Genesis 46:20 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Genesis 46:20, NIV: In Egypt, Manasseh and Ephraim were born to Joseph by Asenath daughter of Potiphera, priest of On.

Genesis 46:20, ESV: And to Joseph in the land of Egypt were born Manasseh and Ephraim, whom Asenath, the daughter of Potiphera the priest of On, bore to him.

Genesis 46:20, KJV: And unto Joseph in the land of Egypt were born Manasseh and Ephraim, which Asenath the daughter of Potipherah priest of On bare unto him.

Genesis 46:20, NASB: Now to Joseph in the land of Egypt were born Manasseh and Ephraim, whom Asenath, the daughter of Potiphera, priest of On, bore to him.

Genesis 46:20, NLT: Joseph's sons, born in the land of Egypt, were Manasseh and Ephraim. Their mother was Asenath, daughter of Potiphera, the priest of On.

Genesis 46:20, CSB: Manasseh and Ephraim were born to Joseph in the land of Egypt. They were born to him by Asenath daughter of Potiphera, a priest at On.

What does Genesis 46:20 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

All the currently living descendants of Jacob are being listed, grouped according to the wife that bore them. Now the list comes to Joseph, sold into slavery in Egypt by his brothers many years earlier (Genesis 37:24–28).

When Pharaoh made Joseph a ruler in Egypt (Genesis 41:44), he gave to Joseph a wife from a prominent Egyptian family. Asenath was the daughter of a priest of the god On. She bore two sons to Joseph—Manasseh and Ephraim (Genesis 41:50–52). Joseph named Manasseh in honor of God who helped him forget his earlier suffering. Ephraim is named in honor of God who made Joseph fruitful even as a slave in Egypt.

These three, Joseph, Manasseh, and Ephraim, were already in Egypt when the rest of the family arrived.