46:1 So Israel set out [from Hebron] with all that was his, and when he reached Beersheba [located in the semi-desert region known as the Negeb; in the southernmost part of the promised land (cf. 1 Sam. 3:20; 2 Sam. 24:2 re: expression “from Dan to Beersheba”)], he offered sacrifices [Jacob took the time to worship before continuing his journey to Egypt] to the God of his father Isaac.
46:2 And God spoke to Israel in a vision at night and said, “Jacob! Jacob!” “Here I am,” he replied.
46:3 “I am God, the God of your father,” he said. “Do not be afraid [Jacob had reason to fear because he was old, because he was leaving the promised land, and because he was going to a strange land] to go down to Egypt [God confirmed that Jacob was doing the right thing in going to Egypt; cf. Gen. 15:13], for I will make you into a great nation [cf. Balaam’s words in Num. 23:10, “Who can count the dust of Jacob…”] there [in Egypt].
46:4 I will go down to Egypt with you, and I will surely bring you back again [after they had become a great nation]. And Joseph’s own hand will close your eyes [Joseph would be with his father at death].”
46:5 Then Jacob left Beersheba, and Israel’s sons took their father Jacob and their children and their wives in the carts that Pharaoh had sent to transport him.