Bible: Genesis 47:20-26

47:20 So Joseph bought all the land of Egypt for Pharaoh. Each 1  of the Egyptians sold his field, for the famine was severe. 2  So the land became Pharaoh’s. 47:21 Joseph 3  made all the people slaves 4  from one end of Egypt’s border to the other end of it. 47:22 But he did not purchase the land of the priests because the priests had an allotment from Pharaoh and they ate from their allotment that Pharaoh gave them. That is why they did not sell their land.

47:23 Joseph said to the people, “Since I have bought you and your land today for Pharaoh, here is seed for you. Cultivate 5  the land. 47:24 When you gather in the crop, 6  give 7  one-fifth of it to Pharaoh, and the rest 8  will be yours for seed for the fields and for you to eat, including those in your households and your little children.” 47:25 They replied, “You have saved our lives! You are showing us favor, 9  and we will be Pharaoh’s slaves.” 10 

47:26 So Joseph made it a statute, 11  which is in effect 12  to this day throughout the land of Egypt: One-fifth belongs to Pharaoh. Only the land of the priests did not become Pharaoh’s.

NET Bible Study Environment