Genesis 46:31 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Genesis 46:31, NIV: Then Joseph said to his brothers and to his father's household, 'I will go up and speak to Pharaoh and will say to him, 'My brothers and my father's household, who were living in the land of Canaan, have come to me.

Genesis 46:31, ESV: Joseph said to his brothers and to his father’s household, “I will go up and tell Pharaoh and will say to him, ‘My brothers and my father’s household, who were in the land of Canaan, have come to me.

Genesis 46:31, KJV: And Joseph said unto his brethren, and unto his father's house, I will go up, and shew Pharaoh, and say unto him, My brethren, and my father's house, which were in the land of Canaan, are come unto me;

Genesis 46:31, NASB: But Joseph said to his brothers and to his father’s household, 'I will go up and tell Pharaoh, and will say to him, ‘My brothers and my father’s household, who were in the land of Canaan, have come to me;

Genesis 46:31, NLT: And Joseph said to his brothers and to his father's entire family, 'I will go to Pharaoh and tell him, 'My brothers and my father's entire family have come to me from the land of Canaan.

Genesis 46:31, CSB: Joseph said to his brothers and to his father's family, "I will go up and inform Pharaoh, telling him, 'My brothers and my father's family, who were in the land of Canaan, have come to me.

What does Genesis 46:31 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

The ruler of Egypt was known by the title Pharaoh. He had personally ordered his second-in-command, Joseph, to bring his family and all that they own to Egypt to survive a famine (Genesis 45:16–20). Joseph had found favor due to his God-given prophesy of the coming famine and his preparations for it (Genesis 41:28–30). Under the direction of God, Joseph had literally saved Egypt and the surrounding regions from devastating starvation. This rescue now includes his own estranged family.

Jacob and the family have now arrived, with God's blessing (Genesis 46:1–4), leaving the Promised Land of Canaan. They have brought all they own to the land of Goshen. After an emotional reunion with his father (Genesis 46:28–30), Joseph turns to preparing his family to meet the ruler and to secure their position in Egypt. Part of this includes explaining local custom and prejudice, so the family can integrate more easily into the culture (Genesis 46:32–34).