taking a full forty days, for that was the time required for embalming. And the Egyptians mourned for him seventy days.14
When the days of mourning2 had passed, Joseph said to Pharaoh's court,3 "If I have found favor in your eyes,4 speak to Pharaoh for me. Tell him,
'My father made me swear an oath5 and said, "I am about to die;6 bury me in the tomb I dug for myself7 in the land of Canaan."8 Now let me go up and bury my father;9 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 officials10 accompanied him--the dignitaries of his court11 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.12 Only their children and their flocks and herds were left in Goshen.139
Chariots14 and horsemena also went up with him. It was a very large company.
When they reached the threshing floor15 of Atad, near the Jordan, they lamented loudly and bitterly;16 and there Joseph observed a seven-day period17 of mourning18 for his father.19