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Genesis 50 (New American Standard)

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The Death of Israel

1 Then Joseph fell on his father's face, and wept over him and kissed him. 2 Joseph commanded his servants the physicians to embalm his father. So the physicians 1embalmed Israel. 3 Now forty days were arequired for bit, for csuch is the period required for embalming. And the Egyptians 2wept for him seventy days. 4 When the days of dmourning for him were past, Joseph spoke to the household of Pharaoh, saying, "If now I have found favor in your sight, please speak eto Pharaoh, saying, 5 '3My father made me swear, saying, "Behold, I am about to die; in my grave 4which I dug for myself in the land of Canaan, there you shall bury me." Now therefore, please let me go up and bury my father; then I will return.' " 6 Pharaoh said, "Go up and bury your father, as he made you swear." 7 So Joseph went up to bury his father, and with him went up all the servants of Pharaoh, the elders of his household and all the elders of the land of Egypt, 8 and all the household of Joseph and his brothers and his father's household; they left only their little ones and their flocks and their herds in the land of Goshen. 9 There also went up with him both chariots and horsemen; and it was a very great company. 10 When they came to the fthreshing floor of Atad, which is beyond the Jordan, they 5lamented there with a very great and gsorrowful lamentation; and he hobserved seven days mourning for his father. 11 Now when the inhabitants of the land, the Canaanites, saw the mourning at ithe threshing floor of Atad, they said, "This is a jgrievous kmourning for the Egyptians." Therefore it was named lAbel-mizraim, which is beyond the Jordan.

Burial at Machpelah

12 Thus his sons did for him as he had charged them; 13 for his sons carried him to the land of Canaan and buried him in 6the cave of the field of Machpelah before Mamre, which Abraham had bought along with the field for a mburial site from Ephron the Hittite. 14 After he had buried his father, Joseph returned to Egypt, he and his brothers, and all who had gone up with him to bury his father. 15 When Joseph's brothers saw that their father was dead, they said, "7What if Joseph bears a grudge against us and pays us back in full for all the wrong which we did to him!" 16 So they nsent a message to Joseph, saying, "Your father charged before he died, saying, 17 'Thus you shall say to Joseph, "Please forgive, I beg you, the transgression of your brothers and their sin, for they did you wrong."' And now, please forgive the transgression of the servants of the God of your father." And Joseph wept when they spoke to him. 18 Then his brothers also came and 8fell down before him and said, "Behold, we are your servants." 19 But Joseph said to them, "Do not be afraid, for am I in God's place? 20 "As for you, 9you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good in order to bring about othis present result, to preserve many people alive. 21 "So therefore, do not be afraid; 10I will provide for you and your little ones." So he comforted them and spoke pkindly to them.

Death of Joseph

22 Now Joseph stayed in Egypt, he and his father's household, and Joseph lived one hundred and ten years. 23 Joseph saw the third generation of Ephraim's sons; also the sons of Machir, the son of Manasseh, were 11born on Joseph's knees. 24 Joseph said to his brothers, "12I am about to die, but God will surely qtake care of you and bring you up from this land to the land which He rpromised on oath to 13Abraham, to 14Isaac and to 15Jacob." 25 Then Joseph made the sons of Israel swear, saying, "God will surely stake care of you, and 16you shall carry my bones up from here." 26 So Joseph died at the age of one hundred and ten years; and the was 17embalmed and placed in a coffin in Egypt.
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