Joseph threw himself upon his father and wept over him and kissed him.12
Then Joseph directed the physicians in his service to embalm his father Israel. So the physicians embalmed him,23
taking a full forty days, for that was the time required for embalming. And the Egyptians mourned for him seventy days.34
When the days of mourning4 had passed, Joseph said to Pharaoh's court,5 "If I have found favor in your eyes,6 speak to Pharaoh for me. Tell him,
'My father made me swear an oath7 and said, "I am about to die;8 bury me in the tomb I dug for myself9 in the land of Canaan."10 Now let me go up and bury my father;11 then I will return.' "
Pharaoh said, "Go up and bury your father, as he made you swear to do."
So Joseph went up to bury his father. All Pharaoh's officials12 accompanied him--the dignitaries of his court13 and all the dignitaries of Egypt--
besides all the members of Joseph's household and his brothers and those belonging to his father's household.14 Only their children and their flocks and herds were left in Goshen.159
Chariots16 and horsemena also went up with him. It was a very large company.
When they reached the threshing floor17 of Atad, near the Jordan, they lamented loudly and bitterly;18 and there Joseph observed a seven-day period19 of mourning20 for his father.2111
When the Canaanites22 who lived there saw the mourning at the threshing floor of Atad, they said, "The Egyptians are holding a solemn ceremony of mourning."23 That is why that place near the Jordan is called Abel Mizraim.b12
So Jacob's sons did as he had commanded them:2413
They carried him to the land of Canaan and buried him in the cave in the field of Machpelah,25 near Mamre,26 which Abraham had bought as a burial place from Ephron the Hittite,27 along with the field.2814
After burying his father, Joseph returned to Egypt, together with his brothers and all the others who had gone with him to bury his father.29