyes? we will be thine, both we and our lands: buy us to be the king's servants, and give us seed, lest for want of tillers the land be turned into a wilderness.

47:20So Joseph bought all the land of Egypt, every man selling his possessions, because of the greatness of the famine. And he brought it into Pharao's hands:

47:21And all its people from one end of the borders of Egypt, even to the other end thereof,

47:22Except the land of the priests, which had been given them by the king: to whom also a certain allowance of food was given out of the public stores, and therefore they were not forced to sell their possessions.

47:23Then Joseph said to the people: Behold, as you see, both you and your lands belong to Pharao; take seed and sow the fields,

47:24That you may have corn. The fifth part you shall give to the king; the other four you shall have for seed, and for food for your families and children.

47:25And they answered: our life is in thy hand; only let my lord look favourably upon us, and we will gladly serve the king.

47:26From that time unto this day, in the whole land of Egypt, the fifth part is paid to the king, and it is become as a law, except the land of the priests, which was free from this covenant.

47:27So Israel dwelt in Egypt, that is, in the land of Gessen, and possessed it; and grew, and was multiplied exceedingly.

47:28And he lived in it seventeen years: and all the days of his life came to a hundred and forty-seven years.

47:29And when he saw that the day of his death drew nigh, he called his son Joseph, and said to him: If I have found favour in thy sight, put thy hand under my thigh; and thou shalt shew me this kindness and truth, not to bury me in Egypt.

47:30But I will sleep with my fathers, and thou shalt take me away out of this land, and bury me in the burying place of my ancestors. And Joseph answered him: I will do what thou hast commanded.

47:31And he said: Swear then to me. And as he was swearing, Israel adored God, turning to the bed's head.

48:1¤ After these things, it was told Joseph that his father was sick; and he set out to go to him, taking his two sons Manasses and Ephraim.

48:2And it was told the old man: Behold thy son Joseph cometh to thee. And being strengthened, he sat on his bed.

48:3And when Joseph was come in to him, he said: God almighty appeared to me at Luza, which is in the land of Chanaan, and he blessed me,

48:4And said: I will cause thee to increase and multiply, and I will make of thee a multitude of people: and I will give this land to thee, and to thy seed after thee for an everlasting possession.

48:5So thy two sons, who were born to thee in the land of Egypt before I came hither to thee, shall be mine: Ephraim and Manasses shall be reputed to me as Ruben and Simeon.

48:6But the rest whom thou shalt have after them, shall be thine, and shall be called by the name of their brethren in their possessions.

48:7For, when I came out of Mesopotamia, Rachel died from me in the land of Chanaan in the very journey, and it was spring time: and I was going to Ephrata, and I buried her near the way of Ephrata, which by another name is called Bethlehem.

48:8Then seeing his sons, he said to him: Who are these?

48:9He answered: They are my sons, whom God hath given me in this place. And he said: Bring them to me, that I may bless them.

48:10For Israel's eyes were dim by reason of his great age, and he could not see clearly. And when they were brought to him, he kissed and embraced them,

48:11And said to his son: I am not deprived of seeing thee; moreover God hath shewn me thy seed.

48:12And when Joseph had taken them from his father's lap, he bowed down with his face to the ground.

48:13And he set Ephraim on his right hand, that is, towards the left hand of Israel; but Manasses on his left hand, to wit, towards his father's right hand, and brought them near to him.

48:14But he, stretching forth his right hand, put it upon the head of Ephraim, the younger brother; and the left upon the head of Manasses, who was the elder, changing his hands.

48:15And Jacob blessed the sons of Joseph, and said: God, in whose sight my fathers Abraham and Isaac walked, God that feedeth me from my youth until this day:

48:16The angel that delivereth me from all evils, bless these boys: and let my name be called upon them, and the names of my fathers Abraham and Isaac; and may they grow into a multitude upon the earth.

48:17And Joseph seeing that his father had put his right hand upon the head of Ephraim, was much displeased: and taking his father's hand, he tried to lift it from Ephraim's head, and to remove it to the head of Manasses.

48:18And he said to his father: It should not be so, my father; for this is the firstborn, put thy right hand upon his head.

48:19But he refusing, said: I know, my son, I know: and this also shall become a people, and shall be multiplied; but his younger brother shall be greater than he; and his seed shall grow into nations.

48:20And he blessed them at that time, saying: In thee shall Israel be blessed, and it shall be said: God do to thee as to Ephraim, and as to Manasses. And he set Ephraim before Manasses.

48:21And he said to Joseph, his son: Behold I die, and God will be with you, and will bring you back into the land of your fathers.

48:22I give thee a portion above thy brethren, which I took out of the hand of the Amorrhite with my sword and bow.

49:1¤ And Jacob called his sons, and said to them: Gather yourselves together, that I may tell you the things that shall befall you in the last days.

49:2Gather yourselves together, and hear, O ye sons of Jacob, hearken to Israel, your father:

49:3Ruben, my firstborn, thou art my strength, and the beginning of my sorrow; excelling in gifts, greater in command.

49:4Thou art poured out as water, grow thou not; because thou wentest up to thy father's bed, and didst defile his couch.

49:5Simeon and Levi brethren: vessels of iniquity waging war.

49:6Let not my soul go into their counsel, nor my glory be in their assembly: because in their fury they slew a man, and in their self-will they undermined a wall.

49:7Cursed be their fury, because it was stubborn: and their wrath, because it was cruel: I will divide them in Jacob, and will scatter them in Israel.

49:8Juda, thee shall thy brethren praise: thy hand shall be on the necks of thy enemies; the sons of thy father shall bow down to thee.

49:9Juda is a lion's whelp: to the prey, my son, thou art gone up: resting thou hast couched as a lion, and as a lioness, who shall rouse him?

49:10The sceptre shall not be taken away from Juda, nor a ruler from his thigh, till he come that is to be sent, and he shall be the expectation of nations.

49:11Tying his foal to the vineyard, and his ass, O my son, to the vine. He shall wash his robe in wine, and his garment in the blood of the grape.

49:12His eyes are more beautiful than wine, and his teeth whiter than milk.

49:13Zabulon shall dwell on the seashore, and in the road of ships, reaching as far as Sidon.

49:14Issachar shall be a strong ass, lying down between the borders.

49:15He saw rest that it was good: and the land that it was excellent: and he bowed his shoulder to carry, and became a servant under tribute.

49:16Dan shall judge his people like another tribe in Israel.

49:17Let Dan be a snake in the way, a serpent in the path, that biteth the horse's heels, that his rider may fall backward.

49:18I will look for thy salvation, O Lord.

49:19Gad, being girded, shall fight before him: and he himself shall be girded backward.

49:20Aser, his bread shall be fat, and he shall yield dainties to kings.

49:21Nephthali, a hart let loose, and giving words of beauty.

49:22Joseph is a growing son, a growing son and comely to behold: the daughters run to and fro upon the wall;

49:23But they that held darts, provoked him, and quarrelled with him, and envied him.

49:24His bow rested upon the strong, and the bands of his arms and his hands were loosed, by the hands of the mighty one of Jacob: thence he came forth a pastor, the stone of Israel.

49:25The God of thy father shall be thy helper, and the Almighty shall bless thee with the blessings of heaven above, with the blessings of the deep that lieth beneath, with the blessings of the breasts and of the womb.

49:26The blessings of thy father are strengthened with the blessings of his fathers: until the desire of the everlasting hills should come: may they be upon the head of Joseph, and upon the crown of the Nazarite among his brethren.

49:27Benjamin a ravenous wolf, in the morning shall eat the prey, and in the evening shall divide the spoil.

49:28All these are the twelve tribes of Israel: these things their father spoke to them, and he blessed every one with their proper blessings.

49:29And he charged them, saying: I am now going to be gathered to my people: bury me with my fathers in the double cave, which is in the field of Ephron the Hethite,

49:30Over against Mambre, in the land of Chanaan, which Abraham bought together with the field, of Ephron the Hethite, for a possession to bury in.

49:31There they buried him, and Sara his wife: there was Isaac buried with Rebecca, his wife: there also Lia doth lie buried.

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49:33And when he had ended the commandments, wherewith he instructed his sons, he drew up his feet upon the bed, and died: and he was gathered to his people.

50:1¤ And when Joseph saw this, he fell upon his father's face, weeping and kissing him.

50:2And he commanded his servants, the physicians, to embalm his father.

50:3And while they were fulfilling his commands, there passed forty days: for this was the manner with bodies that were embalmed, and Egypt mourned for him seventy days.

50:4And the time of the mourning being expired, Joseph spoke to the family of Pharao: If I have found favour in your sight, speak in the ears of Pharao:

50:5For my father made me swear to him, saying: Behold I die; thou shalt bury me in my sepulchre which I have digged for myself in the land of Chanaan. So I will go up and bury my father, and return.

50:6And Pharao said to him: Go up and bury thy father according as he made thee swear.

50:7So he went up, and there went with him all the ancients of Pharao's house, and all the elders of the land of Egypt.

50:8And the house of Joseph with his brethren, except their children, and their flocks and herds, which they left in the land of Gessen.

50:9He had also in his train chariots and horsemen: and it was a great company.

50:10And they came to the threshing floor of Atad, which is situated beyond the Jordan: where celebrating the exequies with a great and vehement lamentation, they spent full seven days.

50:11And when the inhabitants of Chanaan saw this, they said: This is a great mourning to the Egyptians. And therefore the name of that place was called, The mourning of Egypt.

50:12So the sons of Jacob did as he had commanded them.

50:13And carrying him into the land of Chanaan, they buried him in the double cave, which Abraham had bought together with the field for a possession of a burying place, of Ephron, the Hethite, over against Mambre.

50:14And Joseph returned into Egypt with his brethren, and all that were in his company, after he had buried his father.

50:15Now he being dead, his brethren were afraid, and talked one with another: Lest perhaps he should remember the wrong he suffered, and requite us all the evil that we did to him.

50:16And they sent a message to him, saying: Thy father commanded us before he died,

50:17That we should say thus much to thee from him: I beseech thee to forget the wickedness of thy brethren, and the sin and malice they practised against thee: we also pray thee, to forgive the servants of the God of thy father this wickedness. And when Joseph heard this, he wept.

50:18And his brethren came to him; and worshipping prostrate on the ground, they said: We are thy servants.

50:19And he answered them: Fear not: can we resist the will of God?

50:20You thought evil against me: but God turned it into good, that he might exalt me, as at present you see, and might save many people.

50:21Fear not: I will feed you and your children. And he comforted them, and spoke gently and mildly.

50:22And he dwelt in Egypt with all his father's house; and lived a hundred and ten years.

50:23And he saw the children of Ephraim to the third generation. The children also of Machir, the son of Manasses, were born on Joseph's knees.

50:24After which he told his brethren: God will visit you after my death, and will make you go up out of this land, to the land which he swore to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.

50:25And he made them swear to him, saying: God will visit you, carry my bones with you out of this place:

50:26And he died, being a hundred and ten years old. And being embalmed, he was laid in a coffin in Egypt.



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