Genesis 50:1

1 Joseph threw himself on his father, wept over him, and kissed him.

Genesis 50:1 Meaning and Commentary

Genesis 50:1

And Joseph fell upon his father's face
Laid his own face to the cold face and pale cheeks of his dead father, out of his tender affection for him, and grief at parting with him; this shows that Joseph had been present from the time his father sent for him, and all the while he had been blessing the tribes, and giving orders about his funeral:

and wept upon him;
which to do for and over the dead is neither unlawful nor unbecoming, provided it is not carried to excess, as the instances of David, Christ, and others show:

and kissed him;
taking his farewell of him, as friends used to do, when parting and going a long journey, as death is. This was practised by Heathens, who had a notion that the soul went out of the body by the mouth, and they in this way received it into themselves: so Augustus Caesar died in the kisses of Livia, and Drusius in the embraces and kisses of Caesar F23. Joseph no doubt at this time closed the eyes of his father also, as it is said he should, and as was usual; see ( Genesis 46:4 ) .


F23 Vid. Kirchman. de Funer. Rom. l. 1. c. 5.

Genesis 50:1 In-Context

1 Joseph threw himself on his father, wept over him, and kissed him.
2 Joseph then instructed the physicians in his employ to embalm his father. The physicians embalmed Israel.
3 The embalming took forty days, the period required for embalming. There was public mourning by the Egyptians for seventy days.
4 When the period of mourning was completed, Joseph petitioned Pharaoh's court:
5 "If you have reason to think kindly of me, present Pharaoh with my request: My father made me swear, saying, 'I am ready to die. Bury me in the grave plot that I prepared for myself in the land of Canaan.' Please give me leave to go up and bury my father. Then I'll come back."
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