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Genesis 46

Gen 46, Ge 46, Gn 46

Genesis 46

1 And Israel took his journey with all that he had, and came to Beersheba, and offered sacrifices unto the God of his father Isaac.

2 And God spake unto Israel in the visions of the night, and said, Jacob, Jacob. And he said, Here am I.

3 And he said, I am God, the God of thy father: fear not to go down into Egypt; for I will there make of thee a great nation:

4 I will go down with thee into Egypt; and I will also surely bring thee up again: and Joseph shall put his hand upon thine eyes.

5 And Jacob rose up from Beersheba: and the sons of Israel carried Jacob their father, and their little ones, and their wives, in the wagons which Pharaoh had sent to carry him.

6 And they took their cattle, and their goods, which they had gotten in the land of Canaan, and came into Egypt, Jacob, and all his seed with him:

7 His sons, and his sons' sons with him, his daughters, and his sons' daughters, and all his seed brought he with him into Egypt.

8 And these are the names of the children of Israel, which came into Egypt, Jacob and his sons: Reuben, Jacob's firstborn.

9 And the sons of Reuben; Hanoch, and Phallu, and Hezron, and Carmi.

10 And the sons of Simeon; Jemuel, and Jamin, and Ohad, and Jachin, and Zohar, and Shaul the son of a Canaanitish woman.

11 And the sons of Levi; Gershon, Kohath, and Merari.

12 And the sons of Judah; Er, and Onan, and Shelah, and Pharez, and Zarah: but Er and Onan died in the land of Canaan. And the sons of Pharez were Hezron and Hamul.

13 And the sons of Issachar; Tola, and Phuvah, and Job, and Shimron.

14 And the sons of Zebulun; Sered, and Elon, and Jahleel.

15 These be the sons of Leah, which she bare unto Jacob in Padanaram, with his daughter Dinah: all the souls of his sons and his daughters were thirty and three.

16 And the sons of Gad; Ziphion, and Haggi, Shuni, and Ezbon, Eri, and Arodi, and Areli.

17 And the sons of Asher; Jimnah, and Ishuah, and Isui, and Beriah, and Serah their sister: and the sons of Beriah; Heber, and Malchiel.

18 These are the sons of Zilpah, whom Laban gave to Leah his daughter, and these she bare unto Jacob, even sixteen souls.

19 The sons of Rachel Jacob's wife; Joseph, and Benjamin.

20 And unto Joseph in the land of Egypt were born Manasseh and Ephraim, which Asenath the daughter of Potipherah priest of On bare unto him.

21 And the sons of Benjamin were Belah, and Becher, and Ashbel, Gera, and Naaman, Ehi, and Rosh, Muppim, and Huppim, and Ard.

22 These are the sons of Rachel, which were born to Jacob: all the souls were fourteen.

23 And the sons of Dan; Hushim.

24 And the sons of Naphtali; Jahzeel, and Guni, and Jezer, and Shillem.

25 These are the sons of Bilhah, which Laban gave unto Rachel his daughter, and she bare these unto Jacob: all the souls were seven.

26 All the souls that came with Jacob into Egypt, which came out of his loins, besides Jacob's sons' wives, all the souls were threescore and six;

27 And the sons of Joseph, which were born him in Egypt, were two souls: all the souls of the house of Jacob, which came into Egypt, were threescore and ten.

28 And he sent Judah before him unto Joseph, to direct his face unto Goshen; and they came into the land of Goshen.

29 And Joseph made ready his chariot, and went up to meet Israel his father, to Goshen, and presented himself unto him; and he fell on his neck, and wept on his neck a good while.

30 And Israel said unto Joseph, Now let me die, since I have seen thy face, because thou art yet alive.

31 And Joseph said unto his brethren, and unto his father's house, I will go up, and show Pharaoh, and say unto him, My brethren, and my father's house, which were in the land of Canaan, are come unto me;

32 And the men are shepherds, for their trade hath been to feed cattle; and they have brought their flocks, and their herds, and all that they have.

33 And it shall come to pass, when Pharaoh shall call you, and shall say, What is your occupation?

34 That ye shall say, Thy servants' trade hath been about cattle from our youth even until now, both we, and also our fathers: that ye may dwell in the land of Goshen; for every shepherd is an abomination unto the Egyptians.

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Summary and the Meaning of Chapter 46 of the Book of Genesis in KJV Holy Bible

The book of Genesis is the first book of the Bible and is considered to be the foundation of the Christian faith. It tells the story of creation, the fall of man, and the beginning of God's plan for redemption. Chapter 46 of Genesis is a continuation of the story of Joseph, one of the twelve sons of Jacob, who was sold into slavery by his brothers but eventually rose to a position of power in Egypt. This chapter focuses on the reunion of Joseph with his family and their journey to Egypt to escape a famine in their land.

The Reunion of Joseph and His Family

The chapter begins with God speaking to Jacob, also known as Israel, in a vision and reassuring him that he should not be afraid to go to Egypt. This is significant because Jacob had previously been hesitant to leave his homeland and go to Egypt, but now he is reassured by God's words. Jacob then gathers his family and sets out for Egypt with all their possessions.

When they arrive in Egypt, Joseph meets his father and brothers and they are reunited after many years. Joseph introduces his family to Pharaoh, the ruler of Egypt, and they are given the land of Goshen to settle in. This is a significant moment because it shows the fulfillment of Joseph's dreams, where his brothers would bow down to him. It also shows the reconciliation between Joseph and his brothers, as they had previously betrayed him and sold him into slavery.

The Journey to Egypt

The journey to Egypt is not an easy one for Jacob and his family. They have to leave their homeland and everything they have known to go to a foreign land. This is a test of their faith and trust in God. However, God reassures Jacob that He will be with him and will make his descendants a great nation in Egypt.

As they travel, Jacob's family is listed, including his sons, daughters, and grandchildren. This is significant because it shows the fulfillment of God's promise to Abraham that his descendants would be as numerous as the stars in the sky. It also shows the importance of family and lineage in the Bible.

The Meaning of Chapter 46

Chapter 46 of Genesis is a powerful reminder of God's faithfulness and His plan for His people. It shows the fulfillment of God's promises to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, and how He is with them every step of the way. It also highlights the importance of family and the importance of forgiveness and reconciliation.

The reunion of Joseph and his family is a symbol of God's redemption and forgiveness. Joseph's brothers had betrayed him and sold him into slavery, but through God's plan, they are reunited and reconciled. This is a powerful message of forgiveness and the power of God to heal broken relationships.

The journey to Egypt is a test of faith for Jacob and his family. They have to leave everything they know and trust in God's plan for them. This is a reminder for us to trust in God's plan for our lives, even when it may not make sense to us. God's plan is always greater than our own and He will never leave us or forsake us.

The listing of Jacob's family also shows the importance of lineage and family in the Bible. God's plan for redemption and salvation is passed down through generations, and this chapter highlights the significance of each individual in God's plan.

Application for Us

Chapter 46 of Genesis has several lessons that we can apply to our lives today. Firstly, it reminds us of the importance of forgiveness and reconciliation. Just as Joseph forgave his brothers and was reconciled with them, we too should strive to forgive those who have wronged us and seek reconciliation. This is not always easy, but with God's help, it is possible.

Secondly, the chapter reminds us to trust in God's plan for our lives. We may not always understand why certain things happen, but we can trust that God is in control and has a greater purpose for our lives. Just as Jacob and his family had to leave their homeland and trust in God's plan, we too may have to step out of our comfort zones and trust in God's leading.

Lastly, the chapter emphasizes the importance of family and lineage. As Christians, we are part of God's family and we have a responsibility to pass down our faith to future generations. We should also cherish and value our earthly families, as they are a gift from God.


Chapter 46 of Genesis is a powerful reminder of God's faithfulness and His plan for His people. It shows the fulfillment of God's promises and highlights the importance of forgiveness, trust, and family. As we reflect on this chapter, may we be encouraged to trust in God's plan for our lives and seek reconciliation and forgiveness in our relationships.

This article is informed by the King James Version of the Holy Bible, the authors' personal knowledge, considerations and experience, and additional materials and resources available in internet.

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