Genesis 46:27 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Genesis 46:27, NIV: With the two sons who had been born to Joseph in Egypt, the members of Jacob's family, which went to Egypt, were seventy in all.

Genesis 46:27, ESV: And the sons of Joseph, who were born to him in Egypt, were two. All the persons of the house of Jacob who came into Egypt were seventy.

Genesis 46:27, KJV: And the sons of Joseph, which were born him in Egypt, were two souls: all the souls of the house of Jacob, which came into Egypt, were threescore and ten.

Genesis 46:27, NASB: and the sons of Joseph, who were born to him in Egypt, were two; all the people of the house of Jacob, who came to Egypt, were seventy.

Genesis 46:27, NLT: In addition, Joseph had two sons who were born in Egypt. So altogether, there were seventy members of Jacob's family in the land of Egypt.

Genesis 46:27, CSB: And Joseph's sons who were born to him in Egypt: two persons. All those of Jacob's household who came to Egypt: seventy persons.

What does Genesis 46:27 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

The middle part of Genesis chapter 46 lists and counts the official descendants of Jacob at or around the time of the family settling in the land of Egypt (Genesis 45:9–11; 46:1–4). The previous verse counted those entering the land with Jacob at sixty-six sons, grandsons, and one daughter and granddaughter. This does not seem to include the wives of Jacob's sons or grandsons.

This verse adds in Jacob himself, along with Joseph and his two sons who already lived in the land of Egypt. That brings the total official count of the number of Jacob's large and extended household to seventy. This number may be a slight approximation. In the Old Testament, seventy is sometimes used to represent the completion of a group (Exodus 24:9; Jeremiah 29:10; Daniel 9:24).

From these seventy official descendants of Jacob in the land of Egypt, God will grow an uncountable nation, just as He had promised Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob (Genesis 12:2; 22:17).