Genesis 47:28 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Genesis 47:28, NIV: Jacob lived in Egypt seventeen years, and the years of his life were a hundred and forty-seven.

Genesis 47:28, ESV: And Jacob lived in the land of Egypt seventeen years. So the days of Jacob, the years of his life, were 147 years.

Genesis 47:28, KJV: And Jacob lived in the land of Egypt seventeen years: so the whole age of Jacob was an hundred forty and seven years.

Genesis 47:28, NASB: And Jacob lived in the land of Egypt for seventeen years; so the length of Jacob’s life was 147 years.

Genesis 47:28, NLT: Jacob lived for seventeen years after his arrival in Egypt, so he lived 147 years in all.

Genesis 47:28, CSB: Now Jacob lived in the land of Egypt 17 years, and his life span was 147 years.

What does Genesis 47:28 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

Jacob's large family settled in Egypt and grew larger (Genesis 46:26). With Joseph's provision, and under the authority of Pharaoh, they thrived and prospered (Genesis 47:6). Jacob survived many more years, despite his assumption that he was near death (Genesis 46:30). When his end finally comes, 17 years after the move to Egypt, he will be 147 years old.

As Jacob told Pharaoh (Genesis 47:9), he will not live to the same age as his fathers. Isaac lived to 180 years old (Genesis 35:28–29) and Abraham to 175 (Genesis 25:7–10). Jacob's most prominent son, Joseph, will live to be 110 years old (Genesis 50:26), as lifespans on the earth continue to grow shorter and shorter.