|Genesis 50 |
1 Then Joseph fell upon his father's face and wept over him and kissed him.
2 And Joseph commanded his servants the physicians to embalm his father. So the physicians embalmed Israel.
3 Forty days were required for it; for such are the required days for those who are embalmed. And the Egyptians mourned for him seventy days.
4 And when the days of his mourning were past, Joseph spoke to the court of Pharaoh, saying, "If I have found favor in your eyes, speak, I pray you, in the ears of Pharaoh, saying,
5 'My father made me swear, saying, "I am about to die; bury me in the tomb which I hewed out for myself in the land of Canaan." Now therefore, let me go up and bury my father; then I will return.'"
6 And Pharaoh said, "Go up and bury your father, as he made you swear."
7 So Joseph went up to bury his father; and all the officials of Pharaoh went up with him, the elders of his court and all the elders of the land of Egypt,
8 And all the household of Joseph and his brothers and his father's household. Only their little ones and their flocks, and their herds were left in the land of Goshen.
9 Both chariots and horsemen went up with him. It was a very great company.
10 And they came to the threshing floor of Atad, which is beyond the Jordan, and there they mourned with a great and very sorrowful lamentation; and Joseph mourned for his father for seven days.
11 When the inhabitants of the land, the Canaanites, saw the mourning at the floor of Atad, they said, "This is a grievous mourning for the Egyptians;" therefore the name of it was called Abelmizraim, which is beyond Jordan.
12 So his sons did for him as he had commanded them.
13 For his sons carried him into the land of Canaan and buried him in the cave of the field of Machpelah, east of Mamre, which Abraham bought with the field for a possession as a burying place from Ephron the Hittite.
14 After he had buried his father, Joseph returned to Egypt, he and his brothers and all who went up with him to bury his father.
15 And when Joseph's brothers saw that their father was dead, they said, "Perhaps now Joseph will hate us and will pay us back us for all the evil we did to him."
16 And they sent a messenger to Joseph, saying, "Your father commanded before he died, saying,
17 'This is what you shall you say to Joseph, "Forgive, I pray you now, the trespass and sin of your brothers, for we did to you evil." Now, we pray you, forgive the trespass of the servants of the God of your father." And Joseph wept when they spoke to him.
18 Then his brothers went and fell down before him, and they said, "Behold, we are your servants."
19 And Joseph said to them, "Fear not; for am I in the place of God?
20 As for you, you intended evil against me; but God meant it for good, to bring to pass what is happening, the saving of many people's lives.
21 Now therefore, do not fear. I will provide for you and your little ones." And he comforted them and spoke kindly to them.
22 So Joseph dwelled in Egypt, he and his father's household. And Joseph lived a hundred and ten years.
23 And Joseph saw Ephraim's children to the third generation; the children of Machir, the son of Manasseh, were also brought up upon Joseph's knees.
24 Then Joseph said to his brothers, "I am about to die, but God will surely visit you and bring you out of this land to the land which he swore to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob."
25 And Joseph took an oath from the sons of Israel, saying, "God will surely visit you and then you must carry my bones up from this place."
26 So Joseph died, being a hundred and ten years old; and they embalmed him, and he was put in a coffin in Egypt.