Genesis 50

The Death of Israel

1Then Joseph fell on his father’s face, and wept over him and kissed him. 2Joseph commanded his servants the physicians to embalm his father. So the physicians a  embalmed Israel. 3Now forty days were
Lit fulfilled
required for
Or him
it, for
Lit so are fulfilled the days of embalming
such is the period required for embalming. And the Egyptians e  wept for him seventy days.

4When the days of
Lit weeping
mourning 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 of
to Pharaoh, saying,
5h  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.’” 6Pharaoh said, “Go up and bury your father, as he made you swear.”

7So 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, 8and 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. 9There also went up with him both chariots and horsemen; and it was a very great company. 10When they came to the
Heb Goren ha-Atad
threshing floor of Atad, which is beyond the Jordan, they k  lamented there with a very great and
Lit heavy
sorrowful lamentation; and he
Lit made a mourning for seven days
observed seven days mourning for his father.
11Now when the inhabitants of the land, the Canaanites, saw the mourning at
Heb Goren ha-Atad
the threshing floor of Atad, they said, “This is a
Lit heavy
Heb ebel
mourning for the Egyptians.” Therefore it was named
I.e. the meadow (or mourning) of Egypt
Abel-mizraim, which is beyond the Jordan.

Burial at Machpelah

12Thus his sons did for him as he had charged them; 13for 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 place
burial site from Ephron the Hittite.
14After 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.

15When 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!” 16So they
Lit commanded
sent a message to Joseph, saying, “Your father charged before he died, saying,
17Thus 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. 18Then his brothers also came and v  fell down before him and said, “Behold, we are your servants.” 19But 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 day
this present result, to preserve many people alive.
21So therefore, do not be afraid; y  I will provide for you and your little ones.” So he comforted them and spoke
Lit to their heart
kindly to them.

Death of Joseph

22Now Joseph stayed in Egypt, he and his father’s household, and Joseph lived one hundred and ten years. 23Joseph saw the third generation of Ephraim’s sons; also the sons of Machir, the son of Manasseh, were aa  born on Joseph’s knees. 24Joseph said to his brothers ab  I am about to die, but God will surely
Or visit
take care of you and bring you up from this land to the land which He
Lit swore
promised on oath to ae  Abraham, to af  Isaac and to ag  Jacob.”
25Then Joseph made the sons of Israel swear, saying, “God will surely
Or visit
take care of you, and ai  you shall carry my bones up from here.”
26So Joseph died at the age of one hundred and ten years; and
Lit they embalmed him
he was ak  embalmed and placed in a coffin in Egypt.
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