Genesis 50

Mourning the Death of Jacob

(1) Then Joseph fell on his father’s face, and wept over him, and kissed him.

(2) Joseph commanded his servants the physicians to embalm his father, and the physicians embalmed Israel.

(3) And 40 days were fulfilled for him, for so are fulfilled the days of those who are embalmed. The Egyptians mourned for him 70 days.

(4) When the days of his mourning were past, Joseph spoke to the house of Pharaoh, saying, "If now I have found favor in your eyes, please speak in the ears of Pharaoh, saying,

(5) 'My father made me swear, saying, "Behold, I am dying. In my grave which I have dug for myself in the land of Canaan, there shall you bury me." Now therefore, please let me go up and bury my father, and I will come back.'"

(6) Pharaoh said, "Go up, and bury your father, accordingly, as he made you swear."

Joseph Buries His Father

(7) So Joseph went up to bury his father. With him went up all the servants of Pharaoh, the elders of his house, and all the elders of the land of Egypt,

(8) and all the house of Joseph, and his brothers, and his father’s house. Only their little ones, and their flocks, and their herds, they left in the land of Goshen.

(9) And there went up with him both chariots and horsemen. It was a very great company.

(10) Then they came to the threshing floor of Atad, which is beyond Jordan, and there they mourned with a great and very grievous wailing, and he mourned for his father seven days.

(11) When the inhabitants of the land, the Canaanites, saw the mourning on the threshing floor of Atad, they said, "This is a grievous mourning by the Egyptians." Therefore the name of it was called Abelmizraim, which is beyond Jordan.

(12) And his sons did to him just as he commanded them.

(13) For his sons carried him into the land of Canaan, and buried him in the cave of the field of Machpelah, before Mamre, which Abraham bought with the field from Ephron the Hittite as a burying place.

(14) Joseph returned to Egypt after he had buried his father, he, his brothers, and all that went up with him to bury his father.

Joseph Forgives and Reassures His Brothers

(15) When Joseph’s brothers saw that their father was dead, they said, "Perhaps Joseph will hate us, and will certainly return to us all the evil which we did to him."

(16) So they sent a messenger to Joseph, saying, "Your father commanded us before he died, saying,

(17) 'YOU shall say to Joseph, "Now please forgive the trespass of your brothers, and their sin. For they did evil to you."' Now, please forgive the trespass of the servants of the God of your father." And Joseph wept when they spoke to him.

(18) His brothers also went and fell down before his face, and they said, "Behold, we are your servants."

(19) Joseph said to them, "Do not fear, for am I in the place of God?

(20) But as for you, YOU meant evil against me, but God meant it for good, that it may come to pass, as it is this day, to save many people alive.

(21) Now therefore do not fear. I will feed you, and your little ones." And he comforted them, and spoke kindly to them.

Joseph Dies

(22) Joseph dwelt in Egypt, he, and his father’s house. Joseph lived 110 years.

(23) And Joseph saw Ephraim’s children of the third generation, the children of Machir the son of Manasseh were also brought up on Joseph’s behalf.

(24) Joseph said to his brothers, "I am dying, and God will surely visit you, and bring you out of this land into the land which he swore to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob."

(25) Then Joseph made the children of Israel swear an oath, saying, "God will surely visit you, and YOU shall carry up my bones from here."

(26) So Joseph died, being 110 years old, and they embalmed him, and he was put in a coffin in Egypt.

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