The Death of Israel1 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. So the physicians a embalmed Israel. 3 Now forty days were ▼
▼ Lit fulfilledrequired for ▼
▼ Or himit, for ▼
▼ Lit so are fulfilled the days of embalmingsuch is the period required for embalming. And the Egyptians e wept for him seventy days. 4 When the days of ▼
▼ Lit weepingmourning for him were past, Joseph spoke to the household of Pharaoh, saying, “If now I have found favor in your sight, please speak ▼
▼ Lit In the ears ofto Pharaoh, saying, 5 ‘ h My father made me swear, saying, “Behold, I am about to die; in my grave i which I dug for myself in the land of Canaan, there you shall bury me.” Now therefore, please let me go up and bury my father; then I will return.’” 6 Pharaoh said, “Go up and bury your father, as he made you swear.” 7 So Joseph went up to bury his father, and with him went up all the servants of Pharaoh, the elders of his household and all the elders of the land of Egypt, 8 and all the household of Joseph and his brothers and his father’s household; they left only their little ones and their flocks and their herds in the land of Goshen. 9 There also went up with him both chariots and horsemen; and it was a very great company. 10 When they came to the ▼
▼ Heb Goren ha-Atadthreshing floor of Atad, which is beyond the Jordan, they k lamented there with a very great and ▼
▼ Lit heavysorrowful lamentation; and he ▼
▼ Lit made a mourning for seven daysobserved seven days mourning for his father. 11 Now when the inhabitants of the land, the Canaanites, saw the mourning at ▼
▼ Heb Goren ha-Atadthe threshing floor of Atad, they said, “This is a ▼
▼ Lit heavygrievous ▼
▼ Heb ebelmourning for the Egyptians.” Therefore it was named ▼
▼ I.e. the meadow (or mourning) of EgyptAbel-mizraim, which is beyond the Jordan.
Burial at Machpelah12 Thus his sons did for him as he had charged them; 13 for his sons carried him to the land of Canaan and buried him in r the cave of the field of Machpelah before Mamre, which Abraham had bought along with the field for a ▼
▼ Lit possession of a burial placeburial site from Ephron the Hittite. 14 After he had buried his father, Joseph returned to Egypt, he and his brothers, and all who had gone up with him to bury his father. 15 When Joseph’s brothers saw that their father was dead, they said t “What if Joseph bears a grudge against us and pays us back in full for all the wrong which we did to him!” 16 So they ▼
▼ Lit commandedsent a message to Joseph, saying, “Your father charged before he died, saying, 17 ‘Thus you shall say to Joseph, “Please forgive, I beg you, the transgression of your brothers and their sin, for they did you wrong.”’ And now, please forgive the transgression of the servants of the God of your father.” And Joseph wept when they spoke to him. 18 Then his brothers also came and v fell down before him and said, “Behold, we are your servants.” 19 But Joseph said to them, “Do not be afraid, for am I in God’s place? 20 “As for you, w you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good in order to bring about ▼
▼ Lit as it is this daythis present result, to preserve many people alive. 21 “So therefore, do not be afraid; y I will provide for you and your little ones.” So he comforted them and spoke ▼
▼ Lit to their heartkindly to them.
Death of Joseph22 Now Joseph stayed in Egypt, he and his father’s household, and Joseph lived one hundred and ten years. 23 Joseph saw the third generation of Ephraim’s sons; also the sons of Machir, the son of Manasseh, were aa born on Joseph’s knees. 24 Joseph said to his brothers ab “I am about to die, but God will surely ▼
▼ Or visittake care of you and bring you up from this land to the land which He ▼
▼ Lit sworepromised on oath to ae Abraham, to af Isaac and to ag Jacob.” 25 Then Joseph made the sons of Israel swear, saying, “God will surely ▼
▼ Or visittake care of you, and ai you shall carry my bones up from here.” 26 So Joseph died at the age of one hundred and ten years; and ▼
▼ Lit they embalmed himhe was ak embalmed and placed in a coffin in Egypt.
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