|Overview - Genesis 50|
|1||The mourning for Jacob.|
|4||Joseph gets leave of Pharaoh to go to bury him.|
|15||Joseph comforts his brethren, who crave his pardon.|
|23||He sees the third generation of his sons.|
|24||He prophesies unto his brethren of their return.|
|25||He takes an oath of them concerning his bones.|
|26||He dies, and is put into a coffin.|
Genesis 50:3 (King James Version)
And forty days were fulfilled for him; for so are fulfilled the days of those which are embalmed: and the Egyptians mourned for him threescore and ten days.
- forty days
- We learn from the Greek historians, that the time of mourning was while the body remained with the embalmers, which Herodotus says was seventy days. During this time the body lay in nitre, the use of which was to dry up all its superfluous and noxious moisture: and when, in the space of 30 days, this was sufficiently effected, the remaining forty,
- the time mentioned by Diodorus, were employed in anointing it with gums and spices to preserve it, which was properly the embalming. This sufficiently explains the phraseology of the text.* mourned Hebrew wept. three-score.
- Numbers 20:29 ; Deuteronomy 21:13 ; 34:8