Genesis 47:11 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Genesis 47:11, NIV: So Joseph settled his father and his brothers in Egypt and gave them property in the best part of the land, the district of Rameses, as Pharaoh directed.

Genesis 47:11, ESV: Then Joseph settled his father and his brothers and gave them a possession in the land of Egypt, in the best of the land, in the land of Rameses, as Pharaoh had commanded.

Genesis 47:11, KJV: And Joseph placed his father and his brethren, and gave them a possession in the land of Egypt, in the best of the land, in the land of Rameses, as Pharaoh had commanded.

Genesis 47:11, NASB: Now Joseph settled his father and his brothers and gave them property in the land of Egypt, in the best of the land, in the land of Rameses, as Pharaoh had ordered.

Genesis 47:11, NLT: So Joseph assigned the best land of Egypt--the region of Rameses--to his father and his brothers, and he settled them there, just as Pharaoh had commanded.

Genesis 47:11, CSB: Then Joseph settled his father and brothers in the land of Egypt and gave them property in the best part of the land, the land of Rameses, as Pharaoh had commanded.

What does Genesis 47:11 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

Joseph's large family has arrived in Egypt from Canaan at the invitation of the Pharaoh (Genesis 45:16–20), who greatly favors Joseph. Joseph's brothers have been granted fertile land in the region of Goshen to support their large flocks and herds (Genesis 47:1–6). Jacob and the Pharaoh have met, and Jacob has blessed Pharaoh (Genesis 47:7–10).

Now Joseph carries out the command of Pharaoh in granting the request of his brothers. He sets the family up in Goshen, which either was also known as Rameses, or this was the name of a part of that territory. It's possible this name was established later, and that Genesis records it to connect with future events (Exodus 12:37). In any case, Jacob's family is given the best of the land as a possession. They seem to own the land, which is far better than most immigrants would likely hope for. In all, things have turned out about as well as could have been hoped for; the young Israelite nation is being rescued during a time of severe famine.