Joseph threw himself on his father, crying and kissing his face.
Then Joseph gave orders to embalm his father's body.
It took forty days, the normal time for embalming. The Egyptians mourned for him seventy days.
When the time of mourning was over, Joseph said to the king's officials, "Please take this message to the king:
"When my father was about to die, he made me promise him that I would bury him in the tomb which he had prepared in the land of Canaan. So please let me go and bury my father, and then I will come back.' " 16
The king answered, "Go and bury your father, as you promised you would."