Acts 7:14
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New International Version
After this, Joseph sent for his father Jacob and his whole family, seventy-five in all.

New Living Translation
Then Joseph sent for his father, Jacob, and all his relatives to come to Egypt, seventy-five persons in all.

English Standard Version
And Joseph sent and summoned Jacob his father and all his kindred, seventy-five persons in all.

Berean Study Bible
Then Joseph sent for his father Jacob and all his relatives, seventy-five in all.

Berean Literal Bible
And Joseph, having sent, called for his father Jacob and all the kindred, seventy-five souls in all.

New American Standard Bible
"Then Joseph sent word and invited Jacob his father and all his relatives to come to him, seventy-five persons in all.

King James Bible
Then sent Joseph, and called his father Jacob to him, and all his kindred, threescore and fifteen souls.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Joseph then invited his father Jacob and all his relatives, 75 people in all,

International Standard Version
Then Joseph invited his father Jacob and all his relatives to come to him in Egypt —75 persons in all.

NET Bible
So Joseph sent a message and invited his father Jacob and all his relatives to come, seventy-five people in all.

New Heart English Bible
Then Joseph sent, and summoned Jacob, his father, and all his relatives, seventy-five souls.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Joseph sent and brought his father Jacob and all his family, and they were seventy five souls in number,

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Joseph sent for his father Jacob and his relatives, 75 people in all.

New American Standard 1977
“And Joseph sent word and invited Jacob his father and all his relatives to come to him, seventy-five persons in all.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Then Joseph sent and called his father Jacob unto him and all his kindred, seventy-five souls.

King James 2000 Bible
Then sent Joseph, and called his father Jacob to him, and all his kindred, threescore and fifteen souls.

American King James Version
Then sent Joseph, and called his father Jacob to him, and all his kindred, three score and fifteen souls.

American Standard Version
And Joseph sent, and called to him Jacob his father, and all his kindred, threescore and fifteen souls.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And Joseph sending, called thither Jacob, his father, and all his kindred, seventy-five souls.

Darby Bible Translation
And Joseph sent and called down to him his father Jacob and all [his] kindred, seventy-five souls.

English Revised Version
And Joseph sent, and called to him Jacob his father, and all his kindred, threescore and fifteen souls.

Webster's Bible Translation
Then Joseph sent, and called his father Jacob to him, and all his kindred, seventy five souls.

Weymouth New Testament
Then Joseph sent and invited his father Jacob and all his family, numbering seventy-five persons, to come to him,

World English Bible
Joseph sent, and summoned Jacob, his father, and all his relatives, seventy-five souls.

Young's Literal Translation
and Joseph having sent, did call for his father Jacob, and all his kindred -- with seventy and five souls --
Study Bible
Stephen's Address to the Sanhedrin
13On their second visit, Joseph revealed his identity to his brothers, and his family became known to Pharaoh. 14Then Joseph sent for his father Jacob and all his relatives, seventy-five in all. 15So Jacob went down to Egypt, where he and our fathers died.…
Cross References
Genesis 45:9
"Hurry and go up to my father, and say to him, 'Thus says your son Joseph, "God has made me lord of all Egypt; come down to me, do not delay.

Genesis 45:10
"You shall live in the land of Goshen, and you shall be near me, you and your children and your children's children and your flocks and your herds and all that you have.

Genesis 45:13
"Now you must tell my father of all my splendor in Egypt, and all that you have seen; and you must hurry and bring my father down here."

Genesis 46:26
All the persons belonging to Jacob, who came to Egypt, his direct descendants, not including the wives of Jacob's sons, were sixty-six persons in all,

Genesis 46:27
and the sons of Joseph, who were born to him in Egypt were two; all the persons of the house of Jacob, who came to Egypt, were seventy.

Exodus 1:5
All the persons who came from the loins of Jacob were seventy in number, but Joseph was already in Egypt.

Deuteronomy 10:22
"Your fathers went down to Egypt seventy persons in all, and now the LORD your God has made you as numerous as the stars of heaven.

Acts 2:41
Those who embraced his message were baptized, and about three thousand were added to the believers that day.
Treasury of Scripture

Then sent Joseph, and called his father Jacob to him, and all his kindred, three score and fifteen souls.

sent.

Genesis 45:9-11 Haste you, and go up to my father, and say to him, Thus said your …

Psalm 105:23 Israel also came into Egypt; and Jacob sojourned in the land of Ham.

threescore.

Genesis 46:12,26,27 And the sons of Judah; Er, and Onan, and Shelah, and Pharez, and …

Deuteronomy 10:22 Your fathers went down into Egypt with three score and ten persons…

1 Chronicles 2:5,6 The sons of Pharez; Hezron, and Hamul…

(14) Threescore and fifteen souls.--Seventy is given as the number, including Jacob, Joseph, and his sons, in Genesis 46:27; Exodus 1:5; Deuteronomy 10:22. Here, however, Stephen had the authority of the LXX. of Genesis 46:27, which gives the number at seventy-five, and makes it up by inserting the son and grandson of Manasseh, two sons and a grandson of Ephraim. With them it was probably an editorial correction based upon Numbers 26:26-37. Stephen, as a Hellenistic Jew, naturally accepted, without caring to investigate, the number which he found in the Greek version.

Verse 14. - And Joseph sent for then sent Joseph, A.V.; called to him Jacob his father for called his father Jacob to him, A.V. Three score and fifteen souls. In Genesis 46:26, 27, the statement is very precise that "all the souls of the house of Jacob, which came into Egypt, were three score and ten," including Joseph and his two sons. Moreover, the accuracy of the number is tested in two ways. First, the names of the sons and daughters of each patriarch are given, and they are found, on counting them, to amount to exactly seventy. And then the totals of the descendants of each of Jacob's four wives is given separately, and again the total is exactly seventy (33 + 16 + 14 + 7 = 70). It is true that the computation in ver. 26 does not agree with the above, for it makes the number of Jacob's descendants, exclusive of Joseph and his two sons, sixty-six instead of sixty-seven, which is the number according to the two above computations, and consequently the total number (when Joseph and his two sons are added) sixty-nine instead of seventy. But this is such a manifest contradiction that it seems almost a necessity to suppose a clerical error, שֵׁשׁ for שֶׁבַע, caused perhaps by the preceding שִׁשִׁים. It is also a singular anomaly that, in the enumeration of Leah's descendants, as well as in the general enumeration, Er and Onan are distinctly reckoned as well as mentioned. Jacob himself is nowhere reckoned in the Bible, though he is in the commentaries. But when we turn to the LXX., we find that in Genesis 46:20 there are added to Manasseh and Ephraim Machir the son and Gilead the grandson of Manasseh; and Suthelah and Taam the sons, and Edom (meaning Eran, LXX. Eden, Numbers 26:36) the grandson, of Ephraim, making the descendants of Rachel eighteen (it should be nineteen if Huppim, Genesis 46:21, is added) instead of fourteen; the number sixty-six of ver. 26 is preserved; the number of Joseph's descendants is given as nine (Huppim apparently being now reckoned), which, added to sixty-six, makes seventy-five; and accordingly in ver. 27 the LXX. read ψυχαὶ ἑβδομηκονταπέντε ("seventy-five souls"), instead of "three score and ten." But except in the addition of these five names of Joseph's grand and great-grand-children, the LXX. support the Hebrew text, even in the strange sixty-six of ver. 26. Stephen, as a Hellenist, naturally follows the LXX. But the question arises - How are we to understand the lists? Genesis 46:8 says, "These are the names of the children of Israel, which came into Egypt;" and one naturally expects to find the names only of those who are described in vers. 5-7 as the migratory party from Canaan to Egypt. This expectation is somewhat disturbed by Er and Onan being included in the enumeration. This may, however, be accounted for by Pharez and Zerah being reckoned as their seed. But is it likely that Hezron and Hamul the sons of Pharez, and the other great-grandsons of Jacob, were born before the descent into Egypt? The answer to this is that, as Jacob was a hundred and thirty years old when he came down to Egypt (Genesis 47:28), there is no improbability in his having great-grandchildren (allowing forty years for a generation); on the contrary, every likelihood that he should. But on the other hand, as Joseph could not have been above fifty when Jacob came down to Egypt (30 + 14 + X.), Genesis 41:46, 29, 30, it does not seem likely or possible that Joseph should have had grown-up grandsons and a great-grandson, as the LXX. make him have. Indeed, to all appearance Manasseh and Ephraim were unmarried young men at the time that Jacob blessed them (Genesis 48:11, 16; Genesis 50:23). Therefore we may conclude certainly that the additional numbers of the LXX. are incorrect, if understood literally, of these who came down with Jacob from Canaan to Egypt. But there is nothing improbable in Benjamin having ten children. Judah, to whom grandchildren are attributed, was Jacob's fourth son, and might be forty or fifty years older than Joseph and Benjamin. Asher, to whom also grandsons are attributed, was the eighth son, and might be twenty years older than Joseph and Benjamin. Still, considering that Er and Onan are reckoned among those who came down to Egypt, it would not be surprising to find that some of those mentioned in the list were born after Jacob's arrival, but included on some principle which we do not understand. In other words, a literal interpretation of the statement of the Hebrew Bible involves no impossibilities, but a literal interpretation of the statement of the LXX. does. Then sent Joseph,.... Gifts and presents to his father, and wagons, to fetch down him and his family into Egypt, Genesis 45:21.

and called his father Jacob to him, and all his kindred, threescore and fifteen souls; which seems to disagree with the account of Moses, who says, that "all the souls of the house of Jacob, which came into Egypt, were threescore and ten", Genesis 46:27. But there is no contradiction; Moses and Stephen are speaking of different things; Moses speaks of the seed of Jacob, which came out of his loins, who came into Egypt, and so excludes his sons' wives; Stephen speaks of Jacob and all his kindred, among whom his sons' wives must be reckoned, whom Joseph called to him: according to Moses's account, the persons that came with Jacob into Egypt, who came out of his loins, and so exclusive of his sons' wives, were threescore and six; to which if we add Jacob himself, and Joseph who was before in Egypt, and who might be truly said to come into it, and his two sons that were born there, who came thither in his loins, as others in the account may be said to do, who were not yet born, when Jacob went down, the total number is threescore and ten, Genesis 46:26 out of which take the six following persons, Jacob, who was called by Joseph into Egypt, besides the threescore and fifteen souls, and Joseph and his two sons then in Egypt, who could not be said to be called by him, and Hezron and Hamul, the sons of Pharez not yet born, and this will reduce Moses's number to sixty four; to which sixty four, if you add the eleven wives of Jacob's sons, who were certainly part of the kindred called and invited into Egypt, Genesis 45:10 it will make up completely threescore and fifteen persons: or the persons called by Joseph maybe reckoned thus; his eleven brethren and sister Dinah, fifty two brother's children, to which add his brethren's eleven wives, and the amount is threescore and fifteen: so that the Jew (w) has no reason to charge Stephen with an error, as he does; nor was there any need to alter and corrupt the Septuagint version of Genesis 45:27 to make it agree with Stephen's account; or to add five names in it, in Acts 7:20 as Machir, Galaad, Sutalaam, Taam, and Edom, to make up the number seventy five: and it may be observed, that the number is not altered in the version of Deuteronomy 10:22 which agrees with the Hebrew for seventy persons.

(w) R. Isaac Chizzuk Emuna, par. 2. c. 63. p. 450. 14. threescore and fifteen souls—according to the Septuagint version of Ge 46:27, which Stephen follows, including the five children and grandchildren of Joseph's two sons.7:1-16 Stephen was charged as a blasphemer of God, and an apostate from the church; therefore he shows that he is a son of Abraham, and values himself on it. The slow steps by which the promise made to Abraham advanced toward performance, plainly show that it had a spiritual meaning, and that the land intended was the heavenly. God owned Joseph in his troubles, and was with him by the power of his Spirit, both on his own mind by giving him comfort, and on those he was concerned with, by giving him favour in their eyes. Stephen reminds the Jews of their mean beginning as a check to priding themselves in the glories of that nation. Likewise of the wickedness of the patriarchs of their tribes, in envying their brother Joseph; and the same spirit was still working in them toward Christ and his ministers. The faith of the patriarchs, in desiring to be buried in the land of Canaan, plainly showed they had regard to the heavenly country. It is well to recur to the first rise of usages, or sentiments, which have been perverted. Would we know the nature and effects of justifying faith, we should study the character of the father of the faithful. His calling shows the power and freeness of Divine grace, and the nature of conversion. Here also we see that outward forms and distinctions are as nothing, compared with separation from the world, and devotedness to God.
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