50- Joseph Died

When Jacob died, Joseph fell on his father’s face, wept on him and kissed him.

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

The embalming process took forty days. The Egyptians mourned for him seventy days. And when the days of his mourning were past, Joseph spoke to the house of Pharaoh.

Joseph (to the household of Pharaoh): If I have found grace in your eyes, I beg you, speak in the ears of Pharaoh, saying, My father made me swear, saying, I die. You shall bury me in my grave which I have dug for me in the land of Canaan. Now therefore let me go up and bury my father, and I will come again.

Pharaoh: Go up, and bury your father, according as he made you swear.

Joseph went up to bury his father, and all the servants of Pharaoh, the elders of his house, and all the elders of the land of Egypt, and all the house of Joseph, and his brothers, and his father’s house went up with him. Only their little ones, and their flocks, and their herds, they left in the land of Goshen. And there went up with him both chariots and horsemen: and it was a very great company. And they came to the threshing floor of Atad, which is beyond Jordan, and there they mourned with a great and very sore lamentation: and Joseph made a mourning for his father seven days.

When the inhabitants of the land, the Canaanites, saw the mourning in the floor of Atad, they said, This is a grievous mourning of the Egyptians: therefore the name of it was called Abelmizraim, which is beyond Jordan.

Jacob’s sons did to him according as he commanded them. For his sons carried him into the land of Canaan, and buried him in the cave of the field of Machpelah, which Abraham bought with the field for a possession of a burying place of Ephron the Hittite, before Mamre.

After he had buried his father, Joseph returned into Egypt, he, and his brothers, and all that went up with him to bury his father.

When Joseph’s brothers saw that their father was dead, they conferred one to another.

Joseph’s brothers (to each other): Joseph will perhaps hate us, and will certainly requite us all the evil which we did to him.

And they sent a messenger to Joseph.

The message: Your father did command before he died, saying, So shall you say to Joseph, Forgive, I pray, the trespass of your brothers, and their sin. They did evil to you: and now, we pray thee, forgive the trespass of the servants of the God of your father.

Did Jacob really say this? Probably not. The brothers were just afraid that Joseph would seek revenge after their father died.

Joseph wept when they spoke to him.

His brethren also went and fell down before his face.

His brothers: We are your servants.

Joseph: Do not fear not. Am I in the place of God? You thought evil against me, but God meant it for good, to bring to pass, as it is this day, to save the lives of many people. Now therefore do not fear. I will nourish you and your little ones.

And Joseph comforted his brothers and spoke kindly to them.

Joseph and his father’s house dwelt in Egypt.

Joseph lived a hundred and ten years. He saw Ephraim’s children to the third generation. The children of Machir the son of Manasseh were also brought up on Joseph’s knees.

Joseph (to his brothers) I die, and 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.

And Joseph took an oath of the children of Israel.

The oath: God will surely visit you, and you shall carry my bones up from here.

So Joseph died, being a hundred and ten years old. They embalmed him, and he was put in a coffin in Egypt.


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