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Gen 47:26 (KJV) — And Joseph made it a law over the land of Egypt unto this day, that Pharaoh should have the fifth part; except the land of the priests only, which became not Pharaoh's.
Gen 47:26 (NASB) — Joseph made it a statute concerning the land of Egypt valid to this day, that Pharaoh should have the fifth; only the land of the priests *did not become Pharaoh's.
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|made it a law
||From this history, and from Diodorus Siculus (lib. i.), we learn that the land of Egypt was divided into three parts: one belonged to the Priests, (Gen 47:22, 26;) a second was the king's, (which appears to have been the land of Rameses, or Goshen, Gen 47:11;) the remainder was the subjects'. Now Joseph, having purchased the land of the people (Gen 47:19, 20), restored it, on the condition of their paying a fifth part of the produce to the king, beyond which he appears to have made no demand.|
||Gen 47:22; Eze 7:24|
||or, princes. See Gen 47:22|
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