Genesis 45:19 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Genesis 45:19, NIV: You are also directed to tell them, 'Do this: Take some carts from Egypt for your children and your wives, and get your father and come.

Genesis 45:19, ESV: And you, Joseph, are commanded to say, ‘Do this: take wagons from the land of Egypt for your little ones and for your wives, and bring your father, and come.

Genesis 45:19, KJV: Now thou art commanded, this do ye; take you wagons out of the land of Egypt for your little ones, and for your wives, and bring your father, and come.

Genesis 45:19, NASB: Now you are ordered, ‘Do this: take wagons from the land of Egypt for your little ones and for your wives, and bring your father and come.

Genesis 45:19, NLT: Then Pharaoh said to Joseph, 'Tell your brothers, 'Take wagons from the land of Egypt to carry your little children and your wives, and bring your father here.

Genesis 45:19, CSB: You are also commanded to tell them, 'Do this: Take wagons from the land of Egypt for your dependents and your wives and bring your father here.

What does Genesis 45:19 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

When Joseph entered Pharaoh's service, it was made clear that only Pharaoh would have more authority than Joseph; he would only interfere in matters of great importance (Genesis 41:40). The Pharaoh—king of Egypt—has been pleased to learn Joseph and his brothers have been reunited (Genesis 45:16). He has already enhanced Joseph's offer to care for his family (Genesis 45:17–18). Making his respect for Joseph even more obvious, Pharaoh promised to provide the best land in Egypt for Jacob and his family.

In fact, Pharaoh commands Joseph to act in the best interests of his own family. He tells Joseph to not merely "allow" his family to come, but to send transports back to Egypt. Pharaoh will not only welcome Jacob and his family, but he will also see to it they are "brought" into the nation. This includes Jacob's entire family, wives, children, and all they own. Pharaoh's invitation will help reassure Jacob that his family will be welcome in Egypt.