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Genesis 50

The mourning for Jacob.

Genesis 50:1 And when Joseph saw this, he fell upon his father's face, weeping and kissing him. Genesis 50:2 And he commanded his servants, the physicians, to embalm his father. Genesis 50:3 And while they were fulfilling his commands, there passed forty days: for this was the manner with bodies that were embalmed, and Egypt mourned for him seventy days.

Joseph getteth leave of Pharaoh to go to bury him.

Genesis 50:4 And the time of the mourning being expired, Joseph spoke to the family of Pharao: If I have found favour in your sight, speak in the ears of Pharao: Genesis 50:5 For my father made me swear to him, saying: Behold I die; thou shalt bury me in my sepulchre which I have digged for myself in the land of Chanaan. So I will go up and bury my father, and return. Genesis 50:6 And Pharao said to him: Go up and bury thy father according as he made thee swear.

The funeral.

Genesis 50:7 So he went up, and there went with him all the ancients of Pharao's house, and all the elders of the land of Egypt. Genesis 50:8 And the house of Joseph with his brethren, except their children, and their flocks and herds, which they left in the land of Gessen. Genesis 50:9 He had also in his train chariots and horsemen: and it was a great company. Genesis 50:10 And they came to the threshing floor of Atad, which is situated beyond the Jordan: where celebrating the exequies with a great and vehement lamentation, they spent full seven days. Genesis 50:11 And when the inhabitants of Chanaan saw this, they said: This is a great mourning to the Egyptians. And therefore the name of that place was called, The mourning of Egypt. Genesis 50:12 So the sons of Jacob did as he had commanded them. Genesis 50:13 And carrying him into the land of Chanaan, they buried him in the double cave, which Abraham had bought together with the field for a possession of a burying place, of Ehpron, the Hethite, over against Mambre.

Genesis 50:14 And Joseph returned into Egypt with his brethren, and all that were in his company, after he had buried his father.

Joseph comforteth his brethren, who craved his pardon.

Genesis 50:15 Now he being dead, his brethren were afraid, and talked one with another: Lest perhaps he should remember the wrong he suffered, and requite us all the evil that we did to him. Genesis 50:16 And they sent a message to him, saying: Thy father commanded us before he died, Genesis 50:17 That we should say thus much to thee from him: I beseech thee to forget the wickedness of thy brethren, and the sin and malice they practised against thee: we also pray thee, to forgive the servants of the God of thy father this wickedness. And when Joseph heard this, he wept. Genesis 50:18 And his brethren came to him; and worshipping prostrate on the ground, they said: We are thy servants. Genesis 50:19 And he answered them: Fear not: can we resist the will of God? Genesis 50:20 You thought evil against me: but God turned it into good, that he might exalt me, as at present you see, and might save many people. Genesis 50:21 Fear not: I will feed you and your children. And he comforted them, and spoke gently and mildly.

His age.

Genesis 50:22 And he dwelt in Egypt with all his father's house; and lived a hundred and ten years.

He seeth the third generation of his sons.

Genesis 50:23 And he saw the children of Ephraim to the third generation. The children also of Machir, the sons of Manasses, were born on Joseph's knees.

He prophesieth unto his brethren of their return.

Genesis 50:24 After which he told his brethren: God will visit you after my death, and will make you go up out of this land, to the land which he swore to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.

He taketh an oath of them for his bones.

Genesis 50:25 And he made them swear to him, saying: God will visit you, carry my bones with you out of this place:

He dieth, and is chested.

Genesis 50:26 And he died, being a hundred and ten years old. And being embalmed, he was laid in a coffin in Egypt.

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