Deuteronomy 26:5
Good News Translation
Then, in the LORD's presence you will recite these words: 'My ancestor was a wandering Aramean, who took his family to Egypt to live. They were few in number when they went there, but they became a large and powerful nation.

Contemporary English Version
Then, standing there in front of the place of worship, you must pray: My ancestor was homeless, an Aramean who went to live in Egypt. There were only a few in his family then, but they became great and powerful, a nation of many people.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And thou shalt speak thus in the sight of the Lord thy God: The Syrian pursued my father, who went down into Egypt, and sojourned there in a very small number, and grew into a nation great and strong and of an infinite multitude.

New American Bible
Then you shall declare in the presence of the LORD, your God, “My father was a refugee Aramean who went down to Egypt with a small household and lived there as a resident alien. But there he became a nation great, strong and numerous.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

And thou shalt speak thus in the sight of the Lord thy God: The Syrian pursued my father, who went down into Egypt, and sojourned there in a very small number, and grew into a nation great and strong and of an infinite multitude.

Genesis 24:4 But that thou go to my own country and kindred, and take a wife from thence for my son Isaac.

Genesis 25:20 Who when he was forty years old, took to wife Rebecca the daughter of Bathuel the Syrian of Mesopotamia, sister to Laban.

Genesis 28:5 And when Isaac had sent him away, he took his journey and went to Mesopotamia of Syria, to Laban, the son of Bathuel, the Syrian, brother to Rebecca, his mother.

Genesis 31:20,24 And Jacob would not confess to his father-in-law that he was flying away. . . .

Hosea 12:12 Jacob fled into the country of Syria, and Israel served for a wife, and was a keeper for a wife.

ready

Genesis 27:41 Esau therefore always hated Jacob, for the blessing wherewith his father had blessed him; and he said in his heart: The days will come of the mourning for my father, and I will kill my brother Jacob.

Genesis 31:40 Day and night was I parched with heat, and with frost, and sleep departed from my eyes.

Genesis 43:1,2,12 In the mean time the famine was heavy upon all the land. . . .

Genesis 45:7,11 And God sent me before, that you may be preserved upon the earth, and may have food to live. . . .

Isaiah 51:1,2 Give ear to me, you that follow that which is just, and you that seek the Lord: look unto the rock whence you are hewn, and to the hole of the pit from which you are dug out. . . .

he went down

Genesis 46:1-7 And Israel taking his journey, with all that he had, came to the well of the oath, and killing victims there to the God of his father Isaac, . . .

Psalm 105:23,24 And Israel went into Egypt: and Jacob was a sojourner in the land of Cham. . . .

Acts 7:15 So Jacob went down into Egypt. And he died, and our fathers.

a few

Deuteronomy 7:7 Not because you surpass all nations in number, is the Lord joined unto you, and hath chosen you, for you are the fewest of any people:

Genesis 46:27 And the sons of Joseph, that were born to him in the land of Egypt, two souls. All the souls of the house of Jacob, that entered into Egypt, were seventy.

Exodus 1:5 And all the souls that came out of Jacob's thigh, were seventy: but Joseph was in Egypt.

became

Deuteronomy 10:22 In seventy souls thy fathers went down into Egypt: and behold now the Lord thy God hath multiplied thee as the stars of heaven.

Genesis 47:27 So Israel dwelt in Egypt, that is, in the land of Gessen, and possessed it; and grew, and was multiplied exceedingly.

Exodus 1:7,12 The children of Israel increased, and sprung up into multitudes, and growing exceedingly strong they filled the land. . . .

Context
Offering Firstfruits and Tithes
4And the priest taking the basket at thy hand, shall set it before the altar of the Lord thy God: 5And thou shalt speak thus in the sight of the Lord thy God: The Syrian pursued my father, who went down into Egypt, and sojourned there in a very small number, and grew into a nation great and strong and of an infinite multitude.6And the Egyptians afflicted us, and persecuted us, laying on us most grievous burdens:…
Cross References
Genesis 12:2
And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and magnify thy name, and thou shalt be blessed.

Genesis 43:1
In the mean time the famine was heavy upon all the land.

Genesis 46:3
God said to him: I am the most mighty God of thy father; fear not, go down into Egypt, for I will make a great nation of thee there.

Genesis 46:6
And all that he had in the land of Chanaan: and he came into Egypt with all his seed;

Genesis 46:27
And the sons of Joseph, that were born to him in the land of Egypt, two souls. All the souls of the house of Jacob, that entered into Egypt, were seventy.

Genesis 47:4
We are come to sojourn in thy land, because there is no grass for the flocks of thy servants, the famine being very grievous in the land of Chanaan: and we pray thee to give orders that we thy servants may be in the land of Gessen.

Genesis 47:27
So Israel dwelt in Egypt, that is, in the land of Gessen, and possessed it; and grew, and was multiplied exceedingly.

Exodus 1:7
The children of Israel increased, and sprung up into multitudes, and growing exceedingly strong they filled the land.

Deuteronomy 1:10
I alone am not able to bear you: for the Lord your God hath multiplied you, and you are this day as the stars of heaven, for multitude.

Deuteronomy 10:22
In seventy souls thy fathers went down into Egypt: and behold now the Lord thy God hath multiplied thee as the stars of heaven.

Deuteronomy 26:4
And the priest taking the basket at thy hand, shall set it before the altar of the Lord thy God:

Additional Translations
and you are to declare before the LORD your God, “My father was a wandering Aramean, and he went down to Egypt few in number and lived there and became a great nation, mighty and numerous.And you shall speak and say before the LORD your God, A Syrian ready to perish was my father, and he went down into Egypt, and sojourned there with a few, and became there a nation, great, mighty, and populous:

And thou shalt answer and say before Jehovah thy God, A Syrian ready to perish was my father; and he went down into Egypt, and sojourned there, few in number; and he became there a nation, great, mighty, and populous.

and he shall answer and say before the Lord thy God, My father abandoned Syria, and went down into Egypt, and sojourned there with a small number, and became there a mighty nation and a great multitude.

And thou shalt speak and say before Jehovah thy God, A perishing Aramean was my father, and he went down to Egypt with a few, and sojourned there, and became there a nation, great, mighty, and populous.

And thou shalt answer and say before the LORD thy God, A Syrian ready to perish was my father, and he went down into Egypt, and sojourned there, few in number; and he became there a nation, great, mighty, and populous:

And thou shalt speak and say before the LORD thy God, A Syrian ready to perish was my father, and he went down to Egypt, and sojourned there with a few, and became there a nation, great, mighty, and populous:

You shall answer and say before Yahweh your God, "A Syrian ready to perish was my father; and he went down into Egypt, and lived there, few in number; and he became there a nation, great, mighty, and populous.

And thou hast answered and said before Jehovah thy God, A perishing Aramaean is my father! and he goeth down to Egypt, and sojourneth there with few men, and becometh there a nation, great, mighty, and numerous;
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