Genesis 50:9 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Genesis 50:9, NIV: "Chariots and horsemen also went up with him. It was a very large company."

Genesis 50:9, ESV: "And there went up with him both chariots and horsemen. It was a very great company."

Genesis 50:9, KJV: "And there went up with him both chariots and horsemen: and it was a very great company."

Genesis 50:9, NASB: "Chariots with teams of horses also went up with him; and it was a very great company."

Genesis 50:9, NLT: "A great number of chariots and charioteers accompanied Joseph."

Genesis 50:9, CSB: "Horses and chariots went up with him; it was a very impressive procession."

What does Genesis 50:9 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

Joseph and his brothers are returning their father's body to Canaan to be buried in the family tomb (Genesis 50:1–6). They are not traveling alone, however. Egypt's ruler, known by the title Pharaoh, has sent a large delegation of Egyptian dignitaries and servants as a way of honoring Joseph and his father Jacob (Genesis 50:7–8).

The travelling group is large enough to warrant chariots and horsemen. These may have been armed soldiers sent to protect the company along the way. The following verses will reveal that so many Egyptians came along with Jacob's sons that the local Canaanite people thought this was an Egyptian expedition (Genesis 50:11).