Genesis 47:12
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New International Version
Joseph also provided his father and his brothers and all his father's household with food, according to the number of their children.

King James Bible
And Joseph nourished his father, and his brethren, and all his father's household, with bread, according to their families.

Darby Bible Translation
And Joseph maintained his father, and his brethren, and all his father's household, with bread, according to the number of the little ones.

World English Bible
Joseph nourished his father, his brothers, and all of his father's household, with bread, according to their families.

Young's Literal Translation
and Joseph nourisheth his father, and his brethren, and all the house of his father with bread, according to the mouth of the infants.

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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

The days of the years of my pilgrimage - מגורי megurai, of my sojourning or wandering. Jacob had always lived a migratory or wandering life, in different parts of Canaan, Mesopotamia, and Egypt, scarcely ever at rest; and in the places where he lived longest, always exposed to the fatigues of the field and the desert. Our word pilgrim comes from the French pelerin and pelegrin, which are corrupted from the Latin peregrinus, an alien, stranger, or foreigner, from the adverb peregre, abroad, not at home. The pilgrim was a person who took a journey, long or short, on some religious account, submitting during the time to many hardships and privations. A more appropriate term could not be conceived to express the life of Jacob, and the motive which induced him to live such a life. His journey to Padan-aram or Mesopotamia excepted, the principal part of his journeys were properly pilgrimages, undertaken in the course of God's providence on a religious account.

Have not attained unto the - life of my fathers - Jacob lived in the whole one hundred and forty-seven years; Isaac his father lived one hundred and eighty; and Abraham his grandfather, one hundred and seventy-five. These were days of years in comparison of the lives of the preceding patriarchs, some of whom lived nearly ten centuries!

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nourished.

Ruth 4:15 And he shall be to you a restorer of your life, and a nourisher of your old age: for your daughter in law, which loves you...

his father.

Exodus 20:12 Honor your father and your mother: that your days may be long on the land which the LORD your God gives you.

Matthew 15:4-6 For God commanded, saying, Honor your father and mother: and, He that curses father or mother, let him die the death...

Mark 7:10-13 For Moses said, Honor your father and your mother; and, Whoever curses father or mother, let him die the death...

1 Timothy 4:8 For bodily exercise profits little: but godliness is profitable to all things, having promise of the life that now is...

1 Timothy 5:4,8 But if any widow have children or nephews, let them learn first to show piety at home, and to requite their parents...

according to their families. or, as a little child is nourished. Heb. according to the little ones.

Genesis 47:1,21,24 Then Joseph came and told Pharaoh, and said, My father and my brothers, and their flocks, and their herds, and all that they have...

1 Thessalonians 2:7 But we were gentle among you, even as a nurse cherishes her children:

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Two Retrospects of one Life
'And Jacob said unto Pharaoh, Few and evil have the days of the years of my life been.'--GENESIS xlvii. 9. 'The God which fed me all my life long unto this day; the Angel which redeemed me from all evil.' --GENESIS xlviii. 15,16. These are two strangely different estimates of the same life to be taken by the same man. In the latter Jacob categorically contradicts everything that he had said in the former. 'Few and evil,' he said before Pharaoh. 'All my life long,' 'the Angel which redeemed me from
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture

The Shortness and Misery of Life.
1 Our days, alas! our mortal days Are short and wretched too; "Evil and few," the patriarch says, [1] And well the patriarch knew. 2 'Tis but at best a narrow bound That heaven allows to men, And pains and sins run thro' the round Of threescore years and ten. 3 Well, if ye must be sad and few, Run on, my days, in haste; Moments of sin, and months of woe, Ye cannot fly too fast. 4 Let heavenly love prepare my soul, And call her to the skies, Where years of long salvation roll, And glory never dies.
Isaac Watts—Hymns and Spiritual Songs

Cross References
Genesis 45:11
I will provide for you there, because five years of famine are still to come. Otherwise you and your household and all who belong to you will become destitute.'

Genesis 50:21
So then, don't be afraid. I will provide for you and your children." And he reassured them and spoke kindly to them.

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