Genesis 47:16
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New International Version
"Then bring your livestock," said Joseph. "I will sell you food in exchange for your livestock, since your money is gone."

New Living Translation
Joseph replied, "Since your money is gone, bring me your livestock. I will give you food in exchange for your livestock."

English Standard Version
And Joseph answered, “Give your livestock, and I will give you food in exchange for your livestock, if your money is gone.”

Berean Study Bible
“Then bring me your livestock,” said Joseph. “Since the money is gone, I will sell you food in exchange for your livestock.”

New American Standard Bible
Then Joseph said, "Give up your livestock, and I will give you food for your livestock, since your money is gone."

King James Bible
And Joseph said, Give your cattle; and I will give you for your cattle, if money fail.

Christian Standard Bible
But Joseph said, "Give me your livestock. Since the silver is gone, I will give you food in exchange for your livestock."

Contemporary English Version
"If you don't have any money," Joseph answered, "give me your animals, and I'll let you have some grain."

Good News Translation
Joseph answered, "Bring your livestock; I will give you food in exchange for it if your money is all gone."

Holman Christian Standard Bible
But Joseph said, "Give me your livestock. Since the money is gone, I will give you food in exchange for your livestock."

International Standard Version
"You can surrender your livestock," Joseph replied. "I'll feed them in exchange, since your money is gone."

NET Bible
Then Joseph said, "If your money is gone, bring your livestock, and I will give you food in exchange for your livestock."

New Heart English Bible
Joseph said, "Give me your livestock; and I will give you food for your livestock, if your money is gone."

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Joseph replied, "If you don't have any more money, give me your livestock, and I'll give you food in exchange."

JPS Tanakh 1917
And Joseph said: 'Give your cattle, and I will give you [bread] for your cattle, if money fail.'

New American Standard 1977
Then Joseph said, “Give up your livestock, and I will give you food for your livestock, since your money is gone.”

Jubilee Bible 2000
And Joseph said, Give your livestock, and I will give you for your livestock if the money has failed.

King James 2000 Bible
And Joseph said, Give your cattle; and I will give you food for your cattle, if money fails;.

American King James Version
And Joseph said, Give your cattle; and I will give you for your cattle, if money fail.

American Standard Version
And Joseph said, Give your cattle; and I will give you for your cattle, if money fail.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And he answered them: Bring your cattle, and for them I will give you food, if you have no money.

Darby Bible Translation
And Joseph said, Give your cattle, and I will give you for your cattle, if [your] money be all gone.

English Revised Version
And Joseph said, Give your cattle; and I will give you for your cattle, if money fail.

Webster's Bible Translation
And Joseph said, Give your cattle; and I will give you for your cattle, if money hath failed.

World English Bible
Joseph said, "Give me your livestock; and I will give you food for your livestock, if your money is gone."

Young's Literal Translation
and Joseph saith, 'Give your cattle; and I give to you for your cattle, if the money hath ceased.'
Study Bible
Joseph's Leadership During the Famine
15When the money from the lands of Egypt and Canaan was gone, all the Egyptians came to Joseph and said, “Give us food. Why should we die before your eyes? For our funds have run out!” 16“Then bring me your livestock,” said Joseph. “Since the money is gone, I will sell you food in exchange for your livestock.” 17So they brought their livestock to Joseph, and he gave them food in exchange for their horses, the animals of their flocks and herds, and their donkeys. Throughout that year he provided them with food in exchange for all their livestock.…
Cross References
Genesis 47:15
When the money from the lands of Egypt and Canaan was gone, all the Egyptians came to Joseph and said, “Give us food. Why should we die before your eyes? For our funds have run out!”

Genesis 47:17
So they brought their livestock to Joseph, and he gave them food in exchange for their horses, the animals of their flocks and herds, and their donkeys. Throughout that year he provided them with food in exchange for all their livestock.

Treasury of Scripture

And Joseph said, Give your cattle; and I will give you for your cattle, if money fail.

Give your cattle.. This was the wisest measure that could be adopted, both for the preservation of the people and the cattle. As the people had not grain for their own sustenance, consequently they could have none for their cattle: hence they were in the most immediate danger of starving; and the people also were in equal danger; as they must have divided a portion of that bought for themselves with the cattle, which, for the sake of tillage, etc., they wished of course to preserve till the seven years' famine should end.

Daniel 6:5-7 Then said these men, We shall not find any occasion against this …

Proverbs 12:17 He that speaks truth shows forth righteousness: but a false witness deceit.

1 Corinthians 10:32 Give none offense, neither to the Jews, nor to the Gentiles, nor …

Philippians 4:8 Finally, brothers, whatever things are true, whatever things are …

Colossians 4:5 Walk in wisdom toward them that are without, redeeming the time.







JOSEPH'S POLICY IN EGYPT.

(16) Give your cattle.--As the people were in want of food, and their land incapable of cultivation as long as the Nile ceased to overflow, this was a merciful arrangement, by which the owners were delivered from a burden, and also a portion of the cattle saved for the time when they would be needed again for agricultural purposes. As the charge of so many cattle in time of dearth would be a very serious matter (1Kings 18:5-6), we now see the reason why Pharaoh wished the ablest of Joseph's brethren to be employed in the task; and probably while there was no food for them in the Nile Valley, there would still be grass in the alluvial soil of the delta, which men used to move about with cattle would be able to find.

Verses 16, 17. - And Joseph said, Give (literally, bring) your cattle; and I will give you (sc. bread) for your cattle, if money fail. And they brought their cattle unto Joseph: and Joseph gave them bread in exchange for horses, and for the flocks (literally, and for cattle of the flocks), and for the cattle of the herds, and for the asses (the severity of these terms of sale and purchase was not so great as at first sight appears, since to a famishing people under-fed cattle and starving horses must have been comparatively worthless): and he fed them - literally, led, in the sense of cared for and maintained, them (cf. Psalm 23:2; Isaiah 40:11) - for all their cattle for that year - this was the sixth year of the famine (vide ver. 23). And Joseph said, give your cattle,.... Oxen, sheep, horses, asses, as follows:

and I will give you for your cattle, if money fail; that is, corn for cattle, if they had no money to give. 16. And Joseph said, Give your cattle—"This was the wisest course that could be adopted for the preservation both of the people and the cattle, which, being bought by Joseph, was supported at the royal expense, and very likely returned to the people at the end of the famine, to enable them to resume their agricultural labors."47:13-26 Care being taken of Jacob and his family, which mercy was especially designed by Providence in Joseph's advancement, an account is given of the saving the kingdom of Egypt from ruin. There was no bread, and the people were ready to die. See how we depend upon God's providence. All our wealth would not keep us from starving, if rain were withheld for two or three years. See how much we are at God's mercy, and let us keep ourselves always in his love. Also see how much we smart by our own want of care. If all the Egyptians had laid up corn for themselves in the seven years of plenty, they had not been in these straits; but they regarded not the warning. Silver and gold would not feed them: they must have corn. All that a man hath will he give for his life. We cannot judge this matter by modern rules. It is plain that the Egyptians regarded Joseph as a public benefactor. The whole is consistent with Joseph's character, acting between Pharaoh and his subjects, in the fear of God. The Egyptians confessed concerning Joseph, Thou hast saved our lives. What multitudes will gratefully say to Jesus, at the last day, Thou hast saved our souls from the most tremendous destruction, and in the season of uttermost distress! The Egyptians parted with all their property, and even their liberty, for the saving of their lives: can it then be too much for us to count all but loss, and part with all, at His command, and for His sake, who will both save our souls, and give us an hundredfold, even here, in this present world? Surely if saved by Christ, we shall be willing to become his servants.



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