Genesis 50:8 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Genesis 50:8, NIV: "besides all the members of Joseph's household and his brothers and those belonging to his father's household. Only their children and their flocks and herds were left in Goshen."

Genesis 50:8, ESV: "as well as all the household of Joseph, his brothers, and his father’s household. Only their children, their flocks, and their herds were left in the land of Goshen."

Genesis 50:8, KJV: "And all the house of Joseph, and his brethren, and his father's house: only their little ones, and their flocks, and their herds, they left in the land of Goshen."

Genesis 50:8, NASB: "and all the household of Joseph and his brothers and his father’s household; they left only their little ones and their flocks and their herds in the land of Goshen."

Genesis 50:8, NLT: "Joseph also took his entire household and his brothers and their households. But they left their little children and flocks and herds in the land of Goshen."

Genesis 50:8, CSB: "along with all Joseph's family, his brothers, and his father's family. Only their dependents, their flocks, and their herds were left in the land of Goshen."

What does Genesis 50:8 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

Jacob has died (Genesis 49:33), seventeen years after moving into Egypt (Genesis 47:28) with his family of seventy members (Genesis 46:27). With Pharaoh's blessing and a large company of Egyptian officials (Genesis 50:6–7), Joseph and his brothers are transporting their father's mummified remains to Canaan (Genesis 50:2–3). After 70 days of official state mourning in Egypt, Jacob's body will be buried in the family tomb, a cave in a field purchased by his grandfather Abraham after the death of his grandmother Sarah (Genesis 23:17–20; 49:29–32).

Included in the company are most of the members of Jacob's household. Genesis pointedly reveals, though, that the children, flocks, and herds were left behind in the land of Goshen in Egypt. The family was not moving back to Canaan. All will return after Jacob has been buried; this is a temporary excursion.