Genesis 46:28
New International Version
Now Jacob sent Judah ahead of him to Joseph to get directions to Goshen. When they arrived in the region of Goshen,

New Living Translation
As they neared their destination, Jacob sent Judah ahead to meet Joseph and get directions to the region of Goshen. And when they finally arrived there,

English Standard Version
He had sent Judah ahead of him to Joseph to show the way before him in Goshen, and they came into the land of Goshen.

Berean Study Bible
Now Jacob had sent Judah ahead of him to Joseph to get directions to Goshen. When Jacob’s family arrived in the land of Goshen,

New American Standard Bible
Now he sent Judah before him to Joseph, to point out the way before him to Goshen; and they came into the land of Goshen.

King James Bible
And he sent Judah before him unto Joseph, to direct his face unto Goshen; and they came into the land of Goshen.

Christian Standard Bible
Now Jacob had sent Judah ahead of him to Joseph to prepare for his arrival at Goshen. When they came to the land of Goshen,

Contemporary English Version
Jacob had sent his son Judah ahead of him to ask Joseph to meet them in Goshen.

Good News Translation
Jacob sent Judah ahead to ask Joseph to meet them in Goshen. When they arrived,

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Now Jacob had sent Judah ahead of him to Joseph to prepare for his arrival at Goshen. When they came to the land of Goshen,

International Standard Version
Jacob sent Judah ahead of them to meet with Joseph, who would be guiding them to Goshen, and so they arrived.

NET Bible
Jacob sent Judah before him to Joseph to accompany him to Goshen. So they came to the land of Goshen.

New Heart English Bible
He sent Judah before him to Joseph, to show the way before him to Goshen, and they came into the land of Goshen.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Israel sent Judah ahead of him to Joseph to get directions to Goshen. When Israel's family arrived in the region of Goshen,

JPS Tanakh 1917
And he sent Judah before him unto Joseph, to show the way before him unto Goshen; and they came into the land of Goshen.

New American Standard 1977
Now he sent Judah before him to Joseph, to point out the way before him to Goshen; and they came into the land of Goshen.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And he sent Judah before him unto Joseph, to direct his face unto Goshen; and they came into the land of Goshen.

King James 2000 Bible
And he sent Judah before him unto Joseph, to direct his face unto Goshen; and they came into the land of Goshen.

American King James Version
And he sent Judah before him to Joseph, to direct his face to Goshen; and they came into the land of Goshen.

American Standard Version
And he sent Judah before him unto Joseph, to show the way before him unto Goshen; and they came into the land of Goshen.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
And he sent Judas before him to Joseph, to meet him to the city of Heroes, into the land of Ramesses.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And he sent Juda before him to Joseph, to tell him; and that he should meet him in Gessen.

Darby Bible Translation
And he sent Judah before him to Joseph, to give notice before he came to Goshen. And they came into the land of Goshen.

English Revised Version
And he sent Judah before him unto Joseph, to shew the way before him unto Goshen; and they came into the land of Goshen.

Webster's Bible Translation
And he sent Judah before him to Joseph, to direct his face to Goshen; and they came into the land of Goshen.

World English Bible
He sent Judah before him to Joseph, to show the way before him to Goshen, and they came into the land of Goshen.

Young's Literal Translation
And Judah he hath sent before him unto Joseph, to direct before him to Goshen, and they come into the land of Goshen;
Study Bible
Jacob Arrives in Egypt
28Now Jacob had sent Judah ahead of him to Joseph to get directions to Goshen. When Jacob’s family arrived in the land of Goshen, 29Joseph prepared his chariot and went there to meet his father Israel. Joseph presented himself to him, embraced him, and wept profusely.…
Cross References
Genesis 45:10
You shall settle in the land of Goshen and be near me--you and your children and grandchildren, your flocks and herds, and everything you own.

Genesis 47:1
So 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."

Treasury of Scripture

And he sent Judah before him to Joseph, to direct his face to Goshen; and they came into the land of Goshen.

Judah.

Genesis 43:8
And Judah said unto Israel his father, Send the lad with me, and we will arise and go; that we may live, and not die, both we, and thou, and also our little ones.

Genesis 44:16-34
And Judah said, What shall we say unto my lord? what shall we speak? or how shall we clear ourselves? God hath found out the iniquity of thy servants: behold, we are my lord's servants, both we, and he also with whom the cup is found…

Genesis 49:8
Judah, thou art he whom thy brethren shall praise: thy hand shall be in the neck of thine enemies; thy father's children shall bow down before thee.

to direct.

Genesis 31:21
So he fled with all that he had; and he rose up, and passed over the river, and set his face toward the mount Gilead.

Goshen.

Genesis 46:34
That ye shall say, Thy servants' trade hath been about cattle from our youth even until now, both we, and also our fathers: that ye may dwell in the land of Goshen; for every shepherd is an abomination unto the Egyptians.

Genesis 45:10
And thou shalt dwell in the land of Goshen, and thou shalt be near unto me, thou, and thy children, and thy children's children, and thy flocks, and thy herds, and all that thou hast:

Genesis 47:1
Then Joseph came and told Pharaoh, and said, My father and my brethren, and their flocks, and their herds, and all that they have, are come out of the land of Canaan; and, behold, they are in the land of Goshen.







Lexicon
Now Jacob had sent
שָׁלַ֤ח (šā·laḥ)
Verb - Qal - Perfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 7971: To send away, for, out

Judah
יְהוּדָ֞ה (yə·hū·ḏāh)
Noun - proper - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 3063: Judah -- 'praised', a son of Jacob, also the southern kingdom, also four Israelites

ahead of
לְפָנָיו֙ (lə·p̄ā·nāw)
Preposition-l | Noun - common plural construct | third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 6440: The face

him to
אֶל־ (’el-)
Preposition
Strong's Hebrew 413: Near, with, among, to

Joseph
יוֹסֵ֔ף (yō·w·sêp̄)
Noun - proper - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 3130: Joseph -- 'he increases', a son of Jacob, also the name of several Israelites

to get directions
לְהוֹרֹ֥ת (lə·hō·w·rōṯ)
Preposition-l | Verb - Hifil - Infinitive construct
Strong's Hebrew 3384: To flow as water, to lay, throw, to point out, to teach

to Goshen.
גֹּ֑שְׁנָה (gō·šə·nāh)
Noun - proper - feminine singular | third person feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 1657: Goshen -- a district in Egypt, also a city in southern Judah

When [Jacob’s family] arrived
וַיָּבֹ֖אוּ (way·yā·ḇō·’ū)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Consecutive imperfect - third person masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 935: To come in, come, go in, go

in the land
אַ֥רְצָה (’ar·ṣāh)
Noun - feminine singular | third person feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 776: Earth, land

of Goshen,
גֹּֽשֶׁן׃ (gō·šen)
Noun - proper - feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 1657: Goshen -- a district in Egypt, also a city in southern Judah
ARRIVAL OF JACOB IN EGYPT.

(28) To direct his face unto Goshen.--Joseph does not bring his brethren into the narrow and populous Nile Valley which formed Egypt proper, because they could not have maintained there an isolated mode of life. But this was indispensable for them if they were to multiply into a nation fit to be the guardians and depositories of a growing revelation, until the fulness of the time should come, when the world would be ready to receive the perfect knowledge of God's will. As the Egyptians were an agricultural people, and hated sheep and shepherds (Genesis 46:34), the Israelites would run no danger of being absorbed by them so long as they continued to devote themselves to their old pursuits. As Goshen was admirably suited for a pastoral life, they would remain there as distinct and separate from the rest of mankind as they had been in Canaan.

Verse 28. - And he sent Judah before him unto Joseph (the noble qualities displayed by Judah had manifestly secured, as they had Certainly merited, the affectionate admiration and hearty confidence of the aged patriarch), to direct his face unto Goshen; - i.e. that Joseph might supply him with the necessary instructions for conducting the pilgrims to their appointed settlement (Dathius, Rosenmüller, Keil, Lange, Ainsworth, Murphy, 'Speaker's Commentary'), rather than that Joseph might meet him in Goshen (LXX., Vulgate, Samaritan, Kalisch) - and (having received the necessary directions) they came into the land of Goshen. The LXX. read εἴς γῆν Ῥαμεσσῆ, as in Genesis 47:11. 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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