Genesis 46:32
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New International Version
The men are shepherds; they tend livestock, and they have brought along their flocks and herds and everything they own.'

New Living Translation
These men are shepherds, and they raise livestock. They have brought with them their flocks and herds and everything they own.'"

English Standard Version
And the men are shepherds, for they have been keepers of livestock, and they have brought their flocks and their herds and all that they have.’

New American Standard Bible
and the men are shepherds, for they have been keepers of livestock; and they have brought their flocks and their herds and all that they have.'

King James Bible
And the men are shepherds, for their trade hath been to feed cattle; and they have brought their flocks, and their herds, and all that they have.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
The men are shepherds; they also raise livestock. They have brought their sheep and cattle and all that they have.

International Standard Version
I'll mention that the men are shepherds. Because they've been taking care of livestock, they brought along their flocks, their herds, and everything else that they own.

NET Bible
The men are shepherds; they take care of livestock. They have brought their flocks and their herds and all that they have.'

New Heart English Bible
These men are shepherds, for they have been keepers of livestock, and they have brought their flocks, and their herds, and all that they have.'

GOD'S WORD® Translation
The men are shepherds. They take care of livestock. They've brought their flocks and herds and everything they own.'

JPS Tanakh 1917
and the men are shepherds, for they have been keepers of cattle; and they have brought their flocks, and their herds, and all that they have.

New American Standard 1977
and the men are shepherds, for they have been keepers of livestock; and they have brought their flocks and their herds and all that they have.’

Jubilee Bible 2000
and the men are pastors of sheep, for their trade has been to feed livestock; and they have brought their sheep and their cows and all that they have.

King James 2000 Bible
And the men are shepherds, for their trade has been to feed cattle; and they have brought their flocks, and their herds, and all that they have.

American King James Version
And the men are shepherds, for their trade has been to feed cattle; and they have brought their flocks, and their herds, and all that they have.

American Standard Version
and the men are shepherds, for they have been keepers of cattle; and they have brought their flocks, and their herds, and all that they have.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And the men are shepherds, and their occupation is to feed cattle: their flocks and herds, and all they have, they have brought with them.

Darby Bible Translation
and the men are shepherds, for they have been occupied with cattle; and they have brought their sheep, and their cattle, and all that they have.

English Revised Version
and the men are shepherds, for they have been keepers of cattle; and they have brought their flocks, and their herds, and all that they have.

Webster's Bible Translation
And the men are shepherds, for their employment hath been to feed cattle; and they have brought their flocks, and their herds, and all that they have.

World English Bible
These men are shepherds, for they have been keepers of livestock, and they have brought their flocks, and their herds, and all that they have.'

Young's Literal Translation
and the men are feeders of a flock, for they have been men of cattle; and their flock, and their herd, and all that they have, they have brought.'
Study Bible
Joseph Meets Jacob
31Joseph said to his brothers and to his father's household, "I will go up and tell Pharaoh, and will say to him, 'My brothers and my father's household, who were in the land of Canaan, have come to me; 32and the men are shepherds, for they have been keepers of livestock; and they have brought their flocks and their herds and all that they have.' 33"When Pharaoh calls you and says, 'What is your occupation?'…
Cross References
Genesis 4:2
Again, she gave birth to his brother Abel. And Abel was a keeper of flocks, but Cain was a tiller of the ground.

Genesis 46:31
Joseph said to his brothers and to his father's household, "I will go up and tell Pharaoh, and will say to him, 'My brothers and my father's household, who were in the land of Canaan, have come to me;

Genesis 46:33
"When Pharaoh calls you and says, 'What is your occupation?'
Treasury of Scripture

And the men are shepherds, for their trade has been to feed cattle; and they have brought their flocks, and their herds, and all that they have.

shepherds.

Genesis 4:2 And she again bore his brother Abel. And Abel was a keeper of sheep, …

Genesis 31:18 And he carried away all his cattle, and all his goods which he had …

Genesis 37:2 These are the generations of Jacob. Joseph, being seventeen years …

Genesis 47:3 And Pharaoh said to his brothers, What is your occupation? And they …

Exodus 3:1 Now Moses kept the flock of Jethro his father in law, the priest …

1 Samuel 16:11 And Samuel said to Jesse, Are here all your children? And he said, …

1 Samuel 17:15 But David went and returned from Saul to feed his father's sheep at Bethlehem.

Psalm 78:70-72 He chose David also his servant, and took him from the sheepfolds…

Isaiah 40:11 He shall feed his flock like a shepherd: he shall gather the lambs …

Zechariah 13:5 But he shall say, I am no prophet, I am an farmer; for man taught …

their trade hath been to feed cattle. Heb. they are men of cattle.

Genesis 46:34 That you shall say, Your servants' trade has been about cattle from …

Genesis 9:20 And Noah began to be an farmer, and he planted a vineyard:

1 Kings 9:27 And Hiram sent in the navy his servants, shipmen that had knowledge …

1 Kings 18:5,6 And Ahab said to Obadiah, Go into the land, to all fountains of water, …

and they.

Genesis 45:10 And you shall dwell in the land of Goshen, and you shall be near …

(32) The men are shepherds.--As Joseph's object was to keep his brethren isolated in Goshen, he instructs them not to conceal their occupation, because Pharaoh on knowing it would not wish them to dwell in Egypt itself.

And the men are shepherds,.... That was their occupation and employment, by which they got their livelihood. Joseph was not ashamed of the business his father and brethren followed, even though mean; and besides, such men were an abomination to the Egyptians: this he thought proper to tell Pharaoh, lest he should think of putting them into some offices of the court or army, which would expose them to the envy of the Egyptians, and might endanger the corruption of their religion and manners, as well as be the means of separating them one from another, which he was careful to guard against, as Josephus (b) the historian suggests:

for their trade hath been to feed cattle; this was what they were brought up to from their youth, and were always employed in, and for which only they were fit:

and they have brought their flocks and their herds, and all that they have; in order to carry on the same business, and lead the same course of life.

(b) Ut supra. (Antiqu. l. 2. c. 7. sect. 5.) 46:28-34 It was justice to Pharaoh to let him know that such a family was come to settle in his dominions. If others put confidence in us, we must not be so base as to abuse it by imposing upon them. But how shall Joseph dispose of his brethren? Time was, when they were contriving to be rid of him; now he is contriving to settle them to their advantage; this is rendering good for evil. He would have them live by themselves, in the land of Goshen, which lay nearest to Canaan. Shepherds were an abomination to the Egyptians. Yet Joseph would have them not ashamed to own this as their occupation before Pharaoh. He might have procured places for them at court or in the army. But such preferments would have exposed them to the envy of the Egyptians, and might have tempted them to forget Canaan and the promise made unto their fathers. An honest calling is no disgrace, nor ought we to account it so, but rather reckon it a shame to be idle, or to have nothing to do. It is generally best for people to abide in the callings they have been bred to and used to. Whatever employment and condition God in his providence has allotted for us, let us suit ourselves to it, satisfy ourselves with it, and not mind high things. It is better to be the credit of a mean post, than the shame of a high one. If we wish to destroy our souls, or the souls of our children, then let us seek for ourselves, and for them, great things; but if not, it becomes us, having food and raiment, therewith to be content.
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