Genesis 50:6

6 Pharaoh said, “Go up and bury your father, as he made you swear to do.”

Genesis 50:6 in Other Translations

6 And Pharaoh said, Go up, and bury thy father, according as he made thee swear.
6 And Pharaoh answered, "Go up, and bury your father, as he made you swear."
6 Pharaoh agreed to Joseph’s request. “Go and bury your father, as he made you promise,” he said.
6 Pharaoh said, "Certainly. Go and bury your father as he made you promise under oath."
6 So Pharaoh said, "Go and bury your father in keeping with your oath."

Genesis 50:6 Meaning and Commentary

Genesis 50:6

And Pharaoh said
To Joseph, by the courtiers that waited upon him at Joseph's request, who having delivered it to him had this answer: go up, and bury thy father, as he made thee swear;
the oath seems to be the principal thing that influenced Pharaoh to grant the request, it being a sacred thing, and not to be violated; otherwise, perhaps, he would not have chosen that Joseph should have been so long absent from him, and might have thought a grave in Egypt, and an honourable interment there, which he would have spared no cost to have given, might have done as well, or better.

Genesis 50:6 In-Context

4 When the days of mourning had passed, Joseph said to Pharaoh’s court, “If I have found favor in your eyes, speak to Pharaoh for me. Tell him,
5 ‘My father made me swear an oath and said, “I am about to die; bury me in the tomb I dug for myself in the land of Canaan.” Now 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 to do.”
7 So Joseph went up to bury his father. All Pharaoh’s officials accompanied him—the dignitaries of his court and all the dignitaries of Egypt—
8 besides all the members of Joseph’s household and his brothers and those belonging to his father’s household. Only their children and their flocks and herds were left in Goshen.
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