Genesis 45:20 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Genesis 45:20, NIV: Never mind about your belongings, because the best of all Egypt will be yours.''

Genesis 45:20, ESV: Have no concern for your goods, for the best of all the land of Egypt is yours.’”

Genesis 45:20, KJV: Also regard not your stuff; for the good of all the land of Egypt is yours.

Genesis 45:20, NASB: And do not concern yourselves with your property, for the best of all the land of Egypt is yours.’?'

Genesis 45:20, NLT: Don't worry about your personal belongings, for the best of all the land of Egypt is yours.''

Genesis 45:20, CSB: Do not be concerned about your belongings, for the best of all the land of Egypt is yours.' "

What does Genesis 45:20 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

Pharaoh's final command to Joseph about what to say to his family in Canaan is another practical approach. Together, both Pharaoh—then ruler of Egypt—and Joseph seem to anticipate Jacob being hesitant. Given the crushing famine (Genesis 45:6), such a move is clearly in their best interest. At the same time, it is a major change. Jacob knows Canaan is the land of promise, after all (Genesis 28:15–16). He might well resist leaving, especially if the move is difficult.

The first way Pharaoh addressed those concerns was telling Joseph to send wagons. Those can bring back every person in the family. They could also, most likely, bring back almost all their household goods. Of course, it's possible that even wagons won't be able to carry everything the family owns. To remove this concern, Pharaoh makes it clear That Joseph's family will lack nothing in Egypt. They should not worry about anything they must leave behind. They will have access to the best the land of Egypt has to offer. This is a tremendous level of generosity.