Genesis 47:7 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Genesis 47:7, NIV: Then Joseph brought his father Jacob in and presented him before Pharaoh. After Jacob blessed Pharaoh,

Genesis 47:7, ESV: Then Joseph brought in Jacob his father and stood him before Pharaoh, and Jacob blessed Pharaoh.

Genesis 47:7, KJV: And Joseph brought in Jacob his father, and set him before Pharaoh: and Jacob blessed Pharaoh.

Genesis 47:7, NASB: Then Joseph brought his father Jacob and presented him to Pharaoh; and Jacob blessed Pharaoh.

Genesis 47:7, NLT: Then Joseph brought in his father, Jacob, and presented him to Pharaoh. And Jacob blessed Pharaoh.

Genesis 47:7, CSB: Joseph then brought his father Jacob and presented him to Pharaoh, and Jacob blessed Pharaoh.

What does Genesis 47:7 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

The Pharaoh (Genesis 45:16–20) has concluded his audience with Joseph's brothers. Using Joseph as the main point of contact, he has granted their request to settle in the land of Goshen (Genesis 47:5–6). The formal decision has been pronounced, and the matter is settled. Now Joseph brings his father Jacob in before the Pharaoh. As he will himself say, Jacob is extremely old and frail (Genesis 47:8). It's possible Joseph had to physically help his father stand before Pharaoh.

Jacob initiates the conversation by blessing Pharaoh, something he will do as he leaves, as well. The blessing of Jacob is no small thing. He himself is uniquely blessed by God in all the world. All the promises and blessings of God given to Abraham and Isaac have been given to him. Jacob's blessing would carry the weight of one specially connected to the one true God.