Genesis 46:5 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Genesis 46:5, NIV: "Then Jacob left Beersheba, and Israel's sons took their father Jacob and their children and their wives in the carts that Pharaoh had sent to transport him."

Genesis 46:5, ESV: "Then Jacob set out from Beersheba. The sons of Israel carried Jacob their father, their little ones, and their wives, in the wagons that Pharaoh had sent to carry him."

Genesis 46:5, KJV: "And Jacob rose up from Beersheba: and the sons of Israel carried Jacob their father, and their little ones, and their wives, in the wagons which Pharaoh had sent to carry him."

Genesis 46:5, NASB: "Then Jacob left Beersheba, and the sons of Israel carried their father Jacob and their little ones and their wives in the wagons which Pharaoh had sent to carry him."

Genesis 46:5, NLT: "So Jacob left Beersheba, and his sons took him to Egypt. They carried him and their little ones and their wives in the wagons Pharaoh had provided for them."

Genesis 46:5, CSB: "Jacob left Beer-sheba. The sons of Israel took their father Jacob in the wagons Pharaoh had sent to carry him, along with their dependents and their wives."

What does Genesis 46:5 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

Jacob is moving his large family from their home in Canaan down to Egypt. There, they will be provided for during the famine by his long-lost son Joseph (Genesis 45:9–11). They have stopped along the way at Beersheba, in the southern end of the Promised Land. There, Jacob has offered sacrifices to God. In response, God has appeared to Jacob and assured Him that the promises are still in effect. Jacob's people will become a great nation in Egypt, and God will be with Him all the way (Genesis 46:1–4).

Now the family moves on, with Jacob and the women and children traveling in wagons provided by the Pharaoh of Egypt himself. Pharaoh, happy to have a part in rescuing Joseph's family from the famine, commanded Joseph to send the wagons to bring them to Egypt (Genesis 45:16–20).