Genesis 45:17 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Genesis 45:17, NIV: Pharaoh said to Joseph, 'Tell your brothers, 'Do this: Load your animals and return to the land of Canaan,

Genesis 45:17, ESV: And Pharaoh said to Joseph, “Say to your brothers, ‘Do this: load your beasts and go back to the land of Canaan,

Genesis 45:17, KJV: And Pharaoh said unto Joseph, Say unto thy brethren, This do ye; lade your beasts, and go, get you unto the land of Canaan;

Genesis 45:17, NASB: Then Pharaoh said to Joseph, 'Say to your brothers, ‘Do this: load your livestock and go to the land of Canaan,

Genesis 45:17, NLT: Pharaoh said to Joseph, 'Tell your brothers, 'This is what you must do: Load your pack animals, and hurry back to the land of Canaan.

Genesis 45:17, CSB: Pharaoh said to Joseph, "Tell your brothers, 'Do this: Load your animals and go on back to the land of Canaan.

What does Genesis 45:17 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

Joseph had already told his brothers to move the entire family and all they owned to Egypt to survive the famine. Most likely, his intent was to care for them using his own personal resources (Genesis 45:10–11). Pharaoh, the monarch of Egypt, credits Joseph and Joseph's God for saving Egypt from the famine (Genesis 41:55). He takes Joseph's offer even further. He will make it as easy as possible for Joseph's family to move to Egypt and thrive.

Pharaoh begins by telling Joseph to send his brothers back to Canaan, so they can bring their father and the rest of the family back. They are not planning to visit again, but to relocate entirely. Joseph, of course, has already done exactly that. Pharaoh's command provides further confidence to the family that they will find a warm welcome in Egypt.