Genesis 50

Yusuf fell on his father’s face, wept on him, and kissed him. 2Yusuf commanded his servants, the physicians, to embalm his father; and the physicians embalmed Israel. 3Forty days were fulfilled for him, for that is how many the days it takes to embalm. The Egyptians wept for him for seventy days.

4When the days of weeping for him were past, Yusuf spoke to the house of Firaun, saying, If now I have found favour in your eyes, please speak in the ears of Firaun, saying, 5‘My father made me swear, saying, Behold, I am dying. Bury me in my grave which I have dug for myself in the land of Canaan. Now therefore, please let me go up and bury my father, and I will come again.‘”

6Firaun said, Go up, and bury your father, just like he made you swear.

7Yusuf went up to bury his father; and with him went up all the servants of Firaun, the elders of his house, all the elders of the land of Egypt, 8all the house of Yusuf, his brothers, and his father’s house. Only their little ones, their flocks, and their herds, they left in the land of Goshen. 9There went up with him both chariots and horsemen. It was a very great company. 10They came to the threshing floor of Atad, which is beyond the Jordan, and there they lamented with a very great and grievous lamentation. He mourned for his father seven days. 11When the inhabitants of the land, the Canaanites, saw the mourning in the floor of Atad, they said, This is a grievous mourning by the Egyptians. Therefore, its name was called Abel Mizraim, which is beyond the Jordan. 12His sons did to him just as he commanded them, 13for his sons carried him into the land of Canaan, and buried him in the cave of the field of Machpelah, which Ibrahim bought with the field, for a possession of a burying-place, from Ephron the Hittite, before Mamre. 14Yusuf returned into Egypt–he, and his brothers, and all that went up with him to bury his father, after he had buried his father.

15When Yusuf’s brothers saw that their father was dead, they said, It may be that Yusuf will hate us, and will fully pay us back for all of the evil which we did to him. 16They sent a message to Yusuf, saying, Your father commanded before he died, saying, 17So you shall tell Yusuf, ‘Now please forgive the disobedience of your brothers, and their sin, because they did evil to you.’ Now, please forgive the disobedience of the servants of the God of your father. Yusuf wept when they spoke to him. 18His brothers also went and fell down before his face; and they said, Behold, we are your servants. 19Yusuf said to them, Do not be afraid, for am I in the place of God? 20As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good, to bring to pass, as it is this day, to save many people alive. 21Now therefore do not be afraid. I will nourish you and your little ones. He comforted them, and spoke kindly to them.

22Yusuf lived in Egypt, he, and his father’s house. Yusuf lived one hundred ten years. 23Yusuf saw Ephraim’s children to the third generation. The children also of Machir Ibn Manasseh, were born on Yusuf’s knees. 24Yusuf said to his brothers, I am dying, but God will surely visit you, and bring you up out of this land to the land which he swore to Ibrahim, to Ishaq, and to Yaqub. 25Yusuf took an oath of Bani-Israel, saying, God will surely visit you, and you shall carry up my bones from here. 26So Yusuf died, being one hundred ten years old, and they embalmed him, and he was put in a coffin in Egypt.


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