The Meaning of Genesis 46:23 Explained

Genesis 46:23

KJV: And the sons of Dan; Hushim.

YLT: And sons of Dan: Hushim.

Darby: And the sons of Dan: Hushim.

ASV: And the sons of Dan: Hushim.

What does Genesis 46:23 Mean?

Context Summary

Genesis 46:1-27 - Jacob And His Family Go To Egypt
Evidently Joseph's invitation to his father to come to him in Egypt aroused very earnest questionings in Jacob's soul. Was it a wise step for him to take? Perhaps he remembered Genesis 15:13, and dreaded to take the risk. Under these circumstances he went to Beersheba, the well of the oath, so intimately associated with the lives of Abraham and Isaac, and from which he had gone forth on his life's pilgrimage. There he offered special sacrifices and received special directions and promises. He was not only to go down into Egypt, but to go there under the divine guidance and protection. When we visit Egypt at our own impulse we shall land ourselves, as Abraham and Isaac did, in temptation and failure; but when God bids us go, we may make the journey with absolute impunity. Though we walk through the dark valley, we need not fear, if He be with us.

Chapter Summary: Genesis 46

1  Jacob is comforted by God at Beersheba
5  Thence he with his company goes into Egypt
8  The number of his family that went into Egypt
28  Joseph meets Jacob
31  He instructs his brothers how to answer Pharaoh

What do the individual words in Genesis 46:23 mean?

And the son of Dan Hushim
וּבְנֵי־ : דָ֖ן חֻשִֽׁים

וּבְנֵי־  And  the  son 
Parse: Conjunctive waw, Noun, masculine plural construct
Root: בֵּן 
Sense: son, grandson, child, member of a group.
: דָ֖ן  of  Dan 
Parse: Proper Noun, masculine singular
Root: דָּן 
Sense: the 5th son of Jacob, the st of Bilhah, Rachel’s handmaid.
חֻשִֽׁים  Hushim 
Parse: Proper Noun, masculine singular
Root: חוּשִׁים 
Sense: one of the two wives of Shaharaim.