Sons of Issachar: What Does Genesis 46:13 Mean?


Genesis 46:13 reads, “And the sons of Issachar; Tola, and Phuvah, and Job, and Shimron.” King James Version (KJV)

TranslationGenesis 46:13
ESVThe sons of Issachar: Tola, Puvah, Yob, and Shimron.
NASBThe sons of Issachar: Tola and Puvvah and Iob and Shimron.
NIVThe sons of Issachar: Tola, Puah, Jashub and Shimron.
NLTThe sons of Issachar were Tola, Puah, Jashub, and Shimron.

Sons of Issachar: Matthew Henry’s Concise Commentary

46:5-27 We have here a particular account of Jacob’s family. Though the fulfilling of promises is always sure, yet it is often slow.

It was now 215 years since God had promised Abraham to make of him a great nation, ch. 12:2; yet that branch of his seed, to which the promise was made sure, had only increased to seventy, of whom this particular account is kept, to show the power of God in making these seventy become a vast multitude.

Genesis 46:13 | Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

8-27. all the souls of the house of Jacob, which came into Egypt, were threescore and ten—Strictly speaking, there were only sixty-six went to Egypt; but to these add Joseph and his two sons, and Jacob the head of the clan, and the whole number amounts to seventy. In the speech of Stephen (Ac 7:14) the number is stated to be seventy-five; but as that estimate includes five sons of Ephraim and Manasseh (1Ch 7:14-20), born in Egypt, the two accounts coincide.

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