How many Children of Israel went into Egypt?

A quick look at some random verses seems to contradict how many went into Egypt.

Genesis 46:26

All the souls that came with Jacob into Egypt, which came out of his loins, besides Jacob’s sons’ wives, all the souls were threescore and six;

Genesis 46:26

All the souls that came with Jacob into Egypt, which came out of his loins, besides Jacob’s sons’ wives, all the souls were threescore and six;

These passages says 66.

Acts 7:14

Then sent Joseph, and called his father Jacob to him, and all his kindred, threescore and fifteen souls.

This passage says 75

So which is right? First consider that none of the counts included Jacob; look at the grammar.

The 66 counts do not include 9 wives of the sons. That gives us 75.

The actual total was 83 when you count Jacob, Leah, the two concubines and Joseph and his family in Egypt when you do a complete head count.

Joseph is a picture of Christ in that he went into the world and took a Gentile wife. He receives a double blessing because each of his two sons is counted as a tribe in Israel.

I just received a blessing. My webmaster is in Brazil trying to get on a plane and they would not take cash, so I prayed as we were texting back and forth trying to resolve the situation. He had already flown from one city in Brazil earlier and so he was not close to home. After the prayer the lady that told him she could not take cash used her credit card and took his cash. God always likes to work out the details when they give Him the most glory.

The next time you face a serious situation cry out to God. Remember Jeremiah 33:3

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