When Joseph's brothers saw that their father was dead, they said to one another, "If Joseph is holding a grudge against us, he will certainly repay us for all the wrong we caused him."
So they sent this message to Joseph, "Before he died your father gave a command:
'Say this to Joseph: Please forgive your brothers' transgression and their sin-the wrong they caused you.' Therefore, please forgive the transgression of the servants of the God of your father." Joseph wept when their message came to him.
Then his brothers also came to him, bowed down before him, and said, "We are your slaves!"
But Joseph said to them, "Don't be afraid. Am I in the place of God?
You planned evil against me; God planned it for good to bring about the present result-the survival of many people.a21
Therefore don't be afraid. I will take care of you and your little ones." And he comforted them and spoke kindly to them.b
Joseph and his father's household remained in Egypt. Joseph lived 110 years.
He saw Ephraim's sons to the third generation; the sons of Manasseh's son Machir were recognized byc Joseph.
Joseph said to his brothers, "I am about to die, but God will certainly come to your aid and bring you up from this land to the land He promised Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob."
So Joseph made the Israelites take an oath: "When God comes to your aid, you are to carry my bones up from here."d26
Joseph died at the age of 110. They embalmed him and placed him in a coffin in Egypt.