When Joseph's brothers saw that their father was dead, they said, "What if Joseph holds a grudge2 against us and pays us back for all the wrongs we did to him?"316
So they sent word to Joseph, saying, "Your father left these instructions4 before he died:
'This is what you are to say to Joseph: I ask you to forgive your brothers the sins5 and the wrongs they committed in treating you so badly.'6 Now please forgive the sins of the servants of the God of your father.7" When their message came to him, Joseph wept.818
His brothers then came and threw themselves down before him.9 "We are your slaves,"10 they said.
But Joseph said to them, "Don't be afraid. Am I in the place of God?1120
You intended to harm me,12 but God intended13 it for good14 to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives.1521
So then, don't be afraid. I will provide for you and your children.16" And he reassured them and spoke kindly17 to them.
Joseph stayed in Egypt, along with all his father's family. He lived a hundred and ten years1823
and saw the third generation19 of Ephraim's20 children.21 Also the children of Makir22 son of Manasseh23 were placed at birth on Joseph's knees.a2424
Then Joseph said to his brothers, "I am about to die.25 But God will surely come to your aid26 and take you up out of this land to the land27 he promised on oath to Abraham,28 Isaac29 and Jacob."3025
And Joseph made the sons of Israel swear an oath31 and said, "God will surely come to your aid, and then you must carry my bones32 up from this place."3326
So Joseph died34 at the age of a hundred and ten.35 And after they embalmed him,36 he was placed in a coffin in Egypt.