Genesis 47:5 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Genesis 47:5, NIV: Pharaoh said to Joseph, 'Your father and your brothers have come to you,

Genesis 47:5, ESV: Then Pharaoh said to Joseph, “Your father and your brothers have come to you.

Genesis 47:5, KJV: And Pharaoh spake unto Joseph, saying, Thy father and thy brethren are come unto thee:

Genesis 47:5, NASB: Then Pharaoh said to Joseph, 'Your father and your brothers have come to you.

Genesis 47:5, NLT: Then Pharaoh said to Joseph, 'Now that your father and brothers have joined you here,

Genesis 47:5, CSB: Then Pharaoh said to Joseph, "Now that your father and brothers have come to you,

What does Genesis 47:5 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

Egypt's ruler, known by the title Pharaoh, has concluded his official interview of Joseph's family. They are represented by the five brothers Joseph selected to stand at court. They have described themselves as shepherds with large herds and flocks to support, and formally requested to be allowed to settle in the land of Goshen. This was likely in the Nile Delta.

Now Pharaoh begins to answer their request by addressing Joseph. It's possible that the brothers have even been dismissed. This likely follows the protocol of the Pharaoh's court, announcing his formal decisions to officers to be recorded and carried out. However, Pharaoh will make it clear he is granting the brothers' request for Joseph's sake. In the following verse, Pharaoh will announce that he is giving Joseph the authority to grant their request. This reflects a wise step by Pharaoh, keeping Joseph's authority among his family intact despite their recent interaction with the only higher power in the land (Genesis 41:44).