Genesis 47:2
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New International Version
He chose five of his brothers and presented them before Pharaoh.

New Living Translation
Joseph took five of his brothers with him and presented them to Pharaoh.

English Standard Version
And from among his brothers he took five men and presented them to Pharaoh.

Berean Study Bible
And he chose five of his brothers and presented them before Pharaoh.

New American Standard Bible
He took five men from among his brothers and presented them to Pharaoh.

King James Bible
And he took some of his brethren, even five men, and presented them unto Pharaoh.

Christian Standard Bible
He took five of his brothers and presented them to Pharaoh.

Good News Translation
He then presented his brothers to the king.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
He took five of his brothers and presented them before Pharaoh.

International Standard Version
He brought along five of his brothers to present before Pharaoh.

NET Bible
He took five of his brothers and introduced them to Pharaoh.

New Heart English Bible
From among his brothers he took five men, and presented them to Pharaoh.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Since he had taken five of his brothers with him, he presented them to Pharaoh.

JPS Tanakh 1917
And from among his brethren he took five men, and presented them unto Pharaoh.

New American Standard 1977
And he took five men from among his brothers, and presented them to Pharaoh.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And of the least of his brethren he took five men and presented them unto Pharaoh.

King James 2000 Bible
And he took some of his brothers, even five men, and presented them unto Pharaoh.

American King James Version
And he took some of his brothers, even five men, and presented them to Pharaoh.

American Standard Version
And from among his brethren he took five men, and presented them unto Pharaoh.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Five men also the last of his brethren, he presented before the king:

Darby Bible Translation
And he took from the whole number of his brethren, five men, and set them before Pharaoh.

English Revised Version
And from among his brethren he took five men, and presented them unto Pharaoh.

Webster's Bible Translation
And he took some of his brethren, even five men, and presented them to Pharaoh.

World English Bible
From among his brothers he took five men, and presented them to Pharaoh.

Young's Literal Translation
And out of his brethren he hath taken five men, and setteth them before Pharaoh;
Study Bible
Jacob Settles in Goshen
1So Joseph went and told Pharaoh: “My father and my brothers, with their flocks and herds and all they own, have come from the land of Canaan and are now in Goshen.” 2And he chose five of his brothers and presented them before Pharaoh. 3“What is your occupation?” Pharaoh asked Joseph’s brothers. “Your servants are shepherds,” they replied, “both we and our fathers.”…
Cross References
Acts 7:13
On their second visit, Joseph revealed his identity to his brothers, and his family became known to Pharaoh.

Genesis 46:33
When Pharaoh summons you and asks, ‘What is your occupation?’

Treasury of Scripture

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

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(2) Even five men.--As the number "five" appears again and again in this narrative (Genesis 43:34; Genesis 45:22), it may have had some special importance among the Egyptians, like the number seven among the Jews.

Verse 2. - And he took some of his brethren, even five men, - literally, from the end, or extremity, of his brethren; not from the weakest, lest the king should select them for courtiers or soldiers (the Rabbis, Oleaster, Pererius, and others); or the strongest and most handsome, that the Egyptian monarch and his nobles might behold the dignity of Joseph s kindred (Lyre, Thostatus, and others); or the youngest and oldest, that the ages of the rest might be therefrom inferred (Calvin); but from the whole body of his brethren (Gesenius, Rosenmüller, Keil, Kalisch, et alii) he took five teen - and presented them unto Pharaoh (cf. Acts 7:13). And he took some of his brethren,.... Along with him, when he left his father in Goshen; the word for "some" signifies the extremity of a thing: hence some have fancied that he took some of the meanest and most abject, so Jarchi, lest if they had appeared to Pharaoh strong and robust, he should have made soldiers of them; others on the contrary think he took those that excelled most in strength of body, and endowments of mind, to make the better figure; others, that he took of both sorts, or some at both ends, the first and last, elder and younger; but it may be, he made no choice at all, but took some that offered next:

even five men: whom the Targum of Jonathan names as follow, Zebulun, Dan and Naphtali, Gad and Asher; but Jarchi will have them to be Reuben, Simeon and Levi, Issachar and Benjamin; but on these accounts no dependence is to be had:

and presented them, unto Pharaoh; introduced them into his presence, that he might converse with them, and ask them what questions he thought fit. 2. he took some of his brethren—probably the five eldest brothers: seniority being the least invidious principle of selection.47:1-6 Though Joseph was a great man, especially in Egypt, yet he owned his brethren. Let the rich and great in the world not overlook or despise poor relations. Our Lord Jesus is not ashamed to call us brethren. In answer to Pharaoh's inquiry, What is your calling? they told him that they were shepherds, adding that they were come to sojourn in the land for a time, while the famine prevailed in Canaan. Pharaoh offered to employ them as shepherds, provided they were active men. Whatever our business or employment is, we should aim to excel in it, and to prove ourselves clever and industrious.



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