Genesis 47:26
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English Standard Version
So Joseph made it a statute concerning the land of Egypt, and it stands to this day, that Pharaoh should have the fifth; the land of the priests alone did not become Pharaoh’s.

King James Bible
And Joseph made it a law over the land of Egypt unto this day, that Pharaoh should have the fifth part; except the land of the priests only, which became not Pharaoh's.

American Standard Version
And Joseph made it a statute concerning the land of Egypt unto this day, that Pharaoh should have the fifth; only the land of the priests alone became not Pharaoh's.

Douay-Rheims Bible
From 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.

English Revised Version
And Joseph made it a statute concerning the land of Egypt unto this day, that Pharaoh should have the fifth; only the land of the priests alone became not Pharaoh's.

Webster's Bible Translation
And Joseph made it a law over the land of Egypt to this day, that Pharaoh should have the fifth part; except the land of the priests only, which became not Pharaoh's.

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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

Thus Joseph secured the possession of the whole land to Pharaoh by purchase, and "the people he removed to cities, from one end of the land of Egypt to the other." לערים, not from one city to another, but "according to ( equals κατά) the cities;" so that he distributed the population of the whole land according to the cities in which the corn was housed, placing them partly in the cities themselves, and partly in the immediate neighbourhood.

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made it a law. From this history, and from Diodorus Siculus (lib i), we learn that the land of Egypt was divided into three parts: one belonged to the Priests, (verses

Genesis 47:22,26 Only the land of the priests bought he not; for the priests had a portion assigned them of Pharaoh...

); a {second} was the king's, (which appears to have been the land of Rameses, or Goshen, verse

Genesis 47:11 And Joseph placed his father and his brothers, and gave them a possession in the land of Egypt, in the best of the land...

); the {remainder} was the subjects'. Now Joseph, having purchased the land of the people (verses

Genesis 47:19,20 Why shall we die before your eyes, both we and our land? buy us and our land for bread, and we and our land will be servants to Pharaoh...

), restored it, on the condition of their paying a {fifth} part of the produce to the king, beyond which he appears to have made no demand.

except.

Genesis 47:22 Only the land of the priests bought he not; for the priests had a portion assigned them of Pharaoh...

Ezekiel 7:24 Why I will bring the worst of the heathen, and they shall possess their houses: I will also make the pomp of the strong to cease...

priests. or, princes.

Genesis 47:30 But I will lie with my fathers, and you shall carry me out of Egypt, and bury me in their burial plot. And he said...

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Genesis 47:22
Only the land of the priests he did not buy, for the priests had a fixed allowance from Pharaoh and lived on the allowance that Pharaoh gave them; therefore they did not sell their land.

Genesis 47:25
And they said, "You have saved our lives; may it please my lord, we will be servants to Pharaoh."

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