When the days of mourning1 had passed, Joseph said to Pharaoh's court,2 "If I have found favor in your eyes,3 speak to Pharaoh for me. Tell him,
'My father made me swear an oath4 and said, "I am about to die;5 bury me in the tomb I dug for myself6 in the land of Canaan."7 Now let me go up and bury my father;8 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 officials9 accompanied him--the dignitaries of his court10 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.11 Only their children and their flocks and herds were left in Goshen.129
Chariots13 and horsemena also went up with him. It was a very large company.
When they reached the threshing floor14 of Atad, near the Jordan, they lamented loudly and bitterly;15 and there Joseph observed a seven-day period16 of mourning17 for his father.1811
When the Canaanites19 who lived there saw the mourning at the threshing floor of Atad, they said, "The Egyptians are holding a solemn ceremony of mourning."20 That is why that place near the Jordan is called Abel Mizraim.b